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Doctoral Psychology

Character and Purpose

The Department of Doctoral Psychology at Fuller’s School of Psychology is a unique venture in higher education. Its purpose is to prepare a distinctive kind of psychologist: women and men whose understandings and actions are deeply informed by both psychology and the Christian faith. It is based on the conviction that the coupling of the Christian understanding of women and men with refined clinical and/or research skills will produce Christian psychologists with a special ability to help persons on their journeys to wholeness and salvation.

Toward these goals, an attempt is made to avoid reducing human beings to the descriptive data of psychology and theology to a set of propositions about God. Instead, both disciplines are accorded mutual respect in an effort to impart to the student a genuine appreciation for the contributions of each.

At its simplest, theology may be defined as conceptualizing God and God’s relationship with humankind in ways that are relevant to this day. In a sense, everyone is a theologian, holding views about God, but not everyone is a good and profitable theologian. For this higher purpose, a serious study of theology is imperative.

The data of theology consist primarily of the self-revealing acts and words of God contained in the Scriptures. Yet it is not enough simply to quote what Scripture itself contains. Theology must encounter and speak to each new generation and situation. Its task is to state the message of the Bible, making clear the relevance of this message to every person’s current need.

On the other hand, psychology may be defined as the study of human behavior. As defined by the American Psychological Association, “Psychology is the study of the mind and behavior. The discipline embraces all aspects of the human experience — from the functions of the brain to the actions of nations, from child development to care for the aged. In every conceivable setting from scientific research centers to mental healthcare services, ‘the understanding of behavior’ is the enterprise of psychologists” (see APA website).

The distinctiveness of the School of Psychology lies in its attempt to integrate these fields in theory, research, and practice. Through a series of didactic, experiential, and reflective endeavors, theology and psychology are examined, both separately and conjointly. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own faith (intrapersonal integration) and to determine how the data of psychology and theology can be combined (conceptual integration). Further, support is given to research efforts to assess the interconnections of faith and behavior (experimental integration) and to the mutual sharing of insights with others in related vocations such as pastoral ministry (interprofessional integration). In addition, clinical students are trained in the melding of psychology and theology in clinical practice (professional integration). Faculty members hold the view that integration at any level is a profitable endeavor. They communicate a view of people as having been created in the image of God, with an abiding concern for their relationship to Jesus Christ. They convey the conviction that resources exist which transcend their own. They attempt to model in teaching and living the unique combination of sincere faith and professional excellence, which the School espouses.

Graduates of this program are qualified to serve in both the church and the wider community. As psychologists they serve on hospital staffs, in private practice, in church-sponsored counseling centers, in educational settings, and in research institutions.

Admission

General standards for admission to Fuller Theological Seminary may be found in the Admission Standards section of this catalog.

Admission to the PhD or PsyD programs in psychology requires that a student earns a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Admission to these programs is competitive. The undergraduate major is most useful when it is in the social and behavioral sciences. A minimum of five courses in basic psychology (including courses such as abnormal, developmental, experimental, physiological, social, learning, motivation, and/or personality psychology), and one course in statistics taken in a behavioral sciences department within the last five years, is required for entry into any of the doctoral programs in the School of Psychology. Equally important for admission to the program is a demonstrated commitment to the Christian faith life as well as personal qualities of high integrity, strong motivation for service, spiritual sensitivity, and a love of learning. In addition, empathy and relationship skills are particularly important for applicants to the clinical doctoral degrees. These qualities will be evaluated through letters of recommendation from those who know the candidate well, as well as the applicant’s statement of purpose.

In addition to the requirements listed above, applicants to the Doctoral Psychology programs must submit the following:

  • Application for Admission
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and graduate schools attended
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing) from test administrations taken no more than five years previous to the date of application
  • Four reference letters (one pastoral and three academic)
  • Writing sample
  • Current Curriculum Vitae

In addition to the general test of the Graduate Record Examination, applicants whose native language is not English must submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of at least 600 (paper), 250 (computer), or 100 (internet), taken within the past two years, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Academic Format, with a minimum score of 7.0, taken within the last two years.

Application deadlines and dates for notification of admission decisions can be found at http://www.fuller.edu/admissions. Applicants should be aware that the GRE must be taken far enough in advance for scores to reach the Office of Admissions by the appropriate deadline.

