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Clinical Program Mission and Objectives

The goal of the program is to prepare doctoral students to become professionals in health service psychology, specifically in the specialization of clinical psychology. Recent graduates of the program work in various types of settings, including medical centers, colleges and universities, independent practice, state and county hospitals, medical schools, school districts, university counseling centers, and correctional facilities. The specific objectives of the training program include the following:

  • To educate students about the content issues that presently define the discipline-specific knowledge base in clinical psychology
  • To train students in the use of scientific methodology applied to the study of human behavior
  • To facilitate the development of foundational and functional competencies associated with practice as health service providers
  • To educate students on the role of individual and cultural diversity as it relates to both the science and practice of clinical psychology
  • To promote the integration of science and practice in professional activity