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Foundation courses in the areas of individual differences, social bases of behavior, cognitive-affective bases of behavior, and biological bases of behavior provide the academic foundation for training in clinical intervention, assessment, consultation, and research. In addition to practica and the PsyD Dissertation, course work requirements for students entering in the upcoming academic year currently include the following:


  • CPS 613 Psychological Assessment I (3 credits)
  • CPS 614 Psychological Assessment II (3 credits)
  • CPS 615 Psychological Assessment III (3 credits)


  • CPS 611 Individual Psychotherapy (3 credits)
  • CPS 800 Advanced Seminar: Systems Theory & Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • CPS 810 Group Theory and Practice (3 credits)
  • CPS 668 Psychopharmacology (1 credit)


  • CPS 554 Community Psychology (3 credits)
  • CPS 616 Professional Practice Seminar I (3 credits)
  • CPS 617 Professional Practice Seminar II (3 credits)
  • CPS 740 Case Conference Seminar I (3 credits)
  • CPS 741 Case Conference Seminar II (3 credits)
  • CPS 849 Professional Seminar: Diversity (3 credits)
  • CPS 850 Professional Seminar: Ethics (3 credits)
  • CPS 670 Case Consultation in Health Delivery Systems: Case Perspectives (1 credit)
  • CPS 671 Systems Consultation in Health Delivery Systems: Systems Perspectives (1 credit)


  • Biological Bases of Behavior 2 courses required
    PSY 521 Physiological Psychology I (3 credits)
    CPS 668 Psychopharmacology (1 credit)
  • Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior 1 course required
    PSY 620 Advanced Cognitive/Affective Bases of Behavior (3 credits)
  • Social Bases of Behavior 1 course required
    PSY 552 Social Psychology (3 credits)
  • Individual Differences 3 courses required
    PSY 569 Theories of Personality (3 credits)
    CPS 666 Advanced Psychopathology (3 credits)
    PSY 553 Clinical Child Developmental Psychology (3 credits)
  • History and Systems 1 course required
    CPS 851 Professional Seminar: History and Systems (3 credits)


  • PSY 510 Experimental Design (3 credits)
  • CPS 665 Advanced Research Design in Clinical Psychology (3 credits)


4 semesters required

  • CPS 606 Pre- Practicum I (1credit; required for Children and Adolescent Track students)
  • CPS 651 Practicum I (3 credits)
  • CPS 652 Practicum II (3 credits)
  • CPS 751 Practicum III (3 credits)
  • CPS 752 Practicum IV (3 credits)


Completion of one full-time year or two half-time years of clinical internship in an approved setting

  • CPS 080 Pre-doctoral Internship -Fall (0 credit)
  • CPS 081 Pre-doctoral Internship -Spring (0 credit)
  • CPS 082 Pre-doctoral Internship -Summer (0 credit)


  • CPS 852 Dissertation Seminar (3 credits)


12 credits required

Students select 12 credits of appropriate electives (three 3-credit seminars plus one or more 1-credit workshops) with the approval of their faculty advisors and the Director of the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. Elective courses offered in recent years include:

  • Clinical Interventions with Adolescents
  • Advanced Cognitive/Behavioral Therapies
  • Advanced Group Therapy
  • Advanced Seminar in Brief Therapy
  • Advanced Child Assessment
  • Child Psychotherapy
  • Clinical Issues in Health Psychology
  • Contemporary Issues in Clinical Psychology
  • Contemporary Psychoanalytic Theories
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Independent Study
  • Integrating Clinical Theory, Practice and Supervision
  • Introduction to Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Programmatic Interventions with Children
  • Neuropsychological Assessment
  • Special Topics in Clinical Psychology
  • Substance Abuse, Theory and Interventions
  • Trauma and Abuse
  • Writing Workshop

Many of these courses have prerequisites as outlined in the Graduate Bulletin and some courses are to be taken in specific sequences. It is the student's responsibility to consult with her or his faculty advisor in order to ensure that all course prerequisites are met and that course sequencing is followed. Failure to do so may require the student to withdraw from a course.

While most of the curriculum is prescribed, there are elective workshops each year and a choice of three elective seminars during the third program year, through which students pursue their individual interests and career development. These workshops and elective courses are developed jointly by program faculty and students based on faculty availability and student interests. As with most clinically oriented courses within the program, elective seminars are taught in small- group format, usually with an enrollment limit of 12 to 15.