Our first training objective is to produce clinical scientists with foundational knowledge of the science of psychology and the practice of psychology. This objective is met in our program primarily through a curriculum of required courses, a number of which are taught by faculty in the nonclinical areas. We consider clinical students' exposure to our first-rate Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology and Social Psychology faculty to be a strength of our program. This emphasis on the relevance of clinical psychology to the broader field is further underscored by the high degree of cross-area collaboration among our faculty. In addition to research collaboration by faculty from different areas of the department, the department also encourages collaboration in teaching. To facilitate this, the department has decided to regularly offer cross-area graduate seminars in which three faculty from different areas within the department offer a course on a topic with cross-cutting themes. Thus, the integration of clinical psychology in the broad discipline of psychology is modeled for our students by the faculty in the domains of teaching and research.
The second objective of our training program, to produce clinical scientists who are capable of contributing to the body of scientific knowledge, is met in a variety of ways and is part of the ongoing training of students throughout their tenure in the program. We adhere to a mentorship training model. Students are accepted into the graduate program, in part, based on the match between their interests and those of our clinical faculty. We believe that early and intense involvement in research is the cornerstone of a good clinical science program and to this end students are encouraged to be continuously involved in ongoing research. Under close supervision of their major professor, it is common for clinical graduate students to pursue research in collaboration with other faculty and students. The emphasis on continuous research is evident in the substantial number of presentations and publications authored by our clinical students. Students are also exposed in their first year to courses in research methodology and statistics and many students in their second year and beyond take advantage of the numerous advanced statistics courses offered within the Psychology department.
The third training objective of our program, to produce clinical scientists who take an investigative approach to the understanding of psychopathology and the practice of clinical assessment and intervention, is met through a variety of mechanisms including formal coursework and supervised practica. Our training program is based on the view that the program faculty must serve as models of the behavior they want their students to exhibit. The clinical faculty consists of women and men who vary in their clinical styles, theoretical approaches, and research interests. Despite these differences, we share a commitment to the view that the unique contribution of clinical psychology to society comes from its foundation in science. Consequently, we strive to integrate clinical practice and research at every opportunity. Some examples of how we attempt to underscore this principle include:
(a)Clinical core courses in psychopathology, assessment, and treatment pay special attention to the most current and relevant research literature. Many of these courses and many of our advanced graduate seminars involve "hands on" implementation of research-based techniques.
(b)The Directorship of the Clinic is held by full-time faculty from our program who are committed to operating a facility that encourages research and an investigative approach to clinical work.
(c)Primary supervision of all initial practicum experiences is done by our faculty, all of whom were trained in clinical science or scientist-practitioner programs and whose own work exemplifies the integration of research and practice.
(d)Student case presentations in supervision at the Clinic are expected to reveal efforts to utilize the research literature in formulating assessment and treatment plans. Consideration of measurement of outcomes is part of every intervention plan.
(e)The Psychology Clinic has been the site of clinical research including work on topics such as psychotherapy process and the therapeutic alliance. Students have authored or co-authored several published works from Clinic data and research by students doing practicum in the Clinic is encouraged.
(f)Several community practicum placements have a significant research component and have provided opportunities for student theses, dissertations, and other studies, some of which have resulted in student publications.
(g)The DCT's Proseminar provides a forum for faculty and student presentations. Some of these presentations emphasize the outcomes of clinical interventions through systematic application of scientific methods and the clinical relevance of research findings.