Psychology Training Programs
Welcome to the website of the Training Program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
We are delighted you found our website and may consider joining us in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center. We offer an APA accredited* internship with two three training tracks (Adult, Deaf Wellness, Child/Adolescent) and an APA accredited* postdoctoral fellowship with two tracks (Child/Adolescent, Primary Care Family). Both programs and their tracks are described in detail on this website.
If you have questions after exploring our site please contact the psychology training coordinator, Linda Brown, at this email, or 585-275-3563.
Our Training Philosophy and Values
This is an exciting time to be a psychologist! Our field is making unparalleled contributions to the understanding of human behavior and to the evidence base that informs effective health and mental health assessment and treatment. Innovative care delivery models extend beyond traditional institutional settings or office-based practices to include community and primary care based approaches. At the same time, we are challenged to provide effective psychological services in the ‘real world’ as health care economics and service delivery models are in flux. In light of these challenges, it is especially important for psychologists-in-training to consider carefully their own career aims and the manner in which they may combine clinical, educational, administrative and research endeavors to create fulfilling and sustaining professional lives.
Our training model supports practitioner-scholar careers. Our programs are based on the belief that all clinical psychologists should complete a generalist internship that is predominantly clinical and provides training that involves exposure to and experiences with a wide range of health and mental health problems as part of team-based, collaborative care. Post-doctoral fellowship training provides an opportunity to develop expertise in specific populations and settings. We also believe that psychologists are well suited to conduct empirical research and to translate the results of research into effective practice and programs in an array of settings. Therefore, we strongly encourage psychologists-in-training to take advantage of opportunities for research, program development and evaluation. Also, because psychologists will continue to be leaders in health care systems, we encourage psychologists-in-training to take advantage of opportunities to develop administrative and leadership skills.
The core values of the Clinical Psychology Training Program are:
- We recognize and value the contribution of biopsychosocial and cultural, factors in shaping human lives. Therefore, we take a multisystemic, culturally sensitive, and person-centered approach to helping people and families who experience psychological distress or mental disorders at any stage of the lifespan.
- Our program embraces an interdisciplinary approach to psychological services, education, and research, while also maintaining a clear focus on the development of the trainee’s professional identity as a psychologist.
- We value the integration of science and practice in a manner that promotes rigorous understanding of the effectiveness of psychological assessment and intervention approaches in the populations we serve.
- We uphold a commitment to community and university partnerships that are mutually responsive and beneficial.
- We attend to the fiscal realities of today’s healthcare environment as part of a team of professionals providing the highest quality of care to the individuals, families, and communities we serve.
- We maintain a supportive, collaborative work environment that fosters free expression of ideas and promotes optimal professional development of psychologists and other professionals who are passionate about their work.
We prepare outstanding clinical psychologists with sufficient depth and breadth of training to pursue careers in patient care, teaching, scientific research, and/or administration. Our program encompasses both general (doctoral) and advanced (postdoctoral) levels of competency in diagnosing and treating mental disorders and other forms of psychological distress as they manifest in individuals from diverse backgrounds and in a variety of clinical and community settings. As well, we aim to prepare clinical psychologists to engage in health promotion and illness prevention strategies that will decrease the overall morbidity and mortality of the populations we serve.