The University of Maine’s Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training Program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. Our mission is to prepare students for the doctorate (Ph.D.) in psychology and for careers combining research and practice. As such, all program training components heavily emphasize the interactive influences and integration of the science and professional practice of psychology
Clinical Training and Specialty Emphases
Adhering to the scientist-practitioner model, training follows the Generalist tradition in which students develop a firm foundation in broad clinical knowledge and skills and are exposed to a variety of applied experiences with children, adolescents, and adults. Building on this generalist foundation, students can also complete specialized training in either clinical child psychology or clinical neuropsychology. The Clinical Child Psychology Emphasis offers specialized training and experiences in working with children, adolescents, and families, whereas the Clinical Neuropsychology Emphasis offers specialized training in the study of brain-behavior relationships, applied training in clinical neuropsychological assessment, and research in neuropsychology. Students in both emphases complete all of the generalist requirements, as well as related coursework, research, and practicum experiences.
The program’s emphasis on science-practice integration is reflected in clearly specified training aims: (1) To produce graduates who have the requisite knowledge of the broad bases of scientific psychology; (2) To produce graduates who have the requisite knowledge and skills to critically evaluate and conduct empirical research; (3) To produce scientist-practitioner graduates who have an appreciation of the close links between psychological research and practice and the knowledge and skills needed to integrate the two; (4) To produce graduates who have the requisite knowledge and skills for entry into the practice of professional psychology; and (5) To produce graduates with the requisite knowledge and skills to form a foundation upon which to function in an ethical and professional manner throughout their professional careers.
Starting in the summer following the first year, students begin their immersion into clinical practice. These practicum experiences begin in the program’s training clinic, the Psychological Services Center (PSC). The PSC is an outpatient clinic serving individuals from the Bangor metro area and the surrounding communities. In addition to providing assessment and treatment services for children, adolescents, and adults, the PSC also provides consultation to community agencies, such as the Department of Corrections, Job Corps, and local school districts. Students continue to practice in the PSC throughout their training under faculty supervision. This PSC experience is supplemented with assignments to a variety of external placements starting in the second year.
A full range of external practicum training sites are available to students.Off-campus practicum sites available to our students in recent years include:
- Edmund N. Ervin Pediatric Center, Maine General Hospital (Waterville)
- Mountain View Youth Development Center (Charleston)A juvenile detention facility.
- Health Psych Maine (Waterville)A group practice specializing in chronic pain.
- Acadia Hospital (Bangor)A center focused on both hospital and community-based mental health and substance abuse treatment services.
- Indian Township Health Center (Indian Township)Offers evaluation and intervention services to Native Americans on reservation.
- Penobscot Community Health Center (Bangor)A community-based integrated healthcare center serving primarily homeless and peri-homeless populations.
- Way to Optimum Weight (Orono)Weight loss counseling and activity programming for children 4-19 who are at risk for weight-related health problems due to being overweight or obese.
As a scientist-practitioner program, research is a foundational component of training. Key to this training is the mentor model. Students are matched with faculty mentors that share their research interests and goals. They are treated as junior colleagues, routinely presenting and publishing with their faculty mentors. Students are eligible for a variety of internal funding sources to support their research and are encouraged to apply for grants and other external funding sources as well. For more details on mentor interests and research opportunities, see the lab pages:
As part of the graduation requirements, students must complete a full year of successful work in an APA-accredited internship training program. The program has an excellent match rate and regularly places its students in top quality internships. For instance, this is a sampling of the sites our students have more recently attended:
Palo Alto VA, Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School, UCLA Medical Center, Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford University, Boston Consortium, Duke University Medical Center; University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, University of Mississippi Medical Center/Jackson VA Medical Center, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, West Virginia University School of Medicine, Brown University, the Togus VA Medical Center, Pacific Islands VA Healthcare System, Ann Arbor VA Healthcare System, and Salt Lake City VA Health Care System.
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