Doctoral Preparation Track
Students accepted into our doctoral preparation track are interested in significantly improving their chances of being accepted into doctoral programs in the areas of clinical or counseling psychology, behavior analysis, developmental psychology, cognitive psychology, social psychology, biological psychology and related fields (e.g., education, school psychology).
Matthew Normand, Ph.D., BCBA-D - Behavioral Psychology
Scott Jensen, Ph.D. - Child Clinical Psychology
Carolynn Kohn, Ph.D., BCBA-D - Clinical Psychology
We provide many opportunities for students wishing to significantly improve their chances of acceptance into doctoral programs, including:
- Research opportunities with one or more faculty in the department
Many doctoral programs are seeking students with research experience, and such experience is emphasized in our program (note the section with sample publications and presentations co-authored by students found here).
- Empirical thesis work
Designing and completing one's own research topic for your Masters thesis is another mark of the kind of research competence that doctoral programs are seeking.
- Teaching Assistant experiences for a variety of courses including:
Experimental Psychology, Statistics, Developmental Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Behavior Change, Introduction to Psychology, Psychology of Learning, Physiological Psychology, Social Psychology and Abnormal Psychology
Since many doctoral programs support students who are working as TAs, such experience in our program increases a student's attractiveness to doctoral programs.
- Supervision of undergraduates in applied settings
Having experience with supervision increases competitiveness for doctoral programs and for jobs to help provide financial support and applied experience during doctoral work.
Each year, our students present research at regional and national conferences including: the Western Psychological Association, California Association for Behavioral Analysis, and Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy.