The Clinical Psychology Graduate Training Program was established in the mid-1940s, and was represented at the original Boulder Conference in 1949. That same year the program was accredited by the American Psychological Association, and was, in fact, among the first wave of clinical programs to be accredited by the APA. The program has been continuously accredited since. The Clinical Program is a member of the Council of University Directors of Clinical Training, the Council of Clinical Health Psychology Training Programs, and the Academy of Psychological Science. Our Clinical Training Program has produced hundreds of graduates who have spread the Kansas influence throughout the world.
The University of Kansas was established in 1865 with three faculty members and 55 students. Two years later the first recognizable psychology course, “mental philosophy”, was taught by newly named chancellor John Fraser. It is fitting that the Department of Psychology is currently located in Fraser Hall. Psychology was part of the Department of Philosophy until 1916 when the Department of Psychology was formed, although the first clinical course, “psycho-therapy” was offered in 1910. In 1929 two University of Kansas psychology students, Edwin B. Newman and Frederick H. Lewis, conceived of the (now) international honor society, Psy Chi. Today the Department of Psychology has more than 1000 majors, over 25 faculty members, and offers Doctoral Programs in several areas. The University has grown to its present faculty of almost 2,000 with approximately 28,000 students, over 6,000 of whom are in the Graduate School. Accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the University also belongs to the select American Association of Universities, which reflects quality graduate education and research. Also, because of its emphasis on graduate education and research, the University is rated as a Carnegie I Research University.
Clinical Science Training Model
The program adheres to a clinical science model of training. We believe that competent clinical practitioners must understand, appreciate, and apply the science associated with effective clinical interventions, and that competent clinical researchers must have first-hand experience with clinical disorders that is both broad and in-depth. Accordingly, we aim to produce professionals who demonstrate mastery of knowledge in the field of scientific psychology and who will have (1) the ability to generate new scientific knowledge and theory related to the field of psychology, and (2) can make independent contributions to the evolving base of skills and scientific knowledge required for clinical practice. We thus strive to prepare students who can advance knowledge that promotes psychological well-being and health, and who are prepared to be leaders in the field who can influence psychological clinical science through research, practice and policy. Moreover, our objective is to train graduates who approach all their work from a strong ethical foundation.
THE STRUCTURE OF THE CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM
The Clinical Program is composed of the General Program and the Clinical Health Track (i.e., Major Area of Study in Clinical Health Psychology). The Director of Clinical Training oversees the entirety of the clinical program, and administers the policies and procedures approved by the Clinical faculty. Graduate student representatives also participate in all major committees in the Program.
It is important to note that the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training Program at the University of Kansas values cultural and individual diversity in all their manifestations (e.g., age, disability, ethnicity, sex, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status). Not only does the program not discriminate in any aspect of educational training, it also does not restrict any aspect of program access or completion of the program based on cultural or individual diversity. Indeed, the program strongly welcomes diversity of all types.