Doctor of Psychology outcomes

PsyD | Doctor of Psychology

PsyD Outcomes

The program learning outcomes of the Doctor of Psychology degree program are:


Formulate and express advanced conceptualizations of psychological ideas through interaction with others, with the capacity to design, evaluate, and defend these concepts.

Critical Thinking

Construct and assess logical and/or empirical evidence from advanced clinical psychological theory and research, employing complex judgments drawn from inferential statistics and scientific methodology.

Cultural and Social Understanding

Critically weigh and consider the clinical impact that cultural and social institutions have on psychotherapy clients’ ethical systems, values, worldview assumptions, and presenting, psychological symptoms.

Information Literacy

Evaluate psychological sources and information, as well as generate psychological reports in professional and technically proficient language.

Personal Development

Critically appraise advanced psychological principles and findings from the clinical psychological literature, and generalize them to personal experiences so that the information is meaningful and organically applied to humanistic, grounded professional goals.

Quantitative Reasoning

Distinguish between advanced, statistically based reasoning processes and apply to complex psychological research and questions about clinical treatment and assessment

Scientific Reasoning

Design an advanced system of inquiry that is rooted in peer-reviewed, empirical research findings to describe, critically evaluate, hypothesize about, predict outcome, and intervene with clinical populations.

Ethical, Legal, and Professional Issues

Justify and validate the rationale underlying ethical behavior as it relates to professional standards of practice in clinical psychology.

Additional Content Specific Competencies
Assessment and Diagnosis

Incorporate psychometric theory in designing assessment methods in clinical psychology, including critically evaluating established systems of diagnosis.


Create and evaluate evidence-based psychotherapeutic treatment plans to reduce psychopathological symptoms and improve clients’ adaptive functioning.

Biological Basis of Behavior

Evaluate and integrate advanced findings from brain science with clinical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment planning.

Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior

Summarize and clinically incorporate research findings from cognitive science, affect theory, learning, memory, and motivation.

Growth and Lifespan Development

Distinguish between statistically normal and abnormal patterns of development across the lifespan, and discriminate between the various protective vs. risk factors that influence developmental outcomes for clinical populations.

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