Clinical Psychology, Ph.D.

Mission

The mission of the Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology is to produce graduates who can integrate the science and practice of psychology with Christian theology, and who are prepared to meet the psychological needs of the world in general and the Christian community specifically through professional service and scholarship.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology:

  1. A goal of the PhD program is to produce clinical psychologists who possess the requisite clinical skills (including knowledge and professional attitudes) to meet the psychological needs of society (ULO 1).
  2. A goal of the PhD program is to produce clinical psychologists who can generate applied research that serves psychological practitioners and society at large (ULO 2).
  3. A goal of the PhD program is to produce clinical psychologists who, by knowledge and training, can meet the psychological needs of the Christian community (ULO 3).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology

Although Rosemead does not offer a terminal Master's program, a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology is granted after the completion of the first two years of either the Ph.D. or Psy.D. curriculum, including:

  1. A minimum of 45 semester credits in psychology (including practicum).
  2. A minimum of 9 semester credits in theology, 3 credits in statistics, and 3 credits in ethics.
  3. A minimum of one year of resident graduate work (the final semester must be in residence).
  4. A transfer maximum of 9 credits in psychology may be counted toward the M.A. in Clinical Psychology.

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

  1. Residence and Coursework
    Normally, four years of residency are required unless transfer of credit is brought in and advanced standing granted. While the doctorate is not awarded simply for completion of stated course work, there are basic credit requirements for the degree (133 semester credits). Each student is assigned a faculty advisor who assists in the planning of each semester's schedule of courses and supervises the student's progress in the program. For transfer credit, see General Academic Information.
    Psychology: Ph.D. students must complete a minimum of 79 semester credits of psychology in addition to a doctoral dissertation. These 79 credits include 50 credits in required courses, 12 credits of practicum that must be taken in residence, 4 credits of Master's-level research apprenticeship, and 13 credits of psychology electives. Students may apply up to 6 credits of graduate coursework from the Cook School of Intercultural Studies toward the total psychology elective credit requirement
    Psychotherapy Laboratory: Students in the Ph.D. program must complete at least 12 credits selected from psychotherapy lab courses. These are taken during the second, third and fourth years.
    Theology: All students must complete a minor in theology which includes a minimum of 18 semester credits.
    Integration Seminars: All students participate in a series of seminars (12 credits) devoted to the integration of a variety of theological and psychological concepts in research, theory and practice.
    Dissertation Research: 12 credits of dissertation research are required prior to granting the Ph.D.
  2. Progress Evaluations
    Each year students are evaluated on their general progress toward completion of degree requirements. These evaluations include review of each student's academic skills, clinical skills, and personal/interpersonal/spiritual growth as required by the program. Because all of these areas are integral to the practice of clinical psychology and the distinctive of Rosemead's program, deficiencies in any of them may result in program termination. However, the general objective of such evaluation is to provide feedback conducive to continued growth and development toward successful completion of the degree, high quality of service to clients, and high level of professional competence. Procedures and processes for the evaluations are specified in the Rosemead Student Handbook.
  3. Comprehensive Examinations
    All students must pass a set of doctoral-level comprehensive examinations covering the following areas: (1) psychological assessment and intervention, (2) integration of psychology and theology, and (3) ethics.
    These examinations are given two times annually and serve as the major means of evaluating a student's suitability to continue studies toward the doctorate. The examinations may be taken after completion of 75% (100 credits) of the course work and must be taken prior to the Professional Qualifying Exam.
    Only one retake of the examination is allowed. The dates of the Comprehensive Examinations are specified in the Academic Calendar.
  4. Admission to Candidacy
    Official candidacy for the doctorate signifies an advanced stage in the student's progress. In order to be admitted to candidacy the student must have:
