Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology
The UNLV Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program, in the scientist-practitioner tradition, prepares students to address psychological concerns through both scholarly research and the application of psychological knowledge and skills in practice. We recognize psychology as an empirical science and expect students to have a broad understanding of existing psychological knowledge and methods. We train students to base their scholarly and professional activity on the scientific foundation of psychology, including an understanding of and attention to human diversity. We train students as generalists who are prepared to conduct ethically appropriate scientific research and clinical interventions with children and adults in an increasingly multicultural society. We provide an integration of didactic study, supervised clinical activity, and mentored scholarly research. This mission is consistent with and complementary to the mission of the Department of Psychology and UNLV. The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.
The central goal of our doctoral program is to train psychological scientist-practitioners who possess a broad foundation of psychological knowledge, the ability to design and implement scientific investigations, and the skills necessary to intervene in psychological concerns. We thus evaluate our students along the following areas of competence:
- Broad Knowledge of the Discipline of Psychology
- Including methods of psychological science, knowledge and skills necessary to address psychological problems, integration of science and practice, and skills necessary to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
- Professional values and ethics as evidenced in behavior and comportment that reflects the values and ethics of psychology, integrity, and responsibility.
- Reflective Practice/Self-Assessment/Self-Care
- Practice conducted with personal and professional self-awareness and reflection; with awareness of competencies; with appropriate self-care.
- Scientific Knowledge and Methods
- Understanding of research, research methodology, techniques of data collection and analysis, biological bases of behavior, cognitive-affective bases of behavior, and development across the lifespan; respect for scientifically derived knowledge.
- Relate effectively and meaningfully with individuals, groups, and/or communities.
- Individual-Cultural Diversity Awareness
- Awareness, sensitivity, and skills in working professionally with diverse individuals, groups, and communities who represent various cultural and personal backgrounds and characteristics defined broadly and consistent with APA policy.
- Ethical Legal Standards and Policy
- Application of ethical concepts and awareness of legal issues regarding professional activities with individuals, groups, and organizations.
- Interdisciplinary Systems
- Knowledge of key issues and concepts in related disciplines; identify and interact with professionals in multiple disciplines.
- Assessment and diagnosis of problems, capabilities, and issues associated with individuals, groups, and/or organizations.
- Interventions designed to alleviate suffering and to promote health and well-being of individuals, groups, and/or organizations.
- Ability to provide expert guidance or professional assistance in response to a client’s needs or goals.
- Generating research that contributes to the professional knowledge base and/or evaluates the effectiveness of various professional activities.
- Supervision and training in the professional knowledge base and of evaluation of the effectiveness of various professional activities.
- Providing instruction, disseminating knowledge, and evaluating acquisition of knowledge and skill in professional psychology.
- Manage the direct delivery of services and/or the administration of organizations, programs, or agencies; this competency is currently aspirational.
- Actions targeting the impact of social, political, economic, or cultural factors to promote change at the individual (client), institutional, and/or systems level; this competency is currently aspirational.
Careers in clinical psychology typically involve employment in private practice, hospital and mental health agencies and centers, and academia. Career practices usually involve assessment, treatment, consultation, program development and evaluation, and clinical supervision.