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Clinical Psychology, Ph.D.

The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training Program at Saint Louis University adheres to the scientist-practitioner model of training in clinical psychology.  As part of the Department of Psychology, our students receive strong generalist training and develop extensive skills in research.  Our diverse faculty members offer specialized clinical training opportunities in the areas of clinical child psychology, clinical neuropsychology, health psychology, trauma psychology, and sports psychology.

U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks Saint Louis University's clinical psychology graduate education program in the top 100 of all graduate programs in the United States.

Program Highlights

Areas of Emphasis, Experience or Exposure

Our program’s major area of study is adult clinical psychology. Consistent with the APA taxonomy, you may elect one of the following areas of emphasis, experience or exposure: clinical neuropsychology, clinical child psychology, health psychology, trauma psychology or sports psychology. Students interested in pursuing one of these areas work with their advisor to establish an individualized curriculum and training plan. Relevant research may be conducted in any of these areas.

Clinical Child Psychology (Experience or Exposure)

Elective graduate courses for students interested in clinical child psychology include Child Assessment and Psychopathology, Child Interventions, Couples and Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Interventions, and Psychopharmacology. External placements involving pediatric, child and adolescent assessment, consultation and intervention are also available.

Clinical Neuropsychology (Emphasis, Experience, or Exposure)

Elective graduate courses for students interested in the field of clinical neuropsychology include Fundamentals of Neuropsychology, Neuropsychological Assessment, Memory and Cognition, Physiological Psychology and Psychopharmacology. Supervised clinical experience in neuropsychological assessment, consultation and treatment is offered through external placements.

Health Psychology (Experience or Exposure)

Students interested in health psychology should consider taking courses in clinical health psychology, cognitive behavior interventions, psychopharmacology, sports psychology, and addictions: assessment and interventions. Additional courses related to health psychology are offered in SLU's College for Public Health and Social Justice. External placements in the application of psychological services to enhance physical well-being and health are available.

Trauma Psychology (Experience or Exposure)

Students interested in working in the field of trauma are offered elective graduate coursework in the psychology of trauma, cognitive-behavioral interventions, and addictions: assessment and interventions. Additional courses related to traumatic stress are offered through SLU's College for Public Health and Social Justice. Supervised clinical training experiences with those who have experienced trauma are offered within the on-campus Psychological Services Center on a trauma-focused team.

Sports Psychology (Experience or Exposure)

Elective graduate courses in sports psychology, health psychology and cognitive-behavioral interventions are offered to students interested in sports and performance psychology. Students work with teams and athletes across the community, including the SLU Department of Athletics, through research, practicum and clinical training opportunities.

Curriculum Overview

The clinical psychology program at Saint Louis University is designed to provide broad and general doctoral education and training in health service psychology. Our faculty members are committed to training and education that evidences the integration of science and practice, that is sequential, cumulative, graded in complexity, and designed to prepare students for further organized training, and that indicates respect for and understanding of individual and cultural diversity.

Further information about the program can be found in the program handbook and student manual.

Program Handbook Student Manual

Thirty-six credits are required for SLU's master's degree in clinical psychology, including 30 credits of departmental and clinical core coursework and six credits of thesis research. Each student must complete and defend a thesis. Upon completion of the master's degree, doctoral students complete an additional 42 credits of coursework and 12 credits of dissertation research.

Ph.D. students conduct a public presentation and oral defense of the dissertation following completion of this research project. They must also complete an APA-approved internship in clinical psychology prior to receiving their doctoral degree.

Students enrolled in the program can also complete a graduate certificate in Public Health.

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Fieldwork and Research Opportunities

Training in psychological assessment and intervention for children, adolescents and adults is provided through the on-campus Psychological Services Center.

Advanced clinical training opportunities in neuropsychology, pediatric and clinical child psychology, health psychology and academic psychology are available through collaborative relationships with medical centers, agencies and practitioners in the St. Louis community. Specialized research, clinical and academic opportunities also are available through various fellowships, grants and contracts.

Careers

SLU's American Psychological Association accredited clinical psychology program will train students to be competent and ethical scientist-practitioners in a variety of health care settings. Job possibilities include clinical psychology, clinical health psychology, neuropsychology, and child and pediatric psychology positions.

Students in SLU's graduate program in clinical psychology have gained professional experience through internships at Baylor College of Medicine, Boston Medical Center, Vanderbilt University VA Medical Center, Rush University Medical Center and the University of Louisville, among others.

Admission Requirements

Most students enter the program with a bachelor's degree and complete both the Master of Science degree and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in the clinical program.