    • Successfully completed the Second Year Evaluation
    • Passed the Comprehensive Research Examination
    • Passed the Comprehensive Examinations
    • Received approval of dissertation proposal by the Doctoral Committee
    • Completed training therapy experience
  5. Professional Qualifying Exam
    All doctoral students must successfully complete an examination that evaluates the student's readiness for a full-time internship. It may be taken any time after the comprehensive examinations have been passed and must be completed prior to acceptance of an internship. Only one retake of the exam is allowed. The examining committee may require the student to complete additional coursework, practicum, or other professional growth experiences prior to beginning the internship. See the Professional Qualifying Exam Guidelines in the student handbook for further details.
  6. Internship
    All students are required to successfully complete a one year, full-time clinical internship prior to graduation. All internships are to be approved in advance by the Clinical Training Committee. For further details, refer to the Internship Guidelines in student handbook. Also, all students need to meet with a Graduate Graduation Counselor in the Office of the Registrar to have their internship eligibility confirmed one year prior to their internship. Internship Fees are listed in the Psychology course section (RSTN 731). There is some provision for students to complete this requirement in two years at half-time.
  7. Completion of Training Therapy Experience
    All students must receive certification of completion of training therapy from the Director of Clinical Training. A minimum of 36 hours of interpersonal therapy plus 50 hours of individual therapy is required. See Training Therapy Guidelines in the student handbook for further details.
  8. Completion of Comprehensive Research Examination
    All Ph.D. students must pass a Comprehensive Research Exam given at the completion of their Advanced Research Design course.
  9. Dissertation
    A dissertation evidencing high attainment in original scholarship must be submitted by all Ph.D. candidates. All dissertation credits must be accrued prior to internship. Three weeks prior to expected graduation the candidate must submit to the Rosemead Dean the original and four copies of the dissertation approved by the dissertation committee and Biola librarian. Detailed information is found in the Student Dissertation Guidelines.
  10. Final Oral Examination
    The final examination is an oral defense of the dissertation before the doctoral committee and other invited professionals.
Core Requirements
RSDS 721Dissertation Research 112
RSPY 501Introduction to Psychotherapy2
RSPY 502Advanced Statistics3
RSPY 515Introduction to Psychopathology3
RSPY 530History and Systems of Psychology2
RSPY 561History of Psychoanalytic Thought2
RSPY 601Research Design3
RSPY 603Cognitive-Affective Aspects of Behavior3
RSPY 607Biological Aspects of Behavior3
RSPY 608Social Psychology3
RSPY 611Research Apprenticeship I2
RSPY 612Research Apprenticeship II2
RSPY 613Research Design Lab0
RSPY 615Advanced Developmental Psychology3
RSPY 620Seminar in Multicultural Issues 20
RSPY 625Multicultural Issues in Clinical Psychology3
RSPY 641Measurement and Assessment I: Cognitive Assessment3
RSPY 642Measurement and Assessment II: Personality3
RSPY 681Pre-practicum I1
RSPY 682Pre-practicum II2
RSPY 688Practicum Consultation 30
RSPY 691Practicum I3
RSPY 692Practicum II3
RSPY 693Practicum III3
RSPY 694Practicum IV3
RSPY 704Advanced Research Design3
RSPY 708Structural Equation Modeling3
RSPY 711Seminar in Ethical and Professional Issues3
RSPY 713Principles and Practices in Clinical Supervision2
RSPY 715Training Therapy (Interpersonal) 40
RSPY 716Training Therapy (Individual) 40
RSTH 515Theological and Psychological Anthropology I2
RSTH 516Theological and Psychological Anthropology II2
RSTH 540Theology I: Theoretical Foundations of Integration2
RSTH 550Theology II: Spiritual Theology and the Dynamics of Change3
RSTH 613Theology III: Spiritual Theology and the Dynamics of Change II3
RSTH 614Theology IV: Biblical Interpretation and New Testament Psychology3
RSTH 615Theology V: The Kingdom of God and Human Flourishing3
RSTN 731Full-Time Internship in Clinical Psychology 50
RSTN 733Internship in Clinical Psychology-Continuation0
RSTP 500Psychotherapy and Religion1
Elective Requirements
Students must take the following for elective credit:
Practicum Electives (RSPY 697, RSPY 698, RSPY 699)3
Psychology Electives (RSPY only)10
Integration Electives (RSTP)11
Psychotherapy Lab Electives (RSLB)12
Total Credits133
1

Must be taken multiple times for a total of 12 credits.

2

Must be taken twice within the first year.

3

RSPY 688 must be taken four times alongside RSPY 691, RSPY 692, RSPY 693, RSPY 694. In addition, it must be taken with any Practicum Electives (RSPY 697, RSPY 698, RSPY 699).

4

Must be taken at least two times.

5

Will be taken twice.