PhD in Clinical Psychology Emphasis Areas, Fresno

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Emphasis Areas


Please note that there may be other requirements for completion or options for elective and specialized courses. Please see the academic catalog for the full curriculum. Course offerings and sequence are subject to change.

Health Emphasis

Students undertaking a health emphasis will focus on health issues as might be relevant to mental health and clinical psychology (e.g., chronic pain) in both practicum experience and dissertation topic. A minimum of 500 hours of clinical practicum experience in health related settings is required. Course requirements include:

  • Introduction to Health Psychology
  • Primary Care Behavioral Medicine

Choose 8 units from the following courses (note these may be substituted with approval from the Emphasis Director):

  • Clinical Elective Eating Disorders
  • Pediatric Psychology
  • Clinical Elective Pediatric Neuropsychology 
  • Clinical Elective Issues/Treatment of Clients with HIV/AIDS 
  • Psychology of Women’s Health
  • Clinical Elective Biopsychosocial Factors in Prenatal and Infant-Preschooler Mental Health
  • Functional Neuroanatomy and Neuropathology
  • Clinical Elective Sleep Psychology
  • Clinical Elective LGBT Health Disparities
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Clinical Elective Interventions at the End of Life

Highly Recommended:

  • Systems Approaches to Interventions
  • Group Psychotherapy

Forensic Emphasis

Students undertaking a forensic emphasis will focus on issues of criminal and civil justice as might be relevant to mental health and clinical psychology, in both practicum experience and dissertation topic. A minimum of 500 hours of clinical practicum training is required. Course requirements include:

Introduction to Clinical Forensic Psychology and Forensic Ethics
Choose 8 units from the following courses (note these may be substituted with approval from the Emphasis Director):

  • Clinical Elective Forensic Ethics
  • Clinical Elective Forensic Report Writing/Expert Testimony
  • Clinical Elective Forensic Risk Assessment
  • Clinical Elective Forensic Psy. Competency Evals
  • Clinical Elective Advanced Psychological Assessment: FAIs Criminal/Adult or Clinical Elective Advanced Psychological Assessment: Child and Juvenile
  • Child Custody Consultation: Evaluation and Mediation
  • Clinical Elective Mental Health Collaboration and the Courts

Highly Recommended:

  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Ecosystemic Child Emphasis

Students undertaking a child emphasis will focus on issues of children and their families as might be relevant to mental health and clinical psychology, in both practicum experience and dissertation topic. A minimum of 1000 hours of practicum experience with children and families is required. Course requirements include:

Play Therapy

Choose 8 units from the following electives (note these may be substituted with the approval from the Emphasis Director):

  • Play Therapy: Interventions
  • Group Therapy for Children and Adolescents
  • Pediatric Psychology
  • Clinical Elective Pediatric Neuropsychology
  • Child Custody Consultation: Evaluation and Mediation
  • Forensic Mediation and Dispute Resolution

Highly Recommended:

  • Systems Approaches to Interventions

Electives

In addition to the primary emphases, the Fresno 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.

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