The doctoral program is designed according to the scientist-practitioner model. The program trains students to conduct research that is integrated with clinical practice. A basic tenet of this approach is that consistently effective professional practice is firmly grounded in scientific psychology. Students receive a solid foundation in scientific areas of psychology and in the historical foundations of psychology.
Training in research skills such as statistics, measurement, and research methods ensures competence in conducting empirical research and in critically evaluating one's own and others' clinical and empirical work.
Students become competent in professional practice skills, such as assessment, interventions, and consultation. Supervised clinical experiences are planned throughout the curriculum.
Thus, graduates of the program are prepared to practice as clinical psychologists, teachers, researchers, consultants, and administrators. Click here to see a complete list of teaching goals of the doctoral program.
Training in research skills is designed to promote increased independence in conducting empirical research. Students will join the laboratory of their research mentor, and will usually begin working on a research project in their first year. By the end of the first year, the student proposes a master's research project, which is completed by the end of the second year. The third and fourth years are typically the time to write the doctoral qualifying exam (DQE) and to complete the dissertation. Throughout their tenure in the Program, students are strongly encouraged to make presentations at research conferences and to submit manuscripts for publication in research journals.
Graduates of the Clinical Program demonstrate competency in the assessment and treatments of children, adolescent and adults, and basic proficiency in consultation and supervision. The doctoral graduate is expected to demonstrate understanding of professional practice issues, including ethical principles, legal guidelines, and multicultural and diversity issues. Doctoral students obtain their initial clinical training in both assessments and interventions under the close supervision of departmental clinical faculty at the Center for Psychological Services, which is in the Department of Psychology. Advanced training is obtained by working with clinical psychologists in cooperating hospitals and centers throughout the Milwaukee metropolitan area.
A 12-month predoctoral internship is completed prior to granting of the doctoral degree.
The doctoral curriculum requires 84 credit hours over five years of full-time study.
Descriptions of Program courses can be found in the Graduate Bulletin beginning on page 78.