Welcome to the Clinical program's webpage, where you'll find information on Auburn’s training opportunities in clinical psychology. These opportunities include specialized curriculum, research training resources and clinical practica. Additionally, you will find information on internship outcomes, full disclosure data, and program faculty.
About the program
Auburn's scientist-practitioner program in clinical psychology first received accreditation status from the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1981. Our next accreditation site visit will be held in 2016. Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Students in our doctoral clinical program receive didactic and experiential training in scientific research, clinical practice (clinical assessment and intervention), and teaching in psychology. Clinical students specialize in one of two tracks: an adult track and a child track. However, all students complete a core set of broad and general as well as clinical coursework. The theoretical orientations of the clinical faculty range across a variety of perspectives with an emphasis on cognitive-behavioral views. For this reason, the program exposes students to a range of supervision experiences so that the students will be prepared to choose a theoretical orientation that will be most useful in their future careers.
Throughout their training, students participate in research in order to develop a firm understanding of the research methods used to study the critical problems that face clinical psychologists. Faculty research laboratories engage in research that spans a variety of areas important in understanding brain functioning and behavior across both laboratory and applied settings.
Graduate students work closely with faculty members to advance their own research interests. Students also have the opportunity to participate in grant writing, publish research, and present at professional conferences. Learn more about their clinical research.
Graduate students take courses that are oriented to introducing them to the conceptual foundations of psychology and to psychopathology, assessment, and treatment. Thus, the graduate program in clinical psychology at Auburn University stresses the importance of a strong empirical basis for applied clinical work. Students also participate in a number of campus and community-based practicum positions to gain clinical training. In this way, the program maintains a commitment to the scientist- practitioner model for graduate education in clinical psychology.
The teaching of psychology is a key aspect of the program’s doctoral training. Graduate students have opportunities to serve as graduate teaching assistants for faculty-led courses or as instructors of record for their own courses. Additionally, students participate in coursework designed to promote their professional development in teaching.