Our program fosters a comprehensive yet unique training plan for each student based on his/her interests and career goals. We emphasize the importance of our students taking responsibility for their training, while offering them the opportunities and resources to succeed.

 

We fulfill our mission through the specific design of our program by:

  1. Recruiting and selecting excellent students who have already been actively been engaged in clinical science.
  2. Emphasizing close supervision between mentors and a small group of students (i.e., we typically only admit 3-5 graduate students per year).
  3. Providing highly individualized training (i.e., there are no tracks because each student’s training in research, application, and dissemination is tailored to his/her specific needs, including the creation of individualized minors).
  4. Using problem-focused training (i.e., we have minimal course requirements, which enables students to learn by doing).
  5. Stressing the critical need to take a scientific approach to clinical practicum training (i.e., we provide extensive supervision in empirically supported assessments and interventions and prioritize the quality of the training rather than the quantity of clinical hours).
  6. Frequently assessing students’ progress (i.e., we help students develop a purposeful path for training in research, application, and dissemination).
  7. Focusing on interdisciplinary training that seeks to break down barriers between traditionally disparate fields both within and outside of psychology (i.e., students are directed by an advisory committee with faculty who are both inside the clinical area and who represent their minor—students typically work with numerous faculty during their graduate studies).

 

Obviously, Indiana’s program is not for everyone. Applicants with primary interests in becoming practitioners or service providers are encouraged to apply elsewhere. There are over 160 APA-accredited clinical programs in the United States and Canada; most of these programs have a more applied emphasis than Indiana. In a survey of the accredited clinical programs, for instance, Indiana University was one of only seven schools to describe their programs’ emphasis as a “7” on a 7-point scale, where 1 = clinically oriented and 7 = research oriented. Thus, we believe that applicants with a clear preference for careers as clinical scientists will find Indiana’s program challenging and rewarding.

Indiana’s research orientation does not mean that our students graduate without clinical skills. On the contrary, we believe that the best clinical researchers also must be competent clinicians in order to gain access to clinical problems, to interact with clinical populations, and to understand the phenomena being studied. (See the description of practicum training.)