Clinical Psychology

Jamie Longwell
Graduate Admissions Coordinator
238 Burnett Hall

Core Faculty

David DiLillo

David Hansen

Debra Hope

Dennis McChargue

Timothy Nelson

Mario Scalora

William Spaulding

* an APA accredited program

Program Director: Dr. David Hansen

The Clinical Psychology Training Program (CPTP) is accredited by the American Psychological Association.  It is one of the oldest clinical training programs in the country, having had continuous accreditation since 1948.  The goal of this program is to produce broadly-trained, scientifically-oriented, doctoral psychologists who have skills in both research and professional roles.

The CPTP has followed the scientist-practitioner, Boulder-model of clinical training since its inception.  Both clinical and research training are continuous, integrated processes, continuously supervised and monitored by the clinical faculty.  The CPTP subscribes to the APA evidence-based practice model (APA, 2006) across all of our clinical training.  Students in the CPTP are trained to be both consumers and producers of research, applying best research evidence in clinical practice and generating new knowledge to improve treatment.  The CPTP follows a “junior colleague” approach to training, which promotes professionalism and collegiality among faculty and students.  Students participate in the ongoing development of the program and are viewed as colleagues in a common endeavor with the faculty.

Early in training, students’ exposure to clinical work comes primarily through courses in assessment, psychotherapy, and a clinical intervention sequence.  Once students have demonstrated the attainment of basic therapy skills through an oral comprehensive examination at the conclusion of the clinical intervention sequence, they may be placed in various community agencies to further their clinical training.  Research involvement is expected to begin during students’ first semester and to continue throughout their tenure in the program. Both basic and applied research training that is relevant to clinical psychology is emphasized.  To accomplish our training goals, we emphasize individually supervised involvement by students in research and professional activities.  Formal courses and seminars are supplemental to the individual student's research and professional activities.  This approach requires a one-to-one relationship between faculty and students.

The CPTP is well-integrated in the surrounding community and many clinical and research activities occur in community settings.  Our use of community practicum placements allows access to a broad range of clinical populations and increases the external validity of research and clinical training.  Our model of training recognizes that individuals and their behavior cannot be understood without consideration of the context in which they find themselves.

All students in clinical psychology are expected to take the core clinical curriculum which involves a combination of academic, research, and professional training.  In addition to the core curriculum, however, students pursue specialty training in a variety of areas.  Specialty training may consist of course work, research, and/or practica in a formal area of concentration or students may put together an individualized program of study.  At the broadest level, training can be divided into Adult and Child and Family areas. Within these broad areas concentration on a variety of specific topics is possible. Examples of program of study emphases include substance abuse, clinical and experimental psychopathology, family and relationship violence, forensic psychology, mental health policy, and treatment process and outcome.  Opportunities are described in more detail in the Clinical Psychology Training Program Brochure.

Note to Clinical Psychology Training Program Applicants:
Each year we invite approximately the top 25 students who we believe will be a good match for our program to our Interview Weekend. For 2015, Interview Weekend is scheduled for Friday, February 20th through Sunday, February 22nd.  If you are strongly considering the University of Nebraska - Lincoln's Clinical Psychology Training Program, please save these dates.  Although we realize that circumstances sometimes require that an applicant conduct a phone interview rather than visiting in person, we have found that students who attend our Interview Weekend are in a far better position to evaluate the merits of our program.  We typically extend invitations to attend Interview Weekend about one month prior to the weekend.

*Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First St., NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
voice (202) 336-5979
fax (202) 336-5978