Clinical-Community Psychology, Ph.D.
- Students will select and use appropriate assessment tools and methods, effectively conduct clinical interviews, and write integrated, systems-based assessment reports and case conceptualizations. Students will appropriately implement and evaluate evidence-based interventions in applied work. Students effectively gives and receives feedback from supervisors. Students demonstrate effective interpersonal and communication skills in applied work. Students demonstrate awareness of how one’s biases influence all aspects of applied work.
- Students demonstrates understanding of differences in beliefs and practices that emerge from various aspects of identity and how these affect one’s own work. Students demonstrate an understanding of diversity issues and multi-cultural sensitivity issues in their own work and the broader field of psychology.
Degree Requirements (81 hours)
A minimum of 69 credit hours of course and practica work and 12 hours of dissertation work (PSYC 899) are required beyond the baccalaureate degree. Course work is distributed across five categories with a minimum number of credits in each category.
Core Psychology Courses (19 hours)
|PSYC 709||Basic Quantitative Methods in the Analysis of Behavioral Data I||3|
|PSYC 710||Basic Quantitative Methods in the Analysis of Behavioral Data II||3|
|PSYC 761||Psychological Assessment I||3|
|PSYC 702A||Basics of Neuroscience||3|
|PSYC 702D||Basics of Learning and Motivation||3|
|or PSYC 702B||Basics of Cognitive Psychology|
|PSYC 770||Survey of Social Psychology||3|
|PSYC 820||Seminar in Developmental Psychology||3|
|Total Credit Hours||21|
Research Courses (23 hours)
|PSYC 772||Research Approaches to Human Behavior||3|
|PSYC 773||Research in Clinical-Community Psychology||2|
|PSYC 799||Thesis Preparation||6|
|PSYC 899||Doctoral Research and Dissertation Preparation||12|
|Total Credit Hours||23|
Specialty Content Courses (18 hours)
|PSYC 725||Systems and Theories of Psychological Intervention||3|
|PSYC 726||Psychological Problems and Resilience||3|
|PSYC 727||Foundations of Community Psychology||3|
|PSYC 760||Issues and Ethics in Clinical-Community Psychology||3|
|PSYC 749||Principles of Human Diversity||3|
|Seminar in Community Psychology|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Consultation and Systems Interventions|
|Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine|
|Topics in Community Psychology|
|Total Credit Hours||18|
Practicum Courses (12 hours)
Intervention Practica, 2 of 3 series
|Select two of the following series:||12|
|Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy Practicum|
and Advanced Child, Adolescent and Family Therapy Practicum
|Applied Individual and Couples Psychotherapy|
and Advanced Psychotherapy Practicum
|Community Psychology Practicum I|
and Community Psychology Practicum II
|Total Credit Hours||12|
Electives (9 hours)
- Psychology courses numbered 700+ (500+ for other departments)
The Ph.D. degree in clinical-community psychology also requires successful completion of qualifying requirements (masters thesis and masters oral), a general comprehensive examination (comprehensive paper), a specialty comprehensive examination (either in clinical or community), an oral comprehensive examination, and a predoctoral research internship.
Also required are an approved Ph.D. dissertation, and a one- year, predoctoral, full-time internship. Most students obtain an APA-approved (or approval-seeking) internship. Students have the option of declaring a concentration in Quantitative Methods in Psychology.
Quantitative Methods in Psychology Concentration Requirements
- Must be accepted to a University of South Carolina Psychology Department Doctoral Program (Clinical-Community, School, or Experimental)
- Make a B or better in four courses (12 hours) that have 710 as a pre-requisite (i.e., advanced quantitative courses.) 709/710 do not count, nor do assessment or methods classes. Courses must be at the 700 level or higher.
- Two of the four courses (6 hours) are required to be taught in the department d. The third and fourth courses can optionally be taught in another department contingent upon approval from the Concentration Program Director.
The sequence of events and more details concerning specific aspects (including the required concurrent master’s degree) are in the current Clinical-Community Psychology Doctoral Program Graduate Student Handbook, provided to all incoming students.