Ph.D., Psychology, Clinical-Community

Applying for Admission

Students apply to the joint Ph.D. program through the UAA Office of Admissions. All applicant materials are collected and evaluated by the joint UAF-UAA Ph.D. admissions committee, which makes admissions recommendations to the dean of the UAF or UAA Graduate School, depending on the selected applicant’s campus of residence. Applicants may specify a preference for either campus as a location for their studies. For more information about the application process, visit the program website.

Admission Requirements

  1. Application deadline: Received by Jan. 15 for the following fall admission. This is the only opportunity for program admission each year.
  2. Compliance with the university requirements for a doctoral degree and admission to graduate studies as detailed in the UAF and UAA catalogs.
  3. Minimum of a bachelor’s degree (B.S. or B.A. or B.Ed.); major in psychology or related field preferred. All requirements for bachelor’s degree must be completed by June 30 prior to matriculation.
  4. Minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.
  5. Minimum 3.0 grade point average in major and in all psychology courses.
  6. Course work in the areas of abnormal psychology, statistics, research methods and one of the following: personality, clinical psychology, social psychology or community psychology. All prerequisite course work must be completed by June 30 prior to matriculation.
  7. Letter of intent describing the applicant’s interest and purpose in studying clinical-community psychology, the reasons why a Ph.D. in clinical-community psychology at UAF/UAA is sought at this point in the applicant’s professional development, and demonstrating an understanding of relevant professional ethics.
  8. Professional vita, including documentation regarding academic, research and professional experiences, special projects and activities, and recognitions or honors.
  9. Three professional references (preferably curriculum or research advisors, major course instructors with whom the student had contact in more than one course, and/or supervisors). Reference rating forms are at http://psyphd.alaska.edu/admissions.htm.
  10. A disclosure statement, located at http://psyphd.alaska.edu/forms/annualdisclosure.pdf, must accompany the application to the program. Lifetime criminal background check must be submitted by students invited to a personal interview at least two weeks prior to the interview. Additional information on the FBI criminal background check is located at http://psyphd.alaska.edu/admissions.htm.

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 115 credits

General University Requirements
Complete the general university requirements.
Program Requirements 1
Cultural experience 2
Complete the following required courses:
PSY F602Native Ways of Knowing3
PSY F603Alaska and Rural Psychology3
PSY F604Biological and Pharmacological Bases of Behavior3
PSY F605History and Systems of Psychology1
PSY F607Cognition, Affect and Culture3
PSY F611Ethics and Professional Practice3
PSY F612Human Development in a Cultural Context3
PSY F616Program Evaluation and Community Consultation I3
PSY F617Program Evaluation and Community Consultation II3
PSY F622Multicultural Psychopathology3
PSY F623Intervention I3
PSY F629Intervention II3
PSY F632Community Psychology Across Cultures3
PSY F633Tests and Measurement in Multi-Cultural Context3
PSY F639Research Methods3
PSY F652Practicum Placement -- Clinical I (multiple semesters)6
PSY F653Practicum Placement -- Clinical II (multiple semesters)6
PSY F657Quantitative Analysis3
PSY F658Qualitative Analysis3
PSY F672Practicum Placement -- Community I3
PSY F679Multicultural Psychological Assessment I3
PSY F681Substances of Abuse in Alaska1
PSY F682Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment Planning1
PSY F683Clinical Interventions in Substance Abuse1
PSY F686Predoctoral Internship (multiple semesters)18
PSY F699DThesis18
Electives9
Total Credits115
1

Students must complete 26 required courses (for a total of 70 credits), 18 credits of dissertation, 18 credits of predoctoral internship and 9 credits of electives. Students must accumulate a minimum of 115 credits to graduate and must have completed all required course work. Students entering the program with a masters degree in psychology or related field must complete at least two years of full-time course work, 18 credits of dissertation, and one year of predoctoral internship, all approved by the student’s advisory committee.

