Clinical Child Track

Course Requirements

Year 1

608 Foundations of Data Analysis
617 Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior
660 Assessment I: Intelligence Testing
698 Clinic Practicum I
726 Psychopathology Across the Lifespan I

614 Multiple Regression/Correlation
663 Assessment II: Personality Assessment
699 Clinic Practicum II
727 Psychopathology Across the Lifespan II
756 Evidence-based Interventions I


Year 2

609 Research Methods in Clinical Psychology
624 Advanced Developmental Psychology
668 Assessment Laboratory I
701 Clinic Practicum III
756 Evidence-based Interventions II

619 Advanced Techniques for the Analysis of Behavioral Data
670 Assessment Laboratory II
702 Clinic Practicum IV
760 Marital and Family Therapy
908 Master's Research

705 Clinic Practicum V

Year 3

648 Physiological Psychology
658 Professional and Ethical Issues
741 Assessment and Intervention Practicum I

627 Cultural Diversity in Psychological Services
659 Psychological Measurement and Scaling
742 Assessment and Intervention Practicum II

706 Clinical Practicum VI

Note: Two days per week must be spent in practicum work in a clinical facility in Year 3.

Year 4

722 Social Basis of Behavior
741 Assessment and Intervention Practicum III

650 History and Systems of Psychology
742 Assessment and Intervention Practicum IV
950 Doctoral Research

Note: At least one day a week must be spent in practicum work in a clinical facility in Year 4. The Comprehensive Examination is scheduled in the summer following the third year of study.

Year 5

903 Clinical Psychology Internship I
950 Doctoral Research

904 Clinical Psychology Internship II
950 Doctoral Research

Note: While PSY 903 and PSY 904 are taken for one year of internship only, the student must continue to register for PSY 950 each semester on a continuing basis until successful completion of the dissertation requirement.

* Total number of electives = 2. With the approval of the Clinical Director, some electives may be taken outside the department. At least one elective must be taken during any summer session before the fourth year of study. Students must take either Objective Personality Tests (635) or Neuropsychological Assessment (835) or as one of their electives.


Additional Information

The model of training is framed by three overriding goals:  (1) to foster the development of clinical skills, with an emphasis on children and families; (2) to foster the development of clinical research skills; (3) to foster an appreciation of the integration of research and clinical practice.

The program will prepare graduates to:

Demonstrate clinical skills, with an emphasis on working with children and families

  • Conduct psychodiagnostic interviews and formulate diagnostic impressions of children and adolescents of different backgrounds presenting with a range of psychopathology.
  • Write formal intake reports based on the interviews, incorporating this information.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history, structure, and clinical use of various psychological tests used in contemporary clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate competency in administration, interpretation, and report writing of psychological tests and measures.
  • Demonstrate competence in intellectual and personality assessment of children and adolescents.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in psychological interventions and treatment approaches, with an emphasis on clinical applications with youth and their families.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of psychopathology and ability to apply that knowledge in clinical practice.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional issues, including ethical, legal, and quality assurance principles, especially as they apply to children, caregivers, and families.

Demonstrate development of clinical research skills

  • Demonstrate competencies in basic and multivariate statistics and psychological measurement and scaling.
  • Demonstrate ability to critique contemporary research in clinical psychology.
  • Develop and carry out original research in psychology as preparation for future roles as independent investigators.

Demonstrate the integration of theory and practice

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the scientific underpinnings of clinical practice, including the biological bases of behavior, cognitive and affective bases of psychology, and social and developmental bases of behavior.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the scientific underpinnings of clinical practice with youth and families.
  • Demonstrate ability to integrate theory and practice in the development of independent research proposals.
  • Demonstrate ability to integrate issues of diversity into research and clinical training.
  • Demonstrate ability to apply an evidence-based approach to intervention and assessment practices.

Advance the Vincentian Mission

  • Provide services to the poor and underprivileged, as part of our mission as a Catholic learning institution.
  • Complete four years of clinic practicum training in our community-based psychological services center, supplemented by two years of formal clinical externship in multiethnic settings in the surrounding community.

Demonstrate proficiency at the doctoral level

  • Produce oral and written presentations of original research proposals.
  • Develop, implement, and defend two original research projects: a Master’s thesis and a doctoral dissertation.
  • Demonstrate competency in conceptualizing and implementing therapeutic interventions based on contemporary models of clinical practice. 
  • Apply psychological concepts and principles to assessment and intervention during externship and internship training experiences.
  • Develop close working relationships with mentors and supervisors who represent the scientist-practitioner model of clinical training.