Curriculum

Year 1

A sequence of required courses is taken during the first year. Clinical practica also begin during the first year. It is anticipated that students will begin active participation in a research program with their advisor. During the summer, students can choose to take one of two courses in evidence-based intervention with either adults or children, which will prepare them for clinical work in the second year. Students are also advised to participate in research and clinical practica over the summer. However, this is optional.

Year 2

A series of required general courses are offered during the second year. Students may choose between taking the advanced statistics course and taking the other course in evidence-based interventions, which they did not take the previous summer. Continuation of clinical practica and research participation occur during this year. Completion of a thesis, along with satisfactory course grades, qualifies the student for the Master's degree. Students are required to submit their Master's thesis for publication in a peer-reviewed journal as part of their major program area requirements.

Year 3 and Year 4

Required courses, electives, clinical practicum and research activities continue during the third year. In the fall of the fourth year, students complete a supervision and consultation course. Upon satisfactory completion of the comprehensive examinations, students may develop their dissertation proposal. The dissertation proposal must be approved by August 15th, if the student is to be eligible to apply for internship the following year.

Additional didactic activities in which students may participate include: Department sponsored colloquia; a Visiting Speaker Series and individual case conferences; training conferences, special lectures and presentations sponsored by UTRGV and/or the medical school).

Internship

Students are required to complete a one-year, full-time, clinical internship, after having completed formal course work and a dissertation proposal. Students work with the Director of Clinical Training to ensure that they are applying to sites, which reflect their career goals. Students are required to participate in the APPIC national match. During internship, students function under supervision as clinical psychologists. The internship facility must comply with the American Psychological Association accreditation standards and must be approved by the Department of Psychology.


Curriculum

YEAR 1

FALL
PSYC 8363: Professional Issues and Ethics in Psychology 3
PSYC 6312: Child Psychopathology 3
PSYC 6301: Statistics for Psychological Research I 3
PSYC 6332: Research Design 3
PSYC 8164: Clinical Practica 1
PSYC 7100: Research/Thesis 1
SPRING
PSYC 6302: Statistics for Psychological Research II 3
PSYC 6309: Adult Psychopathology 3
PSYC 6353: Individual Therapy/Clinical Fundamentals 3
PSYC 8164: Clinical Practica 1
PSYC 7100: Research/Thesis 1
SUMMER
PSYC 8360: Empirically supported treatment with Children 3
(OR)
PSYC 8361: Empirically supported treatment with adults 3
PSYC 8164: Clinical Practica (optional) 1
PSYC 7100: Research/Thesis (optional) 1

YEAR 2

FALL
PSYC 8320: Neuropsychological Models of Cognition and Emotion 3
PSYC 6347: Assessment and Measurement in Children and Families 3
PSYC 6346: Assessment and Measurement in Adults 3
PSYC 8364: Clinical Practica 3
PSYC 7100: Research/Thesis 1-3
SPRING
PSYC 8303: Advanced Statistics for Psychological Research III* 3
PSYC 8341: Assessment and Treatment in Mexican American Cultural Contexts 3
PSYC 8364: Clinical Practica 3
PSYC 7100: Research/Thesis 1-3
SUMMER
PSYC 8164: Clinical Practica (optional) 1
PSYC 7100: Research/Thesis (optional) 1

* Students more interested in Clinical can take the other empirically supported treatment course instead.

YEAR 3

FALL
PSYC 8340: Cross Cultural Psychology with an Emphasis on Studies of Hispanic/Mexican American Cultural Contexts 3
PSYC Elective 1 3
PSYC 8365: Advanced Clinical Practica 3
PSYC 7100: Research/Thesis 1-3
SPRING
PSYC 8330: Emotions and Cognitions: A developmental Perspective 3
PSYC Elective 2 3
PSYC 8365: Advanced Clinical Practica 3
PSYC 7100:Research/Thesis 1-3
SUMMER
PSYC 8165: Advanced Clinical Practica (optional) 1
PSYC 7100: Research practicum (optional) 1

NOTE: Students will be required to have completed a comprehensive exam by end of year three.

YEAR 4

FALL
PSYC 8372: Supervision and Consultation 3
PSYC 8365: Advanced Clinical Practica 3
PSYC 9300: Dissertation Research 3
SPRING
PSYC 8365: Advanced Clinical Practica 3
PSYC 9300: Dissertation Research 3
SUMMER
PSYC 8165: Advanced Clinical Practica (optional) 1
PSYC 9300: Dissertation Research (optional) 3

YEAR 5

FALL
PSYC 8365: Advanced Clinical Practica 1-3
PSYC 9300: Dissertation Research 3
SPRING
PSYC 8365: Advanced Clinical Practica 1-3
PSYC 9300: Dissertation Research 3

YEAR 6

PSYC 8100: Required 12 month Clinical Internship 2