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Combined Clinical/Counseling/School PhD Program

Welcome! The Combined Clinical/Counseling/School PhD Program will be undergoing an exciting change to the Combined Clinical/Counseling PhD Program. Beginning Fall 2017, the Combined Clinical/Counseling/School program will no longer be accepting new students.  Please see the new website for the Combined Clinical/Counseling program for more information. 

This Psychology Program trains scientist-practitioners in a combination of clinical, counseling, and school psychology. It has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1974.

Questions regarding APA accreditation and complete information on accreditation guidelines and principles are available through:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC
20002-4242

Visit APA's web-site directly by clicking here. They can also be reached by phone at (202) 336-5979

The Combined program faculty and graduate students actively engage in research, teaching, and service, thus working toward meeting the departmental, college, and university mission.

Three Disciplines Reflection Of Modern Social Constructs

The three substantive areas of counseling, clinical, and school psychology have historically reflected different service areas, employment settings, and populations served.

Counseling psychologists have traditionally focused on life-adjustment problems, career development and working primarily in university counseling centers, Veterans Administration (VA) hospitals, and community agencies.

Clinical psychologists have traditionally focused on the evaluation and treatment of clients with acute or chronic mental disorders and have worked in mental health centers, psychiatric hospitals, and psychiatric units of general hospitals.

School psychologists have traditionally focused on the evaluation, prevention, and treatment of learning and behavior problems in school settings.

Broad Knowledge Path Crucial In Diverse Social Environments

The interdependence of contemporary social systems currently required that psychologists have a broad knowledge of problem areas and client populations so that they are able to work in and interact with other professionals in diverse settings. Understanding this reality, the Combined PhD program of Utah State University provides a unified approach to doctoral-level training across the three traditional practice areas of Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychology. Emphasis is placed upon training psychologists who will be able to provide psychological services and conduct research in a variety of settings. Program graduates will be capable of effectively intervening in educational, emotional, and behavioral arenas with individuals, families, small groups, and organizations. Graduates are employed by VA hospitals, mental health centers, universities, school districts, state hospitals, health maintenance organizations, medical centers, and private practice groups.