Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.)
The Clinical Psychology PhD Program in Los Angeles is based on a scholar-practitioner model where practice and scholarship receive equal emphasis. The program is based on the principle that clinical psychologists have a responsibility to work to ameliorate psychological suffering and facilitate psychological well-being through both basic and applied research and interventions that evolve from scholarly work relevant to societal needs. An underlying philosophical assumption of the program is that there is a need for innovative scholarship that provides a foundation for the development of interventions to meet the needs of diverse and underserved populations. The following guiding principles emerge from this philosophy: The generation and application of knowledge must occur with an awareness of the sociocultural and sociopolitical contexts of mental health and mental illness. Scholarship and practice must not only build upon existing literature, but must also maintain their relevance to the diverse elements in our society and assume the challenges of attending to the complex social issues associated with psychological functioning. Methods of research and intervention must be appropriate to the culture in which they are conducted. The scholar-practitioner model is an integrative one that builds upon the conviction that scholarship and practice must occur concurrently. Consistent with its guiding philosophy, the program seeks to inculcate in all its students awareness that the discipline of psychology best serves the needs of individuals, families and communities when research and intervention continuously inform each other.
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