Psychology Students

Program Overview

The Clinical Psychology Program in the Department of Psychology at Marquette University is a Ph.D. program that integrates academic, scientific, and professional training. This program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). For information regarding the program's accreditation status you may contact the Commission on Accreditation, American Psychological Association (see bottom of page). 

The program is designed to follow the scientist-practitioner model of training (also known as the “Boulder Model”) (see Program faculty are thus committed to the idea that the professional practice of psychology is grounded on the science of psychology, and the science of psychology is optimally established by the practice of psychological findings (such as in clinical practice). Consistent with this model, academic knowledge, research skills, and clinical skills, and especially their integration, are emphasized throughout students' tenure in the Program. The Program is designed so that students' skills develop in a sequential and cumulative fashion that increases in complexity. The Program strives to develop scientist-practitioners who are capable of obtaining careers in academic, research and clinical settings.

Doctoral Program Requirements

The Program curriculum requires 84 credit hours. Requirements include coursework, supervised clinical practica, a master's thesis, a doctoral qualifying examination, a doctoral dissertation, and a 12-month pre-doctoral internship (required by all clinical psychology programs). Students typically spend 4-5 years on-site, including extensive clinical training at externship sites.

Training Goals

The program seeks to train graduates to be competent in the following general areas. (A link to the page listing specific competencies comprising these general goals can be found at the bottom of this page.)

The scientific bases of clinical psychology

By the time they graduate, students will have developed a broad foundation and understanding of the knowledge base in psychology especially as it applies to clinical psychology. This includes understanding the biological bases of behavior, the cognitive-affective bases of behavior, social bases of behavior, personality, and human development across the lifespan.

Research skills

By the time they graduate, students will have developed an extensive knowledge base and high-level skills needed to make significant research contributions to the empirical and theoretical literatures of clinical psychology.

Clinical skills

By the time they graduate, students will be on their way to becoming skilled clinicians who understand and apply empirically-supported techniques of assessment, intervention, consultation and supervision. They will be capable of developing effective working relationships with individuals, groups, and/or communities, as well as multidisciplinary teams within a variety of clinical settings.

Cultural and individual diversity

By the time they graduate, students will have an appreciation of and knowledge about the relevance of ethnic, racial, age, gender, cultural, and individual diversity and how these issues apply to both scientific research and clinical practice.

Ethical and professional standards

By the time they graduate, students will have an appreciation of and expertise in applying ethical, professional and legal principles that relate to both scientific research and clinical practice.

Research Training

The Program seeks to train students who are interested in making significant contributions to scientific clinical psychology. The program uses an apprenticeship model, and applicants to the program are strongly encouraged to specify which faculty research laboratory they would like to enter. Faculty research interests and descriptions of research labs can be found on this page. Students begin research training as soon as they begin the program. Before the second year, the student proposes a master's research project, which is completed by the end of the second year. The third, fourth and fifth years are typically the time to write the doctoral qualifying exam (DQE) and to complete the dissertation. Throughout their tenure in the Program, students are strongly encouraged to make presentations at research conferences and to submit manuscripts for publication in research journals.

The Program is therefore not appropriate for those interested solely in clinical practice.

Clinical Training

Students in the Program receive excellent clinical training, because faculty believe that good clinical researchers need to be good clinicians. The Program has an in-house clinic, the Center for Psychological Services, that serves campus and community members. Several specialty clinics within CPS serve as laboratories for cutting-edge clinical research (e.g., the ADHD clinic, the Autism clinic). Numerous external training sites are available in the Milwaukee area, including but not limited to numerous clinics within Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Froedtert Hospital, the Medical College of Wisconsin, and the Clement J. Zablocki Veterans Administration Medical Center. The quality of clinical training can be seen in the success of advanced students, who routinely obtain one of their top choices in the highly competitive national Internship Match Program.

Diversity Research and Training

The Program places great value on ethnic and cultural diversity. Numerous faculty focus primarily on diversity-related issues in their research laboratories. Training experiences with traditionally underserved populations are readily available. The Multicultural Awareness and Professional Integration Program is a specialty certificate for doctoral students to assist them in gaining additional knowledge of multicultural issues.

General and Individualized Training

The Program is very flexible. Its apprenticeship model allows students to gain specialized training in areas of most interest to them. All students take the same coursework, but research and clinical training diverge greatly. Some students focus on adults, others focus on children, and still others focus on families. Some students specialize in neuropsychology, whereas others focus on interventions. Several faculty are involved in the development and empirical evaluation of psychological interventions for various clinical populations. So, whereas there are not “tracks” in the Program, by choosing faculty with whom to work, students enrolled in the program develop specialized expertise.

Scholarly Productivity of Clinical Students

The goal of the Program is to prepare students for successful careers as scientist-practitioners. Thus, faculty strive to create an environment that fosters scholarly productivity. Students are encouraged to apply for internal and external research funding, to present at professional conferences ,and to publish in scientific journals.

Other Information

Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation :

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979

Any other questions about the Program can be directed to the Program’s Administrative Assistant ( or to the Director of Clinical Training (


Contact the Psychology Department

If you have questions about clinical services, please call the Center for Psychological Services at (414) 288-3487.

Location: Cramer Hall, 317
Milwaukee, WI 53233

Phone: (414) 288-7218
Fax: (414) 288-5333
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