The Department of Doctoral Psychology uses an individualized admission procedure for applicants to the PhD and PsyD programs. An admissions committee consisting of faculty members and graduate students review all applicants. Interviews in January and February are offered to selected applicants as part of the decision process. An invitation to interview is not a guarantee of acceptance to the program. Personal transportation and lodging costs are the responsibility of the applicant. If an in-person interview is not possible, a telephone interview may be substituted. The admission committee reviews all applications, interviews, and makes recommendations to the entire doctoral faculty, who then makes the final admission decisions.

Faculty Advisors

The professor/student relationship is viewed as a mutual commitment. The professor makes a commitment to train each student to the doctoral level and expects a reciprocal commitment from the student to achieve doctoral quality work. Each incoming student is assigned a faculty advisor, based on the student’s research interests expressed in the application essays and on faculty availability. The advisor supervises the dissertation and in the case of PhD students, also the master’s project.

Curriculum

The Department of Doctoral Psychology expects its clinical PhD graduates to be scientist-practitioners and its PsyD graduates to be local clinical scientists. Training in psychology under these models includes a broad and up-to-date knowledge of general psychology, experiences and supervision in research, personal growth and integration, and communication of information. Depending on the degree program, graduates may also be expected to be proficient in psychological assessment (interviewing, observation, testing), psychological intervention, and/or teaching. A wide range of approaches and research areas are represented in both the faculty and the curriculum.

The graduate course of study normally spans a period of six years for the PhD Clinical program and five years for the PsyD program. Students may select up to but no more than 16 units of course work per quarter, with the core of the curriculum scheduled during Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters. Each curriculum is divided into four parts: theology/integration, general psychology, research and evaluation, and specific coursework tailored to each programs area of expertise.

Part I: Theology and Integration

The uniqueness of Fuller’s doctoral programs in psychology lies in their emphasis on relationships between psychology and theology.

PhD Clinical Program. Students in the PhD Clinical program will complete an MA in Theology, MA in Theology and Ministry, MA in Intercultural Studies, or Master of Divinity degree. Degrees vary in number of units required and each degree has a version of its own curriculum, which has been adapted for the School of Psychology student. Students are encouraged to consult with the Director of Academic Affairs in the School of Psychology to explore their options and plan their curriculum.

PsyD Program. Each PsyD student must complete a minimum of 32 units of theology and 20 units of integration. This does not result in a master’s degree, but PsyD students are encouraged to complete a degree in theology or intercultural studies as well if this is consistent with their personal and professional goals. Required theology courses are as follows:

  • NT500 New Testament Introduction
  • OT500 Old Testament Introduction
  • Select one:
    • HT502 The Church’s Understanding of the Church, Humanity, and the Christian Life in its Historical Development
    • CH504 The Modern Church in a Global Historical Context
    • CH506 American Christianity in a Global Historical Context
  • Select one:
    • ET501 Christian Ethics
    • ET503 The Bible and Social Ethic
    • ET533 Christian Discipleship in a Secular Society
    • ET535 The Ethics of Life and Death
    • ET542 Faith and Politics
    • ET543 The Theology and Ethics of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • HT501 The Church’s Understanding of God and Christ in its Theological Reflection
  • Select one:
    • OT517 Old Testament Book Course
    • OT570 Job and Human Suffering
    • MT535 Theology of Suffering and Joy
  • PI503 Touchstone Course in Theology and Psychology

Students in the PsyD program may choose instead to pursue the MA in Theology, MA in Theology and Ministry, MA in Intercultural Studies, or Master of Divinity degree. Degrees vary in number of units required and each degree has a version of its own curriculum, which has been adapted for the School of Psychology student. Students are encouraged to consult with the Director of Academic Affairs in the School of Psychology to explore their options and plan their curriculum.

Theology Transfer Credit and Waivers. Students who have earned a two-year MA degree in theology from an accredited institution prior to entering a doctoral psychology program at Fuller will be required to complete 12 units of theology course work at Fuller instead of the full theology requirement described above. Those who completed an MDiv at an accredited institution prior to entering a doctoral program in the School of Psychology must complete 8 units of theology course work at Fuller. In both cases, these units are in addition to the required units of integration specified by the student’s specific degree program.

General Integration Curriculum. All students are required to take 20 units of integration course work.

