• A field practicum gives students experience in clinical assessments
  • MTSU’s psychology faculty provide training in both theory and practice
  • Graduates may continue on to doctoral programs in clinical psychology
  • Students in all specializations can choose from elective courses such as psychopharmacology

Psychology M.A., Clinical

The MTSU Clinical Psychology master’s program emphasizes a broadly based scientist-practitioner approach. The course of study offers preparation to pursue doctoral training or employment involving psychological assessment, diagnostic interviewing, and/or the application of behavior analysis principles. The skills training does not provide preparation to practice psychotherapy or professional counseling at the terminal master’s level. The curriculum and practica of the program are designed to meet certification requirements for the State of Tennessee’s Certified Psychological Assistant designation. In addition to the core requirements, the Clinical program offers training in three specializations: general clinical, health/neuropsychology, and applied behavior analysis. The psychology department has a limited number of graduate assistantships available, and a limited number of faculty have money for research assistants built into their grants.

Alum's firm provides therapy for autism, other disorders

Alum's firm provides therapy for autism, other disorders

Carrie B. Camp (2007, M.A., Clinical Psychology) opened Camp Behavioral Connections in 2009 to provide Applied Behavior Analysis services to children with developmental disabilities including autism spectrum disorders. Her business provides on-site therapy at homes, preschools or daycares to assist children ages 15 months-8 years with academic skills, social skills, daily living skills, language, etc.  “I feel that MTSU gave me a thorough understanding of how to comprehend and apply evidence-based research,” she says. “I had no trouble finding a job upon graduation. . . . I have interviewed candidates for positions from various graduate schools and have found MTSU graduates to have the best education as well as the best professional ethics.” Camp graduated with an emphasis in behavior analysis and obtained certification two years later as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).

Analyst works with crime data, trends for TBI

Analyst works with crime data, trends for TBI

Caitlin Orman began working as a statistical analyst for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation soon after earning her master’s in Clinical Psychology in August 2013. She helps coordinate the production of several annual crime publications and provides technical assistance to contributing agencies in the collection and analysis of crime incident data and crime trends. “The Clinical master’s program at MTSU provided me with the research, writing, and critical thinking skills needed to perform my job,” Orman says. “The program also cultivated my passion for crime research, which I was able to explore through my master’s thesis that focused on unwanted sexual experiences and self-blame in women.” Orman served a clinical psychology practicum at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, assisted with research as a graduate assistant, and also taught as an adjunct instructor in fall 2013.

Graduates from the Clinical Psychology master’s program will be prepared to pursue doctoral training and/or to work in various mental health and related settings. Some occupations of recent alumni include

  • Adjunct professor
  • Behavior therapist
  • Behavioral consultant
  • Board-certified behavior analyst
  • Case manager
  • Certified psychological assistant
  • Certified sex offender treatment provider
  • Psychometrist
  • Research field assessor
  • Research interview specialist
  • Statistical analyst III

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • AGAPE
  • Clarksville Behavior Health
  • Kreig Roof & Associates
  • Frontier Health
  • Haynesville Correctional Center
  • MTSU Advising Center
  • Positive Behavior Supports Corp.
  • Scarab Behavioral Health Services
  • Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
  • Tennessee Family Solutions
  • University of Alabama-Birmingham, Neurology Department
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Psychiatry Clinic

Doctoral programs where MTSU graduates have attended include

  • East Tennessee State University
  • Florida Institute of Technology
  • Tennessee State University
  • Trevecca Nazarene University
  • University of Kwazulu-Natal
  • University of Missouri
  • University of Montana
  • Utah State University
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Graduate

Department of Psychology programs lead to two graduate degrees:

A minor in Psychology at the graduate level is also available to other students.

Clinical Psychology master's candidates choose from three areas of elective specialization:

  • General Clinical, designed to allow students to sample a broad range of electives including additional coursework in assessment.
  • Health Psychology/Neuropsychology, enhancing knowledge and skills in the areas of biologically/neurologically-based assessment and physical health/psychological health links.
  • Applied Behavior Analysis, which teaches students the theory and application of behavioral assessment, intervention, and research.

Admission to graduate study in Clinical Psychology is competitive and not automatic for students meeting minimal admission requirements.

For unconditional admission, applicants must have an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher and a minimum score of 291 (current scale)/ 900 (former scale) on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) combined Verbal and Quantitative sections.

