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Advising & Curriculum Overview


Advising

Mentoring and advisement is an essential part of the program. Students meet with faculty and the program director to ensure that educational goals are being met. For a personal consultation about your career plans and how the MPS-Clinical Psychological Science can empower you to meet your goals, contact the academic program director, Dr. Andrea M. Chisolm, via e-mail: psycmasters@umd.edu

Curriculum Overview & Learning Outcomes

The MPS-Clinical Psychological Science is a 30-credit, 10-course graduate program designed to improve your marketable expertise, professional flexibility and mobility, career advancement readiness, and preparation for Ph.D. training. Students receive advanced training in research methods, the ethics involved in conducting clinical research and practice, clinical measurement and assessment, and the impact of culture on mental health. Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and research trends in Clinical Psychological Science.
  • Use the concepts, language and major theories of Clinical Psychological Science to discuss and evaluate approaches in clinical psychology and psychological research.
  • Understand methodology that is used for research in psychopathology and clinical outcome studies.
  • Critically examine published research to determine the strengths and weakness of this research and appreciate the limitations of published findings.
  • Understand ethical issues in clinical practice and research and the ethical standards to protect humans subject research participants and clients.
  • Summarize contemporary theories concerning the causes of mental disorders in children and adults.
  • Understand the general goals of clinical assessment and the characteristics of valid and reliable assessment instruments.
  • Summarize empirically supported approaches to the treatment of mental disorders.
  • Understand how culture and diversity are related to issues of mental health.
  • Understand various career trajectories within clinical psychology including issues in selecting and applying to doctoral programs.
  • Integrate published research literature on clinical psychology in a written paper.
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