Aims of the PhD Program

The Fresno PhD in Clinical Psychology focuses on students achieving nine specific aims through the development of clinical, research, and teaching competencies. The aims are as follows:

  • To produce students/graduates who are competent in integrating the foundations of scientific psychology in all of their work as clinical psychologists.
  • To produce students/graduates who are competent in research and evaluation.
  • To produce students/graduates competent in developing and maintaining constructive professional relationships.
  • To produce students/graduates who demonstrate competence in understanding and engaging in diversity.
  • To produce students/graduates competent in assessment skills as an ongoing process that informs and guides professional practice.
  • To produce students/graduates competent in intervention skills.
  • To train students/graduates who will engage in lifelong learning and ongoing professional development.
  • To prepare students/graduates to be competent supervisors and consultants.
  • To produce students/graduates competent in being teachers of psychology at the university level.