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THE PSYCHOLOGY DEPARTMENT

The Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program

 

Our program integrates education and training in traditional clinical psychology with innovations from community psychology. Our core faculty is composed of both community and clinical psychologists and our adjunct faculty are drawn from accomplished clinicians in practice in the community. The program, which has a public service orientation, prepares students to work with underserved and disadvantaged populations and agencies that serve them. The program teaches students to develop and implement effective preventive and clinical interventions based on individual, group, and community mechanisms of change.

The goal of the program is to educate students in the professional application of psychological science and methods to the amelioration of human problems through clinical practice and applied research. In addition to traditional course work, the program offers prospective students supervised experiences in applied service settings such as clinics, schools, public and private mental health agencies.

Students can gain expertise in a number of content areas including psychological assessment, cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, parent-child interaction, treatment and prevention of depression, substance use and abuse, self-help groups, high risk behavior in adolescents, and assessment and intervention with personality disorders. Students also are exposed to theories and practice of consultation, prevention, supervision, and program development and evaluation.


An integration of theory, research, and practice is emphasized. Research and practicum experiences receive intensive individual supervision. Graduates are prepared to pursue professional careers in public or private service organizations and are equipped to enter academic/research settings. The program specifies goals and objectives (PDF) that are intended to promote the development of academic and clinical competencies.

Most successful applicants have an undergraduate degree in psychology with coursework in statistics, research methods, and history and systems of psychology. Admission to the program requires a minimum GPA of 3.00, submission of official Verbal and Quantitative GRE scores, three letters of reference, and a career/goals statement. Application materials must be submitted by December 1st.

Wichita provides a rich setting for our training program. As a public university Wichita State has long-established ties to the core leadership of our human service organizations, our medical and educational training facilities, and business. These connections provide excellent resources for outstanding collaborative university-community educational and training experiences.

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The clinical program was re-accredited by the American Psychological Association in 2010.

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C. 20002-4242
202.336.5979


Curriculum

The curriculum is designed to blend the scientist-practitioner and action-researcher models of education and professional activity. It has been designed to provide a sound foundation in core areas of psychology, a broad and general preparation for research and professional practice, and an opportunity to gain knowledge and expertise in areas of interest and relevance to the student’s career.

 

Resources


The Psychology Training Clinic is based in the psychology department and is a primary site for clinical practicum training. The Clinic has facilities for individual and group research. Clientele served include persons affiliated with WSU and the greater Wichita community. The Clinic Director provides individual and group supervision complemented by supervision by other members of the core program faculty. We also have a number of carefully selected external practicum training sites and additional clinical supervision is provided by adjunct faculty and other on site supervisors. Faculty maintain working relationships with a number of government and community agencies which provide a source for research and supervised clinical and community practica. These agencies which serve the approximately 500,000 people in the Wichita metropolitan area include the public school system, Head Start and Early Head Start, University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita and regional hospitals, local and state departments of health and mental health, private clinics, and many not-for-profit social service agencies.


In addition to the required core curriculum students may take electives within and outside of the psychology department. There are many options available for elective educational experiences including the School of Education, School of Health Professionals, University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, and the Hugo Wall Center for Urban Studies.

The psychology department does not offer a terminal Master’s degree. However, after the student has successfully competed Foundations courses, the Second Year Research Project, the Research Methods sequence, and an additional six credit hours the degree of Master’s of Arts in general psychology is awarded.

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

The following tables and text provide information about our student body for seven years.

1. Time to completion

Table 1 Time to Completion

Outcome Year in which Degrees were Conferred
2006-2007 2007- 2008

2008- 2009

2009- 2010 2010- 2011 2011-2012 2012- 2013 Total
Total number of students with doctoral degree conferred on transcript 5 1 1 2 3 4 5 21
Mean number of years to complete the program 5.6 5 6 6 5 5.75 6 5.71
Median number of years to complete the program 5 5 6 6 5 5 5 5

Time to Degree Ranges

N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students in less than 5 years 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 33 0 0 0 0 1 5
Students in 5 years 3 60 1 100 0 0 0 0 1 33 2 50 3 60 10 48
Students in 6 years 1 20 0 0 1 100 2 100 1 33 1 25 1 20 7 33
Students in 7 years   0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 25 0 0 1 5
Students in more than 7 years 1 20 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 20 2 10

Over the past seven years the mean number of years our graduates have taken to complete the program is 5.71 (Mdn. 5).

