Your Tasks During the Second Year

During your second year, you should be attending to five tasks.

  • First, you will be taking additional courses that integrate the empirical literature with practical experiences.
  • A second goal is to complete your master’s degree.
  • Third, you need to begin preparing to take your General Examination (more about this later).
  • A fourth “task” has a more phenomenological focus, which centers on beginning to integrate the knowledge that you have absorbed in the classroom with the practical experiences of helping distressed others within psychotherapeutic relationships.
  • Finally, you should be making decisions about whether to pursue specialized training offered in the program. We offer two areas of concentration in the division: Neuropsychology and Child Clinical Psychology. These are areas of concentration and not specialized tracks. To complete the concentrations, students must complete the general program requirements as well as additional courses and possibly practicum experiences. The Department of Psychological Sciences offers multiple Certificate Programs including Health Psychology; Quantitative Research Methods; Occupational Health Psychology; Cognitive Science; and Neurobiology of Language. Certificate programs offered by other departments that are often of interest to our students include Culture, Health and Human Development and Race, Ethnicity and Politics. Certificate Programs are formal programs offered by the University; interested students must submit an application to the Graduate School to be admitted to a Certificate program and related paperwork to the Registrar’s office to complete the program and receive the Certificate. Many students are able to complete one or more concentrations or certificate programs without adding additional time to their training. An updated list of all the certificates offered by the University can be found at

Other required courses during the second year include Professional Issues in Clinical Psychology (covering relationships between law, ethics, and psychological practices, and an introduction to clinical supervision and consultation) and Psychology of Ethnic Minorities (a course that examines processes of prejudice, discrimination, identity development, and majority privilege). Foundations of Neuropsychology is required of all clinical students and fulfills APA Requirements in the Biological Basis of Behavior and in Advanced Integrative Areas (see Appendix B) and a Departmental Breadth Requirement. It is also a prerequisite for many advanced courses in neuropsychology, including Neuropsychological Assessment. In addition, courses relevant to individualized interests are offered, such as Methods of Child and Family Therapy (a didactic course that provides exposure and training in various child and family interventions), and Health Psychology (a didactic course on theories and interventions of behavioral health).

You also should complete additional distribution requirements, in non-clinical areas, such as the social basis of behavior. Finally, you should register for the last 3 credits of GRAD 5950 research during the Fall semester of your 2nd year and the first 3 credits of GRAD 6950 research during the Spring semester.