Most applicants have completed 15 semester hours of psychology classes, but those admitted without the prerequisite undergraduate courses must complete those credits in addition to their graduate program.

Professional liability insurance ($1,000,000 each incident/$3,000,000 annual aggregate) must be maintained throughout enrollment in the program with a current insurance binder filed with the department at all times.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

Undergraduate

Three undergraduate majors lead to a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology, Pre-Graduate Psychology, and Industrial/Organizational Psychology. The department also offers an online psychology degree in conjunction with the University College.

Undergraduates can earn a minor in one of five psychology fields: Psychology, Life Span Development, Mental Health Services, Industrial/Organizational, and Neuroscience. The department participates in an interdisciplinary minor in Behavioral Research.

Psychology, Clinical Concentration, M.A.

Dr. Mary Ellen Fromuth, Program Director
(615) 898-2548
MaryEllen.Fromuth@mtsu.edu

The Department of Psychology offers programs which lead to two graduate degrees: the Master of Arts with a major in Psychology and concentrations in Clinical, Experimental, Industrial/Organizational, Quantitative Psychology, and Pre-Specialist in Education: School Psychology and the Specialist in Education with a major in Curriculum and Instruction, concentration in School Psychology. The department also offers a minor at the graduate level.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to graduate study in Clinical Psychology is competitive and not automatic for students meeting minimal admission requirements. Students are selected from a pool of qualified applicants. Each year the number of students admitted to the program depends on the availability of adequate faculty supervision.

In order to be considered for unconditional admission, candidates must meet two standards: an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher and a minimum score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). A minimum of 291 (current scale) or 900 (former scale) on the combined Verbal and Quantitative sections is expected for the Clinical Psychology concentration within the Master of Arts in Psychology.

Applications for Summer/Fall admission must be complete by March 1 and applications for Spring admission must be complete by October 1. Late applicants who meet the admission criteria may be considered on a case-by-case basis. (See admission standards under Admission to the College of Graduate Studies.) Applicants to the Clinical Psychology program should see below for a supplemental application and reference forms.

Students who do not meet admission requirements may be admitted conditionally to the Clinical Psychology program. Students admitted conditionally must maintain a 3.25 GPA in their first semester (9 hours minimum) of required graduate courses.

Applicants must demonstrate knowledge of the core areas of psychology by completing the following courses at either the undergraduate or graduate level prior to entering the Clinical Program or during enrollment in the program (relevant courses offered at MTSU are listed in parentheses):

  1. group measurement/testing (PSY 4260/PSY 5260 or PSY 6050);
  2. abnormal psychology (PSY 3230/PSY 5230);
  3. learning or cognition (PSY 4040,  PSY 4480, PSY 5480*, or PSY 6190*);
  4. social or developmental (PSY 2210, PSY 2300, PSY 4190, PSY 4210/PSY 5210, PSY 4610/ PSY 5610PSY 6120*, PSY 6130*, PSY 6410);
  5. brain and behavior, sensation and perception, or research methods (PSY 3070, PSY 4780/PSY 5780, PSY 4240/PSY 5240, or PSY 4030/PSY 5030);
  6. basic statistics (PSY 3020).

Courses marked with an asterisk (*) may be counted as approved graduate electives depending upon specialization.

Most applicants have completed 15 semester hours of psychology classes prior to admission to their graduate programs. Those applicants without 15 semester hours of undergraduate psychology may be admitted to the programs but must complete those credits in addition to their graduate programs.

Previous students seeking readmission to the Clinical Psychology program should contact the graduate program director and refer to the program handbook for readmission policy. All potential students must apply to the clinical program and will be evaluated on the current criteria as delineated in the graduate catalog (i.e., GRE, GPA, transcript, three supplemental reference forms, and the supplemental clinical application).

If a student already has an M.A. degree from either the Clinical or School Psychology programs at MTSU and wants to return to take specific courses to prepare for either the psychological assistant or the behavior analysis specialization, s/he may be considered in the applicant pool. If admitted, however, no new degree would be obtained; the student would be a non-degree-seeking student but would be admitted to take specific clinical courses.

