Applied Psychology, Doctor of Psychology (0476)
Department website: http://www.wku.edu/psychology/
Frederick G. Grieve, firstname.lastname@example.org, (270) 745-4417
The Doctor of Psychology in Applied Psychology provides knowledge and skills for its graduates to become effective change agents within educational and education-related environments. The program is designed to prepare scholarly practitioners whose program content and experiences emphasize application to the real world.
The Psy.D. in Applied Psychology prepares students to:
- Function as competent practitioner/scholars, skilled in developing, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based practices, particularly for rural and other under-served populations, in their chosen area of concentration;
- Provide ethical, competent, and professional supervision of psychological practice in their communities of practice; and
- Contribute to the practice and scholarship of psychology, consistent with the practitioner/scholar model, with the capacity to review scholarly literature, effectively integrate it with practice considerations, and evaluate outcomes.
Admission to the doctoral program requires the applicant to have either a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology or related field or a specialist-level degree in School Psychology. Applicants with graduate degrees from closely related fields may be considered for the program, but, if accepted, may need to take additional courses to complete the foundational coursework. Program admission is based on a comprehensive evaluation of a candidate’s application file and an interview. The application file must include:
- GRE scores (or equivalent) evidencing minimum scores of 145 Verbal, 145 Quantitative, and 4.0 Analytic Writing. In lieu of the GRE scores, applicants can submit a portfolio that includes evidence of at least five years successful practice in the field and evidence of managerial/supervision experience or superlative practice
- Graduate transcript(s) evidencing a minimum graduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 and undergraduate transcripts verifying undergraduate degree(s)
- Three letters of recommendation from professionals in a position to evaluate the applicant’s potential for success in a doctoral program.
- Personal statement describing professional interests, expectations from the doctoral program, and career goals.
- Resume or curriculum vita.
- Psychology Department application form
- Graduate School application form
International students are encouraged to apply and must meet two additional requirements. They must submit evidence of the ability to communicate in English (as evidenced by a minimum of 570 on the paper based TOEFL, a minimum of 88 on the iBT TOEFL, or a minimum of 7.0 on the IELTS Academic Version). Evidence of adequate financial resources is also required.
In addition to the application materials, interviews will be held with all viable candidates based on review of the application file. The purpose of the interview is to ascertain the applicant’s fit with the program’s goals and objectives and with their intended career paths (APA, 2013). In addition, the interview serves to inform potential students of the Doctor of Applied Psychology program’s mission, goals, curriculum and expectations for students.
Applicants with graduate degrees from closely related fields and international students will be considered for the program, but, if accepted, may need to take additional courses to complete the foundational coursework. Foundation coursework in clinical and school psychology programs provides the basis for understanding human behavior and consists of courses in the areas of social psychology, physiological psychology, developmental psychology, cognition/learning, and diversity/multicultural awareness. Applicants with degrees in clinical or school psychology will also have their transcripts reviewed for these foundation coursework due to variability in training across programs and universities. Because some students may lack coursework in the foundational areas of psychology, assessment of applicants’ previous graduate coursework will be important to help them be successful in the program and to be eligible for licensure upon graduation. Students will be informed of any deficiencies upon program entry when they will sign a curriculum contract identifying deficiencies in the foundational areas of psychology that will need to be completed. Consistent with university policy, any identified deficiencies will need to be remediated prior to admission to candidacy and any courses taken as remediation for deficiencies may not be counted in the 48 hours required for the Psy.D. degree.
All applicants must also submit an affidavit affirming that they have not been convicted or charged with a felony crime or an ethical violation. A criminal background check will be required of successful applicants during the first semester of graduate study at the applicant’s expense. Individuals evidencing a history of felony conviction are not eligible for licensure in Kentucky as a psychologist. Further, training programs have an ethical obligation to disclose the inability to obtain licensure at program entry. Thus, a history of felony conviction will preclude applicants from being accepted into the Doctor of Applied Psychology program.
Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.
Program Requirements (48 hours)
The program consists of 48 hours beyond a master's or other graduate degree. The program includes 27 hours of core coursework and a choice of two specializations, Clinical Psychology and School Psychology, consisting of an additional 21 hours each. Each student's academic background and professional experiences will be assessed at the time of admission, and students may be allowed to count up to 12 hours of previously-completed graduate-level course work toward program requirements. To complete the program, students must pass a qualifying exam that includes questions related to program core and specialization outcomes, and propose, complete, and successfully defend a dissertation.
|EDFN 500||Research Methods||3|
|or EDFN 501||Educational Statistics|
|or EDFN 740||Intermediate Statistics and Design|
|or EDFN 744||Seminar in Advanced Research Methods|
|PSY 701||History and Systems of Applied Psychology||3|
|PSY 751||Clinical Psychopharmacology||3|
|CNS 588||Family Systems Counseling||3|
|or PSY 741||Family Systems in Therapy|
|PSY 777||Foundations of Supervision||3|
|PSY 799||Dissertation in Psychology||6|
|PSY 895||Pre-Doctoral Internship||6|
|Select a concentration||21|
|PSY 642||Clinical Interviewing and Psychotherapy||3|
|PSY 862||Advanced Psychotherapy Interventions||3|
|CNS 552||Testing and Assessment in Counseling||3|
|or CNS 567||Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment in Counseling|
|or CNS 654||Educational and Intellectual Analysis of Children and Adults|
|or PSY 560||Assessment of Individual Intellectual Functioning:Theories and Issues|
|or PSY 561||Advanced Assessment in Educational Settings|
|or PSY 562||Practicum in Psychological Assessment|
|or PSY 643||Academic Assessment and Intervention|
|or PSY 647||Addictions: Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning|
|or PSY 660||Assessment of Personality and Socio-Emotional Functioning|
|or PSY 766||Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder|
|or SWRK 623||Social Work Clinical Assessment and Intervention|
|ADED 611||Adult Development and Learning||3|
|or CNS 557||Human and Family Development in Counseling|
|PSY 801||The Profession of Clinical Psychology||3|
|PSY 877||Advanced Clinical Supervision||3|
|PSY 791||Advanced Psychology Practice||3|
School Psychology Concentration
|PSY 785||Doctoral Seminar in School Psychology||3|
|PSY 792||Advanced Practicum in School Interventions||3|
|PSY 520||Individual Differences and Human Diversity||3|
|Select a specialization option||9|
Therapies and Interventions with Children
|Advanced Play Therapy|
|Expressive Arts Techniques in Counseling|
or CNS 613
|Sandtray Techniques in Counseling|
Autism Spectrum Disorders
|Assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorder|
|Characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorders|
|Social Skills Instruction & Behavioral Programming for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders|
Select three of the following (or equivalent courses):
|Fundamentals of School Administration|
|Seminar in Administration of Special Education|
|Special Education Law and Finance|
|Introduction to School Leadership|
|Strategic Planning in Education|
|Legal Issues for Professional Educators|