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Psychological and Brain Sciences

Certificate in Clinical Psychological Science

Students completing the Certificate in Clinical Psychological Science will develop an in-depth understanding of clinical psychological science, from theory to its application in the laboratory and/or a wide variety of applied mental and behavioral health-service settings. The certificate is designed to improve student competitiveness for graduate training in applied psychology and related fields or for entry-level positions (such as behavioral technicians) in mental and behavioral health settings. The required courses teach students about state-of-the-art experimental methods and theory from psychological and brain sciences that can be leveraged to address pressing psychological problems. The applied field experiences and associated supervision/discussion section will allow students to be exposed to real-world situations and practice settings in order to develop an appreciation of how psychological and mental health problems are manifest and addressed. The interdisciplinary breadth requirement will ensure that students learn about how psychological and mental health issues are conceptualized, studied, and addressed by other disciplines.


Students must be admitted to the Clinical Psychological Science Certificate program. Students interested in applying for admission should visit the Department website for admission procedures, pre-requisite courses, and evaluation criteria for applicants.


Students must complete at least 24 credit hours, including completion of the College’s Requirements for Certificates and the following requirements:

  1. Clinical Psychological Science Core. Complete both courses:
    1. PSY-P 318 Foundations of Clinical Science
    2. PSY-P 324 Abnormal Psychology
  2. Additional Courses. Complete three (3) courses from the following:
    • PSY-P 303 Health Psychology
    • PSY-P 319 Psychology of Personality
    • PSY-P 337 Psychology of Motivation
    • PSY-P 346 Neuroscience
    • PSY-P 349 Cognitive Neuroscience
    • PSY-P 375 Intimate Relationships
    • PSY-P 407 Drugs and the Nervous System
    • PSY-P 423 Human Neuropsychology
    • PSY-P 425 Behavior Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence
    • PSY-P 430 Behavior Modification
    • PSY-P 434 Community Psychology
    • PSY-P 437 Neurobiology of Addictions
    • PSY-P 457 Topics in Psychology (approved topics only)
    • PSY-P 480 Psychotherapy: Empirically Supported Treatments
  3. Interdisciplinary Breadth. Complete one course from the following:
    • EDUC-G 207 Introduction to Student-Athlete Counseling Psychology and Mental Health
    • EDUC-G 375 Multicultural Counseling-Related Skills and Communication
    • SOC-S 320 Deviant Behavior and Social Control
    • SOC-S 324 Mental Illness
    • SOC-S 358 Social Issues in Health and Medicine
    • SOC-S 365 Health and Society: Sociology for Health Professionals
    • SPEA-V 362 Nonprofit Management and Leadership
    • SPEA-V 379 Performance Measurement and Program Evaluation
    • SPH-B 310 Health Care in Diverse Communities
    • SPH-B 335 Aging, Health, and Diverse Populations
    • SPH-B 366 Community Health
    • SPH-B 416 Introduction to Health Counseling
    • SPH-H 311 Human Diseases and Epidemiology
    • SPH-H 345 Introduction to Causes and Prevention of Developmental Disabilities
    • SPH-H 381 Introduction to Health Information and Statistics
    • SPH-H 418 The Nature of Addiction
    • SWK-S 300 Contemporary Issues in Domestic Violence
  4. Applied Experience and Discussion. Complete both of the following (a and b below):
    1. One approved Applied Experience course selected from:
      • PSY-X 476 Practicum in Psychology (approved topics only)
      • PSY-X 370 Real-World Program Evaluation: Applying Psychology Research to Service Learning
      • Other options requiring program approval include:
        • Internships Outside of Psychology
        • PSY-X 397 Supervised Research I
        • PSY-X 398 Supervised Research II
        • PSY-X 497 Supervised Research III
        • PSY-X 498 Capstone Supervised Research
        • Other Psychology Service Learning Courses
    2. 400-Level Applied Experience Discussion. Complete the following:
      • PSY-P 483 Clinical Supervision and Skill Acquisition