Specializations

The breadth of electives and clinical training experiences in the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program provides broad exposure to areas of practice in psychology and typically prepares students for internship sites with minor rotations across a range of areas.

Our commitment is to train students for choice in their professional careers. We want students to have a range of clinical experiences and competencies that will allow them to work in a variety of professional positions in psychology.

However, students interested in specializing in a specific area of practice have the option of adding a track (also known as an emphasis area of study) to their degree, which provides increased knowledge and experience in that area that prepares them for most internships with major rotations in their respective areas of training.

Adding a track does not increase the length or cost of the program, and students may withdraw from the track at any time. Given the number of required electives in the respective area of specialization, students may only choose one track.

Track (Emphasis Area of Study)

  • 4-6 courses (10-14 credit hours)
  • Two clinical practicums in track's area of practice
  • Dissertation research in track's area of practice
  • Must choose track by end of first year
  • Choose from either primary care or child & adolescent psychology

Primary Care Psychology Track

The PsyD program offers one track in primary care, an innovative and growing area of practice for psychologists. Primary care psychologists collaborate with other healthcare professionals in medical settings such as hospitals to provide integrated healthcare for patients. This care model allows psychologists to serve people who wouldn’t seek traditional outpatient care because of perceived stigma, cost or limited time.

Check out the entire APA video series about integrated healthcare

Further reading about integrated care:  Coordinating Care Of Mind And Body Might Help Medicaid Save Money And Lives (NPR, 2019)

The primary care psychology track trains students in a diverse set of clinical competencies. Although diversity in patient population and diagnoses is the reason many students opt for training in this area of practice, students will also benefit from unique opportunities for teaching and supervision and will receive extensive training in:

  • Therapeutic interventions
  • Psychological assessment
  • Research
  • Consultation and collaboration with other healthcare professionals

Although the primary care psychology track collaborates with a variety of clinics, a primary care psychologist from Providence/St. Joseph Medical Group (the largest healthcare provider on the West Coast) will provide student-specific mentoring and training.

Curriculum

  • Primary Care Psychology I
  • Primary Care Psychology II
  • Substance Abuse
  • Health Psychology
  • Child & Adolescent Assessment
  • Psychopharmacology

Child & Adolescent Psychology Track

The child & adolescent psychology track prepares students to serve in a wide range of practice settings, including medical, community outpatient, and schools. Students will receive advanced training in both assessment and treatment for children and adolescents.

Curriculum

  • Child & Adolescent Assessment
  • Child & Adolescent Treatment
  • Neuropsychological assessment to fulfill requirement for advanced assessment course
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Recommended electives: Substance Abuse, Health Psychology