Guiding Philosophy

The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine is founded on a scientist-practitioner model, as conceptualized at the 1949 Conference in Boulder, Colorado. The overall goal of the Doctoral Program is to graduate academic psychologists who are competent, ethical, and productive in the science and practice of clinical psychology. The Doctoral Program emphasizes the integration of science and clinical practice. Indeed, the faculty perceives clinical practice as critical to informing scientific knowledge, and scientific knowledge as critical to informing clinical practice.

The Program has three broad goals:

  1. To train competent researchers in clinical psychology
  2. To train competent clinicians in the professional practice of clinical psychology
  3. To prepare students for careers in academic clinical psychology, particularly in healthcare settings

To accomplish these goals, the Doctoral Program provides an intensive education, research training, and clinical training aimed to fulfill the following objectives and competencies.