There are two degree programs offered in clinical and school psychology: the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and the Ed.D. in School Psychology.
Ph.D. in the Clinical Psychology This program is designed to train clinical and school psychologists with potential to make outstanding contributions to the profession in a variety of roles. There are two tracks within the Ph.D. program. The clinical-school track integrates core training in clinical psychology with specialized coursework and experiences relevant to school settings; this sequence leads to licensure/certification in both clinical and school psychology. The general clinical track provides core training in clinical psychology but does not require specific school-related training. We subscribe to a scientist-practitioner model of training, and emphasize a strong scientific grounding in academic psychology and high standards of competence as mental health practitioners. We achieve this goal by closely integrating the complementary domains of academic psychology and applied practice throughout the course of graduate studies.
A thorough grounding in the basic science of psychology is provided for all students. Two research products are required: a pre-dissertation study, leading to a journal-article length thesis, and a doctoral dissertation. Specialized training in clinical work with children, families, and adults is available. Supervised clinical practicum is required, including summers, in all but the first semester of the four years of study. During the first year, students participate in a clinical practicum in a local school system, and in the second year they pursue training in the program’s clinic, the Center for Clinical Psychology Services. Of the remaining two years, typically one is spent working as a staff member in the Center, while the other is spent working in an area school mental health agency, or hospital.
Ed.D. Program in School Psychology This program is for those who possess both a M.Ed. in School Psychology and a minimum of two years of experience in the field. The program requires a minimum of 24 months of study. Included are two summers and one academic year of full-time, on-Grounds study in Charlottesville. A dissertation is completed during the second academic year. Students select two supporting areas (minors) to enhance their preparation in school psychology. An individually designed clinical internship consisting of at least 400 hours is also required.