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Clinical & School Psychology

Recipients of Curry's PhD in Clinical Psychology are prepared to make substantial contributions to the field of psychology as mental health practitioners, researchers, scholars, teachers, and supervisors. The program emphasizes the need for clinicians to have knowledge of systems theory and individual functioning—especially in schools and families—in addition to a grounding in many areas of psychological development. Our approach emphasizes that clinical and school psychologists function in a pluralistic society, and that students and faculty must be sensitive to ethnic, cultural, individual, and socioeconomic differences.

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Student Experience:  Making a difference directly for those who need it.  That is what 3rd year graduate student Sadie Hasbrouck pursues on a daily basis at the Curry School of Education, without exception.  She likes to "think big."  "I am fortunate because that is exactly what the Curry School embodies.  I'm encouraged to think big every day."  Sadie is engaged in research at the Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL), where she just finished her pre-dissertation exploring internalizing issues in young Latino children.  She is also an Assessment Supervisor in the Center for Clinical Psychology Services.

What is your passion?

My passion surrounds helping dual-language learners succeed academically and socially.  To do this, I am very engaged with the Latino community in this country and beyond.  My passion began when I was tutoring Spanish-speaking children in North Carolina.  I realized it was very difficult for them to learn the content expected of them while they were still learning English, and this negatively affected their ability to become valued members of the classroom at the same time.  They have so much to offer but need support in this pursuit.  I double majored in Psychology and Spanish as an undergrad to help make sure all of these children have a voice.

Why did you choose Curry?

I was sold on Curry's emphasis on learning in context.  For me, this is the best place to study clinical and school psychology and learn how to use each in both practice and research.  At CASTL, I'm part of translating research into the real world.  It is all about making a difference; Curry and CASTL give me that opportunity on a daily basis.

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The Ph.D. program is accredited in clinical psychology by the American Psychological Association. 

Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association at:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202.336.5979

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