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Clinical Psychology - Ph.D.

The Ph.D. degree in Clinical Psychology prepares students to conduct research, to serve on college and university faculties and to provide a range of clinical services. The program adheres to the clinical scientist model of education and training, which is founded on the idea that the practice of psychology should be based on the science of psychology, and that practicing psychologists should be able to translate clinical observation into researchable questions and pursue new knowledge on the basis of their observations. Students are expected to develop an area of special expertise in research, and opportunities for specialized clinical training are offered.

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The American Psychological Association (APA) has accredited the Clinical Training Program at Kent State continuously since 1968. The program is based on a clinical-scientist model and is designed to prepare students for careers in research, teaching and clinical practice.

Adult Clinical Specialty Clinical Child & Adolescent Specialty Clinical Neuropsychology Specialty  

Introduction to the Program

The American Psychological Association (APA) has accredited the Clinical Training Program at Kent State continuously since 1968. The program is based on a clinical-scientist model and is designed to prepare students for careers in research, teaching and clinical practice. 

 

Research Training

Students have many resources and opportunities for developing research skills that can be applied to important clinical problems. All students are mentored by a specific faculty member, work directly in faculty research labs and can be involved in collaborative research projects with faculty and area agencies (e.g., hospitals, schools). Clinical students are expected to become active in research as soon as they enroll in the graduate program.  Initial research activities involve collaboration with faculty on their ongoing research programs.  By the second year, clinical students should be conducting their own research projects designed to fulfill the requirements of the master’s degree under faculty supervision.  Students are encouraged to take research course waivers, designed to fulfill some of the course requirements by conducting additional independent research projects under faculty supervision.  Clinical students’ research training culminates in the design, execution and successful defense of a doctoral dissertation project.

Clinical Training

The Clinical Training Program is designed to expose students to a variety of empirically-supported approaches to assessment, intervention and research. Training in clinical skills begins in the first year, when students participate in clinical practica designed to begin development of basic listening, communication, assessment and conceptualization skills,  It continues during the second year when students receive supervised clinical experience in the Psychological Clinic.  During the third and fourth years students are involved in advanced practica in the Psychological Clinic and in part-time clinical placements in community agencies.

The Psychological Clinic is maintained within the department as a training facility where students receive clinical experience under the supervision of clinical psychology faculty. The department also works closely with clinical facilities in the area (e.g., adult and child community mental health centers, forensic facilities, health centers, and hospitals and medical centers) in providing supervised clinical placement venues for students. In addition to departmental practica and community training experiences, clinical students are required to complete a one-year APA-accredited clinical internship before receiving the Ph.D. Our students have been successful in obtaining high-quality internships. Internship sites have been widely dispersed geographically, ranging from the Palo Alto V.A. in California to the Yale University School of Medicine. Internship sites have included medical schools, V.A. centers, community mental health clinics, and forensic institutions.

Funding Information

All graduate students in the clinical program are eligible to receive financial support, usually in the form of a graduate assistantship, which includes a full tuition waiver, a stipend and some health insurance benefits.  Both research and teaching skills are advanced by the graduate assistantships. In later years, students may develop teaching skills through instruction of undergraduate psychology classes.

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

Access STUDENT ADMISSIONS, OUTCOMES AND OTHER DATA on the Clinical Ph.D. students

The Kent State University Department of Psychological Sciences Clinical Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.  Information on accreditation can be obtained by contacting the APA Commission on Accreditation.  They can be contacted by phone at 202-336-5979 or by mail at the following address: Commission on Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002-4242.

For information on how the Kent State University Department of Psychological Sciences Clinical Program fits into your plans for licensure, please see our Professional Licensure Disclosure.

Program Information

Program Description

Full Description

The Ph.D. degree in Clinical Psychology prepares students to conduct research, to serve on college and university faculties and to provide a range of clinical services. The program adheres to the clinical scientist model of education and training, which is founded on the idea that the practice of psychology should be based on the science of psychology, and that practicing psychologists should be able to translate clinical observation into researchable questions and pursue new knowledge on the basis of their observations. Students are expected to develop an area of special expertise in research, and opportunities for specialized clinical training are offered.

In addition to general training in clinical psychology, students may receive specialized research and clinical training in one of the following areas: adult psychopathology, assessment, child, health or neuropsychology.

The Clinical Psychology major includes the following optional concentration:

  • The Quantitative Methods of Psychology optional concentration trains individuals in some of the more recent developments of statistical science and, particularly, the application of these developments to real-world psychological data. One unique feature of the concentration is the focus on the application of quantitative methods in psychological research; although department faculty members have expertise in an area of statistics, they also conduct research in a substantive area of psychology. The concentration is intended for those students who intend to pursue academic careers, wherein the use of advanced quantitative methods in one’s own program of research is highly valued, and who also intend to teach undergraduate or graduate courses in statistical methods.
Admissions

For more information about graduate admissions, visit the graduate admission website. For more information on international admissions, visit the international admission website.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum junior-senior 3.000 undergraduate GPA on a 4.000-point scale
  • 18 credit hours in psychology, including a course in statistics
  • Broad background in psychology
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Goal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions to waive) by earning one of the following:1
    • Minimum 94 TOEFL iBT score
    • Minimum 7.0 IELTS score
    • Minimum 65 PTE score
    • Minimum 120 DET score

Admission to the Ph.D. degree is limited to students whose records clearly indicate both scholarly and research potential to do doctoral-level work.

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International applicants who do not meet the above test scores may be considered for conditional admission.

