Last Updated on August 28, 2023
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY DOCTORAL PROGRAM
Professor David LaPorte teaches clinical neuropsychology for the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program.
The Psychology Department offers a Doctor of Psychology degree in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) that places emphasis upon professional applications of psychology based on a solid grounding in the scientific knowledge base of psychology.
The updated application requirements for next year (including the GRE) will be available via this web page in July 2021. Please check back.
The program is accredited as a Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. Questions regarding accreditation status should be directed to:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
Email: [email protected]
The program is designed to meet the academic requirements of licensure and to provide the student with the background to immediately assume responsibilities in appropriate professional settings. Graduates of the program have performed well on licensure exams as evidenced by current licensure data.
The PsyD program follows a practitioner or applied model of training of clinical psychologists. Emphasis is placed on professional applications of psychology to a wide variety of human problems. Students receive extensive supervision in the development of skills in interpersonal relations, psychological assessment, psychotherapy, community outreach, and program evaluation and a solid grounding in the scientific knowledge base of psychology.
To ask specific questions, call 724-357-4519 or 724-357-4527 or email Professor Laura Knight, program director, at [email protected].
For more information of a general nature about the program and graduate study at IUP, see the IUP Graduate Catalog.
- Pearl Berman
- Stephanie Davis
- William Farrell
- Derek Hatfield
- Laura Knight
- David LaPorte
- Anson Long
- Maureen McHugh
- William Meil
- John Mills
- Lisa Newell
- Anthony Perillo
- Jennifer Perillo
- Margaret Reardon
The deadline for applications is December 1.
The following criteria are weighted equally in the evaluation of application materials:
- Overall grade point average (GPA) and grades in psychology courses (3.0 minimum in both areas is preferred)
- Typically, GRE scores are required for the application process; however, this requirement has been waived for this year only due to COVID-19
- Training in research methodology
- Prior clinical experience in practicum, employment, or volunteer work
- The applicant’s statement of goals
A bachelor’s degree is required for admission. En route to the PsyD, students will earn a master’s degree in clinical psychology; however, some applicants choose to first complete an external master’s program prior to applying. To apply with a degree in a field other than psychology, you must have completed a minimum of 18 college-level psychology credits, including courses in abnormal psychology, personality, and research/statistics.
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Breadth of undergraduate training is preferable to narrow specialization. Weaknesses in one area may be offset by strengths in another area, although the Admissions Committee gives preference to applicants with some demonstrated strengths in all areas. Students may be required to make up deficiencies.
The deadline for receipt of all application materials is December 1. The Admissions Committee will then select a pool of qualified applicants who will be invited to the campus for personal interviews. Only those applicants invited to campus for an interview and tour will be considered for admission.
Announcements of final admissions decisions will be made around April 1.
GRADUATE PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM CURRICULUM
The PsyD program is typically completed in four calendar years of full-time study plus an additional year of full-time internship. The curriculum requires a minimum of 99 semester hours of acceptable graduatecredit. Each student must complete requirements for:
- Core course work
- Special proficiency/elective course work requirements
- Practicum, internship, and professional issues
- Doctoral project
- Comprehensive academic and professional examinations
- Master’s and doctoral candidacy
In addition, a course in History and Systems in Psychology is required for graduation.
A. Core Course Work
The core courses are required of all students. These courses cover several areas of psychology and provide the scientific basis for professional practice.
- Methods of Intervention:
PSYC 830 Introduction to Therapeutic Techniques 3cr
PSYC 831 Advanced Therapeutic Techniques 3cr
PSYC 833 Clinical Group Techniques 3cr
PSYC 834 Couples and Family Therapy 3cr
- Methods of Assessment and Evaluation:
PSYC 841 Psychometrics and Intellectual Assessment 3cr
PSYC 842 Assessment of Personality and Psychopathology 3cr
- Research and Methodology:
PSYC 801 Univariate Research Methods in Psychology 3cr
PSYC 802 Multivariate Research Methods 3cr
PSYC 803 Applied Research Methods 3cr
- Individual Differences:
PSYC 835 Advanced Psychopathology 3cr
PSYC 836 Personality and Psychotherapy 3cr
PSYC 853 Issues in Developmental Psychology 3cr
PSYC 855 Human Diversity 3cr
- Physiological Bases of Behavior:
PSYC 856 Psychopharmacology 3cr
PSYC 857 Clinical Neuropsychology 3cr
- Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior:
PSYC 852 Behavioral, Cognitive, and Affective Basis of Behavior 3cr
- Social Bases of Behavior:
PSYC 858 Advanced Social Psychology 3cr
- History of Psychology:
PSYC 810 Historical Trends in Psychology 3cr
B. Elective Course Work/Special Proficiency: three courses
Students select three advanced courses in consultation with an adviser. Special elective packages include Child/Family and Behavioral Medicine.
C. Practicum, Internship, and Professional Issues: 27cr
PSYC 920 Professional Issues and Ethics I 1cr
PSYC 921 Professional Issues and Ethics II 1cr
PSYC 922 Professional Issues and Ethics III 1cr
PSYC 993 Advanced Psychological Practicum 21cr
PSYC 994 Internship 3cr
Students will typically register for practicum experience throughout their program with sampling from diverse settings. During the final year, a full-time professional internship emphasizing depth and long-term involvement is required.
D. Doctoral Project: 9cr
PSYC 995 Doctoral Project (Dissertation) 9cr
E. Comprehensive Academic and Professional Examinations: 0cr
Each year, an evaluation of clinical and professional competence will be made. This evaluation data will be shared with the student as feedback, and a joint effort will be made to remediate any deficiencies.
Students must also pass a preliminary examination and a research proficiency evaluation covering basic knowledge appropriate for a professional psychologist. This examination will cover material related to all of the core course work areas.
The Clinical Proficiency Evaluation is completed during the final year on campus. Students present assessment and therapy work samples to a committee of faculty members.
Satisfactory performance on both the preliminary examination and the professional evaluations must be achieved before candidacy for the doctorate will be recommended. Serious deficiencies may result in recommendations for remedial work, reexamination, delay of candidacy, or termination from the program.
F. Master’s and Doctoral Candidacy
Students will routinely obtain the master’s degree en route to the doctorate. Requirements for candidacy for the MA degree include the successful completion of 24credits of approved graduate course work with a grade point average of 3.0 and the recommendation of the Clinical Training Committee based on satisfactory academic and professional evaluations. The 54credits for the MA must include nine hours of practicum and 45 hours of the core course work of the PsyD degree.
The candidacy for the PsyD will be awarded following the completion of all MA requirements plus a minimum of an additional ninecredits, successful performance on the preliminary examination and research proficiency evaluation, and satisfactory annual academic and professional evaluations. A grade point average of 3.0 is required for candidacy.
G. Transfer of Graduate Credit
Applicants who have completed coursework at other institutions may request transfer ofcredit. A maximum of 33 semester hours ofcredit may be approved. A portion, but not all, of the practicum requirements may be transferred for equivalent supervised experience.
H. Part-time Study and Residency
Students must complete two consecutive semesters or one summer plus the preceding or following semester of full-time study to meet residency requirements. At other times, students may complete part-time studies. All students complete a Plan of Study, which will include a detailed semester-by-semester outline of proposed course work and completion dates for exams, doctoral project, and internship. An average of 15 semester hours must be completed each year, and all requirements must be completed within seven years.