Academic Catalog 2018-2019 
    Dec 18, 2018  
Academic Catalog 2018-2019

Respecialization in Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Certificate (with optional concentrations)

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This postdoctoral certificate is designed for psychologists who hold a PhD in a nonclinical discipline of psychology. Typically such students hold PhDs in social, developmental, and organizational psychology and want to become licensed as a clinical psychologist.

The program provides the clinical training, both academic coursework and supervised clinical training, required for license eligibility in many states.

Students can optionally specialize in one of the following concentrations:

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Parent-Infant Mental Health
  • Social Justice & Diversity

Required Respecialization Coursework:

Effective date: 09/01/2017

Core Academic Courses

Theoretical Orientation Course

One 4-credit theoretical orientation course consistent with the Practicum Case Seminar plan you select:

Practicum Case Seminar

8cr (four terms) of one of the following Practicum Case Seminar tracks, to include six training days and ten case presentations:

  • PSY-620  Practicum Case Presentations, 0 semester credits
  • PSY-621  Clinical Training Days, 0 semester credits
  • PSY-629A1 -A4 Practicum Case Seminar: Psychodynamic, 2 semester credits each
  • PSY-629B1 -B4 Practicum Case Seminar: Cognitive/Behavioral, 2 semester credits each
  • PSY-629C1 -C4 Practicum Case Seminar: Humanistic/Systems, 2 semester credits each

Clinical Practicum and Internship

Total Semester Credits: 104

Optional Concentrations

Forensic Psychology Concentration Requirements

  • (PhD only) A forensically oriented dissertation, with at least one committee member who is a member of the forensic concentration faculty.
  • PSY-765 Forensic Psychology 4 semester credits
  • PSY-765L Forensic Psychology Lab 1 semester credits
  • 3 months of clinical experience in a forensically-oriented practicum or one internship rotation (may be substituted with 150 hours of forensic work in another setting)

One of the following:

Health Psychology Concentration Requirements


A minimum of 240 hours of practicum be completed in Health Psychology

PhD students:

Dissertation must be on a Health Psychology topic

RCP Students:

Publishable quality research paper

Neuropsychology Concentration Requirements



  • Neuropsychology of Neurological Disorders (2 days)
  • Language Development and Pathology (3 days)

Clinical Practicum

600 hours of Clinical Practicum in neuropsychology under the supervision of a licensed clinical neuropsychologist. The training should include direct service and/or psychologist assessment in neuropsychology, including administration, scoring, interpretation, and write-up of neuropsychological batteries. The practicum may occur in outpatient or inpatient setting with a variety of populations.


One internship rotation at fulltime status for three months in neuropsychology under the supervision of a licensed clinical neuropsychologist. Typically, this would include at least four complete neuropsychology batteries, at least one child/adolescent and at least one adult. 

Parent-Infant Mental Health Concentration Requirements


Internship that includes at least one minor rotation or its equivalent in parent-infant mental health psychology. Sites could include a psychology service in a hospital with participation in consultation services or in an out-patient setting or clinic. A high risk follow up clinic or work on a neonatal intensive care unit would meet this requirement.

Psychological Assessment Labs

1 credit of psychological assessment labs training in parent-infant mental health assessment, to include: clinical assessment of parent-infant interactions, infant behavior, parental behavior, Brazelton Neonatal Assessment Scale and mother infant interactions.


4 additional courses (2 credits each) with a focus in parent-infant mental health psychology chosen from the following advanced courses:

Dissertation (PhD Only)

Dissertation on a parent-infant mental health psychology topic. It may focus upon the interface between biological, psychological and health psychology as it relates to infants and their parents.

Social Justice and Diversity Concentration Requirements


  • PSY-712 Multicultural Psychology 4 semester credits
  • 150 hours (including both direct and indirect hours) of clinical experience or one internship rotation focused on serving an underserved population.  May be substituted with 150 hours of community service related activities with an underserved population.
  • Research via dissertation, research practicum, new publication, or new conference poster/paper presentation on a topic related to social justice and diversity in clinical practice. This topic could include, but is not limited to, issues pertaining to underserved populations, mental health disparities, prejudice, discrimination, stigma, and promoting equity.

8cr of Electives

Choose 8 credits from credit-bearing seminars occurring at national sessions and/or special topics courses (up to no more than 4 credits) chosen from topics linked to this concentration, including but not limited to:

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