The integration curriculum includes several types of courses:

  • Introduction to Integration (PI800) must be taken prior to any other integration seminar. It lays the theoretical and philosophical foundations for contemporary expressions of integration.
  • The Integration Symposium (PI801) is offered on occasion in conjunction with the annual Integration Symposium lecture series.
  • Topical Integration Seminars are offered regularly. These focus on current topics of special interest to the field of integration.
  • Special Projects in Integration (PI803) is an independent study in integration that is jointly mentored by an SOT/SIS professor and an SOP professor. These projects must be approved by the Chair of Integration.
  • Readings in Integration (PI805) are special or advanced integration readings not covered by regular integration courses. These projects must be approved by the Chair of Integration.
  • Intermediate Integration (PI8xx) is required for all third year doctoral students and will explore the religious and ethical implications of psychotherapy theory while aiding students to traverse the difficult task of thinking integratively in various clinical contexts.
  • Advanced Integration (PI806) is designed to assist students in reflecting on integration. Students will complete their final integration paper during the course.

In addition to the coursework, PhD and PsyD students must attend 6 Clinical Integration Colloquia, ideally within the student’s first three years in the program. Students must sign in and out at each colloquium. Once the colloquium requirement is completed, the student will enroll in 0 units of PI856 Clinical Integration Colloquium to show that they have completed the requirement.

Some integration courses are designated as meeting a particular content area in integration: Religion and Therapy, Science and Religion, or Family.

Part II: General Psychology

The core curriculum of general psychology provides the student with a solid grounding in the literature of general psychology, covering the following areas:

  • the historical roots of psychology
  • psychopathology
  • the biological, cognitive, affective, social, individual, and developmental bases of behavior

Comprehensive Examination. For clinical students, a superior level of mastery of general psychology is operationally defined by the faculty as a passing score on an oral exam as well as submittal of a research portfolio, as outlined in the School of Psychology Student Handbook.

The Comprehensive Exam will be taken by Spring Quarter of the third year for PsyD students and Spring Quarter of the fourth year for PhD students.

In recognition of the fact that the literature of general psychology changes rapidly, the validity of a passing comprehensive examination score will only be recognized for 7 years. Students who have not graduated by that time must successfully retake their comprehensive examination.

Part III: Research and Evaluation

The curricula for all tracks include a series of two foundational general psychology courses in statistics. In addition, all students take a course in research design or program evaluation, as well as take a course in psychological measurement and assessment.

All students are exposed to a wide variety of research topics by attending 6 research colloquia (out of 9 offered throughout their first three years of training). Students must register for PG856 Research Colloquium (0 units) no sooner than the quarter in which the final colloquium will be attended. Students also participate in research teams throughout their graduate career.

In addition, all students participate in research and/or evaluation experiences, with research teams led by faculty advisors. Thus research training involves three overlapping components: classroom instruction, direct experience, and faculty modeling. First, a thorough program of classroom instruction lays a foundation of knowledge. For PhD students, this introduction culminates in the planning and execution of a master’s-level research project under the supervision of the faculty advisor. The PsyD student learns to critique research methods and to conduct program evaluations. All students are exposed to research through the Research Colloquia. Second, students are continually involved in research teams under the guidance and supervision of their faculty advisor. These experiences culminate in the independent dissertation. Third, students are expected to benefit from faculty models and colloquium speakers. Faculty are engaged in ongoing research, and serve as models of the scientist-practitioner, local clinical scientist and/or researcher-teacher.

Master’s Research Project. Each PhD student must complete a master’s research project prior to beginning the dissertation. Credit for the master’s project is earned by registering for PG865 Master’s Research. The amount of credit earned is based directly on the amount of time spent working on the research project. A minimum of 6 units is required for all students.

Dissertation. Each PhD Clinical student must earn a minimum of 32 quarter hours of dissertation units in completing the dissertation. Each PsyD student must earn a minimum of 8 units of dissertation. Dissertations are prepared in accordance with the dissertation guidelines adopted by the faculty and provided in the Student Handbook.

Part IV: Clinical PhD and PsyD Programs

The clinical curriculum introduces each student to a broad sweep of target populations through clinical course work and supervised field training in various approved settings. Psychiatric inpatients and outpatients, persons with physical and/or developmental disabilities, those lacking social and/or economic resources, those from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds, and other populations are among the groups served by students during their field training. Students also gain experience with a wide range of major assessment techniques, including behavioral observation and description, diagnostic interviewing, objective and projective testing, and specialized testing techniques such as neuropsychological assessment.

