Professional Psychology

Offered through the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences’ social and behavioral sciences discipline, the professional psychology program teaches students clinical research methods for new discoveries. Students receive in-depth psychodynamic training that combines extensive practical experience with classes on scientific foundations of psychology taught by seasoned clinicians, scholars and researchers. Students also study cognitive behavioral, systems and community consultation approaches. They have opportunities to learn group, family and short-term interventions and to work in hospital, forensic and school settings.

The professional psychology program offers a substantive introduction to the basic science aspects of psychology and the skills required of a clinical psychologist. Students take a series of foundation courses outlining biological, cognitive, social and cultural foundations; basic and more advanced clinical courses, such as psychopathology, group dynamics, assessment, psychotherapy, supervision and consultation; and research methods, statistics, history and systems and ethics courses.

The advanced curriculum offers courses tailored within three broad tracks: adult, assessment and child. In addition to classroom work, students work with a diverse patient population at different public and private agencies as well as at the department’s in-house clinic.

Upon completion of coursework and prior to receiving the Psy.D., students perform a one-year, full-time internship.

Professor L.J. Ingraham (Director)

Associate Professors C. Marmarosh, R. Ruth, R.A. Cooter

Assistant Professor J. Sexton

Adjunct Professors Y.E. Aleshina, L. Gump, P. Gedo, J. Viola, S. Hedlund, D. King

Professorial Lecturers J. Gorin, E. Klosson, R. Warrier, J. Babcock, S. Forssell, C. Holl, S. Kane, P. Snejnevski

Forensic Psychology:

Associate Professor R.A. Cooter (Program Director)

Assistant Professor R. Lopez Sharifi 

Professorial Lecturers M. R. Forbes, D.J. Grasso, A. Gartner, P. R. Magaletta, B. McConnell, A.J. Pinizzotto, J.M. Rohrer , B. Sheppard, A. Washington, N.J. Xenakis, H. Zelle

Explanation of Course Numbers

  • Courses in the 1000s are primarily introductory undergraduate courses
  • Those in the 2000–4000s are upper-division undergraduate courses that can also be taken for graduate credit with permission and additional work
  • Those in the 6000s and 8000s are for master’s, doctoral, and professional-level students
  • The 6000s are open to advanced undergraduate students with approval of the instructor and the dean or advising office

Note: PSYD courses are limited to students enrolled in the Professional Psychology program except by permission of the director. See the Department of Psychology for the degree program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy in the field of clinical psychology.