2016-2017 Walden University Catalog (September 2016) 
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2016-2017 Walden University Catalog (September 2016) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

PhD in Clinical Psychology

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Walden’s PhD in Clinical Psychology program can prepare students to practice, teach, or research to positively impact the mental health of diverse clientele.

In this blended doctoral program, featuring online and in-person participation, students can gain the skills to assess mental wellness and provide interventions as a practitioner, educator, researcher, or consultant. Taught by respected psychology faculty, coursework explores current theories and empirically supported practice. Students can combine scholarly research with practical experience to build the skills and knowledge to work with people who are struggling with mental illness or general life issues.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Explain the contributions of the biological, affective, social, and cognitive areas of psychology as they impact human adaptive and maladaptive functioning.
  2. Articulate the history of clinical psychology, how the specialty of clinical psychology is unique, and how to develop a clinical psychology identity.
  3. Synthesize principles of basic and advanced research methods to produce independent scholarly research.
  4. Demonstrate proficiency in evaluating the effectiveness of empirically supported treatments using an evidence-based practice approach.
  5. Synthesize theory and contemporary research to establish a theoretically and empirically anchored personal orientation to the practice of clinical psychology.
  6. Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing empirically supported models of clinical psychotherapy, consultation, and supervision with diverse populations.
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing cognitive and personality-assessment skills with diverse populations.
  8. Develop constructive working relationships with clients, supervisors, instructors, and colleagues while also demonstrating an appropriate and professional demeanor.
  9. Engage in personal self-assessment to examine feelings, beliefs, attitudes, and opinions regarding their own perspective and worldview as well as those of others.
  10. Describe salient experiences and perspectives of diverse populations including but not limited to race, culture, socioeconomics, age, gender, sexual orientation, and disability.
  11. Utilize critical thinking and apply relevant ethical codes (e.g., APA, ACA) to decision making with diverse populations in a variety of settings.
  12. Demonstrate the ability to use multicultural clinical intervention and assessment skills in varied training and professional settings.
  13. Demonstrate an awareness of how social/political issues, policies, and events impact the field of clinical psychology.
  14. Engage in professional activities related to clinical psychology that promote positive social change.


Degree Requirements

  • 163 total quarter credits
  • Core courses (110 cr.)
  • Elective course (15 cr.)
  • Clinical practicum (6 cr.)
  • Dissertation (20 cr.)
  • Internship (12 cr.)
  • Academic Year in Residence
  • PhD residencies (four 4-day sessions)


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 8245 - Interpersonal Psychotherapy   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.
PSYR 8346 - Clinical Psychopharmacology   5 cr.
10 CPSY 8700 - Psychology and Social Change   5 cr.
RSCH 8260 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis   5 cr.
11 Elective 5 cr.
CPSY 8238 - Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior   5 cr.
12 CPSY 8207 - History and Systems of Psychology   5 cr.
Elective 5 cr.
13 CPSY 8290 - Clinical Psychology Practicum I   3 cr.
Elective 5 cr.
14 CPSY 8291 - Clinical Psychology Practicum II   3 cr.
14–17 CPSY 9000L - Dissertation   5 cr. per term for a minimum of four terms
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.


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