ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Our PhD Clinical Psychology Program follows a scientist-practitioner model of education and the basic principles as established by the National Conference on Scientist-Practitioner Education and Training for the Professional Practice of Psychology. We expect all graduates of our Program to be critical thinkers who are capable of functioning as an investigator and as a practitioner, consistent with the highest standards in psychology.

Education in the Clinical Psychology Program focuses on developing scientist-practitioners who have an in-depth understanding of the biopsychosocial factors affecting health in evidence-based practice, research, teaching, and public policy. Students learn the research skills and evidence-based approaches to patient care that they would learn at many graduate programs, but the opportunities to conduct DoD-relevant research, to work directly with service members and their families, and to develop inter-professional and leadership skills sets this program apart from others in the country. Upon graduation, all students will have research and clinical skills, uniquely informed through their experiences within a DoD setting. The tracks in the program determine student status (i.e., military or civilian) and degree of focus on research or clinical work.

Military Track: Students in the Clinical Psychology-Military Track are primarily educated to provide evidence-based care in military settings and develop the skills to conduct independent research. Both civilians and current military service members can apply for the Clinical Psychology Program-Military Track (CPM). Civilians accepted to the military track are commissioned into the Army, Navy, or Air Force. All students that attend the Clinical Psychology Program in the military track incur a 7-year service commitment following the completion of internship.

 

Civilian Track: Graduates of the Clinical Psychology-Civilian Track are primarily trained to be independent clinical researchers and have the skills to provide evidence-based care across a variety of settings. Only civilians can apply for the Clinical Psychology Program-Civilian Track (CPC). Students in the civilian track of the Clinical Psychology Program do not incur a service obligation.

 

Program Highlights

Students have the opportunity to participate in cutting-edge research that spans numerous possibilities: basic science, clinical research, global health, etc. Particular focus areas relevant to military medicine include traumatic brain injury, cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder, emerging infectious and neglected tropical diseases, combat casualty care, substance abuse, genomics and precision medicine.

Graduate Research

The Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology serves the uniformed services and the nation with a worldwide perspective for education, research, policy, service, and consultation. The university’s premier graduate program in psychology is unique in relating these activities to military medicine, disaster medicine, and military readiness.

Dept of Medical and Clinical Psychology