Clinical Psychology PhD - Requirements

 

Program Requirements:

The program requires the development of broad competencies described in the Handbook of Graduate Programs. Thus, the program is not merely a series of courses and experiences. In addition to the requirements listed below, the student must demonstrate competence to advance through the various phases of the degree program, including the internship and clearance for graduation.

The 111 hours of credit include coursework, clinical training, thesis and dissertation, and comprehensive exams.

Course Work:

Practicum, Clerkships and Externships:

Throughout the first four years in the program, students are required to complete clinical practica at the Comprehensive Clinic as well as clerkships outside Brigham Young University. Virtually all students also participate in paid externships beginning in their second year at a variety of sites throughout Utah and Salt Lake Counties.

Internship:

A 2000 hour APA-approved Internship is required during the 5th year in the program. Most students complete this requirement at sites outside of Utah.

Comprehensive Examinations:

  • 2nd Year: Psychodiagnostic Assessment (written product, oral)
  • 3rd Year: Research (written, may be waived)
  • 3rd Year: Psychotherapy Demonstration (written product, oral) 

Master's Thesis:

During the first and second years of the program, the student will complete a master's thesis. It results in a publication-quality paper and is defended before a faculty committee. All papers are presented in a poster session sponsored by the Department.

Dissertation:

Oral Examinations take place in defense of the dissertation prospectus and in defense of the final dissertation. Students complete the prospectus defense by the end of Spring Term of their third year and the final dissertation defense prior to leaving on an internship at the end of their fourth year.

Optional Emphasis Areas:

Completion of the requirements listed below may eventually lead to developed competencies in these specialties. Aside from grades in the courses, there are no special examinations used to determine the level of competence in these areas. It should also be noted that emphasis areas are not required of the students, nor does the transcript note the completion of an emphasis area.

A. Child, Adolescent, and Family Emphasis

  • Psychology 520 Advanced Developmental Psychology (3)
  • Psychology 612 Developmental Psychopathology (3)
  • Psychology 711R Advanced Child Assessment (3)
  • MFT (Under discussion)
  • Psychology 741R Practicum (1-3 each)
  • Assigned to Clinical Child Psychologist for supervision at least one year
  • Psychology 743R Clerkship (1 each)
  • One or more clerkships at sites specializing in child or adolescent populations
  • Psychology 700R Externship (.5 each, variable number)
  • One or more externships completed in an emphasis area

B. Clinical Neuropsychology Emphasis

  • Psychology 585 Human Neuropsychology (3)
  • Psychology 680 Clinical Neuropsychology (3)
  • Psychology 712R Topics in Neuropsychology: Neuroatatomy (3)
  • Psychology 712R Topics in Neuropsychology: Adult Assessment (3)
  • Psychology 712R Topics in Neuropsychology: Child Assessment (3) 
  • Psychology 740R Case Conference: Neuropsychology (.5 each, 6 semesters)
  • Psychology 743R Clerkship (1 each) 
  • One or more self-selected clerkships completed in neuropsychology 
  • Psychology 700R Externship (.5 each, variable number) 
  • One or more externships completed in an emphasis area 

C. Clinical Research Emphasis 

  • Psychology 743R Clerkship (1 each)
  • One or more self-selected clerkships in an emphasis area
  • Psychology 700R Externship (.5 each, variable number)
  • One or more externships completed in an emphasis area 

D. Clinical Health Emphasis 

  • Psychology 583 Health Psychology
  • Psychology 686R Seminar in Health Psychology
  • Two or more from Psychology 552 Applied Social Psychology, Psychology 680 Clinical Neuropsychology, Psychology 687R Seminar in Psychopharmacology, Psychology 712R Human Neuroanatomy, Health 608 Determinants of Health Behavior, Health 612 Program Planning and Evaluation, Health 619 Infectious and Chronic Disease Prevention and Control, and Health 630 Small-Group Health Promotion Interventions
  • One or more externships completed in an emphasis area