Other Training Areas

Students in the doctoral programs have the option to complete requirements for minors in the following areas:

Students are eligible to declare a minor once they have completed all courses required for the minor and any required externships and/or research projects.  A Minor Declaration Form should be signed by the minor’s coordinator and returned to the Office of the Registrar.  A grade of B+ or higher is required in all minor related courses in order to satisfy the requirements of the minor.

Clinical Health Psychology

Overview: Students in the Psy.D doctoral programs are eligible to take a minor in Clinical Health Psychology. This requires taking three courses: PSH 6371 Research Methods in Clinical Health Psychology; PSH 6421 Health and Addictions; and PSH 6935 Social Dimensions of Public Health. A health psychology externship (minimum experience of 9 months of applied supervised training for at least 10 hours per week) or a research project completes the requirements. 

The objectives of study in the minor are to:

  • Introduce the student to the field of Clinical Health Psychology;
  • Cover the basic principles, concepts, and methodological issues in research and practice in Clinical Health Psychology;
  • Introduce the student to the major conditions in which Clinical Health Psychologists have been active; and
  • Earn some experience in research or clinical practice in Health Psychology.

Advisor: Dr. Roee Holtzer

Gero-Psychology Minor

The Ferkauf Older Adult Program (FOAP) offers a minor in the newly emerging field of Clinical Geropsychology comprised of didactic coursework and clinical training experiences. Students who seek a minor in Clinical Geropsychology must complete 6 credits (see below) to meet the didactic coursework requirement; one of these must include PSC6448 Assessment and Treatment of Older Adults, an overview of issues critical to the diagnosis and psychological treatment of psychological problems in older adults. The advanced clinical training requirements may be satisfied through participation in an externship that emphasizes supervised clinical work with older adults (minimum experience of nine (9) months of applied supervised training for at least ten (10) hours per week). 

Required Coursework:

  • PSC6448 Assessment and Treatment of Older Adults

One of the following courses:

  • PSH6014 Science of Cognitive and Affective Function
  • PSC6449, 6450 Gero-psychology Lab I&II
  • PSC6529 Research in Depression & Personality Disorders in Older Adults I
  • PSC6530 Research in Depression & Personality Disorders in Older Adults II
  • PSH 6011, 6012 Clinical Neuropsychology I & II**
  • PSC 6449L/6450L Geriatric Neuropsychology Practicum I & II* (0 credits)

*Please note that PSC6449L/6450L is open to participants in the FOAP gero-psychology externship ONLY

**Please note that PSH6011/6012 are only open to students pursuing the Neuropsychology concentration

Advisor: Dr. Richard Zweig

Research Methodology and Statistics Minor

The Research Methodology and Statistics Minor will give students an opportunity to gain advanced didactic and applied training in research methodology and statistics in the behavioral sciences. Students must take PSA6280 Statistics I and PSH6283 Statistics II as prerequisites to the concentration.  Students will then take coursework in advanced statistics, building upon their background in statistics (PSH6284), epidemiology (PSH6935), qualitative research (PSA6289), and test construction (PSH6321).  Students will also practice advanced research methodology and statistics skills through an applied project consisting of either an academic research project, an abstract submitted to a conference, or a peer-reviewed publication, and a paper describing the methodology used in the study.

Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Seng


Students in the doctoral programs have the option of completing a minor in Addictions.  The Addictions Minor requires the completion of the three courses (listed below) which will provide the students with training related to clinical work in addictions (e.g., assessment, treatment), research (statistical analysis of addiction-related data), and the association of addictions to health. To fulfill the requirements of the minor, students must also complete one of the following: (1) a clinical externship with an emphasis on clinical work in addictions or (2) a research project focused on addictions.  The externship and research project must be approved by the minor advisors.

The following courses are required to complete the Addictions Minor:

  • Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders (PSYC6484) – Students in this course will learn about the prevalence of substance use disorders (SUDs) and comorbid conditions in population-representative, community, and clinical samples. Students also will learn about biopsychosocial correlates of SUDS as well as a wide variety of evidence-based treatment approaches for SUDs including harm reduction approaches, motivational interviewing approaches, and community-based approaches. 
  • Health and Addictions (PSH6421) – Students in this course will learn about the relationship between a range of addictive substances and physical health (e.g., health consequences of substance use; the association of use to the development, course, and outcomes of health conditions).
  • Applied Statistics in Health (PSH6284) – This course is designed to review basic concepts of quantitative methods in psychology, as well as introduce advanced topics in biostatistics and epidemiology, with a focus on applying these quantitative methods to scenarios commonly encountered in health care settings projects for this class must have an emphasis on addictions research and should be approved by one of the minor advisors.

Co-Directors: Dr. Kate Walsh and Dr. Andrea Weinberger