The clinical program is devoted to training clinical scientists and to the promotion of the integration of science and practice. Our primary goal is to train students who will lead the search for new knowledge regarding the assessment, understanding, and treatment of psychological disorders. Some students in the clinical program pursue specialized training in neuropsychology, clinical aging, or health psychology. The Clinical Science Training program is a member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science. It is accredited by the American Psychological Association and by the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System.
Research activities in the clinical area are closely tied to basic science areas in our department. Our department includes leading investigators in the psychology of aging, cognitive neuroscience, and personality research. The clinical area also has significant ties to psychologists in the medical school who are concerned with psychological issues associated with medical problems (such as cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease).
We are training junior investigators to apply concepts and methods from basic behavioral science to the study of clinical problems, such as schizophrenia, personality disorders, eating disorders, depression, and problems of aging. Members of the core faculty are studying a variety of the cognitive, emotional, and motivational processes as well as brain mechanisms and genes that are associated with these phenomena.
Our students do not need to choose whether they will be scientists or practitioners; they must see these activities as being inherently intertwined, and they must be able to function in both roles. We emphasize research and academic career goals for our students consistent with our view of the future needs of our profession. However, a number of students elect careers in applied settings and use their scientist-practitioner skills in clinical work.