About the Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology
Six students are accepted each year to this five-year program. Students take four years of graduate courses within this program on the campuses of all three schools from faculty in each of the institutions. They also complete ten clinical training practica in public and private mental health settings throughout the Hampton Roads area. Degree requirements include a second year research project or earning the M.S. in Psychology from ODU, an empirically-based dissertation and a one-year clinical psychology internship in an off-site setting. Students compete nationally for these internship placements.
This program enjoys national recognition and has been accredited by the American Psychological Association to grant the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree on a continuous basis since 1982. It has received strong, positive reviews from site visitors and is widely recognized as a rare consortial training model in which there is an unusually high ratio of faculty to students. Faculty across the three schools are diverse with respect to ethnicity, gender, and theoretical orientations. They represent a wide range of specialty skills. Several faculty enjoy national and international reputations of excellence.
Applications typically outnumber available positions by a ratio of 20-30:1. Minority student representation has averaged about 20 percent over the past several years. All students have been partially financially supported by the program to date but future support cannot be guaranteed.
Potential applicants should be aware that the program has recently transitioned to one granting the Ph.D. and will no longer offer the Psy.D. APA is currently reviewing this transition and will site visit the program in the fall of 2013.