Advance Psychological Science and Practice
Serve individuals from an emotional, mental or behavioral perspective with expertise in research, observation and diagnosis of mental health conditions. The American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited cognitive-behavioral doctoral program in clinical psychology at the University at Albany will prepare you for comprehensive work with patients facing diverse challenges from depression to addiction.
Through coursework and research you will gain an understanding of clinical psychological principles for assessment and treatment. You will learn to apply critical thinking and analysis to generate solutions to prepare you for careers in academic, research, community and health care settings.
Participate in active clinical research programs with a faculty mentor in areas like eating disorders, drug addiction, anxiety, family violence, child and adolescent development, and minority disparities.
Program of Study
In the PhD in clinical psychology program you will obtain the nine profession-wide competencies required by the APA’s Standards of Accreditation in Health Service Psychology, which are 1) Research, 2) Ethical and legal standards, 3) Individual and cultural diversity, 4) Professional values, attitudes, and behavior, 5) Communication, 6) Assessment, 7) Intervention, 8) Supervision, and 9) Consultation. These competencies are addressed in multiple courses throughout the curriculum and in training/experiential activities. Your program advisor will help you select an overall program of study consistent with your career goals.
Clinical Psychology Core Courses
- Introduction to Clinical Psychology: The Scientist-Practitioner
- Survey of Psychopathology
- Clinical Methods I: Assessment
- Clinical Methods II: Psychotherapy and Behavior Change
- Clinical Methods III: Psychotherapy and Behavior Change
- Clinical Child Psychology
- Treatment of Childhood Problems
- Diversity Issues in Mental Health
- Practicum in Clinical Assessment
- Practicum in Assessment Intervention
- Professional Issues and Current Directions in Clinical Psychology
- Behavioral Neuroscience I
- Survey of Cognitive Psychology
- Survey of Developmental Psychology
- Survey of Social Psychology
Out of Specialization Area Courses
- Two courses from two different areas of specialization within Psychology PhD programs
- Statistical and Experimental Methods I
- Statistical and Experimental Methods II
Initial Research Project
- Demonstrate basic research competency in your subfield of Psychology
Research Tool Requirement - demonstrated proficiency in one of the following:
- Pass a foreign language test
- Course in computer programming, mathematics, electronics, biochemistry, histological techniques, foreign language, pharmacology, or advanced statistics
- Master a technique, statistical or otherwise, in the process of conducting the Initial Research Project or another research project
- A full calendar year spent in an APA accredited internship site
Full-Time Study in Residence
For more information contact Program Director Elana Gordis at email@example.com.
The doctoral program in clinical psychology follows an apprentice/junior-colleague training model. You will interact closely with faculty members in all aspects of research activity, providing you with the opportunity to make significant contributions in the areas of treatment development, outcomes research, program evaluation, training, supervision, basic psychopathology research, clinical science and practice, and theory and philosophy of science. The program is structured so that you will dedicate your final year to a pre-doctoral internship.
You will be prepared to work in professional settings to further develop and enhance your research, or put your skills to practice in diverse health care areas.
With a PhD in Clinical Psychology potential careers include:
- Clinical scientist
- Health Care Administrator
Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.
- Students will demonstrate effective presentation skills.
- Students will be able to demonstrate in depth knowledge in the following areas:
(b) Child Clinical
(d) Behavior change
(e) Research Design
(f) Conceptual issues
(g) Ethical and Professional Issues
(h) General Issues
- Students will demonstrate assessment and Intervention skills.
- Students will be able to conduct original research including:
(a) Literature review and generation of hypotheses
(b) Understand and apply an appropriate technique or research methodology
(c) Statistical analyses of data, incorporate findings into the existing literature and identify implications of study