Required Course Work

Required Courses:

  • 16:830:521, 522   Research Design & Analysis I and II (2 semesters, 3 credits each)
  • 16:830:537          Adult Descriptive and Experimental Psychopathology (3 credits; offered each fall)
  • 16:830:528      Clinical Ethics (1.5 credits; alternate years; take by fall of 2nd year)
  • 16:830:580      History and Systems of Psychology (3 credits; alternate years)
  • 16:830:623, 624   Theory and Practice of Cognitive Behavior Therapy I and II (Adult Clinical Disorders; 2 semesters-6  
                          credits; spring of 1st year & fall of 2nd)
  • 18:821:558      Learning Disabilities in Children and Adults (3 credits, completed by year 1 end)
  • 18:820:633      Cognitive Assessment (3 credits, completed by end of 2nd year)
  • 16:830:541      Personality Theory (3 credits)

Two courses (6 credits) on psychological treatment

  • 18:821:630      Assessment and Treatment of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (3 credits)
  • 18:821:562      Behavioral Couples Therapy (3 credits)
  • 18:821:566      Cognitive Behavioral Family Therapy for Adolescent Problems (3 credits)
  • 18:820:615      Family Therapy for Childhood Disorders (3 credits)
  • 18:821:555/556   Cognitive Behavior Therapy: Essential Skills for the Treatment of Anxiety, Depression, and Personality Disorder (2 semesters, 3 credits     each)
  • 18:821:567      Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Childhood Disorders (3 credits)
  • 18:821:607      Interpersonal Psychotherapy (3 credits)
  • 18:821:608/609  Clinical Research and Treatment for Youth Anxiety and Depression (3 credits)
  • 18:821:612      Fundamentals of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (3 credits)
  • 18:821:613      Dialectical Behavior Therapy in Practice (3 credits)

One course in Behavioral and Systems Neurosciences (3 credits)

  • 16:830:558      Psychopharmacology: Theory & Practice
  • 16:830:591      Current Topics in Psychology: Autism

One course in Social Psychology (3 credits)

  • 16:830:506      Social Psychology Seminar: Self and Intergroup Relations
  • 16:830:612      Seminar in Social Psychology: Attitudes and Social Cognition

One course in Cognitive Psychology (3 credits)

  • 16:830:534      Decision Making
  • 16:830:546      Memory
  • 16:830:637      Seminar in Cognition: Autobiographical Memory and Mental Time Travel

One course in racial and ethnic diversity (3 credits)

  • 18:820:570      Psychological Intervention with Ethnic and Racial Minority Clients and Families
  • 18:820:575      Diversity and Racial Identity

Developmental Seminar (1.5 credits)

  • 16:830:591      Current Topics in Psychology: Lifespan Developmental Foundations of Human Behavior

Participation in monthly Clinical Grand Rounds and quarterly Clinical Forums

Students are encouraged to consider other open electives - courses in any area of psychology or other disciplines (e.g., statistics, philosophy).  We particularly recommend the following courses, most of which are taught every-other year.

  • 16:830:503       Advanced Studies: Applied Latent Variable & Hierarchical Models
  • 16:830:504      Advanced Studies: Write an NRSA grant
  • 18:830:591      Current Topics in Psychology: Clinical Research Design, Assessment, and Ethics (Note: This course will be required of future cohorts, once it is approved by the university curriculum committee and given a new course number)
  • 16:830:591      Current Topics in Psychology: Psychophysiology of Emotion
  • 16:830:591      Current Topics in Psychology: The Psychology of Gender
  • 16:830:619      Seminar in Social Psychology: Health Psychology
  • 16:830:637      Psychology of Decision Making
  • 16:830:647      Neurobiology of Mental Illness

(Note: The Clinical Area Coordinator circulates a tentative schedule of course offerings each term for long-term planning, but this is subject to change.  You can examine course offerings each semester using the on-line schedule of classes (look for courses under the following subjects: Psychology (830), Professional Psychology (820), and Clinical Psychology (821).  Courses offered by GSAPP are open to clinical Ph.D. students, but GSAPP students are given preference. A special permission number is required for registration for GSAPP courses. This number is obtained from Sylvia Krieger.

Sample Course sequencing (5 Years or 4 Years)

The following distribution of courses is for students with a Teaching Assistantship or Graduate Assistantship. Note that students supported by a TA cannot pursue more than 24 credits in an academic year (including the summer), excluding TA/GA E-credits. A total of six Research in Psychology credits are needed by the time students defend their master’s thesis. A total of 24 Research in Psychology credits are needed by the time students plan to leave for internship. A minimum of nine credits (including e-credits) are needed to maintain full-time student status each semester. Students on internship must remain continuously enrolled (typically for one credit per semester) until all degree requirements, including internship, have been completed.

We faculty recommend a 5-year course of study in most cases, as this affords more time to develop a program of research and develop the clinical skills needed to match well to internship and post-doctoral fellowship positions.

A 5-Year Model Course Sequence is located in the Clinical Psychology Handbook.

For students who elect to complete coursework in four years prior to internship (a decision that should be made in close consultation with the primary advisor), it may be challenging to fit all the required courses in without exceeding the limits on the number of credits allowed (without additional, out-of-pocket expenses). It is therefore essential that students consult with the primary advisor, the Clinical Area Coordinator (Edward Selby), and the Graduate Senior Administrator (Anne Sokolowski) regarding course registration and clinical training sequencing.