Strength Areas

Our multicultural program emphasizes research and clinical training equally in cutting-edge areas with special strengths in the following areas:

> Multicultural Study, LGBT Psychology, Gender Studies
> Multicultural Community Psychology, Program Evaluation, Social Justice
> Trauma, Stress, Resilience, Health Psychology
> Family/Child/Adolescent Psychology

MULTICULTURAL STUDY, LGBT PSYCHOLOGY, GENDER STUDIES 

Multicultural Study

  • Bicultural/Multicultural competence and identity
  • Assessment, Psychotherapy and Treatment Outcomes in Diverse Populations (cultural, sexual orientation, gender, size, age, SES, refugee, Veterans, etc.)
  • Impact of social privilege and oppression, especially as regards to body size, physical appearance, sexual orientation, race, gender, gender expression, religion, age, social class, etc.
  • Anti-racist and other social justice issues, and issues pertaining to therapy, ethics, clinical training, mentoring and supervision

LGBT Psychology 

  • Same-sex Couple, and their children
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA) Issues

Psychology of Women

  • Gender Roles, role strain, leadership 
  • Issues relevant to the practice of professional psychology and  graduate education
  • Interactions between physical and psychological issues such as depression and eating disorders 
  • Social justice issues pertaining to women’s development 
  • Sexuality and reproductive behaviors 

MULTICULTURAL COMMUNITY PSYCHOLOGY, PROGRAM EVALUATION, SOCIAL JUSTICE 

Multicultural Community Psychology 

  • Early childhood and community prevention and intervention 
  • Program evaluation in behavioral health systems including managed care systems
  • Organizational systems with a focus on managed behavioral health policy, evaluation, and analysis 
  • Cost analysis and studies in Programs for Assertive Community Treatment (PACT)
  • Workforce development and pipeline; Latino health and higher education 
  • Violent behavior and its prediction
  • Juvenile and adult justice systems including drug courts and alternative community approaches in violence intervention

Substance Abuse 

  • Substance-exposed infants and parents 
  • Juvenile substance use, delinquency, probation, protective factors and resilience
  • Treatment factors and patient outcomes
  • Substance abuse and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment in multicultural communities
  • Chemical dependency
  • Dual diagnosis of substance use disorders and PTSD 
  • Juvenile and adult justice systems including drug courts and alternative community approaches in violence intervention

Advocacy, Public Policy, Social Jjustice

  • Social justice in psychology and psychotherapy
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender public policy issues
  • Anti-racist and other social justice issues, and issues pertaining to therapy, ethics, clinical training, mentoring and supervision

TRAUMA, STRESS, RESILIENCE, HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY

Stress, Trauma, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) 

  • PTSD treatment
  • Intimate partner violence, child abuse and combat trauma
  • Sexual trauma
  • Neuropsychological functioning in PTSD
  • Impact of trauma on families and parent-child relationship
  • Intergenerational transmission of trauma
  • Psychodiagnostic and neuropsychological assessment
  • Treatment factors and patient outcomes
  • Depression and suicide
  • Co-occurring substance use and PTSD dual diagnosis disorders

Resilience

  • Coping
  • Protective factors and resilience
  • Prevention and early intervention

Health Psychology

  • Behavioral medicine in primary care 
  • Substance use and other psychiatric disorders in primary care
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Chronic pain
  • Health at Every Size
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Chronic illness adherence in adolescence
  • Neuropsychological assessment 

FAMILY/CHILD/ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY

Child

  • Early childhood prevention and intervention 
  • Substance-exposed infants and parents 
  • High-functioning children and adolescents 
  • Assessment of pervasive developmental disorders, ADHD

Adolescent

  • Adolescent development within diverse family and school contexts 
  • Measurement of identity 
  • Anti-racist and social justice issues pertaining to child, adolescent, and women’s development, and to therapy, ethics, clinical training, mentoring and supervision
  • Intervention for adolescents 

Family

  • Couple/family therapy
  • Father involvement 
  • Multicultural influences in family therapy
  • Family functioning in trauma-exposed families
  • Personality and family assessment 

ELECTIVES 

In addition to the required coursework, the San Francisco PhD program is committed to offering a broad array of elective courses reflecting theory, assessment, and intervention across a variety of systems, with a particular emphasis on multicultural and diversity issues to prepare students for professional practice in a pluralistic society.