Dr. Rebecca Draper ’20
Roberts Wesleyan College, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work
Laurie Couch, MA
Assistant Director, Recruiting and Admissions
Thanks for your interest in Roberts! I can help answer any questions you have about the program and the admissions process. Feel free to schedule an appointment with me below or call or text me at 585.454.9262.
NOTE: The number above is not a mental health crisis hotline. For emergency services please call 2-1-1 or contact Westside Psychological Services at 585-594-6722.
Standard Completion Time: 5 years
Program Credits: 96
Cost: $1,100 per credit
American Psychological Association (APA)
Accredited on Contingency as of October 28, 2018
The Doctor of Psychology program holds classes on the campus of Roberts Wesleyan College in North Chili, NY. Limited housing accommodations are available to students requiring lodging for the duration of the degree program.
Graduates from Roberts Wesleyan College with a Doctor of Clinical/School Psychology (PsyD) degree are trained to address today’s mental health challenges by utilizing skills in assessment, diagnosis, counseling and therapy, consultation, and supervision. Graduates from the PsyD program are working in a variety of settings including hospitals, schools, outpatient mental health clinics, private practice, and colleges.
Our Doctor of Clinical/School Psychology program is unique in that each student is equipped to work in a wide variety of careers in psychology. The program meets educational requirements for licensure as a Psychologist and provisional certification as a School Psychologist in New York State. For additional campus information, student curriculum, academic requirements, and faculty information, contact the Roberts Wesleyan College Psychology Program today at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 777-4792.
The Doctoral Program in Clinical/School Psychology follows a practitioner-scholar training model that prepares students for the professional practice of psychology across a wide range of settings, populations, and clinical and educational issues. The program specializes in preparing students to work with children, adolescents, and young adults, but provides training opportunities across the lifespan. Faculty teach from a developmental curriculum that fosters the acquisition of foundational knowledge and professional competencies, including:
Knowledge in Scientific Psychology
Students will attain scientific knowledge that provides a foundation for professional practice, including the affective, biological, cognitive, developmental, and social aspects of behavior, history and systems of psychology, research methods, statistical analysis, and psychometrics.
Additionally, each student learns systems of psychology, psychological measurement, research and statistical methods. Our graduates will develop the skills necessary to conduct their own psychological research.
Students will attainthe necessary profession-wide competencies for the practice of psychology, including competencies in ethical and legal standards, individual and cultural diversity, professional values and attitudes, communication and interpersonal skills, assessment, intervention, supervision, consultation, and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills.
Students will complete a dissertation in which they conduct an original research project related to the applied practice of clinical or school psychology. Applied research projects have pragmatic goals of addressing practical problems with insights drawn from psychological science. The focus on using research to inform and improve services to vulnerable populations is consistent with the mission of our PsyD program.
Faculty members are trained in a variety of theoretical approaches, including cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, family systems, and person-centered approaches. Our curriculum provides instruction in these modalities, and promotes an attitude of respect and value for empirically-supported treatments from all orientations. From this foundation, students are encouraged to develop their own approach that integrates the best available research with their clinical expertise in the context of client characteristics, culture and preferences.
Practicum and Internship Experiences
Students spend a significant portion of time in practicum and internship settings where they utilize and develop the knowledge and competencies introduced in coursework. The program has a full-time Field Director who works with students to plan, organize, and support these important professional experiences in an extensive network of practicum partners. Settings include hospitals, mental health clinics, schools, forensic settings, neuropsychological institutes, college counseling centers, children’s residential centers, VA centers, and more.
Flexible Career Options
The program utilizes a combined-integrated model, as delineated by the Council of Directors of Combined-Integrated Doctoral Programs in Psychology. A unique feature of this curriculum is that the disciplines of school psychology and clinical psychology are integrated throughout coursework, and students have practicum experiences in both clinical and school settings. In addition to providing a more holistic understanding of the clinical and educational needs of individuals and families, this training provides graduates with great flexibility in potential career paths.
Additionally, students from Roberts Wesleyan College benefit from highlights in the PsyD program including:
Degree Completion and Masters degree tuition frozen at 2020-21 rates!
