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Forensic Psychology–PhD in Clinical Psychology


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In this specialization, students get an overview of forensic psychology, which includes the basic tenets, practices, and procedures within the field. They will learn how forensic psychologists interact with the court system and explore topics such as criminal profiling, expert testimony, jury selection, eyewitness testimony, and consultation with attorneys. Students will also examine violence, risk, and threat assessment. The program helps students develop an understanding of the subspecialties of forensic psychology, roles and responsibilities, and related legal, ethical, and diversity issues.

Course Sequence


Quarter Course Credits
1 CPSY 8002 - Foundations of Graduate Studies in Psychology  5 cr.
CPSY 8781 - Psychopathology From a Clinical Perspective 5 cr.
2 CPSY 8245 - Interpersonal Psychotherapy  5 cr.
RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods♦  5 cr.
3 CPSY 8247 - Social Psychology   5 cr.
RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  5 cr.
4 CPSY 8316 - Tests and Measurement  5 cr.
CPSY 8215 - Lifespan Development  5 cr.
5 CPSY 8226 - Biopsychology  5 cr.
RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis♦  5 cr.
6 PSYR 8704 - Ethics and Standards of Psychological Practice  5 cr.
PSYR 8340 - Cognitive Assessment 5 cr.
7 PSYR 8350 - Personality Assessment  5 cr.
PSYR 8421 - Multicultural Psychology  5 cr.
8 PSYR 8232 - Consultation and Supervision in Psychology 5 cr.
PSYR 8240 - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy 5 cr.
9 PSYR 8117 - Writing a Quality Prospectus in Psychology 5 cr.
CPSY 8700 - Psychology and Social Change   5 cr.
10 RSCH 8260 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis  5 cr.
  CPSY 8101 - Introduction to Forensic Psychology   5 cr.
11 CPSY 8102 - Intersection of Crime, Psychology, and the Law   5 cr.
CPSY 8238 - Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior  5 cr.
12 CPSY 8207 - History and Systems of Psychology  5 cr.
CPSY 8126 - Understanding Violence, Risk, and Threat Assessment   5 cr.
13 CPSY 8290 - Clinical Psychology Practicum I  3 cr.
CPSY 8520 - Psychology and the Courts   5 cr.
14 CPSY 8291 - Clinical Psychology Practicum II  3 cr.
14+ CPSY 9000L - Dissertation*  20 cr. (minimum requirement)–120 cr. (8-year maximum timeframe)*
17 CPSY 8292 - Psychology Internship I  3 cr.
18 CPSY 8293 - Psychology Internship II  3 cr.
19 CPSY 8294 - Psychology Internship III  3 cr.
20 CPSY 8295 - Psychology Internship IV  3 cr.

*This is a minimum credit requirement for program completion, and students usually remain enrolled in the dissertation course for more than the minimum number of credits required to complete the program. Once registered for the first term, students are then registered automatically for the dissertation course until the dissertation is formally approved by the CAO.

To complete a doctoral dissertation, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee, the University Research Reviewer, and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the Chief Academic Officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.