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Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
The Department of Psychology offers a doctorate (Ph.D.) in clinical psychology, with specialization in working with deaf and hard of hearing populations. The program is based on a “scholar-practitioner” training model, with a life-span development philosophy and offers courses and opportunities for supervised practice with deaf people, with both early- and late-onset hearing loss. Students also develop general clinical skills through work with hearing populations.
The clinical program trains psychologists in both clinical and research skills. It prepares them to contribute to the field both by providing clinical services to deaf and hard of hearing individuals and by expanding the knowledge base in areas of psychology important for working effectively with these populations. The doctoral program typically requires a minimum of five years for completion, one year of which is a full-time clinical internship. Students may apply to be awarded an M.A. in Psychology after completion of their predissertation research project and the comprehensive examination. This is usually awarded after the third year of study and is not a terminal degree.
The Clinical Psychology Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Information, comments, or questions about our accreditation can be directed to the Commission on Accreditation at the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002. Their phone number is (202) 336-5500 and their web address is http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/index.aspx for the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation.
Applicants for the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology must complete the application procedures and meet the requirements for graduate study at Gallaudet University. Visit the Graduate Admissions website for more information and a checklist of application requirements.
Program Specific Requirements
GRE General Test
Three Letters of Reference
Narrative Statements – Essay
On-campus Interview by invitation in February-March
Prior Degrees Required
Undergraduate Psychology Major or Minor, or Related Field
18 hours of Undergraduate Psychology courses preferred
Prior Professional Experience
Program of Study
Students complete approximately 100 hours of academic credit, including the following areas: biological bases of behavior, social bases of behavior, cognitive and affective bases of behavior, human development, research and analytic methods, ethics, psychological assessment, and psychological interventions. The program includes supervised practicum experiences and a research-based dissertation.
Sign Language Requirements
Students must attain prescribed levels of sign language competency to enter their first practicum and to be permitted to apply for an internship. Students are required to score 2+ or above on the GU-ASLPI (Gallaudet University American Sign Language Proficiency Interview) before beginning their practicum, and a 3 or above before beginning their internship.
Students from this program may participate in practicum activities with the Gallaudet University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Students who undertake or intend to undertake a practicum experience with the CAPS may not also receive clinical services from the center. Such students need to seek practitioners not associated with the CAPS and would be responsible for the costs of such services. The CAPS maintains a listing of outside service providers, many of whom have reduced fees for Gallaudet students. We recommend that students applying to this program carry health insurance with sufficient mental health benefits to cover the cost of such outside services.
Summary of Requirements
First Year Fall Semester
Discussion of the concepts, use, and interpretation of data visualization, descriptive statistics, and inferential statistics methods in research, with an emphasis on the social sciences. Topics and tools include scales of measurement, measures of central tendency, measures of variability, univariate and bivariate graphical plots, measures of correlation, simple linear models, confidence intervals for means and proportions, and hypothesis testing for means and association. Data analysis software including SPSS will be used.
Covers principles of research design in psychology from two-group comparisons to complex multiple treatment designs. Also includes guidelines and criteria for writing research reports and articles, questionnaire and survey research, case studies and other single-subject designs, correlational studies, naturalistic observation, and ethical considerations in research.
An intensive course in theory, methods, and clinical skills in appraisal of individual intelligence, including a critical analysis of individual tests, criteria for evaluating and selecting tests, values, limitations of tests, test selection, administration & scoring, analysis and interpretation of test results, preparation of reports, and legal and ethical standards in assessment.
This course introduces clinical psychology doctoral students to ethical issues and professional practice in clinical psychology. The course covers the APA Code of Ethics, ethical decision-making and clinical judgment, professional expectations and guidelines, legal obligations of psychologists, and an overview of clinical practice settings. Cross-cultural and social justice issues in clinical practice are emphasized as they relate to ethical decision making in the evolving world of clinical practice.
This course provides an understanding of normal and psychopathological variants of adult functioning and development. Diagnostic criteria, psychodynamic issues, and applications of DSM-IV will be discussed. Treatment implications of various diagnostic categories will be included.
First Year Spring Semester
This seminar introduces students to ongoing faculty, staff, and student research projects. The seminar also includes direct experience as a research assistant in a faculty or staff member's research program. Ethical issues in research with human subjects receive particular emphasis.
Covers inferential statistics including simple and complex analysis of variance, multiple comparisons between means, and analysis of covariance. Chi-square and other nonparametric statistics and partial and multiple regression are included. Experience with computer programs (SPSS) for these statistical analyses will be provided.
This course focuses on clinical observations and interviewing skills, and is an introduction to the practice of psychotherapy. The focus is on building skills for planning, initiating, conducting, and evaluating therapeutic interventions with clients. Students will learn how to: conduct a mental status evaluation; use semi-structured interviews; conduct open-ended interviews with adults and children; and conduct behavioral observations. Emphasis is on the development of skills necessary in the practice of clinical psychology.
An overview of methods and theories of psychotherapy used with adults. Covers professional and ethical guidelines as applied to the conduct of psychotherapy.
First Year Summer
Review of theoretical approaches in the historical development of psychology as a discipline, including the emergence of clinical and experimental psychology from philosophical and physiological perspectives. The principal systems and schools of thought in the history of psychology will be surveyed, including psychophysics, structuralism, functionalism, behaviorism, gestalt theory, psychoanalysis, and cognitive theories. These systems and schools of thought will be analyzed as they relate to contemporary psychology.
