Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Christine Hughes
The Department of Psychology offers a doctoral program in clinical psychology which provides education and training in psychological science and practice that will prepare individuals for licensure as doctoral-level psychologists in health-service fields. The program focuses on the biological, psychological, behavioral, social, and cultural influences on the development, assessment, and treatment of mental health, substance use, and behavioral disorders. Emphasis is placed on translational training whereby treatment issues guide training and research, and scientific research in turn informs training methods and empirically supported assessments and treatments. Students have opportunities to achieve excellence in conducting and disseminating cutting-edge research, clinical practice, and teaching, as these relate to behavioral health. A feature of the program is to train ehtical, competent professionals to work with increasingly diverse and underserved populations through didactic and practical experiences that promote cultural competency.
Graduates will be equipped to meet current and emerging needs for clinical psychologists. Students will progress from gaining compentency in research skills, assessment, and evidence-based practices, to preparing for more advanced supervisory, consultation, and organizational leadership roles in health-care delivery systems.
Students may elect to take courses and engage in training experiences that blend multiple areas of expertise; however, students will specialize in a clinical health concentration, including:
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA): Students in the ABA concentration have the opportunity to engage in coursework (approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, Inc®) and training designed to provide strong backgrounds in the experimental and applied analyses of behavior and in the methodological and conceptual foundations of behavior analysis. Students will have the opportunity to work with faculty with expertise in experimental, conceptual, and applied behavior analysis and developmental disabilities. Post Master’s degree, students will gain experience in the training and supervision of ABA service providers and meet criteria to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA®) exam.
Co-Occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders (COSUD): Students in the COSUD concentration have the opportunity to engage in coursework and training in addictions, psychopharmacology, and co-occurring mental health problems. The concentration is designed to be consistent with the requirements for APAPO’s Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders. Students work with faculty who apporach the problem of substance abuse from multiple research and applied perspectives (e.g., neuroscience, behavioral, and social psychological). Post Master’s degree, students will gain expertise in the training and supervision of entry-level mental health and substance-abuse treatment professionals and trainees and may elect to pursue licensure as a Clinical Addictions Specialist in North Carolina.