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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Psychology


Clinical Research Training

As clinical scientists, we place major emphasis on research training. You are actively engaged in clinical science throughout the program.

When you're admitted, you're paired with a mentor.  Many students are working with clinical faculty, but currently a number of clinical students are working with several faculty in the affective and cognitive programs, and a number are working with several developmental faculty; in the past students in the developmental and affective and cognitive science programs have worked with clinical faculty. We encourage you to review the faculty's interests to determine who would be appropriate mentors for you.

You can collaborate with faculty and other students while developing clinical science specializations of their choice. Some clinical child students decide to work simultaneously with several faculty members.

You are considered to be a junior colleague. Over time, you learn to carry out research with increasing degrees of independence and responsibility, which prepares you for an independent professional career.

Faculty Research

The clinical child faculty is engaged in many clinical science projects, such as studies of:

  • ADHD
  • behavioral/molecular genetics
  • depression
  • developmental psychopathology
  • evidence-based treatments
  • exposure to violence and trauma
  • learning disabilities
  • marital and family distress
  • mental health utilization
  • neuropsychology
  • peer and family relationships
  • prevention
  • PTSD

Our faculty is very productive and quite successful in obtaining research grants. These grants often provide a source of financial support for students as well as a valuable research experience.

Learn more about our faculty's interests on our faculty page.

Student Research

Our clinical child students are also productive clinical scientists. They often write collaboratively, and initiate and publish their own work.

More than 90 percent of our recent clinical child graduates gave presentations at a conference (mean = 9.52 presentations). Similarly, more than 90 percent published a paper in a professional journal or book (mean = 5.74 papers), and more than 60 percent obtained grants.

We believe you will find these numbers quite high compared to most other clinical programs.