Clinical Psychology Interventions Courses (PC800-PC819). All doctoral students, regardless of their background, are required to complete clinical interventions coursework. Such students are required to take courses in their first year of the program that will provide a foundation for clinical work. These three courses are in humanistic, psychodynamic, and cognitive and behavioral interventions. Requirements for the remaining intervention courses vary by program and track.

Intensive treatments of specific topics are offered in clinical seminars. Specific requirements for clinical seminars vary by program and track.

Field Training. The Fuller Psychological and Family Services clinic of the School of Psychology offers clinical training opportunities to many students in clinical psychology. Students are also placed in other clinical facilities throughout the Los Angeles area for their practicum, clerkships, and internship placements. Internship placements are also made throughout the country, and students are encouraged to apply in all parts of the nation.

Practicum. Practicum training occurs during the first, second, and third years of the program for PhD students and during the first and second years of the program for PsyD students, and introduces the student to the wide array of professional activities basic to the practice of clinical psychology. All students complete an in-house placement in the first year. In their second and third years, PsyD students have two 12-month placements, and PhD students have two nine-month placements. Students spend time each week in client contact, supervision groups, staff meetings, and paperwork (hours vary by program and track).

Clerkship. Students enroll in and contract for 12 hours of clerkship per week for 12 months, for a minimum of 576 hours for the year. This usually begins Summer Quarter following the third year. Clerkship requires a one-year commitment to one site, with a focus on psychological assessment. Prior to the clerkship, PhD students must have successfully completed Practicum 2 and PC804 Psychometric Theory & Assessment and PsyD students must have successfully completed Practicum I and PC804 Psychometric Theory & Assessment.

Pre-Internship. Pre-Internship is required of PhD Clinical students during their fifth year and PsyD students during their fourth year. Students must have successfully completed Clerkship prior to Pre-Internship.

Internship.The internship consists of a minimum of 40 hours per week for 12 months, for a total of 1,900 or more hours for the year. Students earn 12 units per quarter for a total of 48 units. PsyD students take the internship their fifth year. PhD Clinical students take the internship during their sixth year.

Before being allowed to apply for an internship, students must have advanced to doctoral candidacy and have completed the dissertation proposal colloquium. The internship is the final capstone clinical training requirement, and as such, the student must have successfully completed all coursework and other field training prior to the start of the internship.

Clinical Evaluation. The evaluation of a student’s clinical competency is a continuing process, which extends to the end of the internship year. The evaluation process is designed to ensure that the student is thoroughly prepared to: 1) practice as a skilled clinical psychologist and 2) pass crucial post-doctoral examinations such as those required for licensure and certification. Facility in the integration of psychology and theology and awareness of gender, ethnic and sociocultural issues are to be evaluated in all four phases described below. Further details may be found in the Doctoral Psychology Student Handbook. The clinical curriculum is designed so that all clinical evaluation requirements may be met by satisfactory completion of required courses, practica, clerkship, and internship.

Phase I: Professional Issues Evaluation. This phase is designed to demonstrate that the student is knowledgeable in the professional areas of (1) ethics, (2) law, (3) professional literature, and (4) current professional problems and issues. Competency will be determined by obtaining passing grades in the relevant required course on ethics (PC803 Legal and Ethical Issues) and relevant components of the clinical interventions coursework and field training. This phase should be completed by the end of the clerkship year (prior to commencing the internship).

Phase II: Clinical Portfolio. In this phase, the student must demonstrate ability to (1) understand presenting problems; (2) administer, score, and interpret psychological tests; (3) gather information regarding personal history, interpersonal relationships, and present functioning; (4) synthesize and summarize clinical interview and psychological test data; (5) formulate diagnostic impressions using the current Diagnostic and Statistical Manual; (6) develop an appropriate treatment plan; (7) apply relevant research to treatment planning and therapeutic process; (8) engage in effective interventions; and (9) evaluate therapeutic progress. These elements are included in the clinical interventions coursework and field training. Prior to the completion of the clerkship year, the student will complete a standardized clinical portfolio that includes a record of testing experience verified by course instructors and field training supervisors and a compilation of various types of clinical reports. Taken together, these elements provide evidence of student competence in clinical work. The clinical portfolio must be approved by the director of clinical training as a precondition of successful completion of clerkship.

