Sep 19, 2019  
2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology (PSYD)

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Advisor: Ellen Koch, Ph.D.
316 King Hall

The purpose of the doctoral program is to graduate license-eligible clinical psychologists with state-of-the-art knowledge relating to the psychological practice of assessment, therapy, research and program development and evaluation. A primary program objective is the preparation of clinical psychologists who will be effective in supervising and managing therapists in multidisciplinary mental health care delivery systems in a diverse society. To meet these objectives, the program emphasizes fundamental scientist-practitioner skills such as practical clinical skills in assessment and treatment, and scholarly skills in designing, conducting, analyzing and disseminating research that contributes to the field of psychology. Students will acquire specialty skills needed for health care systems management that include conducting program evaluation research, demonstrating administrative/clinical management skills, developing training programs in treatment and assessment, establishing community education programs and supervising master’s-level clinicians. To meet these objectives, students will be provided with opportunities to:

  1. Practice assessment and treatment skills in a highly supervised environment.

  2. Work with and be supervised by faculty with expertise in a variety of assessment and treatment modalities.

  3. Use state-of-the-art equipment and technology employed in the field today.

  4. Propose and conduct research.

  5. Participate in a collegial atmosphere that is open to diverse opinions and viewpoints and prepares students to analyze the current literature critically.

Curriculum Design
The doctoral program is a full-time, full-residency program that is designed to be completed in five years. No part-time students will be accepted. The curriculum is designed to meet or exceed state and national guidelines for licensing and accreditation.

APA accreditation
The program is currently APA accredited until 2017.

Integration of M.S. and Ph.D. curricula
The doctoral program builds on our current M.S. programs, which offer two different clinical approaches. The Clinical Behavioral (CB) M.S.  program provides training in state-of-the-art behavioral assessment and empirically validated treatment techniques, encompassing applied behavior analysis, behavior therapy, and cognitive-behavior therapy. The General Clinical (GC) M.S.  program provides a multitheoretical view of psychological disorders that emphasizes assessment, diagnosis, and treatment from various perspectives. A unique feature of our doctoral program is the opportunity for students to acquire specialization in applied behavior analysis and behavior therapy and assessment, or to sample from a menu of courses from multitheoretical orientations.

Competent M.S. and Ph.D. clinicians must learn a complex of specialized assessment and treatment strategies. Our two M.S. programs concentrate on training effective therapists. Well-prepared Ph.D. clinicians need this skill-based training, as well as broad knowledge of the empirical, theoretical and philosophical underpinnings of the profession. Our doctoral program includes a series of Ph.D. seminars that serve as links between concurrently taught M.S. level courses, the Ph.D. knowledge base and prepracticum training. For each two-credit course, students are required to spend two hours per week in scholarly discussions relevant to treatment, assessment and clinical practice. The topics in the seminars directly link material taught in the M.S. courses to the skills outlined above. Most Ph.D. programs require only a first-year seminar to introduce the profession. Our program fosters strong cohort groups by continuing this dialogue throughout the program. Practicum work for the seminars will require three to five hours per week of client contact at the on-site clinic and two hours weekly in group and individual supervision. After mastering M.S.-level skills, Ph.D. students learn to train and supervise master’s-level clinicians. Doctoral students also take several courses designed to teach them the skills necessary to manage, supervise and evaluate healthcare systems, including courses in organizational healthcare systems management and existing courses in the Human Resource Management (MGMT) and Health Administration departments at EMU. The curriculum is the only one of its kind in Michigan and one of very few in the nation.

Doctoral Fellowship
To help ensure the success of our students in the program, every student accepted will be eligible for a full-time doctoral fellowship while enrolled in the program full time. Students will be assigned to a faculty member in their area of research interest. Students will spend 10 to 12 hours per week with that faculty member, assisting with research and teaching activities. Fellows may be asked to help with class preparations, as well as assist in data collection, preparation and analysis. The faculty members will serve as mentors to their students, training and guiding them in developing their own research plans for master’s thesis and dissertation work. Students may request a specific faculty person as their mentor, and may request a change in mentor as they matriculate through the program. Every effort will be made to accommodate student requests within reason. Additionally, students complete hours in the psychology clinic during their first year for the remainder of their fellowship hours (not to exceed 20 hours per week total). Doctoral fellowships include a tuition waiver and a stipend.

Admission Requirements
Admission to the program is based on the following criteria:

  1. Academic ability as measured by verbal, quantitative and analytical scores on the GRE. In keeping with other Ph.D. programs in the state and with national criteria, admission requires a minimum score in the 50th percentile on the verbal and quantitative sections, and a writing section minimum score of 4.0. However, successful applicants may present much higher scores given the highly competitive nature of clinical doctoral programs. Applicants are not required to take the GRE Advanced Psychology Test.

