Psy.D. in Clinical and School Psychology James Madison University
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Students in this doctoral program earn a doctor of psychology (Psy.D.) degree. An individualized doctoral plan of study is developed for each student consisting of courses in psychological foundations as well as courses and field experiences in the required core curriculum. Academic progress is monitored throughout the program and feedback is provided to each student periodically.
Previous graduate coursework may be accepted to meet the psychological foundations' courses. A minimum of 59 credit hours of doctoral core courses, however, must be taken at JMU. All students must complete a 12-month internship and a scholarly dissertation. Internships must be approved by the American Psychological Association or meet the standards set forth by APA. In addition, students completing the doctoral dissertation will be required to pay an additional fee (approximately $55.00) for the electronic presentation of their research.
In addition to the foundational course work listed in the program handbook, the following are required courses that must be taken at JMU; any exceptions to this curriculum must be approved by the Core Faculty.
- PSYC 668. Couple and Family Systems
- PSYC 826. Advanced Seminar in Developmental Psychopathology
- PSYC 852. Leadership, Consultation, and Supervision
- PSYC 864. Processes of Psychotherapy
- PSYC 865. Integrative Psychotherapy Across the Lifespan
- PSYC 867. Advanced Diagnosis, Intervention, and Treatment Planning
- PSYC 878. Doctoral Practicum
- One additional clinical content course in assessment or intervention
- PSYC 825. Doctoral Seminar in Professional Psychology
- PSYC 881. Issues and Techniques in Research and Evaluation
- PSYC 895. Doctoral Practicum in College Teaching
- PSYC 900. Doctoral Dissertation
Historically, most students who are admitted to this program finish within five years. All students are typically offered APA/CPA approved internships. 94% of graduates receive professional licenses. These data and further details are posted on our website.
Students graduating from the Doctoral Program serve in professional positions in a range of settings including, but not limited to, mental health clinics, child and family agencies, public schools, university-based counseling centers, hospitals, and university psychology departments. Graduates assume practitioner, administrative, consultation, and leadership positions, as well as training and supervisory roles. The program prepares students to meet the requirements for licensure as clinical psychologists and licensure/certification as school psychologists.