Phase III: Final Clinical Examination. In this phase, the student must demonstrate clinical competency appropriate for an entry-level professional. Satisfactory completion of an APPIC-member internship satisfies this requirement. Internships taken at non-APPIC sites require approval from the Director of Clinical Training and quarterly evaluations from internship supervisors. Students completing non-APPIC internships may also be required to sustain an oral clinical evaluation.

Personal Growth of Students. Doctoral students are strongly encouraged to participate in individual, marriage, group, or family therapy. Students interested in psychotherapy are provided a list of therapists willing to see students at a reduced fee. In some cases, psychotherapy may also be required for an individual student.

Clinical Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program

General Track (238 units)

General Psychology (38 units):

  • FS810 Human Development in Context (4)
  • PG800 History/Systems of Psychology (4)
  • PG810 Physiological Psychology (4)
  • PG820 Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior (4)
  • PG830 Social Psychology (4)
  • PG843 Psychopathology (4)
  • PG847 Professional Roles and Emerging Leaders (2)
  • PG850 General Linear Models: Regression (4)
  • PG851 General Linear Models: ANOVA (4)
  • PG852 Advanced Research Methods (4)

Research (at least 38 units):

  • PG856 Research Colloquium (0)
  • PG865 Master’s Research (6-18)
  • PG900 PhD Dissertation (32-44)

Clinical Psychology (126 units):

  • PC803 Legal and Ethical Issues (2)
  • PC804 Psychometric Theory and Assessment (4)
  • PC809 Clinical Interventions: Humanistic (4)
  • PC810 Clinical Interventions: Psychodynamic (4)
  • PC812 Clinical Interventions: Consultation and Supervision (4)
  • PC814 Clinical Interventions: Diversity Issues (4)
  • PC819 Clinical Interventions: Cognitive and Behavioral (4)

Choose any 12 units from the following courses (at least 4 units must be Assessment courses):

  • PC808 Clinical Interventions: Cultural/Community (4)
  • PC811 Clinical Interventions: Gerontology (4)
  • PC813 Clinical Interventions: Child/Adolescent (4)
  • PC818 Clinical Interventions: Group Psychotherapy (4)
  • PF814 Family Therapy (4)
  • PF815 Marital Therapy (4)
  • PG811 Human Neuropsychology & Assessment (4)
  • PE802 Objective Personality Assessment (4)
  • PE803 Rorschach (2)
  • PE805 Child and Family Assessment (4)
  • PE808 Child Neuropsych Assessment (2)

Field Training (88 units)

  • PC806 Practicum 0 (2)
  • PC820 Practicum 1 (6)
  • PC821 Practicum 2 (8)
  • PC824 Clerkship (12)
  • PC840 Pre-Internship (12)
  • PC841 Internship (48)

Integration (20 units)*

*Please see Section I for list of Integration course work.

Theology Degree*

*Please see Section I for list of possible Theology course work.

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Program**

General Track (214)

General Psychology (40 units):

  • FS810 Human Development in Context (4)
  • PG800 History/Systems of Psychology (4)
  • PG810 Physiological Psychology (4)
  • PG820 Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior (4)
  • PG826 Research Methods I: Practice-Based Approaches (2)
  • PG827 Research Methods II: Qualitative Research (2)
  • PG830 Social Psychology (4)
  • PG830 Psychopathology (4)
  • PG847 Professional Roles and Emerging Leaders (2)
  • PG850 General Linear Models: Regression (4)
  • PG851 General Linear Models: ANOVA (4)
  • PG853 Research Methods III: Program Evaluation (2)

Research (at least 10 units):

  • PG856 Research Colloquium (0)
  • PG900 PhD Dissertation (8-16)

Clinical Psychology (134 units):

    • PC803 Legal and Ethical Issues (2)
    • PC804 Psychometric Theory & Assessment (4)
    • PC809 Clinical Interventions: Humanistic (4)
    • PC810 Clinical Interventions: Psychodynamic (4)
    • PC812 Clinical Interventions: Consultation and Supervision (4)
    • PC814 Clinical Interventions: Diversity Issues (4)
    • PC816 Program Administration (2)
    • PC817 Marketing Professional Services (2)
    • PC819 Clinical Interventions: Cognitive and Behavioral (4)
    • PE802 Objective Psychological Assessment (4)
    • PE805 Report Writing (2)
    • PE816 Advanced Assessment (3)
    • PC833 Advanced Psychodynamic (3)
    • PC844 Advanced CBT (4)
    • PC8xx Diversity Lab (2)

Field Training (86 units)

  • PC806 Practicum 0 (2)
  • PC820 Practicum 1 (12)
  • PC824 Clerkship (12)
  • PC840 Pre-Internship (12)
  • PC841 Internship (48)

Integration (20 units)*

*Please see Section I for list of Integration course work.

