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Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (Clinical)

Faculty working with Students: 35
Students: 39
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 79.49%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall December 1
  • Spring No spring applications
Campus:
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • GRE Quantitative
  • GRE Verbal
  • GRE Analytical

Degree Description:

The Clinical Psychology Program at Washington State University is based on the scientist-practitioner model of training.  The Program is designed to integrate theory, research, and clinical practice in the training of students.  Students are thus involved in research activities each semester in the Program and clinical practica beginning in the third semester until the start of the 12-month internship.  The goal of the program is to train highly competent clinical psychologists who will obtain high quality APA-accredited internships and, with graduation, make positive contributions to the field of clinical psychology.  Given that our graduates can potentially make contributions to clinical psychology in academic, research, medical, clinical, or community settings dependent on their interests and goals, the Program provides broad, general clinical training during the four to five years that students are at the University.  Areas of interest within the Clinical Psychology Program include: Clinical Health and Primary Care Psychology,  Neuropsychology, Adult Psychopathology, Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Diversity, and Quantitative Methods in Psychology.  The Program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association [750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002; (202) 336-5979].

Admission Requirements:

Admission to our graduate program is competitive.  To merit consideration the applicant must have completed at least 18 credits in psychology and earned at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA.  Applicants with less than these numbers will not be considered for admission regardless of circumstances.  For those who meet this requirement, evaluation of the application is based on: undergraduate GPA (3.0 minimum); graduate GPA (if any); GRE scores (subject test is not required; Verbal + Quantitative score averages approximately 319 for admitted students but there is no specific minimum); letters of recommendation; clinical, research, and/or teaching experience; the variety and difficulty of coursework completed, with the expectation that the student has completed a large number of upper-division courses both within and outside of the major; extracurricular activities; jobs related to psychology; and a demonstrated ability to function independently and responsibly.  The department actively recruits students from cultural groups that have been under-represented in professional psychology.

Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to:

  1.  To produce graduates who have a broad knowledge of scientific psychology.
  2.  Students will acquire detailed knowledge about psychopathology.
  3.  To produce graduates who are capable of contributing to current knowledge in clinical psychology.
  4.  Successful completion of an empirical doctoral dissertation.

Student Opportunities:

RESEARCH TRAINING

The Clinical Program operates on the proposition that research training is an integral part of the education of clinical psychologists.  Although the program admits only persons who expect to receive a Ph.D., each student who enters at the bachelor’s degree level is expected to complete an empirical master’s project while in progress toward the doctoral dissertation. Students may conduct research under the supervision of either clinical or experimental faculty.  In addition to the master’s project and dissertation, clinical students are expected to be involved in research activity under the direction of a faculty member during each semester in residence.

CLINICAL TRAINING

Exposure to professional clinical activities begins in the fall semester of the second year of graduate training and continues through the completion of the clinical internship.  To provide broad clinical training for students, the Department of Psychology offers a variety of different clinical experiences.  The Psychology Clinic in the Department of Psychology is staffed by faculty and clinical graduate students and provides assessment, diagnostic, and psychotherapy services for a fee to the University and surrounding communities.  The University Counseling Services is staffed by clinical and counseling psychology graduate students and faculty psychologists, and provides ongoing counseling and emergency services to students.  The University Health and Wellness Services provides assistance to students through the Behavior Medicine Service, which is staffed by clinical graduate students, physicians, and a psychiatrist. The University of Idaho Child and Adolescent Study Center provides assessment and therapy to children and adolescents.

Career Opportunities:

Post-Graduate Employment Opportunties:
1. Post-doctoral (one to two year) positions in universities and medical schools; 2. Staff psychologist positions in VA Health Care Centers; 3. Faculty positions as clinical psychologists at Universities; 4. Staff psychologist positions in hospitals and clinics; 5. Staff psychologist positions in medical schools; 6. Clinical psychologist in private practice.

Career Placements:

2011 Graduates

1. Onondaga Case Management Services
Syracuse, NY

2. Northern California Health Care System
Sacramento, CA

3. Department of Pediatric Psychology
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, AR

4. Private Practice
Littleton, CO

2010 Graduates

1. Health and Wellness
Washington State University
Pullman, WA

2. Mayo Clinic,
Rochester, MN

3. The Help Group
Sherman Oaks, CA 91401

4. Department of Psychology
Washington State University
Pullman, WA

5. Brooke Army Medical Center
Warrior Resiliency Program
Department of Behavioral Medicine
3851 Roger Brooke Drive
Fort Sam Houston, TX

6. University of Alaska-Anchorage
Center for Behavioral Health Studies
Anchorage, AK

7. Department of Neurology
University of California-Davis
Sacramento, CA 95817

8. Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Salem, Virginia 24153

9. VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Palo Alto, CA 94304

2009 Graduates

1. Trillium Health Center
Mississauga, Ontario

2. Department of Psychiatry and Division of Neurology
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

3. James A. Haley Veterans Hospital
Tampa, Florida

4. Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

2008 Graduates

1. Department of Psychology
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL

2. Evergreen Behavioral Health
Vancouver, WA

3. Puget Sound Psychology and Consulting
Seattle, WA

4. St. Peter Regional Treatment Center
St. Peter, MN

5. Platteville Family Resource Center
Platteville, WI

2007 Graduates

1. Alcohol Drug Abuse and Treatment Program
Cannon Air Force Base
New Mexico

2. Merit Care Health System
Detroit Lakes, MN

3. VA Loma Linda Healthcare System,
Loma Linda, California

4. Department of Psychiatry
University of Washington School of Medicine
Seattle, WA

5. Private Practice in Forensic Psychology
Seattle, WA

6. Zablocki VA Medical Center
Milwaukee, WI

2006 Graduates

1. Department of Veterans Affairs
St. Augustine, FL

2. Foothills Medical Center-Sleep Center
Alberta Health Services
Alberta, Canada

3. Portland VA Medical Center
Portland, OR

4. Fargo VA Medical Center
Fargo, ND

5. Department of Rehabilitative Medicine
St. Mary’s Hospital
Tucson, Arizona

6. Assistant Dean of Students for Chemical Health and Outreach Programing
Counseling Services
St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud, Wisconsin

7. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA

8. Department of Psychiatry/Psychology Division
David Geffen School of Medicine
UCLA
Los Angles, CA

Faculty Members:

Barbosa-Leiker, Celestina, PhD

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Examining psychosocial risk factors of heart disease, specifically the predictive ability of stress, depression, and anger on traditional heart disease risk factors such as hypertension, adiposity, and dyslipidemia.

Barry, Christopher, PhD

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Self-perception (e.g., narcissism, self-esteem) and personality features in children and adolescents as they relate to youth delinquency and aggression, as well as the association of social media behavior with self-perception and adolescent mental health.

Barry, Tammy, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Child externalizing behaviors
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
Aggression and disruptive behavior disorders in children and adolescents

Belenky, Gregory, M.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Sleep Research

Blume, Arthur, PhD

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Burns, G Leonard, PhD

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

– Internal and external validity of sluggish cognitive tempo relative to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder,
– Oppositional defiant disorder and callous/unemotional traits within and across cultures.

Chaytor, Naomi, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Emotional, cognitive and functional correlates of chronic medical conditions

Craft, Rebecca Miriam, PhD

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Research focus on sex differences in the effects of psychoactive drugs.

Cuttler, Carrie, PhD

Serves as: co-chair or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

My diverse research interests are united by a focus on the links between health-related behaviors, stress, and cognitive functioning. I am currently focused on examining the effects of chronic cannabis use and different forms of exercise on executive functioning, creativity, retrospective memory, and prospective memory (i.e., the ability to remember to execute tasks at the appropriate later moment).

Dyck, Dennis G, PhD

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Ehrlinger, Joyce Margaret, PhD

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

My research focuses on understanding the sources and consequences of inaccuracy in metacognitive as well as social judgment

Fales, Jessica, PhD

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

1) psychosocial risk and protective factors for youth with chronic pain, 2) individual and family-based cognitive-behavioral interventions for pain and 3) the impact of persistent pain on social development and functioning in adolescence.

Fournier, Lisa, PhD

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

When carrying out complex actions, we often need to momentarily suspend the execution of one action plan to execute another. We investigate how action plans are represented in working memory and how managing multiple action plans affects the execution of each plan. We combine theories of action planning, perception and memory to understand how action plans are represented, and how they interact to control behavior.

Gartstein, Maria, PhD

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Infant Temperament, Developmental Psychopathology, Cross-cultural Differences

Hinson, John M, PhD

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Cognition, Affect, Decision Making, Sleep

Kwon, Paul H, PhD

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Resilience to stress among individuals from stigmatized groups, particularly sexual/gender minorities and ethnic minorities.

Ladd, Benjamin, PhD

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Magnan, Renee Elizabeth, PhD

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Marcus, David, PhD

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

(a) psychopathy and other externalizing disorders; (b) interpersonal factors in psychopathology and psychotherapy; and (c) cognitive factors in health anxiety.

McPherson, Sterling Marshall, PhD

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Director, Program of Excellence in Addictions Research, Associate Director, Providence Medical Research Center: 1) Development of evidence-based substance use disorder treatments, 2) Behavioral pharmacology, 3) Innovative analytical methods to answer novel research questions in psychopharmacology and substance abuse, 4) Kidney disease and acute kidney injury, mental illness and drug and alcohol use as risk factors.

Morgan, Michael Monte, PhD

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Neural Mechanisms of Morphine Tolerance

Parks, Craig David, PhD

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Individual Differences in Cooperative Choice
Hostility Toward Cooperators and Collective Goods
Psychological Influences on Energy and Resource Consumption

Posey, Donelle Cristine, PhD

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Strategies for teaching and learning that improve student performance in their college courses.

Probst, Tahira, PhD

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Roll, John, PhD

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Human behavioral pharmacology, the development and refinement of behavioral interventions for addiction and other psychiatric disorders, as well as technology transfer issues.

Schmaling, Karen B, PhD, ABPP

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

psychosocial factors in chronic illness; depressive disorders; couple/relationship factors; diversity and university faculty

Schmitter-Edgecombe, Maureen, PhD

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Clinical and Cognitive Neuropsychology, Everyday Functioning, Gerontechnology, Cognitive and Health Interventions

Scott, Walter, Ph.D.

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Social Cognitive Approaches to Personality/Psychopathology
Applications of Personality Science to Personality Assessment
Cognitive Self-Regulation, Depression, Memory
Cognitive Self-Regulation and Depression in American Indian Youth

Strand, Paul S., PhD

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

Research Interests

Child Emotional and Social Development; School Readiness

Swindell, Samantha, PhD

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

behavior analysis; teaching innovations

Tragesser, Sarah, PhD

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member on graduate committee

VanDongen, Hans, Ph.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Sleep Research

Walker, Brendan, PhD

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Molecular, genetic and epigenetic contributors to maladaptive behavioral dysregulation in alcohol dependence and neuropsychiatric disorders

Whitney, Paul Michael, PhD

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Wright, Bruce, M.D.

Serves as: member only on graduate committee

Research Interests

Adult psychopathology, Clinical health psychology

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