University of Utah Clinical Psychology

April 28, 2016

University of Utah Clinical


The APA-accredited1 Clinical Training Program in the Department of Psychology at the University of Utah follows the principles of a clinical science2 model, which calls for rigorous training in the application of scientific principles to both the research and applied aspects of clinical psychology. We are committed to providing students with high-quality training in empirical research and in clinical work that is well-grounded in science. In order to accomplish these goals, the program draws upon the interests and versatility of the clinical faculty as well as the faculty in other areas of our highly collaborative department, in addition to many excellent training sites both on and off campus.

Students who thrive in our program tend to be those who have a substantial interest in research and intend for research to be a significant part of their future careers. Our program provides students with exposure to a broad range of evidence-based theoretical approaches. Students also have considerable flexibility in individualizing their course of study, and they may opt to cross areas within the department. Within this flexible framework, however, students are expected to select their electives, clinical settings, and research topics in such a way as to develop a "core professional identity." In addition to the core training in adult psychopathology, students may choose to follow the curriculum guidelines of one of the areas of specialization - Clinical Child and Family, Clinical Health/Behavioral Medicine, or Clinical Neuropsychology - as well as of the interest group in Human Sexuality.

faculty w/ clinical psychology focus

Katherine J.W. Baucom
Brian Baucom
Craig J. Bryan
Sheila Crowell
Matthew Euler
Michael Himle
David M. Huebner
Patricia K. Kerig
Timothy W. Smith
Donald S. Strassberg
Yana Suchy
Sommer Thorgusen
Paula G. Williams

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2Clinical Science Model

As defined by the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science, the term "Clinical Science" refers to a training model that emphasizes the application of knowledge directed at the promotion of adaptive functioning in ways that are consistent with scientific evidence. In this regard, our program maintains a commitment to empirically-based approaches to investigating the validity of hypotheses regarding human functioning and interventions and to advancing knowledge by the use of the scientific method in whatever endeavors we are engaged in, whether research, teaching, or clinical work . As McFall (1991) has written: "Scientists are not necessarily academics, and persons working in applied settings are not necessarily nonscientists. Well-trained clinical scientists might function in any number of contexts—from the laboratory, to the clinic, to the administrator's office. What is important is not the setting, but how the individual functions within the setting, " and thus the best graduate education in clinical psychology focuses on "training all students to think and function as scientists in every aspect and setting of their professional lives."

The Clinical Child and Family (CCF) Program

The Child Clinical and Family Program at the University of Utah emphasizes an integration of clinical and developmental theory and research. The general goals of the CCF program are to train students to develop competence and expertise in the following areas:

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