The Narrowing of Theoretical Orientations in Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training
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The focus of this article is the increasingly narrow range of therapeutic orientations represented in clinical psychology graduate training programs, particularly within the most research-oriented programs. Data on the self-reported therapeutic orientations of faculty at "clinical science" Ph.D. programs, Ph.D. programs at comprehensive universities in clinical and in counseling psychology, Psy.D. programs at comprehensive universities, and Ph.D. or Psy.D. programs at freestanding specialized institutions reveal a strong predominance of faculty with cognitive-behavioral orientations at the more science-focused programs, and a narrower range of orientations than in the more practice-focused programs. We discuss the implications of this trend for the future development of clinical psychology and provide suggestions for addressing the attendant concerns. © 2013 American Psychological Association. Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc., on behalf of the American Psychological Association.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1111/cpsp.12012
Publication InfoAngus, L; Friedlander, ML; Heatherington, L; Kolden, GG; Messer, SB; & Strauman, Timothy J (2012). The Narrowing of Theoretical Orientations in Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 19(4). pp. 364-374. 10.1111/cpsp.12012. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/13848.
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Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Professor Strauman's research focuses on the psychological and neurobiological processes that enable self-regulation, conceptualized in terms of a cognitive/motivational perspective, as well as the relation between self-regulation and affect. Particular areas of emphasis include: (1) conceptualizing self-regulation in terms of brain/behavior motivational systems; (2) the role of self-regulatory cognitive processes in vulnerability to depression and other disorders; (3) the impact of tre