Admitted students to the Ph.D. who would like to declare the Quantitative Methods of Psychology concentration must meet the following admission requirements:

  • Good academic standing
  • Written approval of the student’s primary advisor
  • Completion of PSYC 61651 and PSYC 61654 with an A grade, or an approved waiver of this criterion based on equivalent prior coursework
  • Identification and written acceptance of a quantitative mentor from the list of department quantitative faculty

Application Deadlines

  • Fall Semester
    • Application deadline: December 1

Applications submitted by this deadline will receive the strongest consideration for admission.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competencies in research methodologies specific to their area of interest.
  2. Demonstrate competencies in teaching undergraduate courses.
  3. Demonstrate competencies in providing psychological assessment and treatment services.
Coursework

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

Major Requirements
PSYC 70105DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOPATHOLOGY 3
PSYC 70192INTEGRATION PRACTICUM 3
PSYC 70272INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT 3
PSYC 70273ADVANCED PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT: ADULT 3
PSYC 70324PROFESSIONAL ISSUES AND ETHICS IN CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY 3
PSYC 70371INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGICAL THERAPY 3
PSYC 70392SUPERVISED CLINICAL EXPERIENCE 2
PSYC 70592PRACTICUM IN DIAGNOSTIC INTERVIEWING 3
PSYC 70792PSYCHOTHERAPY PRACTICUM 3
PSYC 71651QUANTITATIVE STATISTICAL ANALYSIS I 3
PSYC 71654QUANTITATIVE STATISTICAL ANALYSIS II 3
PSYC 71685CLINICAL RESEARCH METHODS 3
PSYC 71894COLLEGE TEACHING OF PSYCHOLOGY 13
PSYC 72392CLINICAL PRACTICUM 9
PSYC 72492ADVANCED PRACTICUM 7
Additional Program Electives 220
Culminating Requirement
PSYC 81199DISSERTATION I 330
Additional Requirements or Concentration
Choose from the following:9
Minimum Total Credit Hours:113
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PSYC 71894 is required for students who teach starting their third year.

2

A limited number of graduate courses outside the department may be credited toward graduation. No 50000-level psychology courses may be applied to the degree. PSYC 81498 can be used to partially satisfy additional program electives.

3

Doctoral candidates, upon admission to candidacy, must register for PSYC 81199 for a total of 30 hours. It is expected that doctoral candidates will continuously register for PSYC 81199, and thereafter PSYC 81299, each semester, until all requirements for the degree have been met.

Additional Requirements for Students Not Declaring the Concentration

Major Requirements
Additional Program Electives9
Minimum Total Credit Hours:9

Quantitative Methods of Psychology Concentration Requirements

Concentration Requirements
Concentration Electives, choose from the following:9
PSYC 80501
PSYCHOMETRIC THEORY AND MEASUREMENT
PSYC 80503
HIERARCHICAL LINEAR MODELING
PSYC 80502
STRUCTURAL EQUATION MODELING
PSYC 81691
SEMINAR IN QUANTITATIVE METHODS
Teaching Experience 1
Research Experience 2
Minimum Total Credit Hours:9
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Psychologists with strong quantitative skills often are expected to disseminate statistical knowledge to their colleagues; thus, students who pursue the concentration must have at least one practicum experience. This teaching experience can be as an instructor of an undergraduate course (PSYC 21621, PSYC 31684) or becoming the teaching assistant for the first-year graduate sequence.

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Students must demonstrate mastery of quantitative methodology through the inclusion of an advanced technique as part of a milestone or independent project that has been approved by the student’s quantitative mentor. Students should either (a) complete a thesis/dissertation that has a strong quantitative component or (b) publish a first-authored quantitative-focused paper or a first-authored content paper with sophisticated analyses, as determined by the student’s quantitative mentor. Specifically, students should demonstrate that they are able to appropriately conduct and interpret sophisticated statistical analyses. Note, however, that this requirement does not necessarily suggest that students need to develop a new statistical technique or methodology.

Candidacy Requirement

  • Students who have been admitted into the doctoral program will be considered for Ph.D. candidacy after they have met all requirements for the M.A. degree and have passed a qualifying examination in a major area of specialization in psychology.
  • The Department of Psychological Sciences reserves the right to separate from the program a student who, in the opinion of a duly constituted departmental committee, is not likely to succeed professionally despite earning acceptable grades.
  • Proficiency in a foreign language is not a requirement for the Ph.D. degree.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
- 3.000
  • The program requires full-time continuous enrollment, including summers.
  • Post-baccalaureate students are required to complete a minimum of four years of full-time attendance.
  • All Ph.D. candidates (regardless of area of specialization) complete a program of basic core courses and clinical practical, select additional courses and seminars with the aid of a faculty advisor and complete a doctoral dissertation.
  • Students must complete a supervised traineeship in a faculty-approved mental health facility outside the department, which involves a minimum of 1,000 hours. Additionally, a 2,000-hour internship in a setting approved by the American Psychological Association is required over a calendar year's duration.
  • The Department of Psychological Sciences will permit the waiving of program coursework if supported by appropriate graduate-level coursework for post-master's students admitted to the program. Students may earn the Ph.D. degree with less than 113 credit hours but no less than 98 total credit hours.
Program Delivery
  • Delivery:
    • In person
  • Location:
    • Kent Campus
Accreditation

The Ph.D. degree in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Information on accreditation can be obtained by contacting the APA Commission on Accreditation by phone at 202-336-5979 or by mail at the Commission on Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002-4242.

Examples of Possible Careers and Salaries

Clinical, counseling, and school psychologists

3.1%

about as fast as the average

171,500

number of jobs

$79,820

potential earnings

Psychology teachers, postsecondary

8.8%

much faster than the average

46,800

number of jobs

$78,180

potential earnings

Notice: Career Information Source
* Source of occupation titles and labor data comes from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' Occupational Outlook Handbook. Data comprises projected percent change in employment over the next 10 years; nation-wide employment numbers; and the yearly median wage at which half of the workers in the occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less.