Adult Clinical Track

Overview

The core coursework in this track focuses on the current state of theory and knowledge in various aspects of psychology, plus instruction and experience in the principles and techniques of research design and data analysis.  There is an active collaboration between students and faculty in research activities throughout the period of graduate training.  Students also receive training in techniques of psychological assessment and in the conceptualization and conduct of therapy.  As UM is an APA-accredited program in clinical psychology, an internship is required for the degree.  The program presently is designed to be completed in four to five years, plus a 1-year internship.  The anticipation that most students will spend five years in their graduate training is based on our intent that students develop a sufficient base of research training and publications to compete successfully in the job market after the Ph.D. is awarded.  Sixty-four approved graduate credits are required, plus the dissertation.  All students in the track are required to complete core courses covering basic fields of psychology: Psychobiology, Psychopathology, Social Psychology, and Developmental Psychology.  All students also complete three courses in research design and statistical analysis.  Adult Division students take courses in adult psychopathology; adult psychological assessment; and psychological intervention.

Primary Faculty

Dr. Charles Carver (Director), Dr. Amy Weisman de Mamani (Associate Director and Track Clinical Coordinator), Dr. Aaron Heller, Dr. Michael McCullough, Dr. Kiara Timpano, Dr. Debra Lieberman, and Dr. Sierra Bainter

Coursework

All graduate students in the Department of Psychology complete a series of core courses in basic aspects of psychology (or show existing proficiency in these subject areas at the level of these core courses). Beyond the core curriculum, students in the Adult Clinical track typically take 2-4 additional courses in psychopathology and fundamental processes in personality and social behavior, an advanced course in adult psychological assessment, and 2 or more courses in psychological intervention. Coursework in all these content domains is available (and admissible) in both child and health areas, as well as the adult area.

Research

Students are required to be continuously involved in research.  Specific requirements are completion of a Master's thesis prior to seeking candidacy for the Ph.D., and completion of a dissertation.  There are a variety of research opportunities for Adult Division students.  Please see the Adult Division main page, research section for descriptions of faculty research as well as student research activities.

Clinical Practica

Experience in conducting psychotherapy and clinical assessment is achieved through five semesters of required practicum placements, mostly completed during the second and third years.

One common practicum assignment is the Department's Psychological Services Center.  This setting offers services to the community on a sliding fee basis.  Therapy with adults and children is supervised by Psychology Department faculty.  In addition to individual therapy, opportunities for group, couples, and family therapy are also available.  The Psychological Services Center also presents rotations in several specialty clinics.

A second common practicum placement is the University Counseling Center, where students work with undergraduates under the supervision of the staff of the Counseling Center. Practicum students provide therapy and psychological testing and assessment. The theoretical orientation tends to be psychodynamic, but there is some exposure to cognitive-behavioral approaches. Students can be involved in groups for eating disorders and for victims of sexual assault.

Students may also gain clinical experience at at the Adult Outpatient Services Clinic at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Medical Center. This setting offers individual and group therapy with a variety of outpatient populations. The clinic serves a large number of individuals with severe mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. The therapy tends to be psychoeducational and skills based. There is also an opportunity to gain some assessment experience.