Clinical Training & Research

Clinical training complements academic course work and provides a wealth of experiences through which clinical competence is developed.

Clinical training takes place on-campus or off-campus in various settings. The comprehensive clinical training component of the program can include providing psychotherapy, conducting psychological assessment (cognitive, personality, neuropsychological testing) and providing consultation to a variety of populations and communities. There are opportunities to receive generalist and specialist training in a range of diverse practicum and internship sites at nationally recognized clinical practicum sites and internships. Students have access to over fifty training sites in the Bay Area, including major medical centers, community mental health agencies, university counseling centers, children's hospitals, and in-patient treatment programs.

Research & Scholarship

Supervised clinical research is an essential feature of the program. Research and Scholarship PsyD program faculty actively conduct research and publish in the field of clinical psychology. Supervised clinical practice and commitment to scholarship is an essential feature of the program. Students have the opportunity to study a clinically relevant topic in depth using a variety of methods. Students' research is supported by coursework in research methods, dissertation seminars, and faculty supervision. Students work with research teams led by program faculty, collaborate with ongoing research programs at other institutions, or conduct research on a topic of their choice.

Current Student Projects


Anita HegedusAnita M. Hegedus

Project Title: Mental Health Outcomes of Mothers Employed in the Information Technology Field

Description: The present study aimed to provide a better understanding of factors contributing to depressive symptomatology of mothers working in the Information Technology field (IT field) and to understand variation in postpartum depressive symptomatology within this group based on immigration status and, personal and professional social supports utilizing a non-experimental, cross-sectional quantitative approach . 56 participants, both immigrant (n = 30) and non-immigrant (n = 26) mothers currently employed in the IT field, who had a baby in the last 12 months were recruited over the course of five months. A survey link using the online data collection software, Qualtrics, was posted on various online social networking platforms (e.g., Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook), email listservs, and distributed by snowball recruitment. Bivariate correlations, linear and hierarchical regressions were conducted to explore the relationship between depressive symptomatology and immigration status, acculturation, social support, professional support, and family supportive work environments. Results demonstrated a statistically significant negative relationship between severity of depressive symptoms and support from one’s personal networks (i.e., significant other, friends and family), where higher perceived support yielded lower postpartum depression scores. Additionally, postpartum depressive symptoms and support received from the supervisor yielded a statistically negative association indicating that higher depressive symptoms were associated with lower support from supervisor. These findings may offer direction for healthcare providers, companies and employees in order to provide working environments that are overall supportive of working mothers.  

Annika MiyamotoAnnika M. Miyamoto

Project Title: Community Based Participatory Research Informed Manualization and Piloting of E-Training of a Modified Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intervention

Description: This study focused on revision of a previously piloted dialectical behavior therapy protocol and development of web-based staff training in DBT. Research questions explored the efficacy of delivering remote web-based training and whether there were differences in outcome scores between staff with psychology backgrounds and those from other disciplines. Using a community-based participatory research approach, qualitative feedback and quantitative data was gathered from staff members working in a 24-hour residential care facility. Results from McNemar's statistical test showed no significant differences between pre- and post-survey in terms of participants gaining more knowledge in DBT. Conclusion: Based on the results, delivery of web-based training was not efficacious as there were no significant differences in knowledge before and after the online training.

DISSERTATION PRESENTATIONS

The goal of the Clinical Dissertation is to ensure that the Candidate possesses advanced scholarly abilities consistent with the aims and competencies of the PsyD program. In addition to other requirements, successful completion of the Clinical Dissertation signifies the culmination of the program and leads to the PsyD degree. The specific objective set forth by the PsyD Faculty to accomplish this goal is for the Candidate to demonstrate this competence and scholarship in a written document and at the final oral defense of that document, as well as during the mentorship process in preparation for these final products. Check out our upcoming events for dissertation presentations and webinars.

  • Anita M. Hegedus, Mental Health Outcomes of Mothers Employed in the Information Technology Field - Thursday, August 5th | 9:30 am | Contact psydcto@usfca.edu for more information
  • Annika M. Miyamoto, Community Based Participatory Research Informed Manualization and Piloting of E-Training of a Modified Dialectical Behavior Therapy Intervention - Friday, August 6th | 2:30 pm | Contact psydcto@usfca.edu for more information

Previous Student Projects

    • Joseph C. Chung, Majority to Minority Shift: Experiences for American Born Chinese College Students from Predominant Chinese American Communities to Predominantly White Institutions
    • Kate G. Jablonski, Minority Stress, Social Support, and Mental Health Among LGBQP+ Religious Disaffiliates
    • Lindsey R. Rogers, "Made of Queer Magic": Understanding the Experiences of Pregnancy for Queer Women
    • Nicole Marsden, Self-Efficacy in the Transition to Parenthood
    • Kathryn Rosenberg, Clinical Work with Adult Male Incest Survivors: Therapeutic Themes and Perspectives
    • Angel Tseng, Emergent Themes in Identity Development for Transgender Women of Color: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
    • Gabriela Olavarrieta, Experiences of Latinx’ adult transition to the U.S. and the clinical implications that arise in acclimating into the dominant culture: An Interpretive Phenomenological Analysis
    • Jennifer J Trimpey, An Exploration of Social Networking Use and Mental Health in the Gender Non-Conforming Population
    • Liliana Campos, Mental Health Outcomes of Various Types of Fear Under the Donald Trump Administration among University Students who have Undocumented Legal Status
    • Alexa K. Carbajal, Choices: An Evaluation of a Program Aimed at Reducing Criminogenic Thinking Among Incarcerated Women
    • Courtney L. Hurd, A Thematic Approach to Understanding Compassion Fatigue, Burnout, and Barriers to Self-Care in Pediatric Healthcare Providers of Medically-Ill Children
    • Charrin I Kimble, Black Women Surviving Sexual Trauma: The Cultural Components Used to Aid in Recovery
    • Stephanie Lin, Examining the Experiences of Chinese Multilingual Therapists in Training
    • Anthony Saroyan, The Role of Stigma On Mental Health Service-Seeking for Armenian-American Men
    • Denton M. "Beau" Scott, Efficacy of Integrated Mental Health Care with Dual Diagnosis Patients and Their Utilization of Psychiatric Emergency Services
    • Joy L. Ventura Riach, The Effectiveness of a Transaffirmative Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Group-Based Intervention to Help Transgender Women Suffering from Depression
    • Kristopher C. Kern, Impact of Moral Injury for Ethnic/Racial Minority Male Veterans
    • Swap Mushiana, Patient Reported Outcomes in Sickle Cell Disease Examined Within a Conceptual Model
    • Alicia M. Ranucci, Effect of Prenatal Yoga on Depression, Anxiety, and Maternal-fetal Attachment Among Pregnant Black, Indigenous and People of Color
    • Conor Smith, Understanding the Healthcare Experiences of LGBTQ+ People: An Adaptation of the Daily Heterosexist Experiences Questionnaire
    • Kelsey Maki, Stigma and Social-Emotional Health in Youth with Learning Difference
    • Jennifer M. Zanoli, The Effects of Acculturation, Religiosity, and Marianismo on Pregnancy Related Anxiety in Latina Women
    • Laura R. Marker, Provider Perspectives: Working Clinically with the Male Lifer Reentry Population

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