Graduate Programs in the Department of Psychology
Programs for Future Graduate Students
Doctor of Psychology in Applied Psychology
The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Applied Psychology focuses on evidence-based practice, and training supervisors, using a cognitive-behavioral orientation. The Psy.D. is an applied practice degree in the behavioral (or mental) health field. The program follows a practitioner/scholar model of training (also known as the Vail model), promoting application of the foundational knowledge of the science of psychology to clinical practice and the development of interpersonal and scientific skills for use in implementing and evaluating practice.
Specialist in Education: School Psychology
School psychologists engage in a wide variety of roles within school systems. School psychology services need to be tailored to the particular needs of each child and each situation. Thus, no matter what the role, a school psychologist must be able to evaluate a situation and problem-solve solutions. The WKU school psychology program emphasizes the role of the school psychologist as that of a problem solver who relies upon data-based decision-making.
Master of Arts in Psychology: Clinical Concentration
The Clinical Psychology concentration of the Master of Arts program in Psychology at WKU is a 2-year concentration that follows the scientist/practitioner model of training. It prepares students to be successful performing both research and therapy. The concentration is practice-oriented, offering a broad foundation for the professional who will render a wide variety of psychological services at the M.A. level. Graduates obtain employment in mental health centers, rehabilitation centers, college counseling centers, and various other mental health agencies. Many graduates choose to pursue further education at the doctoral level and are successful in these endeavors. The program holds a primarily Cognitive Behavioral theoretical orientation. The concentration prepares students for the national ASPPB certification examination, required to practice psychology in many states.