Combined Clinical/Counseling

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The USU Combined Clinical/Counseling specialization trains doctoral level health service psychologists through the integration of science, research, and the practice of psychology. Students conduct research, offer evidence-based professional services, and consider culture and context in all professional activities. Students receive specialized training in diversity from our faculty through didactic, applied, and research opportunities.

Our APA-accredited program provides a combined approach to doctoral-level training across the two practice areas of clinical and counseling psychology. Students receive training across a broad spectrum of problem areas, populations, settings, and approaches for a wide range of future potential careers. Students are prepared to work as professionals in diverse settings through applied practicum sites and have excellent match rates with internship placements.

The Sorenson Legacy Foundation Center for Clinical Excellence is a state-of-the-art facility for students, clients, and faculty, offering a unique integration of academics and clinical services. Graduate studies take place in a safe and beautiful small metropolitan area that has many and varied outdoor activities that invite self-care.

Course Highlights

The Combined Specialization's strengths are in the integration of science and practice and in its commitment to diversity. These are exemplified by the specialization's philosophy and curriculum. Courses in Evidence-Based Practice (PSY 6150 and PSY 6750), a three-semester course sequence in Diversity Issues in Treatment and Assessment (PSY 6290, 6291, & 6292), and clinical training that builds upon the foundation provided in the integrated practicum with children, adolescents and adults (PSY 7350) are among its core training experiences.

Students in the specialization are funded with tuition awards and stipends. Applicants and students can find a complete specialization overview including specialization aims, policies, evaluation criteria and more in the current Combined Clinical/Counseling specialization handbook.

Application Requirements

Submit the following to the School of Graduate Studies:

  • Application
  • Statement of Purpose/Intent - Recommended length of 500-1000 words
  • CV
  • Three Letters of Recommendation
  • Official Transcripts from All Previous Schools

Admission Criteria:

  • GPA for the last two years: (this minimum standard may be waived in cases in which applicants are exceptional in other areas)
    • Undergraduate minimum standard 3.2
    • Graduate Program minimum standard 3.5
  • Fit with a current faculty member affiliated with the specialization
Note: The Combined specialization does not require or review GRE scores as part of the application process.
Info

Applications are due by December 1st.
This specialization will be conducting invitation only interviews of applicants virtually on Friday, February 4, 2022.

Combined Clinical/Counseling Faculty

Our faculty include leading scholars in areas including cultural adaptation of therapy, identity development, sexual orientation and gender, treatment of children/adolescents, geriatric neuropsychology, ethics, acceptance and commitment therapy, parent management training, telehealth, somatic symptom distress and behavioral medicine, trauma, dementia, anxiety disorders, and obsessive compulsive and related disorders.

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Sara Boghosian

Sara Boghosian

Clinical Assistant Professor - Combined Clinical/Counseling Specialization

sara.boghosian@usu.edu

Sue Crowley
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Susan L. Crowley

Susan L. Crowley

Professor - Combined Clinical/Counseling Specialization

435-797-1251

susan.crowley@usu.edu

Melanie Domenech Rodriguez
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Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez

Melanie M. Domenech Rodríguez

Professor - Combined Clinical/Counseling Specialization

435-797-3059

melanie.domenech@usu.edu

Renee Galliher
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Renee Galliher

Renee Galliher

Professor - Combined Clinical/Counseling Specialization

435-797-3391

renee.galliher@usu.edu

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Maria Kleinstäuber

Maria Kleinstäuber

Assistant Professor - Combined Clinical/Counseling Specialization

435-797-1236

maria.kleinstaeuber@usu.edu

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Tyler Lefevor
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Tyler Lefevor

Tyler Lefevor

Assistant Professor - Combined Clinical/Counseling Specialization

435-797-0889

tyler.lefevor@usu.edu

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Michael Levin

Michael Levin

Professor - Combined Clinical/Counseling Specialization

541-5313892

mike.levin@usu.edu

Melissa Tehee
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Melissa Tehee

Melissa Tehee

Associate Professor - Combined Clinical/Counseling Specialization

435-227-5595

melissa.tehee@usu.edu

JoAnn Tschanz
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JoAnn Tschanz

JoAnn Tschanz

Professor - Combined Clinical/Counseling Specialization

435-797-1457

joann.tschanz@usu.edu

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Michael P. Twohig

Michael P. Twohig

Professor - Combined Clinical/Counseling Specialization

435-265-8933

michael.twohig@usu.edu

Combined Clinical/Counseling Labs

Alzheimer's Disease & Cognitive Disorders Lab | JoAnn Tschanz

The Alzheimer's Disease and Cognitive Disorders Lab investigates risk factors for Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.

Cultural & Mental Health Lab | Melanie Domenech Rodriguez

The Culture & Mental Health Lab is engaged in independent research in an interdependent context. Project content is in parenting, cultural values, microaggressions, and evidence-based interventions.

Physical Mental Health Interactions Lab | Maria Kleinstaeuber

The Physical Mental Health Interactions Lab synthesizes basic and health-related intervention research to understand the role of psychological factors in the etiology and treatment outcomes in populations with somatic symptom disorders.

PR2IDE Lab | Renee Galliher

The PR2IDE Lab engages in a range of independent and collaborative projects that broadly fall under the umbrella of research in identity development.

Sexual, Gender, and Religious Identities Lab | Tyler Lefevor

The Sexual, Gender, and Religious Identities Lab examines sexual, gender, and religious identity development and their mental health implications.

Tohi Lab | Melissa Tehee

The Tohi Lab research focuses on the physical, spiritual, and psycological health of ethnic and racial minorities.


Accreditation

Our doctoral specialization has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1975 (formerly as the Combined Clinical/Counseling/School specialization). See student admissions, outcomes, and other data for the specialization. Questions regarding accreditation and complete information on those guidelines and principles are available through:

American Psychological Association

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002-442
202-336-5979
Visit APA’s website


Disclosure of Educational Requirements for Licensure by State

Our specialization adheres to APA accreditation standards and prepares students for entry into the profession of health service psychology. Given the varied and changing requirements across jurisdictions, we have not determined and cannot assure that graduates will meet all requirements for licensure in all states or territories. You are encouraged to become familiar with relevant state licensing laws and discuss your curricular plan with your DCT.

This specialization meets requirements in Utah.

USU has not determined if the specialization meets requirements in: AK, AL, AR, AS, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, GU, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MP, MS, MT, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UM, VA, VI, VT, WA, WI, WV, WY.