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Clinical Science and Psychopathology Research

A Message from Director of Clinical Training, Dr. Robert Krueger

Greetings! We really appreciate your interest in our graduate training program in Clinical Science and Psychopathology Research. The American Psychological Association has accredited our internationally recognized clinical psychology program since 1948. We are also accredited by the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS). For many years, the program has been regarded as one of the best in the world, training clinical scientists who have become leaders in the field. Our program combines rigorous training in assessment and intervention techniques with a solid grounding in psychopathology research. Although graduates from our program will find themselves prepared for various applied and research careers, the program is designed to train students who wish to become academic clinical psychologists or research scientists.


Our ties to psychologists in affiliated departments, area hospitals, and mental health centers make it possible for us to offer students a broad array of research and clinical experiences. This allows us to accommodate almost any research interest or clinical training need that our students may have. However, we are especially strong in the psychopathology and personality research areas listed below. These areas of emphasis collectively represent the research interests of the clinical faculty members listed at the end of this section.

Our program provides for specialty training in child clinical psychology through the Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science track, described below. This mission statement applies to the program as a whole, including the developmental psychopathology track.


Our clinical program is accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association* through the year 2014 and the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System.**

The Clinical Science and Psychopathology Research program at the University of Minnesota is a member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science, which is a coalition of doctoral training programs that share a common goal of producing and applying scientific knowledge to the assessment, understanding, and amelioration of human problems. Membership in the Academy is granted only after a thorough peer review process. Membership in the Academy indicates that the Clinical Science and Psychopathology Research program at the University of Minnesota is committed to excellence in scientific training, and to using clinical science as the foundation for designing, implementing, and evaluating assessment and intervention procedures. The program was one of those involved in starting the Academy.

*Questions related to the program's APA accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail:

**Questions related to the program's PCSAS accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System
Richard M. McFall, Executive Director
1101 East Tenth Street
IU Psychology Building
Bloomington, IN 47405-7007
Phone: (812) 856-2570 / E-mail:


Current clinical course offerings cover: descriptive, developmental,
psychosocial, and biological psychopathology; neuropsychological, intellectual, objective, and interviewing assessment; taxometrics; cognitive and behavioral therapy courses for adults and children, crisis and short-term therapy; clinical psychophysiology; ethics and social responsibility, ethical issues in applied developmental psychology; personality and personality disorders.

Required Core Courses for all Clinical Students (2012-2013)
Please note that summers are not listed in this table. In addition to required courses listed below, clinical students are expected spend at least 20 hours/wk doing research during each year they are in the program. Other milestones such as specials paper deadlines etc. are described in detail in the program handbook.

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

Year 1 Assessment 1 (5cr)
Descriptive Psychopathology 1 (4cr)
Analysis of Psychological Data (4cr)
Psy 8993 Clinical Seminar (1cr) or CPsy Research
Assessment II (5cr)
Analysis of Psychological Data (4cr)
Psy or CPsy Research
Treatment I (4cr) or Intervention w/ Children (offered every other spring)
*Other course/s
Year 2 Ethics (2cr)
Practicum (1+ cr)
Psy or CPsy Research
*Other courses (incl, master's credits)
Treatment I (4cr) or Intervention w/ Children (offered every other spring)
Practicum (1+ cr)
Psy or CPsy Research
*Other courses (incl, master's credits)
Year 3 Crisis Intervention and Community Psychology (course and practicum) (1-3cr)
Psy or Cpsy Research
*Other courses (incl, master's credits or dissertation credits)
Psy or Cpsy Research
*Other courses (incl, master's credits or dissertation credits)
Year 4 Apply for Internship or Defer
*Other courses (incl, dissertation credits)
*Other courses (incl, dissertation credits)
Year 5 Internship Internship

Other Course Requirements

  1. Department of Psychology Requirements:
    Complete Competency Requirement (5 courses in 4 areas)
  2. Graduate School Requirements:
    Students must also complete a supporting program or minor in order to be eligible for doctoral candidacy. Almost all students elect to develop a supporting program rather than a minor. A supporting program is a collection of courses that ideally "supports" students' research interests


Training in both Adult and Child Clinical Psychology
We have an integrated program offering training in both adult and child clinical psychology that is jointly operated by the Department of Psychology and the Institute of Child Development. Although the Psychology Department currently includes faculty who study developmental processes and problems, students with primary interests in developmental psychopathology who are seeking specialty training in child psychology should seek admission to the Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science track of the program through the Institute of Child Development. Child Track

Students who are interested in adult psychopathology (or childhood psychopathology but who do not wish to develop specialized expertise in child development) should seek admission to the general Clinical Science and Psychopathology Research program through the Department of Psychology. Adult Track

Clinical Research
Students are expected to be actively involved in clinical research throughout their graduate training. In addition to core clinical courses on psychopathology, assessment, and intervention, students can take supporting course work in developmental psychopathology, psychometrics, personality measurement, neuropsychology, neuroscience, and psychophysiology. A behavior genetics concentration may involve specialization in genetics and biology within several programs on campus.

**If you are looking for a program that does not include training in clinical assessment or intervention please see the Biological Psychopathology website.**

Clinical Training

Clinical students are required to take a minimum of 450 hours of practicum training. Over a dozen different community agencies participate in the practicum training and supervision of clinical students, offering a wide variety of opportunities to develop applied assessment and treatment skills with different clinical populations. Participating practicum sites include various clinics in the University and affiliated community hospitals, the VA Medical Center, a walk-in counseling center, court services, community mental health centers, child guidance clinics, and clinicians in private practice.

In order to receive a PhD with specialization in Clinical Psychology, students are required to complete a one-year, full time, APA-approved clinical internship.  Students are encouraged to apply to internship sites that are members of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science.  These internship sites are especially interested in having interns from clinical programs with a strong research emphasis.

Research Facilities and Resources

The University of Minnesota provides a rich context for graduate level training in Clinical Psychology because of the extensive array of facilities and resources for research that are available. Some examples include

Information for Applicants

Application Deadline:
The application deadline is December 1 of each year. The application materials are revised each summer and are available from mid-August through December 1.

For Information about the admissions process please go to:

Contact Robin Peterson, or (612) 626-7762, if you have questions about the departmental application materials or if you wish to verify the status of your application. We will work with you throughout the application process to ensure timely processing and review of your application.
Graduate School. See the Graduate School instructions.

Area Support

Robert Krueger
Director of Clinical Training
N414 Elliott Hall

Angus MacDonald III
Associate Director of Practicum & Internship Placements
N426 Elliott Hall

Amanada Suchy
Administrative Aide
N438 Elliott Hall

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