Students are admitted into the Clinical Psychology program only for full-time study toward the doctoral degree. Requirements include course work in clinical and basic psychology, statistics, and research methods, an empirical master’s thesis and dissertation, and three years of clinical practicum (including two years of supervision by clinical faculty in an in-house psychology clinic and one year in an off-campus practicum agency). The doctoral program in Clinical Psychology is structured to require four years of academic work plus one additional year for a full-time pre-doctoral internship placement.
Graduate Handbook for Clinical Psychology [PDF] – In this document you can learn about the clinical psychology program’s training philosophy and goals as well as the curriculum and requirements for the master’s and Ph.D. requirements.
- The first training goal is to teach empirical research skills and provide grounding in the science of psychology. Excellence in research is a major program objective. Students are encouraged to publish articles based on their thesis and dissertation research and preliminary examination paper, to present research findings at professional meetings, and to remain involved in faculty research programs.
- The second major goal is to produce students who have a firm grounding in empirically based principles of assessment and psychotherapy, who understand a broad range of theoretical perspectives on psychotherapy, and who have excellent clinical skills. Our program strives toward the ideal of the scientist-practitioner.
- Our third goal, integral to faculty endeavors and to the urban mission of VCU, is to seek the solution of public mental health problems through the application of the scientific principles and methodologies of psychology.
The training model is one of an active mentoring of students’ professional development. Upon admission to the program each student is assigned a faculty member who serves as academic mentor. This student-professor pairing is based on the congruence between a student’s stated interests and a faculty member’s specialty areas. Each student also is aligned with one of the two major specialty concentrations in the program: Behavioral Medicine or Child/Adolescent. Course work and practicum team assignments are based on one’s concentration.