A university-based Psy.D. Program, the doctoral program in clinical psychology at ISU follows a practitioner-scientist model of training and has been APA-accredited* for more than 25 years. Our students are required to complete a dissertation, thus we place somewhat more emphasis on research skills than do some Psy.D. programs. Students interested in a doctoral program that provides rigorous training in clinical skills as well as research opportunities may be particularly suited for our program.
The Psy.D. Program at ISU adheres to the belief that thoughtful training in diversity issues is crucial in developing a professional identity that values and pursues excellence in clinical practice. In addition, we are committed to creating a cultural of acceptance and inclusion that values the contribution of diverse perspectives such as those influenced by gender, ethnicity, race, culture, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability and personal experience. The program strives to develop in our students a professional identity grounded in an active sense of social responsibility combined with an appreciation and respect of cultural and individual differences.
Over the past 7 years, 87% of our students that have applied have been "matched" with an APA approved internship; 92% of our students have matched with an APPIC member internship (based on 53 students applying for internships through APPIC between 2005 - 2011).
We currently have five clinical and five experimental faculty members that teach in the Psy.D. program. In addition, the director of our Psychology Clinic is a licensed psychologist and teaches in the Psy.D. program. Please click to learn more about the research interests of our clinical faculty and experimental faculty.
We have approximately 30-35 students on campus each year (1st-4th year students, 7-9 per cohort) and 7-9 students on internship. Over the past seven years, 85% of our students have been successful in obtaining an internship, most at APA-accredited sites. Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and from many different parts of the US. Almost all students have a bachelor's degree in psychology and typically 1-2 students each year enter with a master's degree or having completed some graduate coursework.
Are you a student interested in learning more about our graduate program in Clinical Psychology? Please take a moment and read an informational letter from our Department's chairperson, Dr. Virgil Sheets.
*Questions related to the programs accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
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