Medical/Clinical Psychology

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The Medical/Clinical Psychology specialization places strong emphasis on integration of biological and behavioral sciences.  Thus, the research and clinical training that the program provides assumes an undergraduate background in both psychology and life science. The program engages students in continued pursuit of knowledge and skill fundamental to research and clinical practice.   In addition, students focus their research and a clinical training in one or more of the several areas of clinical and health psychology that the program emphasizes, and pursue advanced scientific and applied coursework, clinical practica, and directed research activities that culminate in the doctoral dissertation.

Course requirements for the Medical/Clinical Psychology specialization include:

  1. General Psychology and Neuroscience – cognitive, biological, social, emotional and developmental bases of behavior, as well as the history of the discipline
  2. Statistics and Research Design statistical methods, research design, and the responsible conduct of research. The statistics courses have associated computer labs.
  3. Foundations of Clinical and Health Psychology – personality, psychopathology, an overview of psychotherapeutic methods, health psychology and the ethics of professional practice
  4. Psychological Assessment and  Intervention – interviewing; behavioral, cognitive and personality assessment; and an introduction to cognitive-behavior therapy.

Additional courses and/or seminars may be taken as electives and may be required depending on the student’s area(s) of emphasis.   

Students in Medical/Clinical Psychology are actively engaged in research throughout the time that they are enrolled in the program and typically complete a master’s thesis project during their second or third year.   Clinical practicum experiences begin in the summer of the first year, and in their final year students complete an APA-accredited clinical psychology internship, typically in a medical facility.  The doctoral degree is awarded upon successful defense of the dissertation and internship.