Applicants interested in graduate study in applied areas of psychology at Rutgers may wish to learn more about other graduate training programs offered at the university. Not part of GSAPP, the APA-approved clinical Ph.D. program is a clinical scientist training program that trains clinical psychologists whose primary interests are in research and teaching rather than in professional practice. The clinical program is geared primarily to students whose interests are clearly cognitive behavioral and who seek to pursue such interests in a consistent and systematic fashion; there also are opportunities for students whose interests are eclectic and who may supplement training in cognitive behavior therapy with courses and supervised experiences in other approaches. Despite the distinctiveness of the clinical Ph.D. and Psy.D. programs in terms of training goals and administrative structures, there are many points of cooperation and collaboration between the two programs.
A brief description of the clinical Ph.D. program is provided here to assist potential applicants in determining which program is best suited to their academic and career goals. The training approach relies heavily upon a mentorship model of training. Students are matched with a research mentor when they begin their graduate training program, and involve themselves in one or more research projects upon entering the program, initially as apprentices in ongoing projects, and subsequently as independent investigators.Students may study not only with clinical psychology faculty, but also with non-clinical researchers in the psychology department, and it is not uncommon for students to participate in more than one research group.
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