Ohio University

Clinical Psychology Ph.D.

Major Areas of Study Available to Students

Contact the Director of Clinical Training

Julie Suhr
250 Porter Hall
Department of Psychology
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

Program Overview

The doctoral training program in Clinical Psychology trains students intensively in both clinical skills and research. 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 major areas of study including clinical child psychology, clinical health psychology, and clinical neuropsychology. Descriptions of training available in each of these elective major areas of study is available in the links above. In addition, the department offers both clinical and experimental graduate students the opportunity to complete an elective concentration to quantitative methods.

Independent research and collaborative research projects with faculty members are encouraged. A master's thesis and doctoral dissertation are required; each of these projects is to be substantive and based upon empirical data. The vast majority of our students present their research at professional conferences, and many publish articles in professional journals. A faculty with diverse research interests and clinical expertise, an interface with the experimental psychology program, and the availability of many research collaborators enhance research training opportunities. Faculty in the clinical section conduct research in the following areas: clinical child, clinical health, clinical neuropsychology, interpersonal processes, eating disorders, ADHD, emotion regulation, school mental health, substance abuse, and trauma and violence.

Clinical training occurs in the Ohio University Psychology and Social Work Clinic and at various clinical traineeship sites near the university. See Current Clinical Traineeship Sites. In addition, a one-year clinical internship at an APA-approved facility is required prior to graduation. The internship usually is served during the terminal year of the program. See Recent Internship Placements.

The program's administrative policies and procedures are documented in the Clinical Graduate Student Manual for graduate students. For additional information on student selection and admissions, student administrative and financial assistance, minimal levels of acceptable achievement and university deadlines for degree completion, and student due process and grievance policies, see the Ohio University Graduate Catalog.

Although the program can be completed in five years, especially for students who elect to complete one or more of the elective major areas of study and/or seek academic careers, the program may take longer to complete. See Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data.

The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at Ohio University is accredited by the American Psychological Association. For information regarding the accreditation status, contact The Commission on Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, N.E., Washington, DC 20002-4242 # (202) 336-5979.

Career & Research Opportunities

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.

Program Mission

Ohio University's program seeks to graduate students who are adept at providing both clinical services and conducting scientific research, as well as integrating science with clinical practice. We seek to prepare students to become competent professionals in health service psychology, within the specialty area of clinical psychology.

Program Learning Objectives

Discipline-Specific Knowledge Base: Educate students about the content issues
that presently define the knowledge base in health service psychology, within the specific specialty area of clinical psychology.

Research and Quantitative Methods in Psychology: Train students in the use of scientific methodology applied to the study of human behavior.

Profession-Wide Competencies: Facilitate the development of foundational and functional competencies associated with clinical practice.

Diversity in Clinical Psychology and Practice: Educate students on the role of Individual and cultural diversity as it relates to both the science and practice of clinical psychology.

Integration of Science and Practice: Promote the integration of science and practice in professional activity, which will continue to develop during the internship year and preparation for licensure.