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The University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20002-4242, (202) 336-5979. APA Website

We train professionals who are committed to a lifetime of learning, pertaining both to professional issues and to major questions of human existence.

-V. Barry Dauphin, Ph.D.,  Program Director

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Program Description

University of Detroit Mercy’s doctoral program in clinical psychology is a competitive course of study that trains you to provide psychological services to the community. Based on sound ethical standards and a thorough and contemporary understanding of research-tested psychological principles, your UDM training emphasizes the inter-relationships among theory, research and clinical practice.

Through sequential, gradual and cumulative training experiences you receive the broad preparation essential to the practice of clinical psychology and for the development and execution of scientific research. The program consists of coursework, practice, research and scholarship.

Opportunities abound throughout the program for you to not only participate in ongoing theoretical and applied research projects, but also to gain experience through substantive clinical contact.

Clinical experiences are designed not only to afford opportunities to learn skills in clinical settings but also to integrate skills and the theories shaping and guiding those skills. Scholarship is demonstrated throughout coursework through examinations and student papers. Within the context of a comprehensive examination, you will be asked to demonstrate your ability to understand, integrate and communicate their knowledge of psychology in general and clinical psychology in particular. The dissertation, which may be experiential or clinically empirical, is an opportunity to show how you can contribute new knowledge within the field.

As you progress through the course sequence, you will gain in-depth knowledge of psychology and its application to ethical clinical practice. Course content is rooted in a broad-based theoretical perspective that emphasizes classical and contemporary approaches to the psychoanalytic viewpoint. This viewpoint provides a thorough understanding of human behavior that is impacted by conscious and unconscious processes, personality and motivational factors, and relational dynamics. These factors serve as the basis for psychotherapeutic interventions.


University of Detroit Mercy’s doctoral program in Clinical Psychology follows the scientist-practitioner model of clinical training, which includes the integration of science and practice. Consistent with the model suggested at the National Conference on Scientist-Practitioner Education and Training (January 1990), the program emphasizes the development of interlocking skills in scientific methodology and professional practice.

Program Goals

Our Graduates

Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Major Requirements
96 credit hours

Required Courses

FALL OF YEAR ONE

PYC 6540 Theories of Personality 3 credits
PYC 6550 Psychoanalytic Concepts 3 credits
PYC 6600 Statistics Methods I 3 credits
PYC 6700 Psychological Assessment I 3 credits
PYC 7950 Topics in Psychology
0 credits

WINTER OF YEAR ONE

PYC 5040 Advanced Research 3 credits
PYC 6610 Statistics Methods II 3 credits
PYC 6710 Psychological Assessment II 3 credits
PYC 6850 Psychopathology I 3 credits
PYC 6880 Principles of Psychotherapy 3 credits
PYC 7950 Topics in Psychology
0 credits

SUMMER OF YEAR ONE

PYC 5230 Assessment Methods with Children 3 credits
PYC 6500* History & Systems of Psychology 3 credits
PYC 6860 Psychopathology II 3 credits

*Offered every other year.

FALL OF YEAR TWO

PYC 6040 Learning & Memory 3 credits
PYC 6730 Psychological Assessment III 0 credits
PYC 6890 Theories of Psychotherapy 3 credits
PYC 7500 Psychotherapy Practicum 3 credits
PYC 7750 Cultural Diversity 3 credits

WINTER OF YEAR TWO

PYC 6730 Psychological Assessment III 0 credits
PYC 6740 Developmental Psychology 3 credits
PYC 6930 Ethics and Professional Issues 3 credits
PYC 7500 Psychotherapy Practicum 3 credits

SUMMER OF YEAR TWO

PYC 5000 Social Psychology 3 credits
PYC 6730 Psychological Assessment III 0 credits
PYC 7500 Psychotherapy Practicum 0 credits

FALL OF YEAR THREE

PYC 6630 Research Seminar 3 credits
PYC 7500 Psychotherapy Practicum 3 credits
PYC 7530 Clinical Practicum 0 credits

WINTER OF YEAR THREE

PYC 6510 Physiological Psychology 3 credits
PYC 7500 Psychotherapy Practicum 3 credits
PYC 7530 Clinical Practicum 0 credits

SUMMER OF YEAR THREE

PYC 7500 Psychotherapy Practicum 0 credits
PYC 7530 Clinical Practicum 0 credits

**In addition, students take fifteen (15) hours of elective courses and complete a second-year research project **

YEAR FOUR

PYC 7530** Clinical Practicum 0 credits (3 terms)
PYC 7990*** Dissertation 1-9 credits

Comprehensive exams, dissertation work (minimum of 9 credit hours), and additional therapy. Students register for dissertation hours, and additional psychotherapy hours during this time frame.