2

During their first year in the Ph.D. program, students must participate in a cultural experience as defined by program faculty. The actual experience varies from year to year, but includes direct exposure to Alaska Native and other cultural world views, values and life experiences through contact with cultural elders and advisors. The goal of the cultural experience is to provide an opportunity to interact directly with cultures in a non-classroom setting.

Additional Requirements

  1. Clinical Competency: Clinical competency is demonstrated through preparation of a clinical portfolio that will be evaluated by an ad hoc committee. Criteria for the portfolio will be clearly defined and samples will be provided for students. Students must demonstrate clinical competency before applying to advance to the predoctoral internship and must pass both the clinical competency and community competency before starting the predoctoral internship.
  2. Community competency: Community competency is demonstrated through preparation of a community portfolio that will be evaluated by an ad hoc committee. Criteria for the portfolio will be clearly defined and samples will be provided for students. Students must pass both the clinical competency and the community competency before actually starting a predoctoral internship.
  3. Research Competency: Research competency is demonstrated through preparation of a research portfolio that will be evaluated by an ad hoc committee. Criteria for the portfolio will be clearly defined and samples will be provided for students.
  4. Advancement to Candidacy: Before students are allowed to register for dissertation credits, they will be reviewed for performance by the joint UAF/UAA Ph.D. committee, using existing university standards and forms for advancement to candidacy. Review will be based on faculty experience with students to date, submitted paperwork and student’s progress through the program. Feedback from the review will be provided to the student by her or his advisor. To advance to candidacy, students must also have received at least a conditional pass on their comprehensive exams. The program defines the comprehensive exam as being met through passing the required competency portfolios. Passing one portfolio qualifies the student for a conditional pass on the comprehensive exam, which is sufficient for the advancement to candidacy. All portfolios must be passed for the comprehensive exam to be fully passed. 
  5. Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Defense: Before commencing data collection for a dissertation project, students must defend their proposal to their dissertation committee. The defense must be based on a written dissertation proposal to be distributed to the dissertation committee after approval by the dissertation chair. The defense will be an oral presentation to the committee by the student and will not be a public meeting. For data-collection-based dissertations, the proposal must also be approved by the UAF or UAA Institutional Review Board before data collection can commence.
  6. Doctoral Dissertation: A doctoral dissertation must be carried out successfully and approved by a doctoral dissertation committee. The dissertation committee will consist of at least four members. It is recommended that the dissertation chair be on the same campus as the student. There must be at least one committee member from each psychology department at UAF and UAA. Content areas can vary widely, but must be related to clinical, community, or cross-cultural issues and applicable in Alaska settings.
  7. Advancement to Internship: Students must pass the clinical portfolio and at least conditionally pass their dissertation proposal defense before applying to advance to predoctoral internship. In addition to passing the clinical portfolio and conditionally passing the dissertation proposal defense, students must apply with a formal memorandum to the local program director by Sept. 30 (the fall semester prior to the year during which the student seeks to complete the internship), stating their intent to advance to internship. For most students this will mean that the application needs to be made in the fall of the fourth year in the program. The program director will notify the core faculty committee, who will review the students’ course work, assure that adequate progress has been made toward all prior milestones (i.e., clinical competency, community competency, research competency, doctoral dissertation, proposal defense and advancement to candidacy) before approving students for internship and before writing a letter of support for them. Students must fully pass the clinical portfolio, community portfolio and dissertation proposal defense before starting the internship. Failure to pass the clinical portfolio, community portfolio and the dissertation proposal defense will result in students being ineligible to apply for or enroll in internship credits.
  8. Predoctoral Internship (PSY F686): A full-time, one-year predoctoral internship is required. This internship should meet the criteria laid out by the American Psychological Association; selection of an Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers-approved internship is encouraged. Placements in Alaska are preferred but not required.
  9. APA Ethical Guidelines: Strict compliance with APA ethical guidelines is required throughout participation in the degree program. Violations can result in immediate dismissal from the program and failure to graduate. Completion of an annual disclosure statement is also required. Affirmative answers may result in dismissal from the program and failure to graduate. The disclosure statement may be viewed at http://psyphd.alaska.edu.