Clinical Psychology: Definition “The field of Clinical Psychology involves research, teaching, and services relevant to the applications of principles, methods, and procedures for understanding, predicting, and alleviating intellectual, emotional, biological, psychological, social and behavioral maladjustment, disability and discomfort, applied to a wide range of client populations” (APA; Division 12). Research and teaching Most likely need a Ph.D. in clinical psychology Nearly every Ph.D. in other areas of psychology (e.g., Developmental, Aging Studies, Social, Neuroscience) will allow expertise in research and teaching, but they do not typically provide training in clinical service. Job settings include universities, colleges, teaching hospitals, research centers, etc. Services in Clinical Psychology (Evidence Based Practice) Therapy Assessment Consultation Preventive programs Neuropsychology Possible Career Paths to Become a Therapist Psychology Masters or PhD in Clinical Psychology PsyD Education Masters or PhD Counseling Psychology Education Specialist or EdD or PhD in School Psychology Social Work Masters of Social Work Rehabilitation Counseling Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling Medicine MD–Psychiatry MD–Behavioral Pediatrics RN–Psychiatric Nursing Back to the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Very competitive Ph.D. versus Psy.D. Make sure to seek an APA accredited program Research experience counts a lot (especially for more research-oriented programs) Apply widely (at least 15 programs) Average Acceptance Rates for APA-Accredited Clinical Psychology Programs Freestanding UniversityPsyD based PsyD Practiceoriented PhD Equal emphasis PhD Researchoriented PhD 50% 10% 10% 6% 41% Source: Mayne, Norcross, and Sayette (2006; p. 41). Where to get more information Handout Good luck!!