Theology Component (52 units)

*Please see Section I for list of Theology course work.

Optional Program Emphases

Family Emphasis

The family psychology emphasis includes 24 units of recommended coursework focused on marriage and family studies, taught primarily by faculty of the marriage and family department. It is recommended that both the master’s level project and the dissertation will also focus on a subject appropriate to the family emphasis.

Suggested coursework for the family emphasis include:

  • PE805 Child and Family Assessment (4)
  • PF800 Introduction to Family Systems (4)
  • PF814 Family Therapy (4)
  • PF815 Marital Therapy (4)
  • FI815 Forgiveness and Reconciliation (4)
  • FI840 Narrative and Family Life (4)

Community Emphasis

The community emphasis includes 24 units of recommended coursework focused on community related studies. It is recommended that both the master’s level project and dissertation will focus on a subject appropriate to the community emphasis.

Suggested coursework for the community emphasis include:

  • PC808 Clinical Interventions: Cultural/Community (4)
  • PC816 Program Administration (2)
  • PC818 Clinical Interventions: Group Psychotherapy
  • PE807 Qualitative Research Methods (2)
  • PF814 Family Therapy (4)
  • PG853 Program Evaluation (4)
  • PI831 Cultural and Spiritual Narrative in Psychology (2)
  • PI825 Integrative Issues in a Cross-Cultural Setting (2)

Optional Academic Track

Neuropsychology

The SOP offers a track in Neuropsychology. If a student is interested in joining the track, the following procedures must be followed:

  • Email one of the members of the Neuropsychology Committee to declare your intentions to follow this track.
  • Neuropsychology Committee Members are Drs. Warren S. Brown, Anne Nolty, and Stacy Amano.
  • Keep track of your own progress throughout the program.
  • Review the Neuropsychology Track form with the DAA throughout your matriculation.
  • Once completed, give a copy of the form to the DAA.

Required Coursework (14 units)

    • PG810 Physiological Psychology* (4)
    • PG811 Neuropsychology I: Principles and Clinical Syndromes* (4)
    • PE804 Neuropsychology II: Assessment*(4)
    • PE813 Psychopharmacology (2)

*Students must earn a B+ or better in these courses.

Optional Coursework (2 units)

  • PE808 Child Neuropsychological Assessment (2)

Clinical Placements

In addition to formal neuropsychology Clerkship and Internship placements, at least one other formal neuropsychology training experience is required.

Research Requirements

The dissertation content must be related to neuropsychology. The dissertation must be chaired by one of the core neuropsychology faculty: Drs. Warren S. Brown, Anne Nolty, Stacy Amano. If these labs are full, then the dissertation needs to be co-chaired by one of the core neuropsychology faculty.

Professional Development Requirements

Students must present a neuropsychology-related research project (thesis, dissertation, or other research) at a professional neuropsychology conference (e.g., AACN, INS, NAN, or APA Division 40) prior to applying for internship.

Students are strongly encouraged to become a student member of one or more of the following neuropsychological associations:

  • APA Division 40
  • International Neuropsychology Society
  • National Academy of Neuropsychology
  • American Academy of Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Hispanic Neuropsychological Society

Additional Coursework, Practica, or Didactics in Clinical Neuropsychology Requirements

Two years of monthly neuropsychology didactic seminars (9 seminars per academic year x 2 = 18 seminars) will satisfy this requirement or one year and the Child Neuropsychology Assessment class.

General Academic Issues

Registration. Registration is the student’s responsibility. If in a given quarter a student fails to register, that student will receive a letter from the Program Chair. Failure to respond to the letter within two weeks will be understood as the student’s resignation from the program. Special fees will be assessed for late registration, including late registration for non-classroom experiences such as internships, dissertation, etc.

Student Handbook. In addition to the information contained in the seminary Student Handbook, essential policies, procedures and information concerning students in the program are contained in the Psychology Student Handbook. This handbook contains not only basic academic policies, but also guidelines for personal and professional behavior and procedures for processing grievances against students and faculty. Students are expected to comply with the policies in both handbooks.