If a student has a master's degree or graduate coursework from another MTSU program or from another university, s/he may also be considered in the applicant pool. If accepted, credit for previous coursework would be allocated on an individual basis, consistent with the following MTSU policies:

  1. If no previous graduate degree was obtained, up to 6 graduate credit hours may be applied to the Clinical master's degree.
  2. If a previous master's degree was obtained, no credit that applied to that degree can be applied to the Clinical master's degree at MTSU. Additional coursework would be necessary to meet the 46-hour program requirement.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
  2. submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  3. submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE);
  4. submit the required supplementary application (online at www.mtsu.edu/psychology/forms/clinicalsupappl.pdf);
  5. submit three required supplemental reference forms (online at www.mtsu.edu/psychology/forms/clinicalsupref.pdf);
  6. submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.

NOTE: To be considered for a graduate assistantship, students must submit additional materials. Information about the application procedure is available at www.mtsu.edu/psychology/grad/assistantship.php.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts degree in Psychology with a Clinical concentration requires completion of 46 semester hours including at least 33 hours in psychology. Only 30 percent of the total number of hours may be dually listed (5000-level meeting in conjunction with 4000- or 3000-level) courses.

Candidate must

  1. complete PSY 6640 (3 hours);
  2. successfully write and orally present an empirical thesis evaluated by a committee of psychology faculty in conjunction with PSY 6640;
  3. pass a written comprehensive examination prepared by the faculty in the student's concentration (may be taken no more than twice).

Curriculum: Psychology, Clinical

 Candidate must complete 46 hours in the following course of study:

Core Clinical Courses (28-34 hours)

All clinical students are required to take the following:

  • PSY 5470 - Theories of Counseling

    3 credit hours

    Integration of the major theories of counseling and psychotherapy and their application.

  • PSY 6841 - Theories of Individual Psychotherapy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 6801. Intensive presentation of theory and methods used in psychotherapy. Evaluation of standard of care and treatment effectiveness.

  • PSY 6080 - Interventions with Children and Adolescents

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 5250 or PSY 6400 or permission of instructor. Theoretical and practical issues related to interventions with children and adolescents exhibiting behavioral and emotional problems. Intervention strategies for specific problems. Experience designing and evaluating intervention plans. Legal, ethical, and practical issues.

(PSY 6080 must be taken for Behavior Analysis specialization.)

  • PSY 6020 - Theories of Personality  3 credit hours  (not required for ABA students)

    PSY 6020 - Theories of Personality

    3 credit hours

    Examines traditional schools of personality theory and current developments within each.

  • PSY 6100 - Intellectual Assessment

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 4260/PSY 5260 or PSY 6050. Practical didactic instruction in theory and practice of cognitive assessment. Practical supervised experience in rapport, administration, scoring, and interpretation of individual intelligence tests for all age levels. Liability insurance required.

  • PSY 6101 - Laboratory in Intellectual Assessment

    1 credit hours

    Skill development in completing intellectual assessments, calculating scores, and conducting conferences in a laboratory setting.

  • PSY 6250 - Objective Personality Assessment

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PSY 4260/PSY 5260 or PSY 6050; PSY 6100. Practical supervised experience in objective measurement and analysis of key variables of personality, both for normative and specific diverse populations. Emphasis on MMPI. Liability insurance required prior to enrollment.

  • PSY 6280 - Psychological Statistics: Regression

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 3020 or equivalent or admission to Psychology graduate program. Corequisite: PSY 6281. Review of basic statistics; various correlation coefficients; multiple and partial correlation; simple and multiple regression. Laboratory included.

  • PSY 6290 - Psychological Statistics: ANOVA

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 3020 or equivalent or admission to Psychology graduate program. Corequisite: PSY 6291. Review of basic statistics. Scientific quantification, research design, and statistical analysis from the perspective of analysis of variance: one-way, factorial, repeated measures, and mixed designs. Laboratory included.

  • PSY 6400 - Psychological Disorders of Children  3 credit hours  (required for ABA students only)

    PSY 6400 - Psychological Disorders of Children

    3 credit hours

    Current research and theory of behavioral, cognitive, and emotional disorders in childhood and adolescence.

  • PSY 6510 - Psychopathology  3 credit hours  

    PSY 6510 - Psychopathology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 3230/PSY 5230. Extensive examination of the disorders included in the current diagnostic manual. Emphasis on adult disorders. Objectives are to enhance understanding of psychopathology and to develop minimal competence in diagnosing.

  • PSY 6640 - Thesis Research  1 to 6 credit hours  (total of 3 credits required)

    PSY 6640 - Thesis Research

    1 to 6 credit hours

    Selection of a research problem, review of pertinent literature, collection and analysis of data, and composition of thesis. Once enrolled, student should register for at least one credit hour of master's research each semester until completion. S/U grading.

