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Loyola University Chicago

Department of Psychology

Detailed Program Description

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

 

Undergraduate Prerequisites

A background in psychology with at least 24 semester hours in clinical psychology is preferred. Courses in statistics and in research methods, or the equivalent, are required.

Application Process

This doctoral program receives many applications each year but only selects six to eight full-time students. All applications are reviewed by an admissions committee, and those in the final group of approximately 40 applicants are interviewed individually by at least two faculty members and an advanced graduate student.

As part of the interview process, students are invited to Loyola to participate in a day-long program of activities that includes an orientation, question-and-answer period, opportunities to meet all of the clinical faculty and current graduate students, and a tour of the department and campus. Final applicants are strongly encouraged to visit Loyola; however, telephone interviews can be arranged.

Full application requirements can be found at the online application form.

   

Financial Assistance

Financial assistance is available through a variety of sources, including graduate assistantships, research and teaching, grant-funded research positions and internships. Moreover, for more advanced students in our program (typically, fourth year and beyond) the university offers fully-funded teaching fellowships and dissertation fellowships. Students seeking financial assistance for their first year of graduate study should apply for it when applying for admission.

For more information about financial assistance, please visit the graduate and professional financial assistance page on the Financial Aid Office Website.

 

Program Requirements

The training objectives are reflected in the program curriculum which includes formal classes, advanced seminars, supervised clinical and research experience, and independent study opportunities. While certain requirements are established to ensure that all students acquire the proficiency outlined in the training objectives, flexibility exists for students to pursue their specialized interests and subspecialty training.

   

Coursework

General Psychology Requirements
To acquire a knowledge of the substantive content and methodological approaches of psychology, all clinical students are required to take:

In addition, students must complete a series of "core" psychology courses. These core courses represent basic content areas in psychology and serve to fulfill the course requirements for the Ph.D. degree. Students select at least one core course from several offered in each of the following areas:

Clinical Psychology Course Requirements
To acquire a solid foundation in the theory and practice of clinical psychology, all clinical students are required to take the following courses:

Electives
Students may pursue their individual interests through elective courses. These electives are selected by the student in consultation with his/her advisor and should be chosen to provide the student with greater depth in his/her specialized interest area as well as a richer contextual framework for his/her clinical interests. Examples of frequently taken electives include:

   

Supervised Clinical Experience

Practicum-Externship Experience
Supervised clinical experience is an integral part of the overall program. All clinical students must complete a minimum of 800 hours of pre-internship, or practicum/externship training, experience. This begins during the second year when students complete a two-semester psychotherapy practicum in the Program's Training Clinic which is based in the University's Wellness Center.

After the second year, students progress to advanced level externship placements where they continue to receive supervised experience, generally with a wider range of assessment and intervention techniques and more diverse clinical populations. The Clinical Program maintains a close working relationship with many hospitals, medical centers, clinics, and mental health facilities in the Chicago metropolitan area. One of the great advantages of Loyola's Clinical Program is its location in Chicago which offers an incredible variety of practicum training opportunities (over 100). Students can obtain training in different therapeutic approaches and with diverse client populations in such placements as:

Internship
The 12-month full-time internship is generally taken in the 6th year of study and may be completed at an APA-accredited site within the Chicago area or anywhere in the United States. Over the years, our students have been very successful in securing desirable internship positions. Examples of internship sites in recent years include:

   

Research

All clinical students are required to complete an empirical master's thesis and a doctoral dissertation. The program emphasizes research on clinical problems in applied clinical settings and strongly encourages such research. Because of the close working relationships between the clinical program at Loyola and Chicago-area mental health facilities, opportunities for clinical research are available.

