Training Philosophy

Our program’s emphasis is on science and underscores our commitment to applying scientific method and evidence to further the design, delivery, and evaluation of assessment, prevention, and treatment procedures for children from infancy to young adulthood. We are not just teaching students how to do science, but how to be scientists, both for conducting research and delivering clinical care. We adhere closely to the principles and values of clinical science, as articulated by the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science, of which our program has been a member since June 2014. Accoringly, we offer a multi-faceted curriculum of coursework, practicum, and professional development designed to equip students with the requisite knowledge, skills and competencies to succeed as professional psychologists. We acknowledge the inextricable link between research and practice by encouraging students to bring their clinical experience to bear on research questions, and to bring an empirical lens to the assessment and treatment of psychological disorders. The commonly accepted definition of “evidence based practice” as the confluence of research evidence, clinical expertise, and client characteristics (Sackett, Straus, Richardson, Rosenberg, & Haynes, 2000) informs our framework for training that focuses on building skills for critical consumption of and contribution to research and building expertise for clinical decision-making. Our goal is to prepare students with the skills and competencies to acquire, manage, and effectively utilize evolving knowledge of treatment targets, models, methods, and settings and to encourage students to produce, advance, and deliver research evidence in ways that foster its consumption by researchers, educators, and clinicians.

The clinical science program is designed to support all students to reach a minimum level of competence on each of the following education goals and learning objectives, informed by federal priorities for research and practice, literature on evidence-based mental health care, and competency benchmarks in professional psychology. Goals and objectives reflect the principles and values of clinical science, as articulated by the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science, and aligned with those articulated in the APA Guidelines and Principles. They align with the program vision to prepare students for careers in professional psychology that include research, education, and mental health service delivery.

Program Goals

  1. Students will demonstrate competency to advance knowledge through research relevant to children and families in the discipline of psychological clinical science.
  2. Students will demonstrate competency to deliver evidence-based clinical care for children and families.
  3. Students will demonstrate knowledge in psychological clinical science.
  4. Students will demonstrate professionalism in the research and practice of psychological clinical science.