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The UMBC Clinical Psychology Program follows the scientist-practitioner model. Students learn empirically-supported principles of assessment and intervention, gain a solid foundation in research methods and data analysis, and develop competencies in scholarship, research, and clinical practice. The program seeks to infuse students with an appreciation of the reciprocal relations between research and practice, both in their personal development as clinical psychologists, and in the broader development of the field.
The UMBC Clinical Program is uniquely embedded within the Human Services Psychology (HSP) Program , which emphasizes an integrative, biopsychosocial perspective on community, mental health, and physical health. Students are expected to approach clinical problems with an awareness of biological, social, and community factors as well as behavioral and psychological ones, and to appreciate the complex interplay among them. The goal is to produce competent scientist-practitioners who maintain a holistic and integrated approach to the understanding, prevention, assessment, and treatment of mental and physical health problems, and who are prepared for careers that use clinical and research skills to address a wide range of human service needs. Consistent with the HSP model, students are encouraged (although not required) to combine their clinical training with another area of focus, specifically behavioral medicine, community psychology, and/or child clinical psychology.
Research is a central component of the Clinical Program. Each student works closely with a primary faculty research mentor. Program faculty and students conduct research on a wide range of topics, with work ranging from basic laboratory studies to problems in applied clinical and community settings. Students are encouraged to present research at professional conferences and to publish their work in professional journals. Clinical Program students are required to complete an empirical doctoral dissertation that makes a unique contribution to knowledge in their area of specialization.
Clinical Psychology at UMBC is typically a five or six year program, which includes a full-time one-year clinical internship. Pre-internship clinical training includes a minimum of two years (four academic semesters) of part-time placements in clinical settings. These clinical practica provide students with opportunities to apply the skills and knowledge that they have acquired in the classroom to real world problems and diverse populations. Each student placed on practicum is assigned a faculty preceptor who serves as liaison between the Clinical Program and the practicum agency and meets with students on a regular basis to discuss clinical training experiences, professional development, and integration of academic training with clinical experience.
For practicum placements, the department is able to draw upon the rich clinical training opportunities in the greater Baltimore area. Prominent examples include the University of Maryland Medical System, Johns Hopkins University Medical System, Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital, Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Chase-Brexton Health Services, Springfield Hospital Center, and a variety of community-based organizations.
The required one-year full-time clinical internship is undertaken after the student has passed the Qualifying Examination and successfully defended their dissertation proposal. Students are eligible to receive the Ph.D. degree after successful completion of all program course work, the doctoral dissertation, and an approved internship.
The following are the goals of our Clinical Psychology Program as stated in our most recent accreditation materials:
To produce graduates with the scholarly and technical competencies necessary to conduct independent research in Human Services Psychology
Objectives for Goal #1:
1.A: To produce graduates who possess a solid foundation of knowledge in core areas of scientific psychology consistent with the biopsychosocial framework of Human Services Psychology
1.B: To produce graduates who possess the ability to design and conduct research studies that can provide independent contributions to knowledge in Human Services Psychology
To produce graduates with the clinical competencies necessary for entry level practice in human service settings
Objectives for Goal #2:
2.A: To produce graduates who possess a solid foundation of knowledge regarding clinical theory and empirically-supported clinical applications
2.B: To produce graduates who can practice psychology according to ethical standards and with sensitivity to individual and cultural diversity
2.C: To produce graduates who can conduct competent clinical assessments
2.D: To produce graduates who can conduct competent clinical interventions
For Academic Year 2016-2017, 100% of incoming students received financial support which included, at minimum, a 9-month stipend of $17,250.00, university health coverage, and 20 credits of tuition remission (10 credits per semester). Although support for continuing students is not typically guaranteed at admission, a minimum of four years of assistant-ship support has been available to all students over the past seven academic years. Financial support does not cover university fees. Additional tuition credits beyond those covered by assistant-ships are required for some students during some years of the program.
Tuition and Mandatory fees per credit for 2016 – 2017
|Auxiliary Facilities Fee||23.00||23.00|
|University Commons Fee*||27.00||27.00|
|Graduate Program Fee||16.00||16.00|
|Total Tuition and Mandatory Fees per credit||$733.00||$1,127.00|
Although individual paths may vary, in many cases, students take 23 credits
their first year and 26 credits their second year. Under such a path of
study, cost of the credits in excess of 20 each year (3 and 6 in this
example) would be paid for by the student. Current rates of tuition as of
2016 are $603 in-state; all GAs are automatically granted in-state rates.
University fees are not covered and must be paid for by the student. At
present (2016), these total $130 per credit. As an example, a typical first
year student receiving in-state tuition, taking 23 credits should expect to
receive a stipend of $17,250 and to pay $4,799 (3 x $603 credits of tuition
= $1809 + 23 x $130 fees per credit = $2,990). Students typically take 20
credits or less in their 3rd year and beyond. Please note, these are just
estimates based on 2016 and subject to change.
Many students seek additional income through loans or other sources. We do
not vouch for the accuracy of the following, but for more about the cost of
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