Child & Family Psychology
Built upon a strong foundation in general psychology, the concentration in Child & Family Psychology prepares students to work with children and adolescents and their families. Students are provided with opportunities to learn about the core aspects of assessment, therapy, and consultation services with these populations. Therapy modalities addressed include cognitive behavioral therapy, behavior therapy, psychodynamic therapy, humanistic/existential therapy, play therapy and family therapy. Students may select additional coursework and clinical training in areas such as childhood trauma, pediatric psychology, and assessment and treatment of young children. Practicum experiences in related areas of expertise are encouraged in order to prepare students for internships and careers involving clinical work with children, adolescents, and families. The concentration also places a strong emphasis on child and family advocacy, as well as involvement in professional organizations.
General Adult Clinical
The General Adult Clinical concentration represents a "generalist" approach to the clinical psychologist’s recognized areas of clinical competence. This concentration provides a broad and solid foundation of knowledge and skills that allow the clinical psychologist to flexibly adapt to the varied and increasing professional roles available in the emerging healthcare system and in society at large. Required elective courses in the General Adult Clinical concentration provide the student with a foundation in the application of time-limited, problem-focused psychotherapies and in the assessment and treatment of psychological trauma. Additional electives offer the student opportunities to acquire initial competencies in projective personality assessment, assessment and treatment of substance use disorders, forensic psychology, personality disorders, and health psychology. All entering students in the PsyD program are initially assigned to the General Adult Clinical concentration, but can elect to pursue another concentration if they choose to do so.
Health psychologists focus on the interaction of biological, psychological, and social factors that influence health and illness. They often work in interdisciplinary settings, such as medical centers and rehabilitation hospitals, with other professionals who have a shared goal of preventing and treating illness. Students who choose to complete the program’s concentration in Health Psychology take elective courses that include: a two-course sequence of introductory health psychology courses, geropsychology, pediatric psychology, and substance use disorders. Health Psychology practicum experiences are available in a number of relevant settings with both adult and pediatric client populations. Core faculty interests in Health Psychology include: obesity and eating disorders; stress and health; psychopharmacology; cultural, gender, and individual differences; and working with specific conditions, such as cystic fibrosis, diabetes mellitus, cancer, and chronic and terminal illnesses.
The program’s Neuropsychology/Geropsychology concentration is listed by Division 40 of the American Psychological Association (APA) as conforming to their requirements for graduate training in neuropsychology. Courses in neuropsychological assessment, the science of brain-behavior relationships, and related aspects of the field are offered. A number of practicum placements in hospitals and rehabilitation programs provide neuropsychological training experiences with adult, geriatric, or child clients. Students also have access to a variety of patient populations and/or data archives that provide an opportunity for excellent research experience, which has resulted in many of our students presenting at national conventions or publishing in peer reviewed journals.