Clinical Psychology - Seattle Pacific University


 

Clinical Psychology
Seattle Pacific University
3307 Third Ave. W

Suite 107
Seattle, WA 98119
Phone: 206-281-2839
Fax: 206-281-2695
clinicalpsyc@spu.edu

 

Training & Research

Training:  Scientist Practitioner and Local Clinical Scientist Model

SPU’s APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical psychology provides training in professional psychology in accordance with the local clinical scientist (LCS) model of doctoral education.

Under the LCS model, research and practice are not separate domains. They are integrated so that practice informs research questions, and research informs the practice of clinical psychology (Stricker, 1997, 2000; Trierweiler & Stricker, 1998).

Described in "The Local Clinical Scientist: A Bridge Between Science and Practice" (American Psychologist, Stricker & Trierweiler, 1995), the LCS model extends the scientific and professional ideals in the original Boulder Scientist-Practitioner model of clinical psychology (Raimy, 1950).

Find out more about our clinical psychology training, including involvement with practicum, faculty clinical consult groups, and internships.

NOTE: Students are regularly evaluated with regard to their personal and interpersonal suitability for clinical competency and professional practice. Review our evaluation standards (PDF).


Research:  Scientist Practitioner and Local Clinical Scientist Model

Local clinical scientists think like researchers in the practice of psychology and value the use of evidence-based treatment. To this end, our doctoral students are encouraged to produce, consume, and utilize research throughout their doctoral training and beyond into their professional practice.

Our goal is to facilitate students’ research skills and positive attitude toward research so that they will continue to view research as an integral part of professional psychology.

Learn about your three major research-oriented opportunities in the doctoral program:

  • Research methods and statistics courses
  • Research vertical teams (RVT) participation
  • Preparation and defense of a doctoral dissertation