Program Outcomes


Program Outcomes:  Program Goals, Objectives, and Competencies

Consistent with our scientist-practitioner training model, the dual goals of the PhD program in Clinical Psychology are to produce competent practitioners of clinical psychology and to develop competent consumers and producers of clinically relevant research. Minimum levels of achievement for corresponding competencies are set by the program to ensure that our students attain sufficient knowledge and skills to warrant receipt of a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from FDU.  Students graduate when they demonstrate accepted levels of achievement in each competency, reflecting that the program’s goals and objectives have been met by each student.

  • GOAL #1:  To produce competent practitioners of clinical psychology.         

    • Objectives and competencies related to this goal:
      • Students will be able to formulate informed diagnoses, demonstrating competency in:

        • A working knowledge of diagnostic criteria and algorithms for differential diagnosis
        • The conduct of psychological intakes
        • Conducting appropriate psychological tests and validly scoring/interpreting data
        • Organizing and synthesizing assessment information into a case report
      • Students will be able to develop integrated case formulations and modify them as appropriate, in light of additional data, demonstrating competency in integrating hypotheses regarding etiology and maintaining variables with testing and evaluation data on current symptoms and level of functioning, and with factors that may affect prognosis

      • Students will be able to develop and modify, as appropriate, a comprehensive treatment plan, demonstrating competency in:

        • Applying a critical understanding of alternate theoretical clinical models to inform treatment plan
        • Applying knowledge of evidence based treatments to the treatment plan
        • Monitoring treatment progress with continual collection and synthesis of clinical data on symptoms and level of functioning
      • Students will be able to implement evidence-based practice in treatment delivery, demonstrating competencies in:

        • Applying evidence-based treatment protocols
        • Applying an individualize case formulation approach to modify evidence-based treatment protocols as clinically indicated
        • Knowledge and use of treatment process variables
      • Students will be able to identify ethical, professional, and legal issues in assessment and treatment and adhere to the appropriate American Psychological Association ethical guidelines, demonstrating competency in:

        • Reasoning through ethical decision algorithms
        • Seeking consultation on ethical and legal issues
        • Students will be able to identify issues relevant to diverse clinical populations and modify assessment and treatment accordingly, demonstrating competency in evaluating and being responsive to person-level variables as potential moderators of diagnosis, case formulation, treatment planning, and therapeutic process
  • GOAL #2: To develop competent consumers and producers of clinically relevant research

    • Objectives and competencies related to this goal:

      • Students will be able to evaluate existing research literature critically, demonstrating competency in:

        • Critically evaluating research methodology
        • Synthesizing broad and focused bodies of research
        • Developing research hypotheses based on published scholarly literature
        • Applying relevant research to inform their evidence-based clinical practice
      • Students will be able to design and implement research, demonstrating competency in:

        • Knowledge of principles of quantitative methodology
        • Understanding inferential research methods
        • Using a variety of basic statistical methods
        • Identifying ethical, professional, and legal issues in the conduct of research
        • Adherence  to the appropriate American Psychological Association ethical guidelines and institutional regulatory guidelines for the protection of research participants