Program Objectives

The Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at IUPUI subscribes to a clinical science model of clinical training. As such, students seeking strong research training, in conjunction with empirically-based practicum experiences, would be the most desirable students for the program.  

The program requires a full-time commitment for 5 years of study, including completion of six academic semesters of course work, a minimum 800 hours of practicum experience, a master's thesis, a preliminary examination to admit a student to doctoral candidacy, a dissertation, and a one-year internship. Students are required to be in residence at least 2 years; however, most students remain here until internship. In addition to the basic coursework, students take additional courses, gain focused research experience, or gain practicum experience specific to one of our two areas of emphasis: clinical health psychology or severe mental illness/psychiatric rehabilitation. The program is A.P.A. accredited and is a member of the Council of Clinical Health Psychology Training Programs. For information on APA accreditation, contact:

Commission on Accreditation
750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979

The IUPUI Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology was designed to integrate the assessment and intervention strategies of empirically-based clinical psychology with health/rehabilitation psychology's emphasis on optimizing the adaptation of persons with chronic, disabling medical conditions.  Our program addresses the psychological and social consequences of physical and mental disabilities.  As scientists, we study behaviors, experiences, and attitudes of persons with disabilities and their families, and evaluate the effectiveness of treatment interventions.  The program emphasizes the acquisition of the methods, theories, and knowledge of behavioral science along with the practitioner skills of clinical psychology.  As practitioners, we assess individuals and their environment, plan and implement psychosocial interventions, and monitor their progress over time.  Our program focuses on a wide variety of social, psychological, and practical problems, such as social functioning, emotional well‑being, family relationships, activities of daily living, employment, and independent living.

Download the Clinical Psychology Graduate Program Guidelines at the bottom of this page

The program embraces a series of 3 overarching goals and 7 subsidiary objectives for training.  The goals and objectives are outlined below. Upon graduating from the program, students will be able to demonstrate a high level of competence in each of these areas.

  • Goal 1: To produce graduates who are capable of making independent contributions to the scientific knowledge base of clinical psychology. 
    • Objective 1A:  Students will demonstrate knowledge in the breadth of scientific psychology, including historical perspectives of its foundations and development. 
    • Objective 1B:  Students will demonstrate knowledge in the theory, methodology, and data analysis skills related to psychological research
    • Objective 1C:  Students will demonstrate the ability to generate new scientific knowledge and theory related to the field of psychology.
  • Goal 2: To produce graduates who can competently integrate the science and practice of clinical psychology and can provide evidence-based services.
    • Objective 2A:  Students will acquire knowledge and skills in the assessment of individual strengths and weaknesses, as well as the diagnosis of psychological problems and disorders.
    • Objective 2B:  Students will acquire knowledge and skills in the conceptualization, design, implementation, delivery, supervision, consultation, and evaluation of empirically-supported psychosocial interventions for psychological problems and disorders.
  • Goal 3. To produce graduates who demonstrate they can conduct themselves in culturally sensitive and ethical ways in the science and practice of clinical psychology.
    • Objective 3A:  Students will demonstrate sensitivity, knowledge, and skills in regard to the role of human diversity in the research and practice of clinical psychology.
    • Objective 3B:  Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of the APA ethical code and will demonstrate their ability to apply ethical principles in practical contexts.
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