Military Clinical Psychology Overview
This nationally recognized track within the Adler School’s Psy.D. program prepares students for work as military clinical psychologists— in high demand for their specialized knowledge and approaches to working with the distinct psychological needs of military personnel, retirees, veterans, and their families.
Long marginalized within society, military veterans collectively suffer above-average rates of psychological problems, substance abuse, suicide, and chronic homelessness. Whether as civilians or commissioned military personnel, military clinical psychologists are sought out to address these issues in positions in research, educational and medical facilities; at military schools and bases; and in government including agencies such as the Pentagon and Service Headquarters Commands.
Responsibilities of military psychologists can entail direct psychological services and counseling for military personnel and their families, during deployment and upon returning to civilian life. Military psychologists also provide clinical support for those who have experienced injuries and trauma, PTSD and other psychological impacts as a result of military service. They also advance research and understanding on the psychology of modern combat and military operations.
Our students are trained as practitioners with expertise in assessment, theory, research, and practice by faculty who are practicing clinicians as well as leading scholars, researchers, educators, and advocates in the fields of military psychology and clinical psychology as a whole.
Curriculum, Practicum and Internship
Our curriculum examines the psychological impact of combat, war, low-level conflicts, terrorism, nuclear-biological-chemical incidents, natural disasters, peacekeeping missions, and humanitarian operations. Students are trained in how to manage the psychological consequences of these events, in addition to approaches for providing clinical psychology services in a range of settings including hospitals, nursing and rehabilitation facilities, outpatient clinics, and outreach centers.
Structured for completion in five years, students spend four years in coursework, practicum experiences, and dissertation, followed by a one-year full-time internship. Through an immersive learning experience and small, intimate classes, our students enjoy a collaborative professional environment and robust mentorships that contribute to their success—as evident in our students’ most recent 91% combined match rate for APA-accredited internships and APPIC (Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers) member internships.
Our students gain their practical training and valuable experience in practicums and internships with the School’s hundreds of community partners including clinics, hospitals, mental health centers, community organizations, and government agencies at all levels. They also engage with faculty research, organize programs with nationally recognized speakers, create presentations for professional conferences, and assist with academic milestones such as co-authoring textbook chapters and journal articles.
- A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited US institution or a comparable degree from an international institution.
- An academic record that demonstrates ability to fulfill the academic demands of the program. Successful applicants typically have a grade point average of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate coursework.
- A GRE general test score is required as part of the application for our Psy.D. program. However, GPA and GRE scores are only one component of our application criteria. Each applicant is reviewed holistically, taking factors such as personal and professional experience into consideration. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions to discuss their unique qualifications. The GRE must have been taken within 5 years of your intended start term.
- Practicum or work experience in psychology or a related field is highly desirable and is considered in the evaluation of applicants.
- The equivalent of 18 semester credit hours in psychology with grades of “C” or better, including the following prerequisite courses: general or introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, theories of personality, and research methods or statistics. Equivalent coursework in other social sciences may also be considered. Students may be admitted prior to completing these prerequisites, but all students must complete these courses by the end of their first semester of enrollment at Adler School.
- Approved applicants will be invited to complete an interview as the final step in the application process. Please submit all application materials to the Office of Admissions prior to the application deadline.
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