Degree Title and Name: Doctor of Philosophy
Program Name and Number: Psychology – Clinical (PH4104)
Department/Unit: Department of Psychology
Delivery Mode: Athens Campus
Term(s) of Entry: Fall
Program Overview: The primary goal of the doctoral training program in clinical psychology is to prepare students to become competent professionals in the field of clinical psychology. Our program seeks to graduate students who are adept at both conducting scientific research and providing clinical services, as well as integrating science with clinical practice. The program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1970. Ohio University does not offer the master’s degree in clinical psychology as a terminal degree, but only as a step toward the Ph.D. degree. The program requirements for all students include coursework, clinical practica, independent research, and an internship. Students complete a wide range of courses and practical training experiences consistent with accreditation requirements of the American Psychological Association for the specialty of clinical psychology with an adult focus. While all students complete intensive, broad-based clinical and research training consistent with this specialty, students can also elect to complete coursework and clinical and research training for the major areas of study of clinical child psychology, clinical health psychology, and clinical neuropsychology. Not counting the internship in the clinical program, students typically take five years to complete their on-campus requirements for graduation.
Major areas of study:
- Clinical Psychology (required of all students) – The doctoral program in clinical psychology integrates academic, research, and professional training. The program requires 90 credit hours for those entering with the bachelor’s degree and 56 credit hours for those entering with the master’s degree. The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and program requirements are structured to fulfill the Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Profession-Wide Competency areas specified by the APA accreditation guidelines.
All clinical students complete required coursework and practical training in Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Profession-Wide Competencies, a master’s thesis for those entering with the bachelor’s degree (or those students entering with a master’s degree who did not complete an approved thesis prior to entering the doctoral program), a doctoral comprehensive examination, a dissertation, and an internship.
Competence in Discipline-Specific Knowledge domains and Profession-Wide Competencies is assessed in multiple ways, including: 1) performance in the prescribed courses, 2) completion of the doctoral comprehensive examination, 3) completion of a thesis and dissertation, 4) performance in all practical training settings (courses, practicum and traineeship assignments) (competency evaluations), and 5) successful completion of an internship appropriate to the student’s training. Evaluation tools used in assessment of students are reviewed with students in the Clinical Orientation Seminar (PSY 5700) that is taught by the Director of Clinical Training during their first semester on campus.
All students complete training consistent with the specialization of clinical psychology. There is additional coursework and practical /research training that would allow interested students to complete elective areas of study, including clinical child psychology, clinical health psychology, and clinical neuropsychology specializations. Students work closely with the Director of Clinical Training to ensure successful completion of the requirements for the clinical psychology specialization as well as any elective areas of study they wish to complete.
- Clinical Child Psychology (Elective) – The clinical child psychology major area of study is devoted to training graduate students to conduct research with and provide clinical services to children, adolescents, and families. Graduate students completing training in the Clinical Child area of study train in the Center for Intervention Research in Schools, which is dedicated to conducting cutting-edge research and providing innovative training experiences for students and professionals. Our current research focuses on the development and evaluation of school-based interventions for youth with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as well as other problems such as depression, conduct, anxiety and the impairments (e.g., peer relations, academic problems) that are common for students with these difficulties. Additional research interests include studying ADHD as a risk factor for family conflict and dating violence as well as identifying ways to engage children, parents and teachers in effective therapeutic services. The Center for Intervention Research in Schools is committed to providing high-quality training experiences that prepare graduate students to conduct interdisciplinary treatment outcome research.
Graduate students are also trained to be knowledgeable and effective clinical practitioners. Students in the child major area of study receive clinical training in evidence-based assessment and intervention techniques for children, adolescents, and families in the context of the Ohio University Psychology and Social Work Clinic. Child-focused traineeship sites provide experiential training opportunities that prepare students for research and practice in an interdisciplinary climate. Traineeship sites include schools, community mental health centers, residential treatment centers, and medical hospitals. These advanced clinical training opportunities help students develop the competencies necessary for interdisciplinary assessment, consultation, collaboration, and coordination of service delivery.
