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Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology Mission, Goals & AIMs

The focus of the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program is to train graduates for the general, integrative practice of health service psychology with diverse populations, especially those that are traditionally underserved. The clinical psychology doctoral program also seeks to prepare students from underserved groups to become psychologists who reinvest by serving as health care leaders in their local communities.

Further goals for the PsyD program can be found below:

AIM 1: To prepare graduates for the practice of health service psychology as evidenced by their content mastery of the discipline specific knowledge that serves as the foundation of psychological science.

  • Objective 1A: Students will demonstrate discipline specific knowledge of the origins and development of major movements in the history of psychology that inform the profession of health service psychology.
  • Objective 1B: Students will demonstrate broad and general knowledge of psychological science that serves as required for the establishment of identity in and orientation to health service psychology.

AIM 2: To produce graduates who will have profession wide competencies required for entry level practice in health service psychology and a strong professional identity as a health service psychologist.

  • Objective 2A: Students will demonstrate knowledge and application of ethical principles and the legal standards of practice in health service psychology.
  • Objective 2B: Students will demonstrate core knowledge and the application of professional competencies that inform the science of health service psychology.
  • Objective 2C: Students will demonstrate awareness, sensitivity, and respect in communicating and engaging in interpersonal interactions required in the performance of responsibilities in health service psychology.
  • Objective 2D: Students will demonstrate competence in conducting psychological assessments, interpreting results accurately, and rendering diagnoses.
  • Objective 2E: Students will demonstrate competence in selecting and conducting interventions that are appropriate for client/patient assessed goals, situation, and resources.
  • Objective 2F: Students will demonstrate foundational knowledge of supervision, consultation, and interprofessional practice.

AIM 3: To produce graduates who will have the discipline specific knowledge and competencies to promote scientific inquiry, the linkage of science with practice, and critical thinking required for entry level practice in health service psychology.

  • Objective 3A: Students will demonstrate the broad and general knowledge of psychological science that serves as the basis for health service psychology.
  • Objective 3B: Students will demonstrate the ability to conduct research and engage in other scholarly activities.
  • Objective 3C: Students will demonstrate knowledge of Evidence Based Practices of Health Service Psychology.

AIM 4: To train graduates, in furthering their identification with health service psychology, who demonstrate competence in Individual and Cultural Diversity for the amelioration of health care disparities, with special emphasis in under-resourced communities and Appalachian sectors.

  • Objective 4A: Students will demonstrate foundational knowledge in Individual and Cultural Diversity.
  • Objective 4B: Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively within under-resourced communities by advocating for and serving as leaders within rural Appalachian sectors.
  • Objective 4C: Students will demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning through their scholarly activities in health service psychology.