Specialty Tracks


Adult Clinical Specialty

The Clinical Program provides intensive research training through close, collaborative mentorships in faculty research laboratories.

Presently, there is a wide variety of research opportunities. Faculty studies the role of cognition in emotional states; etiology and treatment of depression; etiology and treatment of anxiety; mechanisms of change in psychotherapy; cognitive therapy for depression; personality disorders; self-regulation; positive psychology; threat and stress; aging; and sexuality.

Through judicious selections from among third and fourth year clinical placements, students can specialize in areas they find particularly interesting in later stages of their training.

Health Psychology Specialty

This specialty prepares clinical psychologists for research careers in the biobehavioral and psychosocial factors involved in the etiology, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of disease processes. Didactic coverage of animal and human models of disease processes is provided. Research training is offered in biobehavioral models of health and illness, physiologic processes, psychophysiologic methods, and specific focus on major diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, pulmonary conditions and stress-related disorders.

Unique opportunities are available for advanced students to obtain supervised clinical experience with patient populations (e.g. cardiac, pulmonary, cancer or chronic pain patients). Research opportunities include involvement in funded grant projects, involvement with postdoctoral scholars and other staff, interdisciplinary collaborations with departments in the College of Medicine, and research and clinical experiences in the OSU Wexner Medical Center, the Clinical Research Center, and the James Cancer Hospital and Research Institute.

Students wishing information on Ph.D.-M.D. training should contact the Medical Scientist Program Office of the College of Medicine at OSU for application materials.