Psy.D. Program Values, Goals and Learning Objectives







The Indiana State University Doctor of Psychology program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association*, and follows a Practitioner-Scientist model of training in clinical psychology to guide the preparation and evaluation of its students. The primary goal of the Psy.D. program is the training of skilled clinical psychologists in the assessment and treatment of psychological problems. In moving toward this end, the program seeks to develop a professional identity which values and pursues:

  • Excellence in clinical practice,
  • A spirit of active inquiry and critical thought,
  • A commitment to the development and application of new knowledge in the field,
  • An active sense of social responsibility,
  • An appreciation and respect for the significant impact of cultural and individual differences in all aspects of practice and inquiry, and
  • An enduring commitment to personal and professional development.

These values are incorporated throughout the curriculum and in the formal requirements of the program, the field experiences provided, the manner in which the content of the courses is approached, and the personal example of the faculty and other professionals associated with the program. A variety of theoretical orientations are represented among the faculty; therefore, the program endorses no particular orientation. Students are taught the basics of a number of approaches, with each case conceptualized in the most suitable manner as determined in consultation between student and supervisor. The program philosophy is to prepare all students as broad-based general clinicians, while encouraging specialization through electives, research area, internship selection, and post-doctoral training.

*Questions related to the programs accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

American Psychological Association
750 1st Street NE
Washington, D.C.  20002
Phone (202) 336-5979/Email:



Goal #1:  To produce professional psychologists who understand and apply scientific knowledge and principals.

  • Students will acquire knowledge of core areas of psychology.
  • Students will acquire knowledge and skills needed to integrate scientific methodology and psychological measurement into clinical practice.

Goal #2:  To produce graduates who are effective and competent clinicians.

  • Students will acquire knowledge, ability and supporting attitudes for competence in assessment and diagnosis.
  • Students will gain knowledge, ability and supporting attitudes to treat a range of mental health and adjustment issues.
  • Students will acquire knowledge, skills and supporting attitudes related to ethical and professional conduct in practice and research.
  • Students will acquire knowledge, skills and sensitivity to issues of cultural and individual diversity in professional work and relationships with patients, organizations and colleagues.
  • Students will gain foundational knowledge and skills in supervision and consultation.

Goal #3:  To prepare graduates to contribute to the field of psychology in the practitioner-scientist tradition.

  • To produce graduates who identify as practicing psychologists and contribute to the profession.
  • To produce graduates who engage in life-long learning.

*including differences based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, language and socioeconomic status.


Department of Psychology