- Clinical Health (Elective) – Health psychology is devoted to understanding the impact of psychological factors on health and illness. Health psychologists share an interest in the promotion and maintenance of health and the prevention of physical and mental illness; psychological aspects of the diagnosis and management of physical and mental illness; psychosocial, emotional, and behavioral consequences of physical and mental illness; and the improvement of the health-care system and formulation of health policy.
- Clinical Neuropsychology (Elective) – Training in the Clinical Neuropsychology area of study follows the Houston Conference guidelines. Coverage of the Generic Psychology Core and the Generic Clinical Core occurs as required elements of the general training in clinical psychology documented above. Neuropsychology-specific requirements include coursework in neuroanatomy, neuropsychology, psychophysiology, psychoneuroimmunology, psychopharmacology, clinical training in neuropsychological settings, and neuropsychological research.
- Applied Quantitative (Elective) – The applied quantitative psychology concentration is based on the belief that progress in psychology demands the development of precise measurement and formal models of behavior. For this reason, the applied quantitative psychology concentration offers advanced training in quantitative methods to graduate students who are concurrently studying in one of the other experimental or clinical psychology specializations. The aim of this concentration is to prepare students for conducting research in academic, business, health, or government settings that require proficiency in mathematical, statistical, or computer-based techniques.
Program Learning Outcomes:
In line with American Psychological Association accreditation standards, students who successfully complete the clinical psychology Ph.D. program will demonstrate competence in:
- Discipline-specific knowledge, including
- History and systems of psychology
- Affective aspects of behavior
- Biological aspects of behavior
- Cognitive aspects of behavior
- Developmental aspects of behavior
- Social aspects of behavior
- Advanced integrative knowledge of basic discipline-specific content areas (excluding history and systems of psychology)
- Research methods
- Quantitative methods
- Profession-wide competencies, including
- Ethical and legal standards
- Individual and cultural diversity
- Professional values, attitudes, and behaviors
- Communication and interpersonal skills
- Consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills
Opportunities for Graduates: Recent graduates of the program work in careers that include varying degrees of research and practice. Employment settings include medical centers, colleges and universities, independent practice, state and county hospitals, medical schools, school districts, university counseling centers, correctional facilities, and business and industry. Graduates are prepared, with additional postdoctoral experience, for the psychology licensing requirements of all states in the United States.
Link to Program: https://www.ohio.edu/cas/psychology/
Link to Program Handbook: https://www.ohio.edu/cas/psychology/grad/clinical-psych/index.cfm
Graduation Requirements: The Psychology Ph.D. requires a minimum of 90 hours above a bachelor’s degree or 56 hours above the master’s degree. The clinical program requires a Master’s thesis, dissertation, and the successful completion of comprehensive examinations. A maximum of 35 hours of dissertation credit may be applied to the degree. In the clinical program students are required to complete practical traineeships and a one-year APA approved clinical internship. For further details about graduation requirements, see the handbooks at the links provided above.
Culminating Experience: Students will complete a dissertation and an external, clinical internship.
Admission Requirements: All graduate applications must be submitted electronically through the Graduate College. Admission requirements include:
- Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution or equivalent. Coursework preferred: 18 hours (or equivalent quarter hours) of psychology at the undergraduate level, including one course in statistics and one in experimental research design.
- GPA of 3.0 or better overall; and an average of at least 3.3 (B+) in psychology. Applicants who have completed some graduate work should have a grade-point average of at least 3.4 in that work.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required, both Verbal and Quantitative. Psychology Subject GRE recommended, especially if no B.A. or B.S. in psychology. The code for Ohio University is 1593.
- Three letters of recommendation, preferably from psychology faculty.
- Personal Statement describing your special interests and professional goals. Include in your personal statement a rank-ordered list of the three Ohio University faculty members with whom you most want to work.
- Official transcript from each postsecondary school attended.
- Curriculum Vitae (or resumé)
- English Proficiency. International students whose native language is not English also must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS academic). To be considered official, test scores must be reported directly from the testing agency to Ohio University. A TOEFL-iBT of 80 or higher is recommended. The minimum IELT is 6.5 across all bands. Additional information on English proficiency can be found in the Application, Admission, and Adding Degrees page of this catalog or on the Graduate College website.
International Students: This program permits full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 may be issued based on admission to this program.