The clinical psychology doctoral program is pleased to partner with our rehabilitation and counseling science faculty to offer a track in rehabilitation. This track includes APA-accredited clinical psychology doctoral training plus a unique emphasis for students who are interested in working with people across the lifespan affected by any injury or chronic condition that leads to disability. As of today, this is the only clinical psychology doctoral program in the nation with a track in rehabilitation.
In 2015, rehabilitation psychology was recognized as an important emphasis and set of proficiencies in professional psychology. When emphasizing rehabilitation, clinical psychologists study and apply psychological principles on behalf of persons who have disability due to injury or illness. Clinical psychologists who work in the area of rehabilitation often work in teams to assess and treat cognitive, emotional, and functional difficulties, as well as help people to overcome barriers to participation in life activities. Clinical psychologists focused on rehabilitation are involved in practice, research, and advocacy, with the broad goal of fostering independence and opportunity for people with disabilities. Learn more about rehabilitation psychology from the American Psychological Association and the APA's Division of Rehabilitation Psychology.
As a student in this track, you will fulfill the usual requirements for the Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Psychology and take rehabilitation-specific doctoral seminars as your elective requirements. Those elective courses may include:
- Psychosocial Bases of Disability
- Medical Aspects of Disability
- Neuropsychological Assessment
- Adult Career Development and Vocational Behavior
- Professional and Ethical Issues of Rehabilitation Psychology
Your clinical psychology practicum and internship activities also may be oriented toward rehabilitation issues, and your research will be conducted under the mentorship of the counseling and rehabilitation science faculty.