Doctorate of Psychology
The Psy.D. program at EKU includes 120 credit-hours of course work in the theory and practice of psychology, extensive practicum experience, and a year-long full-time clinical internship. Our program includes a particular focus on preparing practitioners to work in rural communities. The curriculum provides opportunities for specialized training in:
- Substance abuse
- Mental health administration
- School-based mental health
- Working with traditionally underserved populations, including veterans and their families, adults and children with developmental disabilities, and individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing
- Forensic/correctional psychology
- Assessment and management of suicidal behavior
- Applied behavior analysis
About the Psy.D.
The Doctor of Psychology degree (Psy.D.) is an applied doctoral degree designed to prepare clinical psychology practitioners. It is based on a training model for professional psychologists emphasizing clinical practice. The rationale for establishing the Psy.D. degree in the late 1960s was that “Psychological knowledge…had matured enough to warrant creation of explicitly professional programs along the lines of professional programs in medicine, dentistry, and law” Norcross et al. (2014). Thus, the model was established to complement, rather than compete with, the Ph.D. degree.
All 50 states license practitioners holding either the Ph.D. or Psy.D. degrees and the major accrediting body for clinical psychology programs, the American Psychological Association (APA), accredits both types of programs.
EKU M.S. Program in Clinical Psychology
With the advent of the Psy.D. program, EKU’s long-standing terminal master’s degree program in Clinical Psychology will cease. Students in the Psy.D. program will earn their M.S. in Clinical Psychology during the second year of the program. Students will no longer be able to complete a terminal master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at EKU.
The Psy.D. program at EKU is currently NOT ACCREDITED by the American Psychological Association (APA). The curriculum is designed to meet the criteria for APA accreditation and we will pursue accreditation as soon as the program is eligible.
Students should be aware that non-accreditation status at the time of graduation may impact licensure eligibility in the state in which the student intends to practice. The Psy.D. program at EKU does meet criteria for licensure as a psychologist in the Commonwealth of Kentucky (see www.psy.ky.gov). We encourage all students to research licensure requirements of the state in which they intend to practice (see www.ASPPB.org).
For more information about APA accreditation, please contact the:
American Psychological Association's Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
For more information about our Psy.D. program, contact:
Dustin B. Wygant, Ph.D.
Director of Clinical Training
Department of Psychology
Eastern Kentucky University
120 Cammack Building
521 Lancaster Ave.
Richmond, KY 40475