Note: For the fall 2017 incoming class, these clinical faculty members are open to accepting and mentoring new students:
The Wayne State University Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association since August 1, 1960 and is currently accredited through 2018. We have long been a very strong scientist-practitioner program, and we continue to follow that training model. We educate and train highly skilled psychologists who competently provide a broad range of professional services, contribute to the scientific development of the field by conducting research, and disseminate knowledge effectively by teaching and training others. Our graduates routinely take positions of leadership and innovation in dealing with clinical problems within the context of the individual, the family, and the community. Our urban setting and commitment to addressing the needs of the underserved allows us to offer clinical training and research opportunities in a large number of different clinical settings with a wide variety of health problems across a broad spectrum of socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural populations.
Our students are prepared first as psychologists, second, as clinical psychologists, and third, as clinical psychologists with specific expertise. Thus, all students receive broad and general psychology education, clinical training in both assessment and intervention with clients across the full age range, and focused training in a specific minor area or concentration. Our program currently offers focused training in neuropsychology, child clinical psychology, health psychology, and community psychology. Our extensive network of affiliated faculty and facilities provides research and clinical training in many other areas, including infant mental health, gerontology, substance abuse, rehabilitation, forensics, and primary care.
As shown in the accompanying tables, admission to our clinical psychology Ph.D. program is competitive. We expect GRE scores to be at least the 50th percentile on all sections of the general GRE, and successful applicants usually have GRE scores above the 70th percentile. The average undergraduate GPA of students admitted to the program typically is above a 3.5. A strong science background, both in psychology and the other sciences, and a strong math background help applicants. Although we are a scientist-practitioner program, we are more research-oriented than most programs that follow this model; thus, substantial experience and interest in research is weighed heavily in admissions. Student match with our program's philosophy and with specific faculty research programs also is a very important consideration. Potential applicants should consider the interests and expertise of our faculty, compare them to their own educational goals, and discuss this in their personal statement, as well as identify potential mentors of interest on the application website. Letters of recommendation provide us with valuable information about applicants’ past level of achievement, their potential for excellence in academic and clinical settings, and their emotional maturity to become a clinician.
The program is intensive, full-time, and year-round. Most of our students spend five years in the program before conducting a year-long internship in their 6th year. The department strives to ensure that all students who are making good progress are funded (stipend plus almost all of their tuition) for the first four years, and most students also are funded in their fifth year.
The accompanying Clinical Psychology Graduate Student Handbook provides extensive information about our program. We invite you to review this to learn more about our program. Also, applicants who are made an offer of admission to our program are expected to read this Handbook and to endorse its content (including Ethics policies) before they accept admission.
As a member of the , the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Wayne State University adheres to CUDCP’s policies and guidelines for graduate school admissions, offers and acceptance. For additional information about these policies, please visit this .
APA Commission on Accreditation
Majoring in Clinical Psychology Encompasses:
In addition to the department's general requirements for the Ph.D. degree, students in the clinical program must satisfy additional criteria established by the American Psychological Association for accredited programs in clinical training. Clinical area students are required to take History and Systems, at least one course in each of four content areas to satisfy American Psychological Association requirements, and an advanced, integrative experience.
Clinical students complete the following series of courses:
All clinical psychology graduate students are expected to complete a formal master's thesis (unless one is transferred in from another graduate program) and a dissertation project. Yet, our scientist-practitioner program encourages and supports students' efforts to enhance their skills and productivity by participating in research-oriented activities beyond those that are required. We have extensive collaborations with many research institutes, hospitals, schools, and community organizations as well as other faculty in the Psychology Department to provide students with a broad array of opportunities in research.
Minors or Concentrations in Clinical Psychology
Child Clinical Psychology
Supervised Clinical Training
The required clinical training work consists of practicum courses, internal and external practicum training, and a predoctoral internship. The practicum courses in assessment and psychological intervention operate as part of our Psychology Clinic, which is run by our training program. Our Psychology Clinic is used for training purposes throughout the student's graduate years. Clinical graduate students conduct psychological assessments in their second year and psychotherapeutic interventions in their third while receiving supervision from the core clinical faculty. Students may pursue advanced training in years 4 and 5 at our Clinic in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and other approaches. Students also participate in supervision training in their last year on campus, learning how to conduct supervision effectively. Many different theoretical orientations to both assessment and intervention are represented among the faculty, and different types of psychotherapy (adult, child, family, marital, group) are conducted. The Psychology Clinic is equipped with video equipment to facilitate supervision and the student's training.
Students' clinical training also is greatly strengthened by a network of approximately 25 external practicum placements. Students are required to conduct at least one of these, but most students do two or three, beginning in their third year of the program. These external placements range from 1 day to 3 days per week, and some of them pay the student a stipend. Many of these placements are noted above under “Minors or Concentrations in Clinical Psychology.” Students apply for these placements in January and then participate in them for a year, starting in September.
The required predoctoral internship consists of one year of full-time training in an APA-accredited institution. Successful completion of the internship is required for conferral of the doctoral degree. Our internship “match rate” in recent years has been very good (about 95%).
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