All Students Accepted Into the Program Receive a $30,000 ScholarshipPracticum Experiences Beginning in Your First Semester
Residency + Internship: 3 Years of Residency at Roberts Wesleyan College, Followed by one Year of Internship
American Psychological Association (APA) Accredited on Contingency as of October 28, 2018.
Large Network of Practicum Sites Managed by Full-Time Field Director.
Collaborative, Supportive Relationships Among Faculty and Students.
Faculty Who are Professionally Active in Their Fields.
Students 100% employed upon graduation.
Specialized Training to Work With Religious and Spiritual Issues that Relate to Mental Health.
Those who earn their PsyD from an accredited college/university open themselves to many new and unique employment opportunities. A key advantage of a combined/integrated training program is the versatility of career paths afforded. PsyD graduates from Roberts Wesleyan College have found employers across New York State in settings including:
With an average job outlook of 3%, positions in psychology continue to grow across many industries for a wide range of applications. Students with combined/integrated training program experience are prepared to handle the many different career paths available.
According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics, of the 192,300 psychology jobs that were held in 2019, around 171,500 of them were related to clinical and educational industries. Over 31% of psychologists were self-employed, while others worked in elementary schools, secondary schools, ambulatory healthcare, and hospitals.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Psychologists, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/psychologists.htm (visited March 04, 2021).
Dr. Rebecca Draper ’20
Roberts Wesleyan College, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work
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A PsyD is a Doctor of Psychology, whereas a PhD is a Doctor of Philosophy. Both degrees prepare students for a wide variety of careers in the field of psychology. PsyD programs focus on preparing students for the professional practice of psychology, and thus have a greater emphasis on clinical and professional training. PhD programs focus on preparing students for academic and research careers in psychology, and thus have a greater emphasis on research training.
We are a combined program that integrates training in both school and clinical psychology. We have no tracks, but rather all students cross-train in both clinical settings and school settings. Children and adolescents who have mental health concerns also have educational needs, and the school and medical systems work very differently. Regardless of whether students end up working in schools or medical/clinical settings, it is very helpful for practitioners to understand both systems in order to be able to work effectively with families and address children and adolescents holistically. This is a unique strength of our program.
Yes, our coursework spans the entire lifespan, and we have practicum sites that focus on people of all ages. Because we are a school/clinical program, all students will work with children or adolescents at some point in their training, and we include significant instruction regarding children and adolescents as this is our specialty. Therefore, students should have at least some interest in children/adolescents. However, many of our students choose to focus their training mostly on work with adults and secured employment working with adults.
Yes, the program is accredited by the American Psychological Association, on contingency. “Accredited, on contingency” is granted if and only if the program meets all APA standards except for the inclusion of all required outcome data on interns/residents in the program and after program completion. It is a status given to newer programs who did not yet have data about licensure rates or job placement at the time of review. However, all students who graduate from an “accredited on contingency” program are graduating from an accredited program and are eligible for APA accredited internships. APA requires the provision of this data before full accreditation. We are scheduled for our next review in 2021, at which time we will be able to provide this data
We evaluate candidates holistically, and do not use cut-off scores. All pieces of the application are considered for every student, including GPA, GRE scores, experience, recommendations, and statement of student’s interests. We are looking for students who have promise of success and who fit with our program’s focus.
Students may work part-time, but it is not possible to work full-time while in the program. Students carry a full course load in addition to 1-3 days per week in a practicum setting (depending on the program year).
No, we do not have a part-time option for our doctoral program. We do have part-time options for our Masters programs in school psychology and school counseling.
All students who are accepted into the program will receive a $30,000 scholarship, to be distributed over the first two years of the program. In exchange, students serve as graduate assistants in their second year, mentoring first-year students in assessment.
Practicum experiences are not paid. We have developed partnerships with some local school districts that provide paid school psychology internships during the third year of the program, which are available on a competitive basis. The pre-doctoral internship in the fourth year is fully paid if students apply and attain an internship through the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC).
New York State does not allow psychologists (PsyD or PhD) to prescribe medications. Because of their medical training, psychiatrists can prescribe medications, which is one of the distinctions between these fields. A few states do allow psychologists to prescribe a limited number of psychiatric medications if they complete additional course work in psychopharmacology.