Since as early as 1908, psychology as a discipline has grappled with how to integrate research and practice into the field’s professional identity. To further define the area of expertise of a psychologist, three main models of clinical training have been proposed: the scientist-practitioner model, the practitioner-scholar model, and the clinical scientist model. Despite clinical psychology’s universal claim for empirical moorings, the debate about the foundation of training in clinical psychology has remained primarily theoretical. The purpose of this study is to expand upon the limited research exploring the differences between training models to empirically determine which factors significantly predicted training models. To answer this question, a series of logistic regressions were run to determine if training models could be predicted by program admission criteria, faculty modeling, structural factors, differences in epistemological stance, and student factors. Results indicated admission criteria, faculty modeling, and structural factors significantly predicted training models. Results and implications for future research and clinical practice are discussed.
School of Behavioral Health
Vermeersch, David A.
Aréchiga, Adam L.
Morrell, Holly E. R.
Sonne, Janet L.
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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Subject - Local
Professional Identity; Research; Professional Training; Training Models
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Dautenhahn, Katherine E., "An Empirical Examination of Doctoral Training Models in Clinical Psychology in the United States" (2018). Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects. 494.
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