In addition to the required research and related courses, other elective opportunities exist for students to participate in research activity. Within the Department, faculty lead research teams that provide active forums for generating research ideas. These groups cover areas such as family and marital issues, depression, ethics, adolescence, psychotherapy research, exposure to violence, children's mental health services, and pediatric psychology. There are also general clinical research meetings plus a clinical brown bag colloquium series. Finally, our faculty encourage students to present papers and posters at professional meetings and to publish their research. See Full-Disclosure Student Information for a summary of these student activities.

   

Examinations

In addition to the oral examinations associated with the master's thesis and doctoral dissertation, all clinical students are required to complete the doctoral qualifying examination. This exam is designed to provide a comprehensive assessment of professional and scientific competency in clinical psychology. The examination includes written and oral components. The written exam covers three major areas: assessment, intervention, and psychopathology. The oral exam involves the student's discussion of clinical materials related to a case that is given to the student by the examination committee. Students typically take this exam after their third year of study.

   

Child-Clinical Subspecialty

The child subspecialty allows students to develop special expertise in psychological approaches to understanding and treating children, adolescents, and families. Many of the clinical faculty teach courses and conduct research on issues related to children, adolescents, and families. In addition, clinical students and faculty interact closely with students and faculty of the developmental division through program meetings and research collaborations.

Students who enroll in this "track" complete the core courses required of all clinical students. In addition, they complete a series of advanced coursework in the child-clinical subspecialty and acquire clinical and research experience relevant to this subspecialty as described below. It is important to note that all clinical students may take child-clinical courses and acquire child-related experiences. However, students can only report that they have been trained as child-clinical psychologists if they complete the following requirements:

  1. In addition to the basic program course requirements, students in this track must take the following courses: Social Development, Cognitive Development, Child Psychopathology, Child Assessment, Child Psychotherapy.
  2. Students must complete a dissertation directly related to child, adolescent, or family issues. Also, at least one faculty member from the child track must serve on each student's Thesis and Dissertation Committees.
  3. Following the second year psychotherapy practicum, students must complete an advanced externship focusing primarily on work with children, adolescents, and/or families.
  4. Students are required to complete an internship where at least 33% of one's time is spent working with child, adolescent, or family clients.

   

Neuropsychology Module

The neuropsychology module allows students to develop special expertise in clinical neuropsychological assessment.  Students who wish to pursue completion of this "module" complete the core courses required of all clinical students.  In addition, they complete advanced coursework in clinical neuropsychology and acquire clinical experience relevant to clinical neuropsychology as described below.  It is important to note that all clinical students may take neuropsychology and acquire neuropsychology-related experiences.  However, students can only report that they have focused their training in clinical neuropsychology if they complete the following requirements:

  1. In addition to the basic program course requirements, students in this track must take the following courses: Neuropsychology, Neuropsychological Assessment, and Psychopharmacology.
  2. Following the second year psychotherapy practicum, students must complete an advanced externship focusing primarily on clinical neuropsychological assessment of adults and/or children.
  3. Students are required to complete an internship where a significant portion of one's training is in the practice of clinical neuropsychology.

   

Student Committees

Graduate students in the clinical program are very involved in the management of the program. Specifically, graduate students attend clinical faculty meetings and all students are members of the Clinical Students Association (CSA). Students also participate in the following committees:

Information Committee, which produces our program newsletter and the program bulletin board. They have also recently produced a student life handbook which includes a vast amount of information regarding life as a graduate student.

Practicum Committee, which oversees a database that includes information on a variety of practicum experiences in the Chicagoland area.

Colloquium Committee, which organizes program-wide colloquiums and panel discussions on a range of topics, including consultation, supervision, health psychology, forensic psychology, and alumni panel discussions.

Graduate students are also active in the admission process.

   

Sample Courses of Study

A minimum of 72 hours of coursework is required for the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Sample programs of study:

Year One (Same for general and child-track)

Year Two

General:

Child Track:

Year Three

General:

Child Track:

Years Four and Five (Same for general and child-track)

*These courses are offered every other year. The exact timing of these courses will depend on year-of-entry into the program.

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