  2. Achievement in undergraduate or graduate work. Admission requires a minimum standard of a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale undergraduate GPA. Again, successful applicants typically present much higher GPAs. Emphasis is placed on the GPA in psychology and in the last two undergraduate years. Students may be admitted with either a bachelor’s or a master’s degree. We will consider where students obtained their degrees, how recently course work was completed and what clinical work they have pursued since obtaining their degree. Course requirements will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

  3. Academic background in psychology. Applicants must have completed a minimum of 20 semester hours in psychology, including a course in statistics and a laboratory course in research methods/experimental psychology.

  4. Personal qualities that predict success in graduate study and in professional placement after graduation. To evaluate these, each applicant must submit three letters of recommendation and complete a personal interview after an initial screening.

  5. Fit between applicant and faculty interests. A personal statement is required describing the applicant’s interests. We will be particularly interested in students who have had research and/or clinical experiences similar to those of our faculty.

Steps for Admission
Send to Office of Graduate Admissions, P.O. Box 970, Ypsilanti, MI 48197:

  1. Graduate Admission application (white form) and $30 application fee.
    Application for Graduate Admission can also be made online at the following link; the application fee for online applications is $25. Once the application for graduate admission is submitted, completed, and approved, a form will be generated that will allow your department application to be reviewed.

  2. Official transcripts of all education beyond high school.

  3. Official GRE results, including Verbal, Quantitative, and Writing scores as well as the Advanced Psychology Exam score if taken.

  4. If required, submit evidence of English language proficiency as demonstrated by official test scores on the TOEFL, TWE, or MELAB.

These steps must be completed, all admissions requirements met, and you must be accepted for graduate admission before your department application will be reviewed.

If applying electronically, send directly via email to (with the exception of letters of recommendation) or mail to address below:

  1. Department application (available online - see Psychology department website).

  2. A current vita (can be submitted through online application).

  3. A writing sample that demonstrates scholarly ability (typically a research paper; can be submitted through online application).

  4. Three letters of recommendation - to be sent separately by the recommender following the instructions on Letter of Reference form.

Do not send official transcripts and GRE’s to the department.

Completed applications, including Graduation Record Examination (GRE) scores, letters of recommendation, and transcripts, must be received by December 1 for consideration. If the first falls on a weekend, materials will be accepted the next business day only. Applicants will be notified by March 15 if an interview is warranted. In accordance with APA guidelines, acceptance notices will be made by April 1.

Graduate Secretary
Department of Psychology
Eastern Michigan University
311 King Hall
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Eastern Michigan University and the Psychology Department reserve the right to change any statement in this program concerning, but not limited to, rules, policies, tuition, fees, curricula, and courses.

Program Requirements: 90 hours

The Clinical Doctoral program requires the completion of 90 graduate credit hours. The master’s degree is earned en route to the doctoral degree. Students in the doctoral program must complete a master’s thesis. Students may choose courses that are required for Board Certification in Behavior Analysis (BCBA). Students will specialize in Healthcare Systems Management; there is no cognate or minor requirement. Students must obtain a B or better in all courses.

Assessment: 8 hours

Restricted Elective Courses: 4 hours

One course and its prepracticum from the following or a second course from the above required treatment section:

Individual Differences: 9-10 hours

Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior: 3 hours

One course from the following:

Biological Bases of Behavior: 3 hours

One course from the following:

Social Bases of Behavior: 3 hours

Health Care Systems: 9 hours

Other Program Requirements

  1. Master’s Prepracticum: 200-300 hours (onsite; taken in conjunction with master’s courses).

  2. Doctoral Prepracticum: 120-150 hours first year (onsite; approximately five hours per week for one year; students answer phones, do intakes, and do some clerical work. The doctoral prepracticum is part of 20 hour per week doctoral assistantship).

  3. Internal Practicum: 500 hours for one year and 150-200 per year for next two years (onsite); starting Spring of first year, doctoral students begin to see 1-2 clients at the clinic along with telephone duty. Fall and Winter of second year, students see 4-6 clients.

  4. External Practicum: a minimum of one 500 hour practicum (although 1,000 hours is recommended for successful internship placement) is conducted offsite (externship). Ph.D. students typically complete 1,000 hours, working 20 hours per week for one year.

  5. Qualifying paper (completed after third year in program).

  6. M.S. clinical supervision and undergraduate teaching (in third and fourth years of program); fourth years prepare two educational workshops for first-year students for spring.

  7. Clinical Predoctoral Internship (2,000 hours).

Program Total: 90 hours

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