All applicants apply to the Ph.D. program. Applicants who have earned a Master of Arts or Master of Science degree in psychology may apply for advanced standing upon matriculation into the program.

Students admitted to the program typically will have an average undergraduate GPA of 3.7 (on a 4.0 scale). Admitted students typically have also relevant clinical and research experience. Students must have completed a minimum of 21 credits of study in psychology, including courses in general psychology, abnormal psychology and research and/or statistical methods. Applications must be submitted by Dec. 1.

Application Requirements

  • Application form and fee
  • Transcript(s)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Résumé
  • Interview
  • Personal statement
  • Diversity statement

Requirements for International Students

All admission policies and requirements for domestic students apply to international students along with the following:

  • Demonstrate English Language Proficiency
  • Proof of financial support must include:
    • A letter of financial support from the person(s) or sponsoring agency funding the time at Saint Louis University
    • A letter from the sponsor's bank verifying that the funds are available and will be so for the duration of study at the University
  • Academic records, in English translation, of students who have undertaken postsecondary studies outside the United States must include the courses taken and/or lectures attended, practical laboratory work, the maximum and minimum grades attainable, the grades earned or the results of all end-of-term examinations, and any honors or degrees received. WES and ECE transcripts are accepted.

Assistantship Application Deadline

Students who want to be considered for an assistantship must submit their application by Dec. 1. All applicants accepted for admission are considered for assistantships. No separate assistantship application is required.

Review Process

Applications are reviewed by a committee of psychology department faculty members.

Scholarships, Assistantships and Financial Aid

For priority consideration for a graduate assistantship, apply by the program admission deadlines listed. Fellowships and assistantships provide a stipend and may include health insurance and a tuition scholarship for the duration of the award. 

For more information, visit http://www.slu.edu/financial-aid.

Accreditation

The American Psychological Association has continually accredited Saint Louis University's clinical psychology program since 1965.

Questions related to the program's accreditation status should be directed to the American Psychological Association's Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979
http://apa.org/ed/accreditation

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data 

  1. Graduates will be able to demonstrate Discipline Specific Knowledge (DSK) (categories 1- 3) as defined by the American Psychological Association’s Office of Accreditation.
  2. Graduates will be able to demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge of DSK category 4 as defined by the American Psychological Association’s Office of Accreditation.
  3. Graduates will be able to meet or exceed expectations on the Profession Wide Competencies (PWCs) as defined by the American Psychological Association’s Office of Accreditation.

Bachelor's Degree Entry

This option is for students entering with a bachelor’s degree.

Required Courses
PSY 5030Clinical Assessment I3
PSY 5040Clinical Assessment II3
PSY 5100History of Psychology3
PSY 5120Memory & Cognition3
PSY 5130Neuroscience3
PSY 5220Lifespan Dev Psychology3
PSY 5300Advanced Social Psychology3
PSY 6030Human Diversity3
PSY 5520Psychopathology3
PSY 5610Clinical Interventions3
PSY 6800Ethics, Supervision, and Consultation3
Research Methods
PSY 5080Advanced Quantitative Research Methods3
PSY 5090Psychometric Theory3
Statistics
PSY 5790Applied Univariate Statistics in Behavioral Science3
PSY 6500Applied Multivariable and Multivariate Statistics in Behavioral Science3
Clinical Practice
PSY 5800Clinical Assessment Practicum I0
PSY 5880Practicum: Psychopathology0
PSY 5830Clinical Assessment Practicum II0
PSY 5890Clerkship in Clinical Psychology0
PSY 6880PRC: Clinical Interventions0
PSY 5810Clinical Practicum I 13
PSY 5820Clinical Practicum II 13
PSY 6810Clinical Practicum III 13
PSY 6820Clinical Practicum IV 13
Electives
Select 15 credits15
Research
PSY 5860Clinical Research I 10
PSY 5870Clinical Research II 10
PSY 5990Thesis Research6
PSY 6860Clinical Research III 10
PSY 6870Clinical Research IV 10
PSY 6990Dissertation Research12
Total Credits90
1

At least one taken each semester in residence

Master's Degree Entry

This option is for students entering with a master’s degree.

