Student Involvement

Clinical Forums and Grand Rounds

  1. Clinical Forums and Grand Rounds provide an opportunity for all students in the program to meet on a regular basis, and are used to address several key areas of program content. The Clinical Area Coordinator chairs the Forums and Grand Rounds, which are a required program activity.
    1. The Clinical Forum is a professional development series that meets three times per year.
      1. One session is devoted to supervision and consultation and covers models of, ethics in, and effective use of supervision and conslutation. The material covered in the supervision and consultation Forum varies from year to year (so as to avoid duplication for students), but each session addresses specific facets of these themes. Readings will be assigned and guest speakers will be invited to present at these sessions. 
      2. A second session is devoted to professional development. This covers clinical and research training planning, internship preparation, and career planning and preparation.  This Forum includes separate tracks for some sessions so material can be geared to students’ developmental levels (e.g., so first-year students participate in break-out sessions devoted to preparation for the start of clinical work and completing master’s projects while fourth-year students participate in break-out sessions devoted to dissertation and internship preparation). 
      3. A third session focuses on student research presentations with faculty discussants. This facilitates collaborations among students and faculty and increases student-faculty interaction.
    2. Clinical Grand Rounds occur monthly during the academic year on Fridays from 12:15 to 1:45 PM, typically. Clinical Grand Rounds focus on clinical practice issues and involve both didactic presentations and interactive discussion of issues in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health problems and the promotion of mental and physical health in diverse populations.


Departmental colloquia offer unique opportunities for students to learn from leading researchers in psychology as well as up-and-coming young psychologists being considered for positions in the department. Students are strongly encouraged to attend departmental colloquia and job talks. Announcements about colloquia are posted on departmental bulletin boards and the department website.

Clinical Area Committees

  1. The clinical program maintains several standing student committees. Each student is expected to serve on at least one committee. These committees provide opportunities for students to contribute to the development and quality of their own training. Committees include: Student/Alumni Evaluation; Program Review/Student Handbook; Admissions/Welcoming; New Student /Housing; Diversity; Forum and Grand Rounds Planning/GSA; Clinical Advisory Committee; and Area Representatives.
  2. A CBT Training Committee was jointly appointed with GSAPP in 2012. The charge of this committee is to review our courses, course sequences, clinic opportunities, mentor/lab training opportunities, practicum/externships and sequences, qualifying examination, and internships to determine how well they conform with the recommendations of The Inter-Organizational Task Force on Cognitive and Behavioral Psychology, Doctoral Education Sponsored by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and to make recommendations for bringing the CBT training in both programs in greater compliance with these recommendations. Students serve on this committee.
  3. Other committees are convened as needed, some regularly. These include Admissions and Faculty