Q: What kind of funding opportunities are available for students?
A: The Psychology Department has access to a limited number of Graduate School Fellowships and GTA awards to use in the recruitment process. Currently, all of these are awarded based on university-wide competition. Because of the high quality of our program's applicants, the clinical program typically has been successful in securing several awards for our entering students.
Aside from the Fellowships and Graduate School GTA awards, the financial support for entering graduate students comes in two forms: Teaching Assistantships (TAs) and Research Assistantships (RAs). The program is strongly committed to providing all entering students with financial support during their first year in the program. In the second year and beyond, especially after our students have received the MA degree, the variety of support resources expands beyond the typical TA and RA appointments as they become eligible for Assistant Instructorships (AIs) within the Psychology Department and also become eligible for positions in area mental health organizations as well as a variety of University offices. Although the program does not "guarantee" funding in the second year and beyond to students who enter with TA and RA support during the first year, in fact our advanced students are rarely without financial support in one form or another.
Q: What kind of practicum experiences are available for students?
A: The primary training site for students within the General portion of the clinical program is the KU Psychological Clinic. For general students, the minimum practicum requirements are met within the Clinic which functions as a small university and community based general mental health center. Although students in the general portion of the clinical program must fulfill most of their mandated minimum practicum requirements within the KU Psychological Clinic, most of them also obtain additional clinical experience within a variety of community and university sites.
For students in the Clinical Health track of the program, part of their mandated minimum practicum requirements are met within the KU Psychological Clinic but, typically, 1/2 to 2/3 of their practicum requirements are obtained in other settings, primarily the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. Individuals who are interested in the Clinical Health Subspecialty will want to examine the materials describing that program and the resources associated with it.