EMU doctoral graduates in clinical psychology program lead state of Michigan with 100 percent pass rate on national licensing exam

by Geoff Larcom, Published March 18, 2013

YPSILANTI – Graduates from the doctoral program in clinical psychology at Eastern Michigan University scored a 100 percent pass rate on the national licensing exam over the last five years, the only clinical Ph.D. psychology program in Michigan with a perfect pass rate.

Other Michigan universities whose clinical psychology doctoral graduates took the exam are Central Michigan University, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, the University of Detroit Mercy, Wayne State University and Western Michigan University.

The examination covers eight content areas: biological bases of behavior; cognitive-affective bases of behavior; social and cultural bases of behavior; growth and lifespan development; assessment and diagnosis; treatment, intervention, prevention and supervision; research methods and statistics; and ethical, legal and professional issues.

Eastern Michigan's scores for the categories of growth and lifespan development and treatment/intervention were the highest in the state, with 76 percent and 82 percent correct in those respective areas.

"These are outstanding results," said Associate Professor Ellen Koch, Director of Clinical Training at Eastern. "The scores of our graduates indicate the rigor and depth of EMU's doctoral program in clinical psychology.  Our students are going on to great careers in the field, in research and in helping clients. We are very proud of our graduates."

The exam consists of objective multiple choice questions covering knowledge essential to the practice of psychology. 

The exam results were detailed in the annual report by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, located in Peachtree City, GA.

The data includes all candidates who took the exam during the most recent five years, not just first-time test takers. Therefore, if someone has taken the test more than once during the five-year period, all administrations of the test are recorded.  The scores for 23 EMU students were reported.

The "Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology" is developed by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards, and is provided to state and provincial boards of psychology to assist them in their evaluation of qualifications of applicants for licensure and certification.

The purpose of the EMU doctoral program is to graduate license-eligible clinical psychologists with state-of-the-art knowledge relating to the practice of assessment, therapy, research and program development and evaluation.

A primary program objective is the preparation of clinical psychologists who will be effective in supervising and managing therapists in today's multidisciplinary mental health care delivery systems in a diverse society.

Admission to the EMU program is extremely competitive. The 2012 applicant class included 144 applications, of which 10 were offered admission. Graduating classes recently have ranged from 8 to 12 students.

The doctoral program, which is accredited by the American Psychological Association through 2017, is a full-time, full residency program designed to be completed in five years. No part-time students are accepted.

For more on the Eastern Michigan doctoral program, please visit http://www.emich.edu/psychology/phd_clinicalpsych.php











Geoff Larcom



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