  • PSY 6690 - Professional Issues and Roles

    3 credit hours

    Systematic survey of ethical and legal requirements for psychological practice. Examines critical issues facing psychology and roles of psychologists.

  • PSY 6801 - Interviewing and Intervention

    3 credit hours

    Interview and intervention techniques common to most psychological assessment procedures and therapies: rapport-building, interviewing skills, management of dangerous or suicidal clients, consultation, and referrals.

  • PSY 6851 - Assessment Field Practicum (Clinical)

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to the clinical master's program (or permission of instructor) and successful completion of clinical master's program core coursework. Supervised clinical training in psychological assessment and diagnostics in a community mental health or related agency. Supervision by a licensed psychologist at the agency required and provided. Liability insurance required prior to enrollment.

*NOTE: ABA specialization students must choose one from either PSY 6280/PSY 6281 or PSY 6290/PSY 6291.

Specialization (12-18 hours)

In addition to the required courses in the core area and the research area, students in the Clinical concentration must take 12-18 elective credits to form a specialization. Students must choose a specialization from the following set within the Clinical concentration:

Psychological Assistant: General Clinical Specialization (12 hours)

Choose four courses (12 hours) from the following list. At least one of these courses must be marked with an asterisk (*).

  • PSY 5480 - Learning Theories  3 credit hours  *

    PSY 5480 - Learning Theories

    3 credit hours

    Research and experiments in learning and the related growth of the major theories of learning with emphasis on classical and instrumental conditioning and related topics.

  • PSY 5610 - Adult Psychology and Aging

    3 credit hours

    A survey of the research on adult development with emphasis on old age. Examines the physical, intellectual, social, vocational, and personality changes during the adult years.

  • PSY 5720 - Multicultural Perspectives in Psychology and Education

    3 credit hours

    Theories and research relative to the education of multi-ethnic/racial minorities. Relation of culture and socialization to learning styles, assessment practices, and counseling considerations.

  • PSY 5780 - Human Neuropsychology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 5240 or consent of instructor. Organization and function of specific brain areas and the behavioral deficits and changes resulting from focal and diffuse brain damage.

  • PSY 5820 - Psychology of Language

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 1410. A cognitive approach to how people learn and use language to communicate. Covers basic psycholinguistics (production, perception, comprehension, and mental representation), language acquisition, and applied psycholinguistics (bilingualism, language disorders, and machine language).

  • PSY 6120 - Developmental Psychology: Child

    3 credit hours

    Reviews the major areas of child development. These areas include cognitive, emotional, and social development. Primary attention  will be devoted to the period of infancy through early adolescence. Covers both developmental theory and research.

  • PSY 6130 - Developmental Psychology: Adolescent

    3 credit hours

    Survey of research on adolescence from a biopsychosocial perspective. Student observation and study of developing adolescents from cognitive, biological, social, and psychological frameworks.

  • PSY 6190 - Advanced Cognitive Psychology

    3 credit hours

    Topic-oriented overview of cognitive psychology. Models of attention, perception, memory, language, reasoning, problem solving, and decision making. Issues in cognitive development and cognitive neuropsychology.

  • PSY 6340 - Behavioral Medicine: Theory and Application

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Review theory, methodology, and application of behavioral medicine. Includes behavioral science issues in health and applications of this information to diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of health problems for which "life-stress" factors predominate. See PSY 6350.

  • PSY 6390 - Independent Research in Psychology: Clinical  1 to 9 credit hours  (3 credit hours total)

    PSY 6390 - Independent Research in Psychology: Clinical

    1 to 9 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Individualized empirical research and library research approved by the instructor. (1-3 credits applicable to degree)

  • PSY 6400 - Psychological Disorders of Children

    3 credit hours

    Current research and theory of behavioral, cognitive, and emotional disorders in childhood and adolescence.

  • PSY 6440 - Advanced Applied Behavioral Analysis

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 4400 or permission of instructor. Intensive presentation of methods used in behavioral assessment and interventions. Application of various behavioral techniques.

  • PSY 6500 - Behavioral Methodology

    3 credit hours

    Techniques for design and evaluation of clinical treatment and research. Includes single subject and group designs. Emphasis on direct observation and data collection procedures, reliability, social validity, and generalization.

