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Academic Catalog 2016-2017 
Academic Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology, PhD (with optional concentrations)

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Earning our doctorate in Clinical Psychology includes online and in-person seminars and residential sessions, as well as research and clinical training experiences. Our PhD offers a master’s along the way , as well as the option to specialize in some of the most exciting growth areas of psychology:

  • Forensic Psychology Concentration
  • Health Psychology Concentration
  • Neuropsychology Concentration
  • Parent-Infant Mental Health Concentration
  • Violence Prevention & Control Concentration

Required PhD Coursework:

Effective date: 09/01/2015 

Theoretical Orientation Course

One 4cr theoretical orientation course, consistent with the Practicum Case Seminar series you select:

Practicum Case Seminar Tracks

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

12 credits minimum of clinical practicum (1,000-2,000 clock hours).

One year fulltime or two years halftime internship placement.

Research Requirements

Other Requirements

  • Attendance at a minimum of 5 days of cluster meetings during the first year of the program
  • Attendance at a minimum of one week-long residential in each of your first two years

12cr of Electives from

See this sample list, or electives listed as part of the optional concentrations further below. For a full listing of available electives, see the All Courses  section of this catalog and search on the PSY prefix and keyword “elective.” 

Residency Hours Completion

  • 0 semester credits
  • 600 clock hours at Fielding sessions and attendance
  • 2 days at local/state/regional/national/international professional psychology conferences


*Requirements must be successfully completed (i.e., with passing grades) within the specified time period (e.g., first year of program) or the student will be placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation must create a term-by-term progress plan and will have progress monitored each term; dismissal will occur if planned progress is not made each term.

Total Semester Credits: 174

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.
  • 4 semester credits
  • 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


Internship must include a major rotation or its equivalent in Health Psychology

PhD students:

Dissertation must be on a Health Psychology topic

RCP Students:

Publishable quality research paper


* Course must emphasize a health psychology topic in the area. Topics in health psychology refer to the relationship between psychological factors and physical health, not including neuropsychology or psychopharmacology, but including health delivery systems. 

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.

Violence Prevention & Control Concentration Requirements

National Session Seminars

3 national session seminars chosen from: Etiology of Anger and Violence, Assessment of Anger and Violence, Anger and Violence Intervention, or Prevention of Anger and Violence.

Preparation of an Action Protocol

Preparation of an action protocol dealing with some aspect of anger and/or violence prevention, assessment, or intervention at one of the national session meetings. If a session presentation is not possible, the VPC forum would be the medium for this presentation.


16 course credits that focus on topics related to violence. At least 8 of these credits must be chosen from:

If PhD student:

Dissertation on a violence related topic which contributes to some aspect of knowledge about the nature, etiology, prevention and/or management of anger and violence.

If RCP student:

Publishable quality research paper on a violence related topic which contributes to some aspect of knowledge about the nature, etiology, prevention and/or management of anger and violence.

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