PhD in Clinical Adolescent Psychology

I. PROGRAM PHILOSOPHY

We embrace the cognitive-behavioral orientation, and believe people must be understood within their myriad and intersecting contexts (e.g., race, gender, sexual orientation, age, cultural background). The Program operates according to a scientist-practitioner model based on the premise that there is synergy between the practice and science of psychology. Thus, the science and practice of psychology are integrated throughout our curriculum. The objectives of the Program are to educate students about: (1) issues that presently define the knowledge base in clinical psychology; (2) clinical skills needed to become ethical and competent practitioners; and (3) processes of learning and problem-solving that will be needed regardless of their professional career path. Additionally, depending on their particular career trajectories, students may take elective coursework or practica to augment their clinical and/or research skills. Our faculty approach clinical work from a variety of theoretical perspectives including cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and emotion-focused. At graduation, our students are prepared to work in academic, research, and practice settings.

II. PURPOSE OF THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS

A major goal of our program is retention and graduation of admitted students within the prescribed time limits, a goal best accomplished by selecting applicants who have the educational foundation, motivation, and personality characteristics required to successfully complete an intensive and rigorous doctoral program. Applicants who pass the initial screening are required to participate in a personal interview conducted by the doctoral admissions committee, interested faculty, and currently enrolled doctoral students.

Admission to the program is competitive, and is granted jointly by the Graduate School and the Clinical Adolescent Psychology Program. A limited number of slots (about 6 to 8) is available annually with entry in the fall semester only. Because of the competitive nature of the process, meeting minimal standards does not guarantee admission. Invitations for a personal interview with the admissions committee will be made to designated applicants who have passed the initial screening. In cases where such an interview would impose a financial hardship, a telephone or Skype interview may be arranged.

The program recommends admission to the Graduate School, and the Graduate School, in turn, monitors procedures and minimum requirements and makes the final decision on your admission. All applicants are notified in writing of the admission committee’s recommendation to the Graduate School no later than April 1. The Graduate School will inform applicants of their final admissions status by a separate letter.

III. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION

  1. The minimum requirement for admission is a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with at least 24 semester hours of psychology coursework in all of these domains: abnormal; developmental; experimental or research methods; learning or cognition; personality; psychophysiology; statistics; and social psychology.
  2. The Division of Graduate Studies requires a minimum GPA of 3.00 (4.00 scale) on the applicant’s most recent level of coursework. The applicant must provide official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work sent from institutions directly to the Admissions committee.
  3. The program does not use specific GRE cut-off scores in the admissions process, however, submission of GRE scores prior to the application deadline is required. The GRE subject test in Psychology is also preferred but not required. Scores from GRE administrations prior to 1/15/2004 will not be accepted. The applicant must provide an official copy of GRE test scores sent from ETS directly to the Review Committee.
  4. Completion of the Clinical Adolescent Psychology Doctoral Program Application.
  5. A vita or resume must be submitted to the Admissions Committee.
  6. Three letters of recommendation from individuals qualified to assess the applicant academic and professional potential must be submitted directly to the Admissions Committee. A minimum of two letters must be written by faculty members or faculty mentors familiar with your academic performance; the third letter may be written by qualified individuals who have supervised any previous clinical or research work. Please send no more than four letters.
  7. Applicants who are currently enrolled in a degree program must submit additional letters from their program director certifying that the applicant is in good standing and will complete all program requirements leading to graduation prior to August 15, 2014.
  8. Applicants who have been enrolled in a graduate degree program that was not completed must submit an additional letter from their program director explaining the circumstances surrounding the non-completion. The letter must also certify that the applicant is eligible to return to the program as a student in good standing.
  9. An acceptable score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be submitted, if applicable.

Clinical Adolescent Psychology Courses

  • CPSY 7701           History & Systems
  • CPSY 7661           Social Sciences Statistics Lab
  • CPSY 7703           Cognitive Psychology
  • CPSY 7713           Social Psychology
  • CPSY 7723           Neuropsychology
  • CPSY 7733           Child & Adolescent Development
  • CPSY 7743           Professional Ethics
  • CPSY 7793           Personality Psychology
  • CPSY 7803           Systems of Psychotherapy
  • CPSY 7813           Assessment & Testing
  • CPSY 7883           Psychopathology
  • CPSY 7933           History & Systems of Psychology
  • CPSY 7943           Advanced Research Methods I
  • CPSY 7963           Advanced Statistical Techniques I
  • CPSY 7623           Biological Bases of Behavior (Elective)
  • CPSY 7803           Psychological Assessment I (Required)
  • CPSY 7813           Psychological Assessment II (Elective)
  • CPSY 7783           Developmental Psychopathology (Elective)
  • CPSY 7773           Learning Theory and Clinical Applications (Elective)
  • CPSY 7823-63     Practicum I-V
  • CPSY 8913-43     Dissertation I-IV
  • CPSY 8946           Internship I
  • CPSY 8986           Internship II

Contact Information for Application Inquiries:

Department of Psychology
College of Juvenile Justice & Psychology

Prairie View A&M University
P.O. Box 519, MS 2600
Prairie View, TX 77446-0519
Phone: (936) 261-5263

Shelia K. Robinson, College Recruiter
(936)-261-5202
skrobinson@pvamu.edu

Mokeitha Williams, Administrative Assistant III
(936)261-5263
MLWilliams@pvamu.edu

 

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