Description of the Program
The Clinical Psychology
program now in operation at PSM is based upon the Practitioner/
Scholar training model (Psy.D.) as articulated by the National
Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology
(Peterson, R., et al., 1997). Psy.D. programs have as their
primary goal to train competent professional psychologist, and
not necessarily researcher/practitioners. However, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychology programs aim at training clinicians able to
approach the profession from a scientific perspective and to
become competent in the production of new knowledge using
Ph.D. Clinical Psychology programs are based on the
Scientist-Practitioner model of professional psychology as
articulated by the Boulder Conference of 1949 (Raimy, 1950).
Further elaboration and updating of the model was accomplished
through the National Conference on Scientist/Practitioner
Education and Training for the Professional Practice of
Psychology (Belar & Perry, 1992). The model aims at fostering
the development of both research and clinical competencies in
the training of Clinical Psychologists. Clinical Psychologists
trained within the Scientist/Practitioner model use a scientific
epistemology in their approach to the discipline of Psychology
and orient their clinical work by the tenants of Evidence-Based
Practice in Psychology (EBPP).
Psychological Research Training in PSM
The Clinical Psychology program of PSM has already developed
multiple research initiatives that provide the bases for the
training of Clinical Psychologists within the
Scientist/Practitioner model. Some of the most productive
research projects have been, Stigma on HIV/AIDS patients,
normalization of intelligence tests, and construction of new
psychological tests and scales. We are currently submitting
proposals for the development of other research projects.
The new Ph.D. program will train students in two general areas
of scientific inquiry; behavioral neuroscience and clinical
research. The latter includes, but is not limited to the
following areas: Health Psychology, psychopathological
conditions (depression, anxiety disorders, addictions, etc.),
cultural adaptation of test and test construction, among others.
The Research Assistantship (RA) opportunities available to
students are presented in the following table.
Clinical Training Model
To address the acquisition of clinical competencies, the
program’s clinic and the mental health clinics operated by the
Psychiatry Department of our School will be used. These clinics
have provided our students and professors the clinical
population needed for data gathering to conduct research
projects related to psychopathology and to other clinical
issues. Therefore, through these clinics the new Ph.D. students
will have abundant opportunities for the development of the
competencies of the profession; clinical and clinical research.