Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
The clinical psychology program adheres to the scientist-practitioner model of clinical training designed to develop competent, creative professionals capable of functioning in clinical, research and academic settings. The program strives to provide a balance of training and experience in research, clinical work and teaching. Specifically, the program seeks to enable its students to develop proficiency in:
- Knowledge of the substantive content
- Theories and methodological approaches of psychology
- Planning and execution of psychological research
- Specialized knowledge of psychological dysfunctions and approaches to assessment and treatment
- Selection and use of psychological assessment procedures, including clinical interviewing, intelligence and personality testing, and behavioral assessment
- Selection and implementation of constructive intervention procedures
- Written and oral communication of psychological information
- Knowledge of and adherence to the ethical standards of the profession
The program also seeks to engender in its students a sensitivity to cultural and individual differences along with a flexibility in the application of psychological principles and techniques to a variety of populations. The mission of the program is to provide students with a strong background in general psychology and in the theory and practice of clinical psychology. Students are exposed to a range of theoretical orientations and psychological procedures. Formal specialization is available in the area of clinical child psychology.
The clinical psychology program has been fully accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1959 (APA, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242; 202.336.5979). 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 50 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.
Please see the Student Admissions, Outcome, and Other Data page for more information about our selection process and some characteristics of our current student body and their accomplishments. Specifics about the program can be found on the detailed program description page.
The 55 students in the clinical psychology program represent a diversity of backgrounds, interests and experiences. The nine full-time clinical faculty are diverse in gender, cultural and ethnic background, training experiences, and current research, teaching and clinical interests. The characteristics and pursuits of our clinical faculty and student body combined with the rich resources of the Chicago area offer a unique opportunity to study a broad spectrum of clinical issues and populations.
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