Note: For the fall 2017 incoming class, these clinical faculty members are open to accepting and mentoring new students:
Douglas Barnett
Rita Casey
Emily Grekin
Mark Lumley
Lisa Rapport
Sarah Raz
Valerie Simon
Paul Toro
John Woodard

These clinical faculty are not taking new students for fall of 2017:
Annmarie Cano
Christopher Trentacosta
R. Douglas Whitman

 

The Wayne State University Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association since August 1, 1960 and is currently accredited through 2018. We have long been a very strong scientist-practitioner program, and we continue to follow that training model. We educate and train highly skilled psychologists who competently provide a broad range of professional services, contribute to the scientific development of the field by conducting research, and disseminate knowledge effectively by teaching and training others. Our graduates routinely take positions of leadership and innovation in dealing with clinical problems within the context of the individual, the family, and the community. Our urban setting and commitment to addressing the needs of the underserved allows us to offer clinical training and research opportunities in a large number of different clinical settings with a wide variety of health problems across a broad spectrum of socioeconomic, ethnic, and cultural populations.

 

Our students are prepared first as psychologists, second, as clinical psychologists, and third, as clinical psychologists with specific expertise. Thus, all students receive broad and general psychology education, clinical training in both assessment and intervention with clients across the full age range, and focused training in a specific minor area or concentration. Our program currently offers focused training in neuropsychology, child clinical psychology, health psychology, and community psychology. Our extensive network of affiliated faculty and facilities provides research and clinical training in many other areas, including infant mental health, gerontology, substance abuse, rehabilitation, forensics, and primary care.

 

As shown in the accompanying tables, admission to our clinical psychology Ph.D. program is competitive. We expect GRE scores to be at least the 50th percentile on all sections of the general GRE, and successful applicants usually have GRE scores above the 70th percentile. The average undergraduate GPA of students admitted to the program typically is above a 3.5. A strong science background, both in psychology and the other sciences, and a strong math background help applicants. Although we are a scientist-practitioner program, we are more research-oriented than most programs that follow this model; thus, substantial experience and interest in research is weighed heavily in admissions. Student match with our program's philosophy and with specific faculty research programs also is a very important consideration. Potential applicants should consider the interests and expertise of our faculty, compare them to their own educational goals, and discuss this in their personal statement, as well as identify potential mentors of interest on the application website. Letters of recommendation provide us with valuable information about applicants’ past level of achievement, their potential for excellence in academic and clinical settings, and their emotional maturity to become a clinician.

 

The program is intensive, full-time, and year-round. Most of our students spend five years in the program before conducting a year-long internship in their 6th year. The department strives to ensure that all students who are making good progress are funded (stipend plus almost all of their tuition) for the first four years, and most students also are funded in their fifth year.

 

The accompanying Clinical Psychology Graduate Student Handbook provides extensive information about our program. We invite you to review this to learn more about our program.  Also, applicants who are made an offer of admission to our program are expected to read this Handbook and to endorse its content (including Ethics policies) before they accept admission.

 

As a member of the Council of University Directors of Clinical Training (CUDCP), the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Wayne State University adheres to CUDCP’s policies and guidelines for graduate school admissions, offers and acceptance. For additional information about these policies, please visit this page.

 

More information about clinical psychology and application tips also can be found at clinicalpsychgradschool.org, offered by CUDCP.

 

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Majoring in Clinical Psychology Encompasses:

  • Discipline-specific knowledge about the biological, social, cognitive, affective, and developmental bases of behavior, along with the history of psychology
  • Profession-wide competencies, including professional ethics and conduct, psychopathology, psychological assessment, psychological interventions, supervision and consultation, and research methods and statistics
  • Teaching experience
  • Clinical training at our in-house Psychology Clinic, external placements, and an accredited predoctoral internship
  • All of the above are conducted with substantial exposure to and training in individual and cultural diversity, ethical and legal standards, and communication and interpersonal skills.

In addition to the department's general requirements for the Ph.D. degree, students in the clinical program must satisfy additional criteria established by the American Psychological Association for accredited programs in clinical training. Clinical area students are required to take History and Systems, at least one course in each of four content areas to satisfy American Psychological Association requirements, and an advanced, integrative experience.