  • PSY 6520 - Psychopharmacology  3 credit hours  *

    PSY 6520 - Psychopharmacology

    3 credit hours

    Biochemical, neurophysiological, and neuroanatomical basis; emphasis on drugs used in investigating and treating psychological disorders.

  • PSY 6530 - The Psychology of Reading and Reading Development

    3 credit hours

    Overview of the cognitive processes involved in reading. The structure of both oral and written language; cognitive mechanisms in reading; language development and the acquisition of reading skills; developmental and acquired disorders of language and reading.

  • PSY 6580 - Multivariate Data Analysis

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PSY 6280, HHP 6700, or equivalent. Surveys each of the major multivariate data analysis techniques, with main focus on their application. Nature, power, procedure, computer programming, interpretation, and limitations of each.

  • PSY 6750 - Psychology and Assessment of Learning Disabilities

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 6100; corequisite: PSY 6760. Characteristics and biological bases of learning disabilities. Assessment methods including normative measures and CBMs, RTI, evidence-based interventions, as well as consultation strategies related to working with children with learning disabilities.

  • PSY 6780 - Clinical Neuropsychology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PSY 5780, PSY 6100, and PSY 6250 or consent of instructor. Review of human neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. Administration of representative neuropsychological test batteries, especially the Halstead-Reitan Neuropsychological Test Battery. Applied experience with clinical population. Liability insurance required prior to enrollment.

  • PSY 6820 - Family Therapy: Evaluation and Treatment Planning

    3 credit hours

    Examination of evaluation and intervention procedures of major models of family therapy. Emphasis on ethical issues for practitioners of family therapy.

  • PSY 7520 - Assessment and Treatment of Addictions

    3 credit hours

    Systematic analysis of the addictional phenomena with particular emphasis on dynamics and behavioral manifestations. Alcohol, street and prescription drugs, gambling, TV, religion, politics, and sex as aberrational forms of altering consciousness explored. Causation, clinical diagnostics, and treatment procedures as well as prevention are addressed in detail.

Health/Neuropsychology Specialization (12 hours)

Required (3 hours)

 

  • PSY 6780 - Clinical Neuropsychology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PSY 5780, PSY 6100, and PSY 6250 or consent of instructor. Review of human neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. Administration of representative neuropsychological test batteries, especially the Halstead-Reitan Neuropsychological Test Battery. Applied experience with clinical population. Liability insurance required prior to enrollment.

Electives (9 hours)

 Choose three courses (9 hours) from the following:

  • PSY 5780 - Human Neuropsychology

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 5240 or consent of instructor. Organization and function of specific brain areas and the behavioral deficits and changes resulting from focal and diffuse brain damage.

  • PSY 6340 - Behavioral Medicine: Theory and Application

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Review theory, methodology, and application of behavioral medicine. Includes behavioral science issues in health and applications of this information to diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of health problems for which "life-stress" factors predominate. See PSY 6350.

  • PSY 6390 - Independent Research in Psychology: Clinical  1 to 9 credit hours  (3 hours total)

    PSY 6390 - Independent Research in Psychology: Clinical

    1 to 9 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Individualized empirical research and library research approved by the instructor. (1-3 credits applicable to degree)

  • PSY 6520 - Psychopharmacology

    3 credit hours

    Biochemical, neurophysiological, and neuroanatomical basis; emphasis on drugs used in investigating and treating psychological disorders.

  • PSY 7520 - Assessment and Treatment of Addictions

    3 credit hours

    Systematic analysis of the addictional phenomena with particular emphasis on dynamics and behavioral manifestations. Alcohol, street and prescription drugs, gambling, TV, religion, politics, and sex as aberrational forms of altering consciousness explored. Causation, clinical diagnostics, and treatment procedures as well as prevention are addressed in detail.

Behavior Analysis Specialization (18 hours)

Required (15 hours)

  • PSY 5480 - Learning Theories  3 credit hours  OR

    PSY 5480 - Learning Theories

    3 credit hours

    Research and experiments in learning and the related growth of the major theories of learning with emphasis on classical and instrumental conditioning and related topics.

  • PSY 6785 - Principles of Behavior Analysis

    3 credit hours

    Reinforcement theory and practice in applied settings with an emphasis on basic and advanced issues and best practices in behavioral control using reinforcers, punishers, discrimination, avoidance, shaping of new behaviors, chaining, contingencies, maintenance, and transfer. Special topics include language learning and training and the moral and legal controls in behavioral analysis.

  • PSY 6400 - Psychological Disorders of Children

    3 credit hours

    Current research and theory of behavioral, cognitive, and emotional disorders in childhood and adolescence.

  • PSY 6440 - Advanced Applied Behavioral Analysis

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PSY 4400 or permission of instructor. Intensive presentation of methods used in behavioral assessment and interventions. Application of various behavioral techniques.

  • PSY 6500 - Behavioral Methodology

    3 credit hours

    Techniques for design and evaluation of clinical treatment and research. Includes single subject and group designs. Emphasis on direct observation and data collection procedures, reliability, social validity, and generalization.

Elective (3 hours)

 Choose 3 hours from the following:

  • PSY 6390 - Independent Research in Psychology: Clinical  1 to 9 credit hours  (3 credit hours total)

    PSY 6390 - Independent Research in Psychology: Clinical

    1 to 9 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Individualized empirical research and library research approved by the instructor. (1-3 credits applicable to degree)

  • SPED 5240 - Methods and Techniques of Behavior Management

    3 credit hours

    Overview of various approaches to behavior management. Application of various approaches in different special education settings. Basis of evaluation of various behavior change techniques.

  • SPED 5280 - Assistive Technology in Special Education

    3 credit hours

    Introduces students to adaptive/assistive technologies. The technologies will range from low-tech to high-tech and apply to the needs of school-aged students with disabilities. Includes assessing and supporting needs through the delivery of adaptive/assistive technologies.

  • SPED 6730 - Methods of Instruction for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: SPED 6700. Overview of methods of instruction for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Emphasis on instructional content in a variety of settings. Focuses on evaluation of instructional progress and how the teacher plays an active role in skill acquisition and development.

Program Notes

Students must be admitted to the clinical program prior to enrolling in most required clinical core courses. Non-degree-seeking students may not enroll in required clinical courses, except by special permission.

Professional liability insurance ($1,000,000 each incident/$3,000,000 annual aggregate) must be maintained throughout enrollment in the program with a current insurance binder filed with the department at all times.

Students must be able to meet the demands required for professional work in psychology. Therefore, students may be subject to dismissal from the Psychology Department if they (a) commit a serious breach of ethics or gross professional negligence or (b) present evidence of impaired psychological functioning that would present a danger to themselves or others in a professional role. Students who are dismissed may reapply and will be considered for readmission on a competitive basis. Students who reapply may be asked to provide evidence of improved ability to meet performance requirements.

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies prior to entry into the program;
  2. file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which the student intends to graduate.

Degree Plan Forms

Training Model

The clinical program operates on the scientist-practitioner model of training. The coursework emphasizes empirically-based clinical methods. To further emphasize the "scientist" component of training, all students are required to take six semester hours of graduate statistics and to complete an empirical thesis. Some recent students have presented their thesis work at national professional conferences including the American Psychological Society, the Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, the Society of Pediatric Psychology, and the Society for Research in Child Development. For additional research experience, students may take an elective in Independent Research. The "practitioner" component of the program is emphasized through course content, skills based coursework (e.g., cognitive assessment, personality assessment), and the clinical practica. Meetings on professional issues (e.g., applying for licensure or certifications) conducted by the practicum coordinator also is part of the required practicum course. Finally, the curriculum and practica are designed to meet certification requirements for the State of Tennessee's Certified Psychological Assistant (CPA), the current master's level psychology certification. Because of frequent change in the Tennessee licensure and certification laws, however, we cannot guarantee that our program will fully meet the requirements when you apply for certification.

Contact and Student Information

Mary Ellen Fromuth
MaryEllen.Fromuth@mtsu.edu
615-898-2548

Mary Ellen Fromuth (A-G)
MaryEllen.Fromuth@mtsu.edu
615-898-2548

David Kelly (H-L)
David.Kelly@mtsu.edu
615-898-2584

Kim Ujcich Ward (M-R)
Kimberly.Ward@mtsu.edu
615-898-2188

Chris Tate (S-T)
James.Tate@mtsu.edu
615-898-5452

Paul S. Foster (U-Z)
Paul.Foster@mtsu.edu
615-898-2007

Department of Psychology
ATTN: Mary Ellen Fromuth
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 436
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Murfreesboro, TN 37132


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