Satisfaction with graduate training in clinical psychology at the doctoral level



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This study investigates the opinion of active doctoral level students in good standing(on campus, not internship), currently enrolled in American Psychological Association accredited clinical psychology programs regarding their satisfaction with their programs, the training models used in the programs, and the demographics of the students. The population studied was 60% female and 40% male. Both Ph.D. and Psy.D. students were queried. Twenty randomly chosen programs were sent packets containing a letter to the program director explaining the project and requesting distribution to each student of the following items: (a) an informed consent letter, (b) a questionnaire, and (c) a return envelope. The students reported that they were satisfied with their training. Seventy percent of the sample wanted "More emphasis on research as related to clinical practice" as a change in their programs. When asked if the students felt that the Scientist- Professional model was practical, 54% of the sample responded with a yes and 45% with no. When broken down by degree, the responses are positively associated with degree at the .001 level. Perceived program adherence to the Scientist-Professional model was also explored. The sample had an adherence score of 6.50 out of 10. The average for the Ph.D. sample was 7.05. The average for the Psy.D. sample was 5.07. Students indicated overall satisfaction with their training. There was no significant difference in satisfaction scores between the Ph.D. and the Psy.D. groups. The two groups both reported satisfaction with the amount of research training which they receive, but not with the emphasis or type of research training which they receive.



Clinical psychology, Study and teaching, United States