Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology
The Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA) and is a program member of the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP). The program adheres to the scientist/practitioner model of training, and requires a number of clinical and research practica in addition to an extensive course curriculum. The program accepts students based on the fit between a candidate and the program as a whole rather than on the basis of faculty lab openings. This is a four-year plus internship, full-time program designed to prepare skilled psychologists who are capable of serving as clinicians, appreciative of the relationship between science and clinical practice, and capable of conducting sound research.
The scientist-practitioner orientation emphasizes academic content areas of psychology and views clinical training as growing directly out of foundations in psychological theory and research. It reflects the program’s position that a competent and effective clinician is a scientist-practitioner, well-versed not only in clinical techniques and methods, but also in the theoretical and research-based underpinnings of various approaches.
As an expression of the scientist-practitioner model, the sequence of courses in the program emphasizes a thorough preparation in theoretical psychology and methodology. The sequence becomes the matrix against which students receive applied training in clinical psychology. For example, the first year of the program exposes students to a course in the theory of measurement prior to course work in intellectual assessment. Theoretical foundations in personality and psychopathology are explored prior to behavioral and personality assessment.
Concurrent with the work in assessment, students begin study of the theory, research, and practice of psychotherapy. The second year of course work expands students' knowledge of treatment procedures, specialized populations, and related topics. In addition, the student completes two semesters of statistics (research design and analysis) in the second year.
By the end of the third year, students are prepared to begin their dissertation research under the mentorship of the faculty.
An optional add-on forensic track is available to students in the Ph.D. program who fulfill the following additional requirements:
It should be noted that research opportunities in forensic psychology are available.
Students entering the program with a Master's degree may be able to waive out of one or two required courses and substitute them for the forensic courses.
Completion of the forensic track will be noted on the student’s transcript.
|All first, second- and third-year students participate in a research practicum of ongoing projects supervised by doctoral faculty members. The practicum requires approximately 8-10 hours a week. Research projects frequently culminate in the publication of articles in psychological journals and paper and poster presentations at various professional meetings, with students in the doctoral program participating as authors and presenters.|
All students participate in clinical practica while carrying a full load of course work. The practica are cumulative, sequential, and graded in complexity across the years of the program. First-year students begin their training at the school-affiliated Center for Psychological Services. They are supervised by full-time members of the doctoral faculty. Students in the second and third year spend one year at the Center for Psychological Services under FDU faculty supervision, and one year at one of over 200 potential practicum sites in the New York metropolitan and New Jersey areas, where they conduct inpatient and/or outpatient testing and treatment under the supervision of a licensed doctoral-level clinical psychologist. Clinical practica require approximately 16 hours each week. The following is a partial sampling of practicum sites for FDU's Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology: