Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology

Research and Scholarly Inquiry Courses

The program of study in research provides a solid grounding in both scientific and qualitative research traditions, while specializing in innovative human science methodologies addressing the multiple dimensions of psychological life. Research courses emphasize the complementary interdependence of clinical intervention and empirical inquiry and provide the skills necessary to complete the doctoral dissertation as well as contribute to the academic field of clinical and depth psychology as a lifelong researcher.


Research Designs and Methodology I: Overview
CP 932......................2 Units
The intent of this course is to foster an introductory knowledge of design and methodology in psychological research, including an understanding of the history and characteristics of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods approaches. The theoretical frameworks, techniques, and critiques of a variety of research perspectives are surveyed, with a focus on the human science traditions. Additional issues discussed include: bias, ethics, diversity, postmodernism and critical theory, and the relationship between research and clinical practice. The course also emphasizes the development of critical thinking and proficiency with a representative method of the student's choosing.

Research Designs and Methodology II: Qualitative Methods
CP 933......................2 Units

The course examines the strengths and weaknesses of the major human science traditions, such as: phenomenology, hermeneutics, heuristic approaches, ethnography, grounded theory, biography, and case study. Theory and praxis of these approaches are covered, and students gain hands on experience with a particular qualitative approach (i.e., phenomenology). Emphasis is given to ethics and diversity, as well as the parallels between research and clinical practice. Prerequisite: CP 932

Quantitative Design and Univariate Statistical Analysis
CP 926......................2 Units

This course is intended to provide an overview to univariate statistical methods or those pertaining to analysis of a single, continuous dependent variable. The goal of this overview is to prepare students to be competent and critical consumers of quantitative research for clinical practice. An applied overview of both descriptive and inferential statistics is provided. Topics covered include: (1) Descriptive statistics (Measurement scales, frequency distributions, measures of central tendency, measures of spread (variability), measures of linear relationships, and standard scores), and (2) Inferential statistics (Hypothesis testing (correlation and regression, Z-tests, t-tests, one way analysis of variance (ANOVA ), Chi-Square tests) and estimation of population parameters from sample data). Prerequisite: CP 932

Research Designs and Methodology III: Advanced Quantitative Analysis and Scale Development
CL 939......................2 Units

The goal of this class is to provide students with an overview of advanced quantitative methods including multivariate statistical analysis and scale development procedures. This course will help students become skilled in reading, understanding, and using these designs. It will also examine the broad principles and application of multivariate statistical models for the design of quantitative studies and the treatment of data as well as statistical methods employed in scale development. Topics include multivariate analysis of variance and covariance, factor analysis, binary logistic regression, multiple regression, discriminant analysis, power, and meta-analysis. These methods will also be used to understand scale development along with knowledge and application of reliability, validity, types of scales, item analysis, multi-trait multi-method validation, and item response theory. Prerequisite: CP 932, CP 926

Depth Psychological Methods I
CL 928......................2 Units

The foundation for a complex psychological epistemology that honors the autonomous character of soul, and an approach to research that keeps soul in mind are developed. Students dialogue with traditions of empirical psychology, depth psychology with particular emphasis on Jung's psychology, and phenomenology. The course articulates an ethical and therapeutic approach to research which takes into account dynamic unconscious factors in research. In addition to this focus on approach, this course also briefly introduces the processes of research that arise from it and discusses the role of method. A key aim of the course is the development of a critical attitude toward the multiple levels of the psyche as it presents itself through personal history, diverse cultures, and the collective and ecological dimensions of experience.

Dissertation Development I
CP 961......................1 Unit

This course emphasizes on the development of critical thinking skills, related to evaluating research studies and the writing of a doctoral dissertation in clinical psychology. Other basic skills covered include: APA format, library research skills, grant writing, as well as ethics and professional issues regarding writing and publishing. In addition, the course focuses on the identification of appropriate topics for one's dissertation within the academic field of clinical psychology, and the beginnings of a literature review. Faculty members review students' potential topics and their initial literature review efforts.

Research Designs and Methodology IV: Advanced Qualitative Method
CL 940......................2 Units

The course focuses on one or two of the major human science traditions, such as: phenomenology, hermeneutics, heuristic approaches, ethnography, grounded theory, biography, and case study. This semester the theory and praxis of hermeneutics, with an emphasis on social constructionism and metabletics (investigation of historical changes) are covered in depth, and students gain more extensive, hands-on experience with these particular qualitative approaches. Emphasis is given to ethics and diversity, as well as the parallels between research and clinical practice. Prerequisites: CP 932, CP 933

Dissertation Development II
CP 962......................2 Units

This course continues with the knowledge, skills, and personal process involved with the development of a dissertation. Focus in this second course is on refining one's dissertation topic into a specific research question. By reviewing the literature of prospective topics as well as deep introspection and self-exploration, a unique query and potential contribution to the field of clinical psychology is discerned. The student begins to construct the literature review relevant to the chosen research question and considers appropriate research methods. Students present research questions and literature reviews for faculty review. Advanced students may present Concept Papers for formal approval. Professional and diversity issues relevant to dissertation writing are discussed. Prerequisite: CP 961

Depth Psychological Methods II
CL 929......................2 units

This course expands upon the research processes introduced in the first Depth Psychological Research Methods course. The vocational and transference dimensions of the research process are explored, and students practice psychological dialogues as a means to make more conscious their own unconscious transference to their material. In addition this course re-visons the role of method as a metaphoric perspective and looks at the ways in which various research methods, such as imaginal and archetypal methods, both reveal and conceal their topics. Prerequisite: CP 927

Dissertation Development III
CP 963......................2 Units

The last course in the dissertation sequence focuses on the completion of the Concept Paper, which contains a literature review of the seminal sources, a well-defined research question, a sketch of the method(s) to be used in addressing the question, and an explication of the relevance of the question for clinical psychological practice. Students present Concept Papers for formal approval. For advanced students with approved Concept Papers, work will be directed toward Proposal completion (i.e., expanding literature review, explicating method). Committee formation, professional, and diversity issues relevant to dissertation writing are discussed. Prerequisites: CP 961, CP 962

Dissertation Writing
CP 990......................15 Units

During this course, students assemble their dissertation committees, write their dissertation proposals, and complete the dissertation process. Students are required to complete all 15 units. This course may be taken concurrently with other courses. Additional fees are assessed for this course.

Comprehensive Examination
CP 989......................0 Units

Upon completion of ten quarters of Ph.D. coursework, a student in good academic standing is eligible to take the Comprehensive Examination. The Comprehensive Examination is designed to assess student competencies in the area of each of the three Program Domains: Clinical Practice, Research and Scholarly Inquiry, and Depth Psychology and Humanities. Students must pass all components of the Comprehensive Examination in order to advance in the Clinical Program to Dissertation Writing (CP 990) or Internship. Students must retake any failed portion of the exam by the end of the Fall quarter of the year in which the exam was administered. A student is eligible to take an academic Tutorial in preparation for re-examination. If a student does not pass any aspect of the Comprehensive Exam within two attempts he or she will be academically disqualified.

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology