Purpose and Objectives | PhD in Clinical Psychology

Program Purpose and Objectives

The PhD Program in Clinical Psychology at Pacific University adheres to the philosophy of integrated training in science and practice. Students complete specific requirements in didactic instruction, empirical research, and experiential practica. Graduates are capable of functioning as scientists and practitioners, but are trained with a particular emphasis on research and academic aspects of psychology. Consistent with the essential competencies identified by the American Psychological Association, students are trained to administer programs and evaluate outcomes, to develop innovative interventions, to be competent supervisors and consultants, and to function effectively in integrated healthcare settings. Although the program is generalist in breadth, students receive research and applied clinical training in health service psychology, particularly related to research and practice of mindfulness, behavioral neuroscience, and developmental psychopathology as they relate to psychological concerns.

Student Learning Aims

The PhD Program has three primary Aims:

  1. To prepare culturally sensitive clinical health scientists, with competence at applied health research;
  2. To prepare culturally sensitive health service practitioners who provide evidence-based health care services;
  3. To prepare culturally sensitive educators, committed to lifelong learning and dissemination of psychological knowledge, methods, and practice.