Adult Track | Clinical Psychology PsyD

The goal of the Adult Track within the School of Graduate Psychology is to train outstanding practitioner-scholars who can contribute to the great psychological guild by delivering and/or developing cutting-edge empirically-driven and validated treatments for the general adult population that are culturally and contextually relevant.  The Adult Track combines academic and clinical training experiences designed to prepare students for work with general adult populations ranging from college students through gerontology clients. The track provides students with a way to cluster their training through defined curriculum, programs of research and program evaluation, and clinical practica that solidify core knowledge in the diagnosis, treatment, and assessment of adults. Adult track students typically go on to careers in community mental health, private practice, group practices, and university counseling centers.

Students in this track can also choose to develop skills specifically related to culturally and linguistically informed work with the Latinx community by participating in the Sabiduría emphasis.

Faculty areas of clinical and research specialization include but are not limited to the following:

  • cross cultural psychology, diversity, and cultural competence;
  • Latinx psychology;
  • attachment and relational psychotherapy, couples psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral psychotherapy, and psychodynamic psychotherapy;
  • differential diagnosis;
  • anxiety disorders;
  • integrated conceptualization and treatment;
  • educational psychology;
  • environmental psychology;
  • masculinity, mental health, and diversity;
  • gender socialization of boys and men;
  • trauma and anxiety interventions for adolescents and emerging adults;
  • crisis response and community-based partnerships;
  • comprehensive psychological assessment across the lifespan;
  • geropsychology;
  • psychology and spirituality;
  • sport and performance psychology; and
  • college/graduate students/student athletes.

Faculty

Curriculum

In addition to the regularly required courses within the general SGP curriculum, the following track-specific courses are required (for full course descriptions see the University Catalog):

  • Group Interventions
  • Trauma Theory and Practice
  • Neuropsychological Assessment + Lab OR Multicultural Assessment
  • Minimum of one of the following:  Health Disparities in Aging (offered through the College of Health Professions), Career Counseling, or Couples Psychotherapy

Clinical Training

Practicum I

Students complete their Practicum I training experience conducting intake assessments and psychotherapy during their 2nd year in the program.  This training takes place at the Pacific Psychology and Comprehensive Health Clinics (our in-house training clinics located in Hillsboro and Portland) where Adult Track students gain experience working with a wide range of presenting problems with adult clients.

Practicum II

Students complete their Practicum II training experience during their 3rd year in the program at a community training site where they gain experience in assessment and/or psychotherapy with adult clients. 

Clinical Fieldwork

During their 4th year in the program students continue their assessment and/or psychotherapy training with adult clients at a community training site or within our in-house clinics on assessment teams. Many students also engage in clinical fieldwork during their 3rd year to supplement the Practicum II training experience.

Internship

During their 5th year in the program students complete Internship. This requires a national application process through the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC; https://www.appic.org/Match/About-The-APPIC-Match). Students often relocate during this year, as sites are located all across the country.  Sites are listed in the APPIC directory (https://www.appic.org/Directory).

Research

Students complete empirical dissertations that involves collection of original data or use of archival data for analysis. Dissertation work begins in the 2nd year of training and should be completed prior to internship applications (fall of 4th year). In all cases, dissertations must be completed by the time the student starts Internship. The dissertation topic can relate to a wide range of issues impacting the general adult population.

Recent Adult Track student dissertations include the following:

  • Internalization of thin ideal and disordered eating: Mediating roles of attachment and parental binding in a sample of undergraduate and graduate school Latinas.
  • The role of attachment in polyamorous relationship satisfaction.
  • Betrayal trauma and somatic symptoms: The meditating role of alexithymia within a sample of US Latina/os.
  • Body project: A single-subject approach to analyze change over time.
  • Factors influencing ethnic identity development.
  • Factors in the retention and attrition of graduate ethnic minority students.
  • Bullying experiences and adult attachment.
  • Social functions of parasocial relationships.
  • A critical review of the biracial and multiracial identity development literature and research.

Resources

American Psychological Association http://www.apa.org/

American Psychological Foundation http://www.apa.org/apf/

Association for Applied Sport Psychology https://appliedsportpsych.org/

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies http://www.abct.org/Home/

Journals of the American Psychological Association http://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/

Oregon Psychological Association http://www.opa.org/

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues https://www.spssi.org/