The Wayne State University doctoral training program in Clinical Psychology has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association since August 1, 1960 and is currently accredited through 2018. Our program is designed to develop 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. Our graduates are trained for positions of leadership and innovation in dealing with clinical problems within the context of the individual, the family, and the community.
Wayne State University students are prepared for the diverse and ever-changing professional roles of clinical psychologists through extensive training in general psychology, psychopathology, personality, psychological assessment and therapeutic interventions. Students are expected to develop a focused area of interest for practice and research built upon this basic curriculum. Our urban setting has fostered the development of practicum and research facilities in a large number of different clinical settings, providing our students with exposure to a wide variety of health problems across a broad spectrum of socioeconomic and cultural populations.
In addition to general training in clinical psychology, our program currently offers clinical, research and didactic training in clinical psychology subfields including neuropsychology, child clinical psychology, health psychology, community psychology, and psychopathology. Our extensive network of adjunct faculty and facilities provide research and clinical training in many other areas, including community and cross-cultural mental health, early intervention, gerontology, substance abuse, rehabilitation, and neurosciences.
APA Commission on Accreditation
Majoring in Clinical Psychology Encompasses:
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 and at least one course in each of four content areas to satisfy American Psychological Association requirements (biological aspects of behavior, cognitive and affective aspects of behavior, social aspects of behavior, and individual differences). Several courses, including those listed as departmental Core Curriculum Courses, will satisfy the required coverage of these content areas.
Clinical students also complete the following series of courses:
All clinical psychology graduate students are expected to complete a formal master's thesis and a dissertation project. The Wayne State University Clinical Psychology Program is based strongly on the scientist-practitioner model of training. Therefore, we encourage and support students' efforts to enhance their skills by participating in research-oriented activities in addition to those required by the degree program. The Clinical Psychology training program has extensive links to the many research institutes, hospitals, schools, and community organizations surrounding Wayne State. These affiliations and the ongoing research conducted by our core faculty provide students with a broad array of opportunities in research.
Minors or Concentrations Within Clinical Psychology
Child Clinical Psychology
Supervised Clinical Training
The required field training work consists of practicum training and courses, and an approved internship. The practicum courses in assessment and psychotherapy operate as part of the student's training experience in the Department Psychology Clinic through the training program.
The on-campus department Psychology Clinic is used for training purposes throughout the student's graduate years. Clinical graduate students conduct psychological assessments and psychotherapeutic interventions in this facility while receiving supervision from the core clinical faculty. Many different theoretical orientations to both assessment and psychotherapy are represented among the faculty, and different types of psychotherapy (adult, child, family, marital, group) are conducted. The Psychology Clinic is equipped with observation windows and video equipment to facilitate supervision and the student's training.
Students' clinical training also is strengthened by the availability of external practicum experiences or field placements. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these training opportunities for two years of the student's program, often starting in the second year. These field placements involve about 20 hours per week of paid employment in any of various clinical agencies approved by the Clinical Training Program.
The following agencies have served as field placements for WSU clinical students: University Health Center, Wayne County Clinic for Child Study, Children's Center of Wayne County, Harper Hospital, Children's Hospital, Sinai Hospital, Beaumont Hospital, Henry Ford Hospital, Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan, Veterans Administration Hospitals in Detroit and Ann Arbor, and Michigan Center for Forensic Psychiatry.
The required predoctoral internship consists of one year of full-time work and training in an APA-approved institution. Some students may elect to meet their internship requirement after completion of the doctoral dissertation; however, successful completion of an APA-accredited internship is required for conferral of the doctoral degree.
Core Clinical Psychology Research and Teaching Faculty
Douglas Barnett, Ph.D. Professor, Director of Psychology Clinic
Annmarie Cano, Ph.D. Professor
Rita J. Casey, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Associate Director of Clinical Training
Emily R. Grekin, Ph.D. Associate Professor
Mark A. Lumley, Ph.D. Professor, Director of Clinical Training
Lisa J. Rapport, Ph.D. Professor
Sarah Raz, Ph.D. Associate Professor
Valerie Simon, Ph.D. Associate Professor
Christopher Trentacosta Ph.D. Associate Professor
Paul Toro, Ph.D. Professor
R. Douglas Whitman, Ph.D. Professor
John L. Woodard, Ph.D. Professor
Clinical Training Faculty
Marla Bartoi, Ph.D. Clinical Assistant Professor
Jon Hinrichs, Ph.D. Clinical Associate Professor
Affiliated Research Faculty
Richard Slatcher, Associate Professor
Steven, Ondersma, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience and Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute
Arthur L. Robin, Ph.D. Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences and Pediatrics, Chief of Psychology and Director of Psychology Training, Children's Hopsital of Michigan
Sylvie Naar-King, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry
Deborah A. Ellis, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Pediatric Prevention Research Center, Department of Pediatrics
Angulique Y. Outlaw, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Pediatric Prevention Research Center, Department of Pediatrics
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