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PhD (Clinical) - Concentrations

Cognitive-Behavior Therapy Concentration

The Cognitive-Behavior Therapy concentration seeks to emphasize cognitive and behavioral approaches to assessment and intervention, including so-called third generation or acceptance-based behavior therapies. Although all students receive basic foundational training in CBT, this concentration is designed to give students opportunities for advanced training and further specialization in CBT approaches. Note: The CBT concentration is relatively new and course requirements will evolve in part through the development of new courses.

In addition to the core curriculum:

  1. One CBT practicum (800 hours)
  2. A CBT-focused thesis and dissertation
  3. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (taken during first year); Behavioral Stress Management (generally taken during second year)
  4. At least 3 CBT electives: Seminar in Mind/Body Studies, Eating and Its Disorders, Health Psychology, Childhood Psychopathology and Its Treatment, and other CBT courses to be developed

Forensic Psychology Concentration

Forensic psychology involves the application of assessment and intervention techniques to informing legal decision-makers and attorneys on questions in criminal, civil, and family law. Those who concentrate in forensic psychology will be trained in relevant law, behavioral science research, and assessment and intervention approaches with a particular focus on juvenile and criminal issues.

In addition to the core curriculum:

  1. One forensic psychology practicum (800 hours)
  2. A forensic psychology-focused thesis and dissertation
  3. At least two years of research in an area related to forensic psychology
  4. Required classes: Forensic Assessment I and II, and Law and Mental Health
  5. At least two forensic psychology electives (selected from the following: Neuroanatomy, Principles of Neuropsychology, Neuropsychological Assessment, Neuropsychological Assessment of Children, Child Psychopathology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Neuropsychological Case Analysis, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Pediatric Psychology, Substance Use, Neuroimaging, Expert Witnesses (Law) and Behavioral Sciences and the Law (Law))

Health Psychology Concentration

Health psychology adopts a broad-based, biopsychosocial perspective in order to: (1) better understand the interplay among behavioral, emotional, cognitive, social, and biological factors regarding health, wellness, and physical disease; (2) promote and maintain wellness and positive physical health; (3) prevent, treat, and rehabilitate illness and disability, and (4) improve the health care delivery system. The health psychology concentration aims to provide specialty training in order to prepare graduate students for academic and/or clinical positions where the primary focus is on physical health problems.

In addition to the core curriculum:

  1. One health psychology practicum (800 hours)
  2. A health psychology-focused thesis and dissertation
  3. Health Psychology (taken during first year); Behavioral Stress Management (generally taken during third year)
  4. Three advanced electives in health psychology (typically taken during the second and fourth years). Examples of such elective include: Seminar in Mind/Body Studies, Pediatric Psychology, Eating and Its Disorders

Clinical Neuropsychology Concentration

The clinical neuropsychology concentration includes courses, research, and clinical experiences designed to train the students for professional practice in neuropsychology. Clinical neuropsychology involves the application of psychological assessment and intervention to the problems encountered by people with brain injury or illness. The knowledge of brain-behavior functioning and the incorporation of neuropsychological conceptualizations with traditional clinical conceptualizations of functioning are aimed at providing the student with a wider perspective regarding the range of human functioning and disability. The student is able to pursue specific interests in geriatrics, pediatrics, traumatic brain injury, and rehabilitation.

In addition to the core curriculum:

  1. One neuropsychology practicum (800 hours)
  2. A neuropsychology-focused thesis and dissertation
  3. Required classes: Brain and Behavior, Neuropsychological Assessment, Case Analysis and Integration
  4. At least two neuropsychology electives: Cognitive Neuroscience, Rehabilitation Psychology, Neuroimaging and Physiology of Behavior, Advanced Neuropsychology Assessment and Intervention: Children and Adolescents, Advanced Neuropsychology Assessment and Intervention: The Elderly