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Psychology Clinical PhD Curriculum

The PhD in Clinical Psychology requires students to participate in a combination of coursework research and clinical practicum. Every effort is made to schedule classes at times that do not conflict with other student responsibilities; typically courses are offered on Tuesday and Wednesday. The curriculum is also designed with consideration for the required clinical practicum experience in the Drexel Psychological Services Center (2nd year) and other external practicum (3rd and 4th year).

The overall structure of the curriculum encourages completion of the majority of the required coursework within the first two years, with more flexibility for other research and clinical responsibilities in the second two years. In addition, several course sequences are embedded into the curriculum to support training in relevant areas. Specifically, there is a course sequence for clinical intervention preparation, the clinical neuropsychology concentration, data analysis and research methods and courses on practicum readiness/professional issues and supervision in psychology.

The course sequence presented below provides an overall perspective on the curriculum for each of the four years. Please remember that Drexel University is on the quarter system.

FIRST YEAR

Course Name

No.

Credits

Fall Quarter

Data Analysis in Psychology I

610

3

Principles of Psychotherapy

OR

Neuroanatomy and Behavior (Neuropsych only)

721

 

530

3

 

3

Teaching and Consultation in Psychology

560

1

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

OR

Cognitive Neuroscience (Neuropsych only)

820

 

3

 


 

Winter Quarter

Data Analysis in Psychology II

710

3

Psychopathology of Adults

520

3

Psychological and Intellectual Assessment

522

3

 

Spring Quarter

Data Analysis in Psychology III

711

3

Theories of Intervention

OR

Neuropsychological Assessment (Neuropsych only)

722

 

542

3

 

3

Research Methods I

510

3

Year One Program Milestones:
Begin Master's Project

SECOND YEAR

Course Name

No.

Credits

Fall Quarter

Clinical Case Conceptualization

OR

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Neuropsych only)

515

3

Cognitive Neuroscience

OR

Principles of Psychotherapy (Neuropsych only)

812

3

Practicum Seminar

--

2

Advanced Elective *Choose from list below*

--

3

 

Winter Quarter

Professional Issues and Ethics

524

3

Master’s Thesis Psych

898

3

Advanced Elective *Choose from list below*

--

3

 

Spring Quarter

Advanced Elective *Choose from list below*

OR

Neuro Case Analysis and Integration (Neuropsych only)

642

3

 

3

Multicultural Perspectives in Psychology

550

3

Master’s Thesis Psych

898

3

Year Two Program Milestones:
Complete Master's Thesis
Complete clinical comprehensive exam

 

THIRD YEAR

Course Name

No.

Credits

Fall Quarter

Biological Basis of Behavior

630

3

Master’s Thesis Psych

898

3

Advanced Elective *Choose from list below*

--

3

 

Winter Quarter

Personality Assessment

620

3

Master’s Thesis Psych

898

3

Advanced Elective *Choose from list below*

--

3

 

Spring Quarter

Developmental Psychology

516

3

Advanced Elective *Choose from the list below*

--

3

Teaching, Consultation and Supervision Part III

560

2

Master’s Thesis Psych

898

3

Year Three Program Milestones
Begin Dissertation Project
Propose Dissertation before October 1

 

FOURTH YEAR

Course Name

No.

Credits

Fall Quarter

Social Psychology

518

3

PhD Dissertation Psych

998

6

 

Winter Quarter

History and Systems

712

3

PhD Dissertation Psych

998

6

 

Spring Quarter

PhD Dissertation Psych

998

6

Advanced Elective *Choose from list below*

--

3

Year Four Program Milestones:
Complete majority of dissertation project
Apply for Internship

 


Neuropsych only = course is required for Neuropsychology Concentration and is an elective course for all other students


ADVANCED ELECTIVES 

Course Name

No.

Credits

Assigned Faculty

Fall Term

Neuroanatomy and Behavior (N)

530

3

Schultheis

Multilevel Regression

895

3

Mirman

Pediatric Psychology (H)

822

3

Daly

Forensic Assessment (F)

649

3

Heilbrun

Behavior Stress Management (H, C)

827

3

A. Nezu

Cognitive Psychology (ACBS)

512

3

Kounios

Evidence-Based Psychotherapy (H)

815

1

C.Nezu

 

Winter Term

Neuroimaging and Physiology of Behavior

865

3

Osipowicz

Advanced CBT (C)

840

3

Forman

Grant Writing

865

3

Lowe

Evidence-Based Psychotherapy (H)

815

1

C. Nezu

Substance Use

823

3

Rubenstein

Neuropsych Case Analysis and Integration (N)

642

3

Sacchetti

Judgment and Decision-Making (ACBS)

895

3

Sims

Programming for Behavioral Scientists

TBA

3

Mirman

 

Spring Term

Neuropsychological Assessment (N)

542

3

Gallo

Advanced Topics in Health Psychology (H)

830

3

Geller

Weight and Eating Disorders (H,C)

828

3

Butryn

Evidence-Based Psychotherapy

815

3

C. Nezu

Family Therapy (C)

821

3

Daly

Psych of Human-Computer Interaction (ACBS)

612

3

Hewett

Learning and Memory (ACBS)

865

3

Sims

Problem-Solving and Creativity (ACBS)

614

3

Kounios

 


KEY

  • H = course meets Health Concentration requirement
  • C = course meets CBT Concentration requirement
  • N = course meets Neuropsychology Concentration requirement
  • F = course meets Forensic Concentration requirement
  • ACBS = course meets ACBS Concentration requirement