Nov 15, 2019  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2019-2020 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2019-2020

Clinical Psychology, Psy.D.

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The Doctor of Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program builds upon Xavier’s strong commitment to the Jesuit tradition of service within the context of scholarship. The program provides students with the knowledge and range of skills necessary to provide psychological services in today’s changing professional climate. The full time, five-year program includes four academic years and one internship year. The program emphasizes the importance of a scientific foundation in psychology. The PsyD program is designed to prepare students for the general practice of health service; it also provides training in three areas of interest: children and adolescents, individuals with severe and chronic problems in psychopathology, and health care psychology in medical settings.  Students have the opportunity to pursue these areas of interest by taking specialized courses, gaining experience in practicum placements, and conducting applied research.

Admission Requirements for the PsyD degree

To be eligible for admission, applicants should submit materials before the annual deadline date of December 1st.

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Summary List of Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants should submit the following items to the Department of Psychology before December 1st:

(1) A completed application form.

(2)Non-refundable $35 application fee.

(3) One official transcript from each college or university attended. (A minimum 3.000 overall undergraduate grade point average (on a 4.000 scale), and a minimum 3.000 average in all psychology courses, is required).

(4) Three letters of recommendation.

(5) A resume or vita.

(6) A written personal statement of reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in the psychology department at Xavier University, and plans after completion of studies. (2-3 pages)

(7) A diversity statement.

(8) GRE scores: General Knowledge (verbal, quantitative and analytical) area is required. Psychology Subject Test is required for those without psychology as their undergraduate major or minor.

(9) A completed Application for Financial Assistance form for possible financial aid if interested.

(10) Any other information that might aid in the selection process.

Students must have a minimum of 18 undergraduate hours in psychology, including courses in general psychology, psychology statistics, research methods course with lab, and tests and measurements. Courses in developmental and abnormal psychology are recommended. Courses in biological science and college mathematics are also recommended as a preparation for graduate studies. For students with graduate training in clinical psychology or a related field who are accepted, a portion of their previous graduate work (if the student has earned a grade of “B” or higher) might be credited toward the fulfillment of the requirements for the doctoral degree. All decisions regarding acceptance of graduate credit will be made by the School Chair by the end of the first year.

In all cases, a minimum of 75 of the 117 hours required coursework for the PsyD. degree must be completed at Xavier.

Program of Studies

Students are accepted into the program on a full-time basis and are required to complete a minimum 117 credit hours to graduate. The curriculum of the first four years is divided into two major types of learning experiences: 1) knowledge/academic based, and 2) skills/clinical based. The 93 credit hours of courses that are primarily “academic” in nature are designed to develop content and methodologies in specific areas identified by the American Psychological Association Council on Accreditation (CoA) as essential for clinical training-biological, cognitive and affective, social and cultural aspects of behavior, history and systems in psychology, psychological measurement and assessment, human development, psychopathology, professional standards of ethics, research and evaluation, and professional interpersonal conduct. The remaining 24 credit hours involve courses such as professional development and practicum, clinical practicum, and internship that provide supervised experience and training in a range of clinical areas.

A unique feature of the program is the opportunity for students to develop a focus area in working with children and adolescents, working with individuals with severe and chronic disorders, or applying psychological interventions in health care settings. Prior to applying for internship in the fall of the fourth year, students must successfully complete the Clinical Competency Examination, which evaluates students’ progress in clinical skill development, and propose their dissertation.

Students who are accepted into the doctoral program who already hold a master’s degree in a field akin to clinical psychology may be able to apply a portion of the previous graduate work toward the fulfillment of the doctoral degree requirements.  The allowable number of transferable hours will vary; all accepted hours must come from courses that match the requirements of courses in the PsyD curriculum. In all cases a minimum of 75 hours of the required 117 must be completed at Xavier.

Petitions for transfer of credit will be granted with the recommendation of the School Chair and approval of the Dean of the College of Professional Sciences. Courses will be considered for transfer at a grade of B or higher.  Courses taken more than six years prior to entering the doctoral program will normally not be accepted for transfer.

Grading Policy:

Grades are based on a student’s performance meeting the standards established and communicated in writing by the professor of the course. A semester grade point average of 3.000 or higher is required for a student to remain in good standing. Any student whose semester (Fall, Spring, Summer) GPA falls below 3.000 or who earns a grade of “C (includes C+ or C)” or “F” in any 2 credit hour course will be placed on  “WARNING” by the Dean of the College of Professional Sciences and remains on WARNING throughout the remainder of the program. Once on warning, any student whose semester (Fall, Spring, Summer) GPA falls below a 3.00 may be dismissed. In addition, once on warning, any student who earns a grade of “C” or “F” in any course is subject to dismissal. A student who earns a grade of C or lower in 4 hours or more of course credit in one semester may be subject to dismissal immediately. The following interpretation of letter grades is used by the department A= excellent, B=good, C=minimal, and F=failure. Faculty may use a +/- system in grading. Students receiving a “C” in a course may be required to retake the course or do additional work to satisfy specific deficiencies. This will be determined by the professor of the course and will be discussed with the student and his/her advisor. The student may be required to register for a one hour tutorial (PSYC 900) to complete the necessary remedial work, for which he/she must earn a grade of pass to fulfill the requirements for the additional work. The work must be completed by the student during the following academic semester. Students receiving an “F” in a course are required to retake the course. A cumulative GPA of 3.000 or higher is required for graduation. An A = 4 points, a B = 3 points and a C = 2 points. Pluses and minuses alter the merit points by .3. All students are required to complete the “Yearly Graduate Student Activity Report: for each academic year by May 1.

Requirements for the PsyD degree


All students must complete each of the following courses designed to provide integrative education in the graduate field of psychology. Although the curriculum may change to match advancement of the field of professional psychology, the current curricular requirements are listed below in the present order of completion.

Year One

  • PSYC 506 - Social Aspects of Behavior
  • PSYC 580 - Clinical Psychopathology
  • PSYC 511 - Advanced Statistics I
  • PSYC 520 - Computer Statistical Language I
  • PSYC 585 - Assessment II: Personality
  • PSYC 508 - Diversity
  • PSYC 512 - Advanced Statistics II
  • PSYC 521 - Computer Statistical Language II
  • PSYC 584 - Assessment I: Psychometrics and Intelligence Testing
  • PSYC 509 - Cognitive Aspects of Behavior
  • PSYC 549 - Introduction to Clinical Interactions


  • PSYC 502 - History & Philosophical Issues
  • PSYC 505 - Professional Problems & Ethics in Psycholgy

Year Two

  • PSYC 621 - Advanced Research Design & Analysis: Applied
  • PSYC 629 - Intervention Techniques: Behavior Therapy
  • PSYC 650 - Professional Development & Practicum I
  • PSYC 651 - Professional Development & Practicum II
  • PSYC 586 - Assessment III: Clinical Assessment of Cognitive Domains
  • PSYC 510: Biological and Affective Aspects of Behavior
  • PSYC 608 - Integrative Life Span Psychology I
  • PSYC 622 - Advanced Research Design & Analysis: Applied
  • PSYC 609 - Integrative Life Span Psychology II

**Earn M.A. in Psychology


  • Elective Course
  • Elective Course

Year Three

  • PSYC 730 - Intervention Technique: Consulting
  • PSYC 731 - Intervention Technique: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • PSYC 760 - Clinical Practicum III
  • PSYC 761 - Clinical Practicum IV
  • PSYC 787 - Major Research I
  • PSYC 788 - Major Research II
  • Elective courses (2)

  • A dissertation prospectus must be accepted by a faculty member who agrees to serve as the dissertation chair by the first Friday in December of the 3rd year in order to register for courses for the spring semester.
  • Clinical Competency Examination or Dissertation proposal must be successfully completed by the end of the spring semester prior to applying for internship.



Year Four

Students are expected to apply for the yearlong clinical internship in their 4th year after having passed all portions of the Clinical Competency Examination and successfully proposed their dissertation.

  • PSYC 789 - Major Research III
  • PSYC 850 - Clinical Practicum V
  • PSYC 851 - Clinical Practicum VI
  • PSYC 740 - Consulting
  • Elective courses (5)


Year Five

  • PSYC 999 - Internship (one year)


All students are required to take eight elective courses, four of which are specified as the student’s “focus area”: clinical child and adolescent psychology; individuals with severe and chronic problems in psychopathology, and; health care psychology across the lifespan. The other four electives are chosen by students in consultation with their advisor. A unique feature of the program is that students may opt to use their additional electives to work toward a “Certificate in the Foundations of Health Services Administration,” which is offered in cooperation with the Health Services Administration Department. These courses offer a foundation in the health services discipline and provide a basis for understanding the dynamics involved in the delivery of health care services in today’s changing professional climate.



The PsyD degree will be awarded upon successful completion of required coursework, Clinical Competency Examination, Doctoral Dissertation, and an internship. After the fourth year of enrollment in the doctoral program (or its equivalent for students admitted with advanced standing), the student is expected to be enrolled in either PSYC 999, Internship, or PSYC 790, Continuous Major Research, until the dissertation is defended and deposited in the library. All of these requirements must be earned within the 8-year limit for the PsyD program.

After the completion of the internship, students must be enrolled in PSYC 790, Continuous Major Research each semester until all dissertation requirements have been completed. A minimum of 75 of the 117 hours required coursework for the PsyD. Degree must be completed at Xavier.

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