Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

PhD Program Curriculum

Mission of the PhD Program in Clinical Psychology

The mission of the PhD Program in Clinical Psychology is to graduate clinical psychologists who are highly competent, ethical, and productive in the science and practice of clinical psychology, particularly within academic healthcare systems and similar settings (i.e., VA medical centers, children’s hospitals). This mission is accomplished through the following aims:

  1. Provide core knowledge and methods in psychological science
  2. Develop competencies in the integration of different areas of psychological science
  3. Develop competencies in the integration of science and practice
  4. Develop profession-wide competencies, including research, ethical and legal standards, individual and cultural diversity, professional values and attitudes, communication and interpersonal skills, psychological assessment and intervention, supervision, and consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills.
  5. Develop competencies to prepare students for careers within an academic health care system, VA medical center, and/or children’s hospital