Academic and Clinical Reviews. Students are formally reviewed at least once each year. All students are required to consent to academic and clinical reviews of their performance by faculty and/or appropriate clinical supervisors. The policy and procedures used for these reviews are detailed in the Psychology Student Handbook.

Transfer of Credit. Students who have completed graduate work in psychology at other institutions and desire a reduction in the number of psychology credit hours required to fulfill Fuller’s degree requirements should contact the Director of Academic Affairs in the School of Psychology after admission. Approval of the student’s advisor, the instructor of the parallel Fuller course, and the Program Chair is required. Only courses taken for a letter grade in which a grade of B or higher was earned will qualify for transfer. Transfer of credit does not necessarily mean that a course requirement will be waived, and waiver of a course requirement does not necessarily mean that graduate credits are being transferred.

Students who have completed graduate work in theology and desire a reduction in the number of theology credit hours required to earn a Fuller degree should contact the Director of Academic Affairs. The time limit for all master’s degrees in the School of Theology has been set at 10 years. This includes all credit earned elsewhere and applied to the degree, as well as all credit earned at Fuller. Where the combined period represented by transfer credit and Fuller courses to be applied to a theology degree exceeds 10 years, it is subject to the approval of the Master’s Academic Affairs Committee.

The PsyD requires five years of full-time study. The PhD Clinical degree requires six years of full-time study. These timelines may be compressed by one year for students entering with graduate-level coursework in psychology and/or theology. Doctoral students with previous graduate training in psychology and/or theology may apply for advanced standing. A minimum of 48 units of transferable credit is required to qualify to apply for advanced standing, which involves “collapsing” the third and fourth years of the program. Students with limited clinical psychology course work in the 48 transferable units may be asked to complete certain clinical courses in order to be allowed to collapse the third and fourth years of the program. Application for this advanced standing typically takes place in the second year, and must be approved by a vote of the doctoral faculty.

Doctoral Candidacy. A student shall formally be considered a doctoral candidate in the PhD Clinical and PsyD programs when the following criteria have been met:

  • Passing the comprehensive examination.
  • Satisfactory completion of Practica I and II.
  • Satisfactory completion of PC803 Legal & Ethical Issues
  • Satisfactory completion of PC804 Psychometric Theory & Assessment
  • Satisfactory completion of all or all but one of the clinical interventions courses required by the student’s degree program
  • Satisfactory acceptance of the master’s research project (PhD only), or its equivalent.
  • Formal faculty approval.

In-Sequence Master’s Degree in Psychology

A Master of Arts in Psychology degree will be granted to students en route to the PhD Clinical and PsyD degrees. The requirements for the MA differ by degree program. No work is required outside of the regularly required courses and clinical experiences in the normal course of their doctoral and theology work. Students will be eligible for the degree after they have completed the following requirements (please see the Director of Academic Affairs for the appropriate program coursework record, which includes specific courses required for graduation):

PhD Clinical

  • General psychology (24 units)
  • Clinical psychology (22 units, to include PC809, PC810, PC814, PC819)
  • Electives and seminars, excluding independent studies courses (10 units).
  • PG865 Master’s Research (4 units)
  • Practicum (8 units)
  • Integration and Theology course work (20 units, to include PI800, PI503, NT500, and OT500)

PsyD

  • General psychology (24 units)
  • Clinical psychology (22 units, to include PC809, PC810, PC814, PC819)
  • Electives and seminars, excluding independent studies courses (8 units).
  • Practicum (14 units)
  • Integration and Theology course work (20 units, to include PI800, PI503, NT500, OT500)

These units of psychology and theology are typically completed by the end of the student’s second year in the program.

Students who have been approved for advanced standing must have the equivalent number of psychology units, have not been awarded another psychology degree based on the units transferred in, and have been in residency for at least one year to qualify for this degree.

Graduation and Commencement. A student may graduate at the end of any quarter after all requirements are met. In order to participate in the June Commencement exercises, a student must have (1) completed all coursework, (2) completed all dissertation requirements by the dates specified, and (3) contracted to complete the Internship at an APPIC-member internship site by no later than the fall quarter graduation date of the same year. Participation in Commencement does not constitute graduation. Graduation occurs only at the end of the quarter within which the Registrar’s Office has determined that all requirements for the degree have been completed.

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