Applicants interested in graduate study in applied areas of
psychology at Rutgers may wish to learn more about other graduate
training programs offered at the university. Not part of the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP), the
American Psychological Association-approved clinical Ph.D. program offered through Rutgers School of Graduate Studies is a clinical scientist training
program that trains clinical psychologists whose primary interests are
in research and teaching rather than in professional practice. The
clinical program is geared primarily to students whose interests are
clearly cognitive behavioral and who seek to pursue such interests in a
consistent and systematic fashion. There also are opportunities for
students whose interests are eclectic and who may supplement training
in cognitive-behavior therapy with courses and supervised experiences
in other approaches. Despite the distinctiveness of the clinical Ph.D.
and Psy.D. programs in terms of training goals and administrative
structures, there are many points of cooperation and collaboration
between the two programs.
A brief description of the clinical
Ph.D. program is provided here to assist potential applicants in
determining which program is best suited to their academic and career
goals. The training approach relies heavily upon a mentorship model. Students are matched with a research mentor when they begin
their graduate training program, and involve themselves in one or more
research projects upon entering the program, initially as apprentices
in ongoing projects, and subsequently as independent
investigators. Students may study not only with clinical
psychology faculty, but also with nonclinical researchers in the
psychology department. It is not uncommon for students to
participate in more than one research group.
program emphasizes research training, the development of clinical
skills is vitally important to the program as well. Students have
available as role models a large number of faculty members who conduct
research, but who also are experienced clinical psychologists and are
directly involved in clinical practice of various kinds. Students
also have access to doctoral faculty in GSAPP who focus primarily on
clinical practice. A range of sites is available for clinical training.
Empirically supported approaches to assessment and treatment are used
in practicum setting, and many of the settings also are sites for
Students are required to complete core
courses, including a two-semester clinical proseminar, a two-course
sequence in research design and statistics, adult psychopathology,
clinical and research ethics, cognitive assessment, behavioral
neuroscience, personality theory, social psychology and cognitive
psychology, and a minimum of two therapy methods courses. A unique,
two-semester required course introduces students to empirically supported
treatments for a wide range of human problems. Taught by faculty experts
in these approaches to treatment, students learn specific clinical
techniques for the treatment of each disorder.
complete a minimum of two years of clinical practicum training, as well
as an empirical master's thesis and doctoral dissertation. Written and
oral qualifying examinations are required. Students typically take four
or five years to complete requirements before accepting a predoctoral
The core clinical faculty for the Ph.D. program
are drawn from the Department of Psychology, GSAPP, the Center of
Alcohol Studies, and the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. The breadth of
faculty interests and expertise in research permits students to create
a program of study tailored to their particular scholarly interests.
The Ph.D. program is offered by the School of Graduate Studies. Complete information about the clinical Ph.D. program is available at the Department of Psychology's graduate program website.