The JDP has four major goals/objectives for its graduates. These goals, along with the desired learning outcomes, include:

Goal #1: Students will develop the skills to competently conduct and evaluate research, with the eventual goal of becoming an independent scientist

  1. Formulate important and innovative research questions, aims, and hypothesis
  2. Develop research methods to test hypotheses
  3. Understand some of the major questions and methods to test questions in the major area of emphasis
  4. Conduct research studies (e.g., training and supervising research staff, ensuring quality of data, development and use of database)
  5.  Analyze and interpret research data
  6. Prepare and submit research grants
  7. Engage in scientific writing/publication

Goal #1 is evidenced by the student’s ability to:

  1. Demonstrate discipline-specific knowledge in the areas of biological, social, lifespan development, cognitive, and affective bases of behavior, and history of psychology.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge in the areas of tests and measurement, including understanding how to determine the validity and reliability of measures
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of content and methods in major area of emphasis
  4. Demonstrate the ability to choose and utilize basic descriptive and inferential statistics, as well as more advanced multivariate procedures
  5. Demonstrate the ability to choose an appropriate research strategy and implement it systematically 
  6. Demonstrate the ability to prepare  a paper suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal
  7. Demonstrate the ability to prepare a paper suitable for presentation at a professional meeting
  8. Demonstrate the ability to independently conduct a research project that, when completed, has the potential to contribute novel information to the scientific literature

Goal #2: Students will have the ability to provide evidence-based treatments, assessments, and preventive interventions

  1. Demonstrate competency in evidence-based practice in psychological assessment and measurement
  2. Demonstrate ability to implement evidence-based practice in interventions
  3. Demonstrate competency in communication and interpersonal relationships
  4. Demonstrate competency in interprofessional and intraprofessional communication and consultation
  5. Demonstrate an awareness of and ability to act in accordance with professional values and attitudes
  6. Demonstrate the ability to understand the uses of and to benefit from supervision
  7. Demonstrate the ability to successfully complete an APA-accredited internship

Goal #2 is evidenced by the student’s ability to:

  1. Demonstrate competency in evidence-based practice in psychological assessment and measurement
  2. Demonstrate ability to implement evidence-based practice in interventions
  3. Demonstrate competency in communication and interpersonal relationships
  4. Demonstrate competency in interprofessional and intraprofessional communication and consultation
  5. Demonstrate an awareness of and ability to act in accordance with professional values and attitudes
  6. Demonstrate the ability to understand the uses of and to benefit from supervision

Goal #3: Students will be sensitive to and be able to provide services and conduct research with a diverse population

  1.  Able to identify and describe unique features of cultures, experiences, and lifestyles
  2. Provide services appropriate with respect to cultural and individual diversity
  3. Able to recognize when services need to be modified to account for individual and cultural diversity, and able to adapt services appropriately

Goal #3 is evidenced by the student’s ability to:

  1. Able to identify and describe unique features of cultures, experiences, and lifestyles
  2. Provide services appropriate with respect to cultural and individual diversity
  3. Able to recognize when services need to be modified to account for individual and cultural diversity, and able to adapt services appropriately
  4. Understand the impact of individual and cultural differences on research and research results

Goal #4: Students will act in accordance with the highest ethical standards in clinical, research, and professional situations

  1. Assesses and effectively manages risk of harm or danger
  2. Demonstrates knowledge of and ability to act in accordance with legal, ethical, and professional frameworks and codes
  3. Complies with the code of ethics adopted by APA  

Goal #4 is evidenced by the student’s ability to:

      1a.  Identifiy and assesses nature of risk, consulting with more senior colleagues if risk is assess as moderate or high

      1b.  Implemt effective, appropriate risk management procedures

      1c.  Ensure appropriate care to maximize safety

      2.    Demonstrate knowledge of and compliance with legal requirements regarding reporting, access to records, and so forth

      3a.  Demonstrate the ability to protect client privacy and confidentiality

      3b. Demonstrate the recognition of client rights

      3c.  Demonstrate an understanding of and ability to explain to clients about the limits of confidentiality            

      3d. Identify and appropriately addresses ethical dilemmas in clinical situations

      3e. Identify and appropriately addresses ethical dilemmas in research situations