EMU's doctoral program in psychology ranked one of the best in nation; one of only two Michigan programs on top 50 list

Feb 04, 2016, 09:00 ET from Eastern Michigan University

YPSILANTI, Mich., Feb. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Eastern Michigan University's doctoral program in clinical psychology has been named one of the best programs in the country by BestCounselingDegrees.net. 

Eastern, which ranked 30 out of the top 50 schools, was only one of two Michigan programs that made the list. The University of Michigan ranked 47th.

BestCounselingDegrees.net is an online resource for students to explore and choose from the nation's best graduate programs in psychology.

BestCounseling editors created a list of accredited counseling psychology programs from the American Psychological Association (APA) website. They then ranked the programs based on Examination for Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP) pass rates, the percentage of students placed in internships, the percentage of students who attained their license and the mean time to complete the program.

"What makes our program so great is the faculty," said Carol Freedman-Doan, an EMU professor of psychology and department head. "There are 379 doctoral programs in psychology in the country that are accredited by the American Psychological Association. This includes 300 Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs and 79 Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) programs. That we were ranked 30th indicates we are in the top 10 percent of programs nationally."

The Doctor of Philosophy programs focus on training students in conducting research and in providing and evaluating clinical services. The Doctor of Psychology programs have less emphasis on research and instead provide professional training to prepare graduates for private practice and in direct service to patients.

Eastern Michigan's Ph.D. program, which began in 2001, prepares graduates for careers as licensed clinical psychologists with expertise in assessment, therapy, research and program development and evaluation.

Freedman-Doan said, "Our program has 32 doctoral students in residence, an additional eight students completing their dissertation work before going on internship, and eight students on internship this year."

Students can choose from one of five areas of specialization at Eastern Michigan: adult psychopathology, applied behavior analysis, assessment, developmental psychopathology or health. Students are also eligible for doctoral fellowships that include tuition and a stipend.

Eastern graduates pursue clinical science research careers in a variety of settings such as colleges and universities, school districts, government agencies, research institutes, medical schools, medical centers and hospitals.

For more information, visit the psychology department's website. 

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