Program philosophy and goals

The program’s goals and objectives relate to the pursuit of the program’s mission, described at the outset of this webpage. The program is designed to assist students acquire the knowledge base and skills set outlined in the objectives below.

Goal 1: Identify as a psychologist in the clinical science tradition.

  • Identification with and appreciation for the discipline of psychology as a foundation for scientific inquiry and practice
  • Knowledge of a broad domain of psychological theories and research
  • Commitment to integration of science and practice as a means of furthering human welfare

Goal 2: Contribute to the knowledge base in domains that enhance clinical psychological science, including potential interdisciplinary collaboration.

  • Knowledge of research methods and statistics
  • Knowledge of theories and scientific bases of psychological tests and measurement
  • Ability to objectively evaluate research
  • Competence in preparing research proposals
  • Competence in independent research relevant to clinical psychological science
  • Dissemination and communication of research findings to a broad audience

Goal 3: Develop competence in knowledge and skills required for functioning in academic and/or clinical settings including a lifelong commitment to clinical science.

  • Knowledge in conceptual and empirical foundations of psychopathology, assessment and interventions
  • Knowledge and skills in ethical and professional standards in academic and clinical settings
  • Knowledge of cultural and diversity aspects of psychology
  • Ability to use the evidence base in assessment, program evaluation, and development of treatment or action plans with diverse client groups
  • Professional communication skills, including teaching and supervision