Required Courses
PSY 5100History of Psychology3
PSY 5120Memory & Cognition3
PSY 5130Neuroscience3
PSY 5220Lifespan Dev Psychology3
PSY 5300Advanced Social Psychology3
PSY 6030Human Diversity3
Research Methods
PSY 5080Advanced Quantitative Research Methods3
PSY 5090Psychometric Theory3
Statistics
PSY 5790Applied Univariate Statistics in Behavioral Science3
PSY 6500Applied Multivariable and Multivariate Statistics in Behavioral Science3
Clinical Practice
PSY 6810Clinical Practicum III 13
PSY 6820Clinical Practicum IV 13
PSY 6890Internship in Clinical Psychology0
Psychology Electives
Select 12 credits12
Research
PSY 6860Clinical Research III 10
PSY 6870Clinical Research IV 10
PSY 6990Dissertation Research12
Total Credits60
1

At least one taken each semester in residence

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.

Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.  

Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.

This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester.  Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.

Bachelor's Degree Entry

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
PSY 5030 Clinical Assessment I 3
PSY 5800 Clinical Assessment Practicum I 0
PSY 5520 Psychopathology 3
PSY 5880 Practicum: Psychopathology 0
PSY 5080 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods 3
PSY 5790 Applied Univariate Statistics in Behavioral Science 3
PSY 5810 Clinical Practicum I 0
PSY 5860 Clinical Research I 0
PSY 5890 Clerkship in Clinical Psychology 0
 Credits12
Spring
PSY 5040 Clinical Assessment II 3
PSY 5830 Clinical Assessment Practicum II 0
PSY 5610 Clinical Interventions 3
PSY 6880 PRC: Clinical Interventions 0
PSY 6030 Human Diversity 1-3
PSY 6500 Applied Multivariable and Multivariate Statistics in Behavioral Science 3
PSY 5810 Clinical Practicum I 0
PSY 5860 Clinical Research I 0
PSY 5890 Clerkship in Clinical Psychology 0
PSY 5990 Thesis Research 0-3
 Credits10-15
Summer
Psy DSK Elective 0-3
PSY 5810 Clinical Practicum I 3
PSY 5860 Clinical Research I 0
PSY 5990 Thesis Research 0-3
 Credits3-9
Year Two
Fall
PSY 6800 Ethics, Supervision, and Consultation 3
Psy DSK Core and/or Psy Elective 0-3
PSY 5820 Clinical Practicum II 0
PSY 5870 Clinical Research II 0
PSY 5990 Thesis Research 0-3
 Credits3-9
Spring
PSY 5090 Psychometric Theory 3
Psy DSK Core and/or PSY Elective 0-3
PSY 5820 Clinical Practicum II 0
PSY 5870 Clinical Research II 0
PSY 5990 Thesis Research 0-3
 Credits3-9
Summer
Psy DSK Elective 0-3
PSY 5820 Clinical Practicum II 3
PSY 5870 Clinical Research II 0
PSY 5990 Thesis Research 0-3
 Credits3-9
Year Three
Fall
Psy DSK Core and/or Psy Elective 0-6
PSY 6810 Clinical Practicum III 0
PSY 6860 Clinical Research III 0
PSY 5990
or PSY 6990
Thesis Research
or Dissertation Research
0-3
 Credits0-9
Spring
Psy DSK Core and/or Psy Elective 0-6
PSY 6810 Clinical Practicum III 0
PSY 6860 Clinical Research III 0
PSY 5990
or PSY 6990
Thesis Research
or Dissertation Research
0-3
 Credits0-9
Summer
Psy DSK Core and/or Psy Elective 0-3
PSY 6810 Clinical Practicum III 3
PSY 6860 Clinical Research III 0
PSY 6990 Dissertation Research 0-3
 Credits3-9
Year Four
Fall
Psy DSK Core and/or Psy Elective 0-6
PSY 6820 Clinical Practicum IV 0
PSY 6870 Clinical Research IV 0
PSY 6990 Dissertation Research 0-6
 Credits0-12
Spring
Psy DSK Core and/or Psy Elective 0-6
PSY 6820 Clinical Practicum IV 0
PSY 6870 Clinical Research IV 0
PSY 6990 Dissertation Research 0-6
 Credits0-12
Summer
Psy DSK Core and/or Psy Elective 0-3
PSY 6820 Clinical Practicum IV 3
PSY 6870 Clinical Research IV 0
PSY 6990 Dissertation Research 0-3
 Credits3-9
Year Five
Fall
PSY 6890 Internship in Clinical Psychology 0
PSY 6990 Dissertation Research 0-3
 Credits0-3
Spring
PSY 6890 Internship in Clinical Psychology 0
PSY 6990 Dissertation Research 0-3
 Credits0-3
Summer
PSY 6890 Internship in Clinical Psychology 0
PSY 6990 Dissertation Research 0-3
 Credits0-3
 Total Credits40-132

Program Notes

We do not have a terminal master’s degree. Coursework generally includes 90 credits including six hours of thesis research and 12 hours of dissertation research. In certain cases, credit may be award for completion of History and Systems of Psychology prior to program matriculation.

