Selecting a doctoral program in professional psychology: Some comparisons among PhD counseling, PhD clinical, and PsyD clinical psychology programs

John C. Norcross, Tracy J. Mayne, Michael A. Sayette, Rhonda S. Karg, Maria A. Turkson

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Abstract

Directors of American Psychological Association-accredited doctoral programs in counseling psychology (95% response) and clinical psychology (9990 response) provided data regarding number of applications, credentials of incoming students, rates of acceptance, and the theoretical orientations and research areas of the faculty. The acceptance rates of PhD clinical and PhD counseling psychology programs were comparable (6% vs. 8%). despite the higher number of applications (270 vs. 130) to clinical programs. Compared with clinical students, counseling students were more likely to represent ethnic minorities and have master's degrees, but were otherwise similar in academic credentials. Clinical faculty were more likely to be involved in research with pathological populations and associated with medical settings, whereas counseling faculty were more involved in research concerning career processes, human diversity, and professional issues. These results should alert applicants and then advisors to robust differences across these specializations and should enhance matching between programs and students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)609-614
Number of pages6
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Volume29
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)

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