Clinical students complete the following series of courses:

  • Psychopathology
  • Psychological Assessment I and II
  • Practicum in Psychological Assessment (3 semesters)
  • Therapeutic Interventions I and II
  • Practicum in Therapeutic Interventions (3 semesters)
  • Ethical Issues in Clinical Psychology (1-hour seminars spread over3 semesters)

Research Training

All clinical psychology graduate students are expected to complete a formal master's thesis (unless one is transferred in from another graduate program) and a dissertation project. Yet, our scientist-practitioner program encourages and supports students' efforts to enhance their skills and productivity by participating in research-oriented activities beyond those that are required. We have extensive collaborations with many research institutes, hospitals, schools, and community organizations as well as other faculty in the Psychology Department to provide students with a broad array of opportunities in research.

Minors or Concentrations in Clinical Psychology

Clinical Neuropsychology
Our program has long been a national leader in clinical neuropsychology training, and we are affiliated with APA Division 40 (Neuropsychology) and provide education that is consistent with the Houston Conference guidelines. Students interested in this concentration are expected to complete Biological Basis of Behavior, Clinical Neuropsychology, and Neuropsychological Assessment, and may take other courses such as Neuroscience and Neuroanatomy. These students receive clinical neuropsychology training (and often conduct outside research) at various placements in the Detroit area, such as the Rehabilitation Institute of Medicine, Ann Arbor VA, Henry Ford Hospital, and Children’s Hospital, where they are supervised by neuropsychologists. Research related to neuropsychology is usually mentored by Drs. Lisa Rapport, John Woodard, or Peter Lichtenberg, and for those interested in child neuropsychology, Dr. Sarah Raz.

Child Clinical Psychology
Our program is a member of the Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology Training Council (CCaPPTC). Students who wish to pursue a career working with children or adolescents typically will complete advanced courses in Child Psychopathology and various courses in Developmental Psychology. A dual title PhD in Infant Mental Health is also available. Students receive clinical training (and often conduct research) at the Children’s Center, Adolescent Medicine, Project Challenge at Children’s Hospital, 3rd Judicial Court Child Clinic, Hawthorn Center, The Guidance Center, and several private or group practices run by our alumni. Student research in child clinical psychology is usually mentored by Drs. Douglas Barnett, Rita Casey, Christopher Trentacosta, or Valerie Simon, as well as developmental psychologist Marjorie Beeghly.

Health Psychology
Our program is a member of the Council of Clinical Health Psychology Training Programs (CCHPTP). Students who wish to pursue careers in medically-oriented settings or to deal with health-related problems typically will take Health Psychology I and II and Biological Bases of Health Psychology. These students receive clinical training (and often conduct outside research) at Beaumont Family Medicine, Henry Ford Hospital, Beaumont Pain Clinic, Wayne State Sickle Cell Clinic, and Wayne State Life Stress Center in Detroit Receiving Hospital. Student research in health psychology is usually mentored by Drs. Annmarie Cano, Emily Grekin, or Mark Lumley, as well as social health psychologist Richard Slatcher.

Community Psychology
Students wishing to focus on community-based problems such as homelessness, substance abuse, poverty, serious mental illness, and related issues will usually complete Community Psychology or Theories and Methods of Program Evaluation, as well as courses outside the department (e.g., public health). These students receive clinical training and often research training in setting such as the Michigan Forensic Center, Tolan Park Substance Abuse Program, the Wayne State Counseling and Psychological Services center, and local community mental health organizations. Student research is usually mentored by Drs. Paul Toro and Emily Grekin.

 

Supervised Clinical Training

The required clinical training work consists of practicum courses, internal and external practicum training, and a predoctoral internship. The practicum courses in assessment and psychological intervention operate as part of our Psychology Clinic, which is run by our training program. Our Psychology Clinic is used for training purposes throughout the student's graduate years. Clinical graduate students conduct psychological assessments in their second year and psychotherapeutic interventions in their third while receiving supervision from the core clinical faculty. Students may pursue advanced training in years 4 and 5 at our Clinic in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and other approaches. Students also participate in supervision training in their last year on campus, learning how to conduct supervision effectively. Many different theoretical orientations to both assessment and intervention are represented among the faculty, and different types of psychotherapy (adult, child, family, marital, group) are conducted. The Psychology Clinic is equipped with video equipment to facilitate supervision and the student's training.

 

Students' clinical training also is greatly strengthened by a network of approximately 25 external practicum placements. Students are required to conduct at least one of these, but most students do two or three, beginning in their third year of the program. These external placements range from 1 day to 3 days per week, and some of them pay the student a stipend. Many of these placements are noted above under “Minors or Concentrations in Clinical Psychology.” Students apply for these placements in January and then participate in them for a year, starting in September.

 

The required predoctoral internship consists of one year of full-time training in an APA-accredited institution. Successful completion of the internship is required for conferral of the doctoral degree. Our internship “match rate” in recent years has been very good (about 95%).

 

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