Graduate Study in Clinical Psychology
We have developed this website to provide visitors with information about our program. Our goal is to make things easier for potential applicants so all information about our program is readily accessible on the Web.
For more comprehensive information, we have developed a Clinical Training Manual, which you can download as a PDF file (.pdf, 239kb). This brochure provides general information about our program, the application process, faculty interests and research opportunities. We realize that applying to a doctoral program represents a major decision and a very big step in any student’s academic and career life. We have tried to make this online brochure as informative as possible, so you will be able to get the most accurate picture of what our program has to offer and what its limitations are.
You can also access information about our Psychological Clinic, which serves as a training facility for our doctoral students, offering psychotherapy and behavior therapy for adults, children, couples, family and groups for a broad range of issues.
Our Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data webpage may also be of interest.
Having a close match between your goals and ours seems to be one of the best indicators of a successful outcome for students. Therefore, we encourage you to be as direct and straightforward as possible in your application. If you are interested in applying to our clinical psychology program, visit our admission information page.
Our general philosophy
The goal of our doctoral program in clinical psychology is to train sensitive and caring psychologists who are scientists, prepared to provide new knowledge and objective answers to the complex questions surrounding the assessment and treatment of human mental-health needs.
As such, our teaching philosophy is clearly representative of the Boulder model of the scientist-practitioner. However, we interpret this model as one that encourages integration of the scientist and practitioner functions. We expect that our students will be well-trained in research methodology and able to translate the empirical knowledge of psychology as a scientific discipline into skilled and effective research and/or practice.
Students often begin graduate school uncertain about the ultimate career path they will pursue. Nevertheless, we expect that our graduates will both contribute to new knowledge and practice their clinical and research skills in a variety of settings, from academic to direct-service provision. The common denominator is our philosophy of training. Therefore, to guide and evaluate the continuing evolution of our clinical program, we adopted the following guiding principle:
Clinical science is one specialty area within the larger empirical science of psychology.
This principle has various implications for planning and implementing clinical training, as described in these four corollaries:
- The study of clinical science draws upon and contributes to all other specialty areas within psychology. Therefore, the teaching of clinical science must integrate knowledge and techniques from the rest of psychology.
- Clinical science must be taught as an empirical science, consistent with the teaching of the rest of psychology. It is our intent to train students to be clinical scientists, as this is fundamental to the range of career paths that they may choose.
- Implementation of the guiding principle must be consistent with ethical standards. Among these is a concern for the welfare of students, clients and research participants, as well as integrity in all professional relationships.
- All aspects of graduate training in clinical science should be consistent with this principle and these corollaries. Such aspects include research training, coursework and most notably, clinical casework, supervision and placements. We must regularly evaluate the degree to which this objective is being met.
The Clinical Psychology Program began in 1972; thus, we are still a relatively young program, open to new ideas and directions. The program received accreditation from the American Psychological Association in 1981, and since then has enjoyed considerable stability. In 1996, after a thorough review process, the clinical program was granted membership in the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science, a coalition of doctoral psychology training programs that share a common goal of producing and applying scientific knowledge to the assessment, understanding and amelioration of human problems.
At any one time there are about 35 clinical students in residence, with another eight or so away on internships or completing dissertation research. Seventy percent of the students are women and 21 percent are members of ethnic minority groups. A few foreign students have been admitted over the years, thereby increasing our links with the larger community of clinical researchers.
Contact information for the Commission on Accreditation
Binghamton University's Clinical Psychology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation (CoA).
Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002