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Clinical Psychology: Rehabilitation Track

The clinical psychology doctoral program is no longer admitting applicants for a separate Rehabilitation Track. Instead, starting in Fall 2019, students in the clinical psychology program can complete a Rehabilitation Concentration that is similar in scope and content to the former Rehabilitation Track. This change only applies to new, incoming students and not current students.

Rehabilitation Concentration

The clinical psychology doctoral program is pleased to partner with our counseling and rehabilitation science faculty to offer a concentration in rehabilitation. This concentration 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 concentration 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 concentration, 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. Examples of rehabilitation concentration seminars include the following:

  • PSYC 573: Psychosocial Basis of Disability
  • PSYC 575: Adult Career Development and Vocational Behavior
  • PSYC 577: Professional and Ethical Issues of Rehabilitation Psychology
  • PSYC 581: Neuropsychological Assessment

Your clinical psychology practicum and internship activities also may be oriented toward rehabilitation issues, and your research (e.g. dissertation) must be conducted under the mentorship of the counseling and rehabilitation science faculty. Students who pursue a rehabilitation concentration can receive a formal letter from the director of clinical training upon graduation that indicates that the student has met the program requirements for the concentration.

For more information on application deadlines and eligbility, please visit the Program Eligibility and Application Procedures section of our website.

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