College of Liberal Arts
Department of Psychology
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Minimum Requirements for Degree: 115 credits
The joint Ph.D. program in clinical-community psychology with a
rural indigenous emphasis is a partnership between the departments
of psychology at UAA and UAF. The program focus includes clinical,
community and cross-cultural psychology with an emphasis on
indigenous, Alaska Native and American Indian psychology. This
UAA-UAF partnership integrates the strengths and resources of both
departments to advance academic excellence, promote innovative
and practical research, and provide solid graduate training in clinical-community
psychology. The program ensures that graduates have
obtained the full range of clinical training mandated for doctoral-level
clinical psychologists and will be adequately prepared for licensure as
psychologists. Accreditation for the program is being sought from the
American Psychological Association.
Graduate Program--Ph.D. Degree
- Complete the admission process including the following:
- Compliance with the university requirements for a doctoral degree
and admission to graduate studies as detailed in the UAF catalog.
- Minimum of a bachelor's degree (B.S. or B.A. or B.Ed.); major in
psychology or related field preferred.
- Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.
- Course work in the areas of abnormal psychology, statistics,
research methods and one of the following: personality, clinical
psychology, social psychology or community psychology.
- Letter of intent describing the applicant's interest and purpose
in studying clinical-community psychology, the reasons why a
Ph.D. in clinical-community psychology at UAA/UAF is sought
at this point in the applicant's professional development, and
demonstrating an understanding of relevant professional ethics.
- Professional vita, including documentation regarding academic,
research and professional experiences, special projects and
activities, and recognitions or honors.
- Three professional references (preferably curriculum or research
advisors, major course instructors with whom the student had
contact in more than one course, and/or supervisors).
- Lifetime criminal background check and disclosure statement (to
be completed upon notification and before final acceptance into
- Complete the general university requirements as outlined in the
- Complete the Ph.D. degree requirements as outlined in the UAA/UAF catalogs.
- Complete the following as part of the Ph.D. program
- Cultural Immersion: Before beginning the first semester of formal
enrollment in the program, students must participate in a
cultural immersion experience at a rural/indigenous site.
This experience will be coordinated by the directors of clinical
training and will also be attended by at least one faculty member
per campus who teaches in the Ph.D. program. The experience is
not graded but must be completed before students are allowed to
register for courses.
- Coursework: Students must complete 26 required courses (for
a total of 70 credits), 18 credits of dissertation, 18 credits of
predoctoral internship and 9 credits of electives. Students must
accumulate a minimum of 115 credits to graduate and must have
completed all required course work. The following 26 courses are
PSY 601--Clinical/Community/Cross-Cultural Integration Seminar
(3 years, 1 credit per year) 3 credits
PSY 602--Native Ways of Knowing 3 credits
PSY 603--Alaska & Rural Psychology 3 credits
PSY 604--Biological and Pharmacological Bases of Behavior 3 credits
PSY 605--History and Systems 1 credit
PSY 607--Cognition, Affect, and Culture 3 credits
PSY 611--Ethics and Professional Practice 3 credits
PSY 612--Human Development in a Cultural Context 3 credits
PSY 616--Program Evaluation and Community Consultation I 3 credits
PSY 617--Program Evaluation and Community Consultation II 3 credits
PSY 622--Multicultural Psychopathology 3 credits
PSY 623--Intervention I 3 credits
PSY 629--Intervention II 3 credits
PSY 632--Community Psychology Across Culture 3 credits
PSY 633--Tests & Measurement in Multicultural Context 3 credits
PSY 639--Research Methods 3 credits
PSY 652--Practicum Placement - Clinical I 3 credits
PSY 653--Practicum Placement - Clinical II 3 credits
PSY 657--Quantitative Analysis 3 credits
PSY 658--Qualitative Analysis 3 credits
PSY 672--Practicum Placement - Community I 3 credits
PSY 673--Practicum Placement - Community II 3 credits
PSY 679--Multicultural Psychological Assessment I 3 credits
PSY 681--Substances of Abuse in Alaska 1 credit
PSY 682--Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment Planning 1 credit
PSY 683--Clinical Interventions in Substance Abuse 1 credit
Electives 9 credits
PSY 686--Predoctoral Internship 18 credits
PSY 699D--Dissertation 18 credits
Minimum credits required: 115
- Clinical-Community Competency: Students must demonstrate
clinical-community competency before being allowed to apply
for an internship. Clinical competency is demonstrated through
preparation of a clinical-community portfolio that will be
evaluated by an ad hoc committee consisting of four clinically
trained faculty members (two per campus) who teach in the
doctoral program. Criteria for the portfolio will be clearly defined
and samples will be provided for students.
- Research Competency: Students must demonstrate research
competency before being allowed to register for dissertation
credits. Research competency is demonstrated through preparation
of a research portfolio that will be evaluated by an ad hoc
committee consisting of four research-trained faculty members
(two per campus) who teach in the doctoral program. Criteria for
the portfolio will be clearly defined and samples will be provided
- Advancement to Candidacy: Before students are allowed to
register for dissertation credits, they will be reviewed for
performance by the joint UAA/UAF Ph.D. committee, using
existing university standards and forms for advancement to
candidacy. Review will be based on faculty experience with
students to date, submitted paperwork and student's progress
through the program. Feedback from the review will be provided
to the student by her or his advisor. Students must have cleared
research and clinical-community competencies before being able
to request advancement to candidacy.
- Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Defense: Before commencing data
collection for a dissertation project, students must defend their
proposal to their dissertation committee. The defense must be
based on a written dissertation proposal to be distributed to the
dissertation committee after approval by the dissertation chair.
The defense will be an oral presentation to the committee by the
student and will not be a public meeting. For data-collectionbased
dissertations, the proposal must also be approved by the
UAA or UAF Institutional Review Board before data collection can
- Doctoral Dissertation: A doctoral dissertation must be carried out
successfully and approved by a doctoral dissertation committee.
The dissertation committee will consist of at least four members.
It is recommended that the dissertation chair be on the same
campus as the student. There must be at least one committee
member from each psychology department at UAF and UAA.
Content areas can vary widely, but must be related to clinical,
community, or cross-cultural issues and applicable in Alaska
- Advancement to Internship: Students must apply to the local
director of clinical training (DCT) before being permitted to apply
for a predoctoral internship. DCTs will review the students' course
work, assure that all prior milestones have been mastered (i.e.,
clinical-community competency, research competency, doctoral dissertation defense and advancement to candidacy) before
approving the student for internship and before writing a letter
of support for the student (typically required by all approved
- Predoctoral Internship: A full-time, one-year predoctoral
internship is required. This internship should meet the criteria
laid out by the American Psychological Association; selection of
an Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers
(APPIC) -approved internship is encouraged. Placements in
Alaska are preferred but not required.
- Strict compliance with APA Ethical Guidelines is required
throughout participation in the degree program. Violations can
result in immediate dismissal from the program and failure to
graduate. Completion of an annual disclosure statement is also
required. Affirmative answers may result in dismissal from the
program and failure to graduate. The disclosure statement may be
viewed at http://psyphd.alaska.edu.