*Must be approved by Psychology Clinic Director

**Optional

*** Students must first pass comprehensive exams before registering for PYC 7990; Nine credits of dissertation are required to graduate; students register for credits each term.

YEAR FIVE

Internship year – register for

PYC 7540* Clinical Internship 0 credits
PYC 7990** Dissertation 1-9 credits

*Students register for three (3) terms.
**Nine (9) credits of dissertation are required to graduate; students register for credits each term until dissertation is completed.

Click here for courses and admissions requirements from the UDM catalog.

The Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Program has generally been able to offer half-time tuition credit to students during the first two years of training in exchange for performing teaching assistant duties. A limited number of credits are available for clinic positions starting in the 2nd and 3rd years. Students are expected to pay for the remainder of tuition and other expenses. Students should also contact the University's Financial Aid Office for additional information regarding other sources of financial assistance (313) 993-3350.

Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded a "Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students Grant" (SDS) to UDM's Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Program.

SDS is a grant program that provides funds to eligible accredited U.S. health professions schools to make scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have financial need and are enrolled or accepted for enrollment as full time students. The aims of the grant include providing financial support for students who would otherwise encounter significant difficulty affording graduate education, to recruit qualified, under-represented minorities, and to expand opportunities for psychology trainees to work in primary care settings.

The amount of the award is $142, 852 per year for 4 years for a total award of $571,408 over the life of the grant. Funding began during the 2012-13 academic calendar.

Students accepted for Fall 2015 will be eligible to apply for additional funding through SDS. SDS does not replace the half-time tuition remission awarded to students in the first two years of the program.

Time to Completion for all students entering the program

Outcome Year In Which Degrees Were Conferred
2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 Total
Total number of students with doctoral degree conferred on transcript 8 8 9 5 9 6 10 47
Mean number of years to complete the program 5.88 8.125 6.6 7.4 7.4 8 6.8 7.17
Median number of years to complete the program 6 6 7 7 7 8 7 7
Time to Degree Ranges N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students in less than 5 years 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students in 5 years 2 25 2 25 2 22 0 0 1 11 0 0 0 0 7 13
Students in 6 years 5 63 2 25 2 22 1 20 3 33 3 50 4 40 20 36
Students in 7 years 1 13 0 0 4 44 3 60 2 22 0 0 4 40 14 25
Students in more than 7 years 0 0 4 50 1 11 1 20 3 33 3 50 2 20 14 25

Also, please describe or provide a link to program admissions policies that allow students to enter  with credit for prior graduate work, and the expected implications for time to completion. Please indicate NA if not applicable:

http://www.udmercy.edu/catalog/graduate2016-2017/programs/clae/psychology-clinical-phd/index.htm

Program Costs 
Description 2016-2017 1st-year
Cohort Cost
Tuition for full-time students (in-state) $92,220 (program tuition minus tuition remission). Breakdown: $1537 per credit hour| 96 credit hour program | $147,552 | Students in first two years receive 18 hrs.of tuition remission per year which is worth $55,332 total in exchange for serving as a TA. | Other tuition assistance may be available beyond the second year in exchange for graduate assistanship functions..
Tuition for full-time students (out-of-state) $92,220 (program tuition minus tuition remission). Breakdown: $1537 per credit hour| 96 credit hour program | $147,552 | Students in first two years receive 18 hrs.of tuition remission per year which is worth $55,332 total in exchange for serving as a TA. | Other tuition assistance may be available beyond the second year in exchange for graduate assistanship functions
Tuition per credit hour for part-time students (if applicable enter amount; if not applicable enter "NA") N/A
University/institution fees or costs  $200/year
Additional estimated fees or costs to students (e.g. books, travel, etc.) $3,000/year
Internship Placement - Table 1       
Outcome  Year Applied for Internship
2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016
N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students who obtained APA/CPA-accredited internships 7 78 8 73 7 54 10 71 6 67 9 75 6 100
Students who obtained APPIC member internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained other membership organization internships (e.g. CAPIC) that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained internships conforming to CDSPP guidelines that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained other internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 0 1 9 0 0 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained any internship 7 78 9 82 7 54 11 79 6 67 9 75 6 100
Students who sought or applied for internships including those who withdrew from the application process 9 100 11 100 13 100 14 100 9 100 12 100 6 100
Internship Placement - Table 2              
 Outcome Year Applied for Internship
2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016
N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students who sought or applied for internships including those who withdrew from the application process 9 100 11 100 13 100 14 100 9 100 12 100 6 100
Students who obtained paid internships 7 78 9 82 7 54 11 79 6 67 9 75 6 100
Students who obtained half-time internships* (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
*Cell should only include students who applied for internship and are included in applied cell count from “Internship Placement – Table 1
Attrition              
Variable Year of First Enrollment
2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016
N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students for whom this is the year of first enrollment (i.e. new students) 9 100 10 100 8 100 8 100 8 100 8 100 8 100
Students whose doctoral degrees were conferred on their transcripts 8 89 4 40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students still enrolled in program 0 0 6 60 8 100 8 100 8 100 7 88 8 100
Students no longer enrolled for any reason other than conferral of doctoral degree 1 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 13 0 0 0 0
Licensure 
Outcome 2005-2015
The total number of program graduates (doctoral degrees conferred on transcript) between 2 and 10 years ago 72
The number of these graduates (between 2 and 10 years ago) who became licensed psychologists in the past 10 years 60
Licensure percentage 83%

Download a PDF of the program manual/student handbook here.

Requirements for Application
Requirements for Application We accept applications from students with either a baccalaureate or a master’s degree as a terminal degree, who have completed, as a minimum, the prerequisite courses (on either the undergraduate or graduate level) listed below: a) One term: Statistics b) One term: Theories of Personality c) One term: Abnormal Psychology d) One term: Developmental Psychology e) Two laboratory courses, for example: Physiological Psychology (strongly recommended) Perception Experimental Psychology (strongly recommended)

Application Materials

In addition to submitting the online application, you must also separately submit the following in order for your application to be considered:

  1. A Personal Statement
  2. Copies of all Undergraduate and Graduate Transcripts
  3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (verbal, quantitative, and analytical)
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation from people familiar with your academic potential and achievement (for those with the master’s degree one person familiar with the applicant’s clinical work). Have one or more of your references comment on your suitability and talent for a professionally oriented course of study in Clinical Psychology. Applicants should have at least a 3.0 GPA in their previous academic work.

Completed applications must be submitted no later than January 1st, to the attention of:

Theresa Carson
Graduate Admissions Counselor
University of Detroit Mercy
Admissions Office
4001 W. McNichols Rd.
Detroit, MI 48221-3038

To Apply

  1. Complete and Submit your online application at: https://apply.udmercy.edu/apply/
    1. You will need to create an account the first time you try to log in.
    2. Select "Graduate U.S." from the list of choices
    3. Select Clinical Psychology Ph.D. as your course of study.
    4. Complete the rest of the application a it applies to you.
  2. Be sure to four required application materials above to Theresa Carson.
  3. Note: The application fee is waived for online applications. You may request further information about applications from Ms. Carson at carsonta@udmercy.edu or at 313-993-3309, office number, or 800-635-5050, toll-free Admissions line.

What Happens Next?

The program’s admissions committee reviews completed applications in February. Qualified applicants are invited for on-campus interviews in March. Admission decisions are made in March and April for the following September.

NOTE: Students whose application for admission has been declined three times should not re-apply.

About the Personal Statement:
Your personal statement should describe pertinent aspects of your background and your aspirations toward becoming a doctoral-level clinical psychologist. In this letter describe your interests, your accomplishments, your interest in psychology, the issues in psychology that have attracted your attention, why you are applying to our program, and your goals for your professional life. The purpose of this letter is to give you the opportunity to inject something personal into the application materials. This letter helps us see something of the individual who has compiled the indirect indices of achievement that comprise the bulk of the application. Please do not send term papers or theses.