2. Program Costs

Table 2 Program Costs (tuition and fees)

Description 2013-2014 1st-year Cohort Cost
Tuition for full-time students (in-state) $253.05/Cr.Hr.
Tuition for full-time students (out-of-state) $637.70/Cr.Hr.
Tuition per credit hour for part-time students (if applicable) NA
University/institution fees or costs $42.35/Cr. Hr.
Additional estimated fees or costs to students (e.g. books, travel, etc.) ~$700/Yr.

All students enrolled in the clinical program receive financial assistance through Graduate Teaching Assistantships (GTAs). The GTA requires a service commitment of 20 hours a week each semester of the academic year and the annual stipend for this work is about $7000. This GTA provides a tuition grant to cover 100% of out-of-state tuition ($637.70 per cr. hr.) as well as a portion of in-state tuition as well. The portion of this in-state tuition grant ranges from 75% for assisting teaching to 100% for direct classroom instruction. For the 2013-2014 academic year graduate in-state tuition is $253.05 per credit hour and students fees are $42.35 per credit hour. Most of our students take about 11 credit hours per semester. Hence, as student with a GTA taking 11 hours who is assisting in teaching would pay $1391.77 in tuition annually plus fees. With a 100% tuition grant, the student would only pay the student fees which would come to $931.70 annually. Additionally, there are other financial packages including fellowship and scholarship opportunities which are explained on pages 22-23 in the Psychology Graduate Program Handbook. The interested student my also wish to consult the Office of Financial Aid or call that office at (316) 978-3430. Finally, senior clinical program students may be eligible for selected paid clinical practicum rotations.

3. Internships

Table 3a Intern Placement 

Outcome  Year Applied for Internship
2006-  2007 2007-   2008 2008-   2009 2009-   2010 2010- 2011 2011-   2012 2012- 2013
N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students who sought or applied for internships* 2 - 2 - 2 - 6 - 4 - 5 - 4 -
Students who obtained internships 2 100 1 50 2 100 5 83 3 75 4 80 3 75
Students who obtained APA/CPA-accredited internships 2 100 1 50 2 100 5 83 3 74 4 80 3 75
Students who obtained APPIC member internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained other membership organization internships (e.g. CAPIC) that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained  internships conforming to CDSPP guidelines that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained other internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

*This includes students that withdrew from the internship application process

Table 3b Internship Placement 

Outcome Year Applied for Internship
2006-   2007 2007-   2008 2008-   2009 2009-   2010 2010-   2011 2011-   2012 2012-   2013
N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students who obtained internships 2 100 1 50 2 100 5 83 3 75 4 80 3 75
Students who obtained paid internships 2 100 1 50 2 100 5 83 3 75 4 80 3 75
Students who obtained half-time internships* (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

*Should only include students that applied for internship and are included in the number that "sought or applied for internship" from “Internship Placement - Table  1” for each year.

4. Attrition

Table 4 Attrition

Variable Year of First Enrollment
2006-      2007 2007-      2008 2008-      2009 2009-      2010 2010-      2011 2011-      2012 2012-      2013
N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students for whom this is the year of first enrollment (i.e. new students) 4 - 5 - 4 - 5 - 4 - 4 - 4 -
Students whose doctoral degrees were conferred on their transcripts 2 50 4 80 3 75 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students still enrolled in program 1 25 1 20 1 25 5 100 4 100 4 100 4 100
Students no longer enrolled for any reason other than conferral of doctoral degree 1 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

During the report period the program lost one student who decided to return to the medical field which was her original background.

5. Licensure

Table 5 Licensure

Outcome 2003-2004 to 2010-2011
Total number of students with doctoral degrees conferred on transcript in time period 23
Number of students with doctoral degrees conferred on transcripts who became licensed doctoral psychologists in time period 22
Licensure percentage 96%

During the report period 2003-2011 one student who earned the doctoral degree did not become a licensed doctoral psychologist. This graduate had a serious physical disability that precluded engaging in professional practice.