Clinical Program

​The Training Model

The program follows a scientist-practitioner training model.  The APA accredited1 Doctoral Program at CMU differs from models that prepare students for either academic or clinical positions:  the program places an equal emphasis on the development of clinical practice and clinical research skills.  Integration of theory, research, and practice is considered essential. The Clinical Psychology Program considers the following areas as essential for contemporary Clinical Psychologists: 
  1. Breadth in the theoretical and empirical underpinning of psychology
  2. Breadth and depth in psychological research
  3. Breadth and depth in assessment and intervention
  4. Knowledge of the guidelines outlined in the APA Code of Ethics 2 for Psychologist and the Standards for Providers
  5. Knowledge that allows for practice in an increasingly diverse society in a socially responsible manner
  6. A commitment to life-long learning

The program trains students in each of these areas through the use of didactic instruction, experiential learning, and the clinical faculty mentoring of each student.  A systematic evaluation of each student’s functioning in academic, clinical, and research areas, as well as the completion of specific milestone events, ensures student competence in each of these areas.



1Committee on Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242. Telephone: 800-374-2721; 202-336-5500. TDD/TTY: 202-336-6123 


2American Psychological Association. (2002) Ethical Principles of Psychologists. (Available from Author, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242. Telephone: 800-374-2721; 202-336-5500. TDD/TTY: 202-336-6123)

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