The mission of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) is threefold: education, research/scholarship, and public service. Its goal is to prepare well-educated,
qualified, and competent direct-service psychologists who have a
special commitment to direct community involvement and to underserved
populations--professionals who can integrate scientific knowledge with
innovation in the delivery of psychological services to individuals,
families, groups, and organizations. Professionals receiving a doctoral
degree in psychology should be capable of exhibiting the high level of analytical skills and
theoretical understanding needed to use existing and emerging
psychological knowledge. Given GSAPP's integrative and holistic
approach to service delivery, graduates also should be equipped with
considerable versatility in the choice and application of intervention
approaches and modalities.
In the education domain, GSAPP is
committed to meeting the state and national need for well-trained,
doctoral-level practitioners in clinical, organizational, and school
The school's research and scholarly mission is to
be on the forefront of efforts to improve the empirical, theoretical,
and philosophical foundations for the integration of psychological
theory and practice.
Public service is part of GSAPP's mission
for two reasons. First, a core assumption of its philosophy of
professional education is that practice and theory are intertwined and
best taught in a way that integrates the two. Second, as a unit of Rutgers University, GSAPP is committed to providing
psychological services to the university, surrounding community, and
the state at large. Serving underserved and diverse populations is
central to the school's mission.
Some of the GSAPP faculty and senior
staff also participate in training graduate-level psychologists from
the separate, research-oriented clinical Ph.D. program, which is housed in the Psychology Department of the School of Arts and Sciences. See Differentiation Among Programs for more information.
addition to educating students to respond to the professional
challenges of the future, GSAPP's faculty and staff are committed to
meeting the needs of students during their years in graduate school.
This includes allowing opportunities for students to provide input into the training process
itself, to develop an appreciation of the multicultural backgrounds of
peers, to participate in the rich life of the university, and to network with alumni and others who can serve as mentors and help
prepare students for work in new careers. To help reach these goals, there are
a number of student groups and faculty-student committees at GSAPP.
(See Student Groups at GSAPP.)