Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Mission & Aims

The mission of the Clinical Psychology PhD Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine 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, such as VA medical centers and children’s hospitals. The PhD Program is founded on a scientist-practitioner model, as conceptualized at the 1949 Boulder Conference, emphasizing the integration of science and clinical practice.

The mission of the PhD program 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 research competencies
  5. Develop competencies in ethical and legal standards
  6. Develop competencies in individual and cultural diversity
  7. Develop professional values and attitudes
  8. Develop competencies in communication and interpersonal skills
  9. Develop competencies in psychological assessment
  10. Develop competencies in psychological intervention
  11. Develop competencies in supervision
  12. Develop competencies in consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills.
  13. Develop competencies to prepare students for careers within an academic health care system, VA medical center, and/or children’s hospital

See below for details of our aims and specific objectives: