Psychology, PhD

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Field of Study: Psychology


Program Overview

There are 2 Psychology PhD programs housed in the CWRU Department of Psychological Sciences. The first is the Clinical Psychology PhD program, which is an American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited clinical psychology program emphasizing the scientist-practitioner model as articulated at the Boulder Conference. This perspective emphasizes the integration of science and practice in clinical psychology, giving equal emphasis to the roles of investigator and practitioner. We believe that clinical psychology, in its ideal form, is based on cross-fertilization of the science and practice of psychology. We aim to provide a common core of knowledge, methods and philosophy that will be shared by students who pursue applied and scientific careers. Our program is designed to prepare students to draw from established theoretical frameworks, research findings, and empirically-validated strategies as they conceptualize cases, plan treatment strategies, and administer interventions. Another aim is to prepare our students to be clinically informed in their conduct of research. The program prepares students not only to conduct empirical research but also to write integrative review papers. Because we also value skills in teaching, another goal is to prepare students to teach their own courses and to present their research and clinical work to professional audiences.

The second program is the Developmental, Cognitive, and Affective Sciences (DCAS) PhD program. The primary focus of the DCAS program is research training with a faculty mentor. PhD students focus their investigations within developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, or affective sciences, ideally publishing papers, giving research presentations, and teaching at least one 1-credit class during their graduate training. Most of the students who complete our program pursue research and/or teaching careers.

PhD Policies

For PhD policies and procedures, please review the School of Graduate Studies section of the General Bulletin.