Students apply for internship during their fourth year and generally complete it during their fifth year. The internship is required for award of the doctoral degree. Once in a while, a student does not match in which case we work with the student to determine how to best spend the fifth year during which time they re-apply for internship. Dissertation hours (0-3 credits) may be taken while on internship.

Master's Degree Entry

Plan of Study Grid
Year One
FallCredits
Psy DSK Core and/or Psy Elective 0-6
PSY 5810 Clinical Practicum I 0
PSY 5860 Clinical Research I 0
PSY 5890 Clerkship in Clinical Psychology 0
PSY 6990 Dissertation Research 0-3
 Credits0-9
Spring
PSY 6030 Human Diversity 3
PSY 5090
or PSY 6500
Psychometric Theory
or Applied Multivariable and Multivariate Statistics in Behavioral Science
3
PSY 5820 Clinical Practicum II 0
PSY 5870 Clinical Research II 0
PSY 5890 Clerkship in Clinical Psychology 0
PSY 6990 Dissertation Research 0-3
 Credits6-9
Summer
Deleted summers if not needed  
PSY 5820 Clinical Practicum II 3
PSY 5870 Clinical Research II 0
PSY 6990 Dissertation Research 0-3
 Credits3-6
Year Two
Fall
Psy DSK Core and/or Psy Elective 0-6
PSY 6810 Clinical Practicum III 0
PSY 6860 Clinical Research III 0
PSY 6990 Dissertation Research 0-3
 Credits0-9
Spring
PSY 6030 Human Diversity 3
Psy DSK Core and/or Psy Elective 0-3
PSY 6810 Clinical Practicum III 0
PSY 6860 Clinical Research III 0
PSY 6990 Dissertation Research 0-3
 Credits3-9
Summer
Psy DSK Elective 0-3
PSY 6810 Clinical Practicum III 3
PSY 6860 Clinical Research III 0
PSY 6990 Dissertation Research 0-3
 Credits3-9
Year Three
Fall
Psy DSK Core and/or Psy Elective 0-6
PSY 6820 Clinical Practicum IV 0
PSY 6870 Clinical Research IV 0
PSY 6990 Dissertation Research 0-3
 Credits0-9
Spring
Psy DSK Core and/or Psy Elective 0-6
PSY 6820 Clinical Practicum IV 0
PSY 6870 Clinical Research IV 0
PSY 6990 Dissertation Research 0-3
 Credits0-9
Summer
PSY 6820 Clinical Practicum IV 3
PSY 6870 Clinical Research IV 0
PSY 6990 Dissertation Research 0-3
 Credits3-6
Year Four
Fall
PSY 6890 Internship in Clinical Psychology 0
PSY 6990 Dissertation Research 0-3
 Credits0-3
Spring
PSY 6890 Internship in Clinical Psychology 0
PSY 6990 Dissertation Research 0-3
 Credits0-3
Summer
PSY 6890 Internship in Clinical Psychology 0
PSY 6990 Dissertation Research 0-3
 Credits0-3
 Total Credits18-84

Program Notes

Coursework generally involves 60 graduate credits including 42 hours of coursework, six practicum hours and 12 hours of dissertation research.

Students entering with a clinical master’s degree must have fulfilled requirements for the Profession Wide Competency (PWC) Courses in their master’s degree programs. If these courses were not completed, were not completed at the graduate level, lacked original source material, were not completed with a grade of "B" or better, or in any other way did not meet our curricular requirements, these courses will need to be taken. This plan also assumes that students have completed at least nine hours of Discipline Specific Knowledge (DSK) credit in Research Methods/Statistics in their master’s programs. In total, six hours of Statistics and six hours of Research Methods (at least three hours of which address psychometric theory and/or test development) are required at the graduate level.

Students entering with a clinical master’s degree usually apply for internship during their third year and generally complete it during their fourth year. The internship is required for award of the doctoral degree. Once in a while, a student does not match for internship in which case we work with the student to determine how to best spend the fourth year during which time they re-apply for internship. Dissertation hours (0-3 credits) may be taken while on internship.

For additional information about our program, please contact

David Kaufman, Ph.D., ABPP
Director of the Clinical Psychology Program
david.kaufman@health.slu.edu

Annie Garner, Ph.D.
Coordinator of Admissions
annie.garner@health.slu.edu.