Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology
Dear Prospective Applicant:
We welcome your interest in our program; all of the information provided on our program website, including detailed application information and instructions, is provided within our recently updated 2012-2013 Applicant Brochure which is downloadable.
Individuals who already have a PhD in psychology and who are interested in our clinical respecialization program should contact the Director of Training.
As you read our program description and explore the match between our program and your interests, we encourage you to observe how we integrate the academic, research and applied aspects of our program. We truly expect each of our graduates to be able to function as a competent and clinically informed researcher and educator, and also a scientifically-based practitioner. That is what the future of this profession will require.
We look forward to your application.
Ann M. Steffen, Ph.D., Director,
Doctoral Program in Clinical Training, and
Associate Professor of Psychology
UM-St. Louis Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology
The University of Missouri-St. Louis Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology has been continuously approved by the American Psychological Association since 1977. Our program's accreditation was fully renewed in July, 2007 and we will next undergo review in 2013-2014.
Our program is in accordance with the scientist-practitioner model of training, and is based on the understanding that doctoral-level psychologists in the future are unlikely to function solely in a service capacity as psychotherapists. Indeed, our alumni surveys indicate that most of our graduates have some combination of supervisory, teaching, training, administration, program evaluation, basic research, grant-writing, and other non-service roles in addition to, or rather than, direct service responsibilities. The program curriculum provides academically rigorous preparation so that our graduates can excel in these complex roles and responsibilities. This means that all of our students are expected to develop strong research skills, and strong clinical skills, and to form professional identities that integrate science and practice.
Strong Research Environment
Our program has a significant research emphasis and is embedded within a strong research university. The University of Missouri-St. Louis faculty continues to be among the leading researchers in their fields, according to the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index from Academic Analytics. In this national index, UM-St. Louis ranked fifth in the country in faculty research productivity among small research universities, following notable schools such as San Diego State University, Boston College and Georgetown University.
We use a mentorship model of research training, believing that students who work closely with their research advisor are most successful in gaining the conceptual and methodological skills needed to function as scientists. Thus, our students select research topics that fall within their faculty advisor's program of research, and that also allow for growing independence and personal achievements in professional research activities (conference presentations, publications, involvement in preparation of grant applications).
Excellence in Clinical Training
In addition to providing high quality clinical training in assessment and intervention in our primary training clinic: Community Psychological Service, our program is also affiliated with two specialty training clinics that provide supplementary experiences (Center for Trauma Recovery, and the Children's Advocacy Center). A number of our faculty members are involved in clinical research aimed at the development and evaluation of new interventions. Our UM-St. Louis campus has been ranked one of the top 15 in the nation for its strong relationship with the local community. Thus, research and clinical experiences are truly integrated in the best of the Scientist-Practitioner tradition.
Commitment to Diversity
Our program recognizes the importance of cultural and individual differences and diversity in the training of psychologists. These include, but are not limited to ethnicity, race, culture, age, disability, gender, gender identity, language, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and social economic status. Thus, we are committed to achieving a diverse study body and welcome inquiries about our program from potential applicants. During the selection process, all students receive full consideration and are judged only by criteria required for success in the program. While in the program, all students, including ethnic and sexual minority students, are given ample faculty attention and support to allow them to proceed through the program successfully. In regard to the program curriculum, a diversity course and components of several other courses are designed to prepare students to work with diverse populations. In addition, students have experience in working with diverse populations in their program-based practica and clerkships. A number of clinical faculty are members of the UM-St. Louis Safe Zone community.
The Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (the psychology national licensing exam) is considered one of the most objective criteria for evaluating the quality of clinical psychology training programs. Graduates of the program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis have consistently scored in the top 15% of all training programs in the United States on this exam.
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Prospective Applicants can confirm the program's accreditation status with the American Psychological Association's Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation. Phone: 202-336-5979; Fax: 202-336-5978; Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation ; Address: 750 First Street, NE. Washington, D.C. 20002.
Applicants should carefully review instructions provided on our Admissions page. For any questions related to the online application, contact Clara Jackson in the Graduate Admissions Office (314-516-5458), email@example.com. For additional questions about the clinical program, e-mail the director, Dr. Ann Steffen, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to the following address:
Clinical Psychology Program
University of Missouri-St. Louis
Department of Psychology
Clinical Psychology Training Program
One University Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63121-4499
For additional information beyond that provided on this front page, use the tabs to the right (i.e., Program Information, Admissions Criteria, Financial Support, Faculty, Clinics).