PsyD Clinical Psychology - Doctoral Project
PsyD students may choose to conduct and complete a doctoral project at any point during the training program, though typically students undertake these projects during year 3 and 4 of the program. The doctoral project is intended to be conducted in collaboration with a faculty member and to result in a product with direct relevance to the practice of clinical psychology. The type and nature of the doctoral project can vary but must be approved by a committee comprised by core faculty and outside members. For example, students may choose to do a thorough and systematic review of the treatment literature for a specific condition, develop treatment materials for a patient population lacking in empirically supported interventions, conduct a qualitative analysis or case study of a poorly understood problem area, or implement an empirical study that provides a contribution to our understanding of the practice of clinical psychology.
Specific examples of successful doctoral projects are provided below:
This list is not intended to be exhaustive. Students are encouraged to be creative in their choice of a project, but to choose a topic area that is:
- The effects of cardiac rehabilitation on depression and well-being
- Effect of employment on generativity in married mothers: a qualitative analysis
- Development of a graduate training curriculum for preparing psychologists to work in primary care settings
- Incorporation of spiritual & religious beliefs in cognitive-behavioral marital therapy: a clinical psychology training course
- Validity of the MMPI-2 among Asian-Americans
- Mothers' experience of the loss of a child to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
- Clinical implications of complementary and alternative medicine use: a survey of California clinical psychologists
- Cognitive development in methamphetamine-exposed and high-risk infants
Additionally, the plan for completing the project is expected to be thorough, have a firm basis in the literature, and have the potential to provide a meaningful contribution to the practice of clinical psychology.
- Of strong interest to the student
- In an area that is covered by the expertise of our faculty or other faculty members affiliated with the Department of Psychology or Loma Linda University Medical Center
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