Second Year Fall Semester
This course provides in-depth exploration of the complex interrelationships between the functioning of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals and psychological, biological, and socio-cultural aspects within a human systems framework that incorporates multicultural perspectives. Psychological principles and theories related to the emotional, cognitive/linguistic, behavioral, and cultural development of deaf and hard -of-hearing individuals are considered. Also considered are factors including the influence of etiology/genetics, varying levels of hearing loss and age of onset, familial variables, linguistic and communication approaches, technology, educational settings, psychopathology, and cultural aspects.
This fall course is generally taken in the second year of the clinical psychology program. It provides clinical training through a practicum placement at the University Counseling and Psychological Center (CAPS). Students will participate in a weekly seminar, as well as weekly individual and group supervision. Training will focus on diagnostic interviewing, clinical assessment, case formulation, treatment planning, therapeutic interventions, report writing, and client feedback. Supervision (i.e., individual and group) is provided by licensed psychologists (i.e., program faculty and on-site supervisors). Cultural, linguistic, and individual diversity factors are emphasized throughout the course and will be applied to clinical work. Supervision and consultation theories and practices also are introduced at this level of training.
This course provides credit for individual student research projects at the pre-dissertation stage, conducted under approved faculty supervision.
This course provides a foundation in functional neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, and the presentation and effects of brain injuries, illnesses, and syndromes. It also includes material on peripheral sensory and perceptual functions. When you complete this course, you should have a basic knowledge of brain structure and function/dysfunction and the interaction of mind and body. An emphasis is placed on application of the information to clinical populations and the ability to critically evaluate neurophysiological and neuropsychological research.
Second Year Spring Semester
This spring course is generally taken in the second year of the clinical psychology program. It provides continued clinical training through a practicum placement at the University Counseling and Psychological Center (CAPS). Students will continue to participate in a weekly seminar, as well as weekly individual and group supervision. Training will focus on the continued development of the following: diagnostic interviewing, clinical assessment, case formulation, treatment planning, therapeutic interventions, report writing, and client feedback. Supervision (i.e., individual and group) is provided by licensed psychologists (i.e., program faculty and on-site supervisors). Cultural, linguistic, and individual diversity factors will continue to be emphasized throughout the course and will be applied to clinical work. Supervision and consultation theories and practices are further explored at this level of training.
Second Year Summer
Third Year Fall Semester
This course provides an introduction to theoretical and research foundations in social psychology, particularly as related to clinical/personality psychology and to the study of cultural minorities and the diversities of human experience.
The Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area is one that is very culturally diverse. This course will focus on the special issues that are raised when offering mental health and psychotherapy services to persons of color who reside in this large urban area. During the course, students will have the opportunity to examine the following content areas: the psychology of racism and oppression, theoretical issues and research findings on psychotherapy with minority populations, the impact of therapist racial/cultural characteristics on the therapeutic process, multicultural issues in psychodiagnostic testing, and relevant issues for traditional and emerging minority groups. Each class period will also include a module on an ''urban issue'' of concern to area residents.
Generally taken in the third year, this practicum includes clinical training and experiences in assessment, evidence-based interventions, case conceptualization, the diagnostic process, and treatment planning and outcomes. Clinical supervision and or consultation may be included as a training experience depending on the placement. Training sites include medical centers, community agencies, government agencies, primary and secondary schools, college counseling centers or other service facilities.
This course provides credit for individual student research projects at the dissertation stage, conducted under approved faculty supervision.
Third Year Spring Semester
This optional summer practicum includes clinical training and experiences in assessment, evidence-based interventions, case conceptualization, the diagnostic process, and treatment planning and outcomes. Clinical supervision and or consultation may be included as a training experience depending on the placement. Training sites include medical centers, community agencies, government agencies, primary and secondary schools, college counseling centers or other service facilities.
Fourth Year Fall Semester
Generally taken in the fourth year or beyond, the advanced clinical psychology practicum includes additional clinical training and experiences in assessment, evidence-based interventions, case conceptualization, the diagnostic process, and treatment planning and outcomes. Clinical supervision and or consultation may be included as a training experience depending on the placement. Training sites include medical centers, community agencies, government agencies, primary and secondary schools, college counseling centers or other service facilities.
Fourth Year Spring Semester
Generally taken in the fourth year or beyond, this optional advanced clinical psychology practicum includes additional clinical training and experiences in assessment, evidence-based interventions, case conceptualization, the diagnostic process, and treatment planning and outcomes. Clinical supervision and or consultation may be included as a training experience depending on the placement. Training sites include medical centers, community agencies, government agencies, primary and secondary schools, college counseling centers or other service facilities.
Fifth Year Fall-Spring-Summer
Registration indicates that the student is undertaking a psychology internship approved by the clinical psychology program at the predoctoral or doctoral level.
In line with APA accreditation standards and our program mission, the following are the expected student learning outcomes upon completion of the program:
The Department of Psychology offers a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association (APA). The CoA is part of the APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation (OPCA) in the education directorate. Information, comments, or questions about accreditation can be directed to the commission on accreditation: 750 First Street NE Washington D.C 20002-4242 Telephone: (202) 336-5979 TDD: (202) 336-6123 Fax: (202) 336-5978
Completed application form. See Application Instructions to learn how. The deadline for Clinical Psychology Program applications is January 15. A non-refundable application fee of $75. A minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a four-point scale) in all previous undergraduate and graduate study. (Occasionally, applicants with...
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