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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 clinical and community psychologists, and our adjunct faculty are drawn from accomplished clinicians in practice in the community. 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.

One of the features of the program is its public service orientation, which 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.

Students can gain expertise in a number of content areas including psychological assessment, various approaches to psychotherapy, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, parent-child interaction, treatment and prevention of depression, 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 a broad background in psychology. Admission to the program requires a minimum GPA of 3.00, submission of official Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical GRE scores, three letters of reference, and a career/goals statement. Application materials must be submitted by December 1st. Please follow the directions for application provided on the Applying for Graduate Study page.

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. Learn more about Wichita.

 

Accreditation

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

 

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.

 

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.

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 department does not offer a terminal Master’s degree, nor does it admit students to a Master’s program. After students have successfully completed their Foundation courses, their Research Methods Courses, Pre-doctoral Research, including a Second Year Project (i.e., master’s thesis) and an additional six hours they may make application for receipt of the M.A. degree.

 

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

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

Time to Completion for all students entering the program
Outcome Year in which Degrees were Conferred
2007-2008 2008- 2009 2009- 2010 2010- 2011 2011- 2012 2012-2013 2013- 2014 Total
Total number of students with doctoral degree conferred on transcript 1 1 2 3 4 4 3 18
Mean number of years to complete the program 5 6 6 5 5.75 6.25 5.33 5.66
Median number of years to complete the program 5 6 6 5 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 1 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 5
Students in 5 years 1 100 0 0 0 0 1 33 2 50 3 60 2 67 8 44
Students in 6 years 0 0 1 100 2 100 1 33 1 25 1 20 1 33 7 39
Students in 7 years 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 25 0 0 0 0 1 5
Students in more than 7 years 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 20 0 0 1 5

Transfer Policy - Graduate credit work at another university is not transferred and entered on a Wichita State transcript except in Degree Programs and only then after completion of all work for the degree, as defined on an approved Plan of Study. Students may transfer, with Departmental approval, graduate credit from an accredited graduate school under specific conditions.  For more details on the Clinical Program Transfer Policy and all department policies, please see the Psychology Graduate Program Handbook.

 

Program Costs
Description 2014-2015 1st-year Cohort Cost
Tuition for full-time students (in-state) $264.20/Credit Hour
Tuition for full-time students (out-of-state) $637.70/Credit Hour
Tuition per credit hour for part-time students (if applicable enter amount; if not applicable enter "NA") NA
University/institution fees or costs $42.35/Credit Hour
Additional estimated fees or costs to students (e.g. books, travel, etc.) ~$700/Year

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 ($648.85 per credit hour) 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 2014-2015 academic year, graduate in-state tuition is $264.20 per credit hour and university fees are $46.55 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 $1453.10 in tuition annually plus fees. With a 100% tuition grant, the student would only pay the student fees which would come to $1024.10 annually.

Additionally, there are other financial packages including fellowship and scholarship opportunities which are explained 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.

 

Internship Placement - Table 1
Outcome  Year Applied for Internship
2007-  2008 2008-   2009 2009-   2010 2010-   2011 2011- 2012 2012-   2013 2013- 2014
N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students who obtained APA/CPA-accredited internships 1   2 100 5 83 3 75 4 80 4 75 6 100
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
Students who obtained any internship 1 50 2 100 5 83 3 75 4 80 3 75 6 86
Students who sought or applied for internships including those who withdrew from the application process 2 - 2 - 6 - 4 - 5 - 4 - 7 -

 

Internship Placement - Table 2
Outcome* Year Applied for Internship
2007-   2008 2008-   2009 2009-   2010 2010-   2011 2011-   2012 2012-   2013 2013-   2014
N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students who sought or applied for internships including those who withdrew from the application process 2 - 2 - 6 - 4 - 5 - 4 - 7 -
Students who obtained paid internships 1 50 2 100 5 83 3 75 4 80 3 75 6 86
Students who obtained half-time internships (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

* These figures only include match rates for the first year that our students apply for internship.  They do not reflect the total lifetime match rate.  In fact, since 2006, 100% of our students have eventually matched with an APA clinical internship.

 

Attrition
Variable Year of First Enrollment
2007-      2008 2008-      2009 2009-      2010 2010-      2011 2011-      2012 2012-      2013 2013-      2014
N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students for whom this is the year of first enrollment (i.e. new students) 5 - 4 - 5 - 4 - 4 - 4 - 4 -
Students whose doctoral degrees were conferred on their transcripts 4 80 3 75 3 60 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students still enrolled in program 1 20 1 25 2 40 4 100 4 100 4 100 4 100
Students no longer enrolled for any reason other than conferral of doctoral degree 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

Licensure
 
Outcome 2004 to 2014
The total number of program graduates (doctoral degrees conferred on transcript) between 2 and 10 years ago 24
The number of these graduates (between 2 and 10 years ago) who became licensed psychologists in the past 10 years 22*
Licensure percentage 92%

* During the reporting period 2004-2013, one student who earned the doctoral degree did not become a licensed doctoral psychologist due to a serious physical disability that precluded engaging in professional practice. A second Clinical Program graduate had a doctorate in medicine prior to graduating the program and is practicing in the medical field.