​​The Training Model

The Clinical Psychology 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:

Aim #1: To produce graduates with an understanding for the breadth of psychology.

Aim #2: To produce graduates with a depth of understanding and skill in the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of the clinical practice of clinical psychology including both assessment and intervention.

Aim #3: To produce graduates qualified to engage in a range of activities related to health service psychology including intervention, assessment, research, supervision, and teaching.

Aim #4: To produce graduates with a depth of understanding and skills in psychological research.

Aim #5: To produce graduates who conduct themselves according to: a) maintaining an attitude toward lifelong learning; b) knowledge and respect for individual and cultural diversity; and c) professional and ethical standards of the field.

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)