Dr. Desideria Hacker
Associate Director of Clinical Training
The Program is jointly sponsored by Norfolk State University, Eastern Virginia Medical School, and Old Dominion University. It is administered through The Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology, a cooperative mechanism for coordinating the resources of the sponsoring schools. Students interested in the program may visit the website at www.odu.edu/vcpcp for current information and application materials.
The mission of the Virginia Consortium is to graduate practicing clinical psychologists who are prepared to pursue research and clinical careers. The Program aims to provide balanced training in both science and practice. We strive to graduate clinical psychologists who are competent in individual and cultural diversity, educated in the basic subjects and methods of psychological science, capable of generating and critically assimilating new knowledge, proficient in the delivery and evaluation of psychological services, and able to assume leadership positions in academic or health service delivery systems.
In compliance with federal disclosure regulations, The Virginia Consortium provides all prospective students with information about the degree to which the Program meets the educational requirements for licensure in the U.S. (states, territories, and the District of Columbia) on its program website (located at the bottom).
Please see the Consortium website at www.odu.edu/vcpcp for the most up-to-date program and catalog information.
To be awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy, the student must have met the following specific requirements:
- The successful completion of four full years (Fall, Spring and Summer semesters) of full-time study beyond the baccalaureate, or the equivalent. In addition, the successful completion of an internship that is a full-time experience for one calendar year or a half-time experience for two calendar years, with at least two hours per week of formally scheduled individual supervision. See www.odu.edu/vcpcp under program for our Program Handbook that contains curriculum information.
- Each doctoral student must pass the comprehensive written and oral qualifying examination before being admitted to candidacy.
- Students must complete a foundational research project (FRP) by the end of fall semester of their third year. Students entering with a master’s degree may be exempt from the FRP but are expected to be actively engaged in research with their research mentor beginning in the first year.
- Each student must propose, conduct, and successfully defend a clinical dissertation. The defense is not limited to the topic of the dissertation.
- Students are required to have a GPA of 3.00 or better to be awarded the Ph.D. degree. Those who complete the course requirements for the degree but have a deficiency in GPA may be given an opportunity to increase their GPA by repeating up to 9 credits of prior coursework in which relative deficiencies were exhibited.
- All requirements for the doctoral degree must be completed within seven calendar years from the time the student begins the doctoral program.
Exemption from Required Courses
On the basis of demonstrated proficiency, a student may be granted a reduction in required courses. Proficiency must be established to the satisfaction of the course instructor and the Directors.
Required courses within The Virginia Consortium curriculum previously completed in another program at one of the participating institutions will be documented on the student's transcript. The student will not be required to duplicate the course(s).
The entire exemption process must be completed no later than two weeks after the beginning of the course(s) in question. Course waiver forms are available in the Program's Administrative Office.
Development of clinical skills and competencies through supervised experience is a crucial component of the Program. The Virginia Consortium provides a systematic sequence of supervised practica in which students apply the knowledge and skills acquired in the classroom. Placements are arranged to assure that each student is exposed to several settings and populations.
Practicum training is offered in a variety of diverse settings, such as mental health centers, medical hospitals, a veterans' medical center, psychiatric hospitals, public school systems, university counseling centers, social services clinics, private practices, and neuropsychology - rehabilitation. Some practicum sites require criminal background checks and drug testing.
Voluntary Leave of Absence
A student who wishes to withdraw temporarily from the Program must submit, through his or her advisor, a written request for a review by the Directors. The request outlines the reasons for withdrawing and includes a proposal describing how the student plans to remove the problematic conditions during the period of temporary withdrawal. This proposal serves as a problem-oriented goal statement which directs the activities of the student during the withdrawal period.
The Directors approve or deny the request. An approved request specifies the maximum period that the student may be absent from the Program. During the leave of absence the student does not pay tuition and may not utilize Program resources (including working on the dissertation). Unless special circumstances exist, the maximum period of time is one calendar year. During an approved absence, a student may not be registered for courses offered in the Program's curriculum.
At the end of the approved absence, a student may apply for an extension by requesting another review. A student returning from an approved absence commences study in the first semester following reinstatement. However, the Directors cannot guarantee that the specific courses required by the student will be offered that semester.
A reinstated student may not enroll in courses for which prerequisites have not been satisfied. A student in good standing at the time of withdrawal will be in good standing upon returning.
After beginning a semester, a student may request a leave of absence retroactively only under extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control. In such situations, the student must also follow the policies for withdrawal from courses at the institutions where he or she is enrolled.
A student may be terminated from the Program upon recommendation by the Directors to the Graduate Officer Designate for the following reasons:
- Failure to increase the cumulative GPA to 3.00 within two semesters after having been placed on academic probation;
- Failure to pass any failed section of the Comprehensive Examination on the second attempt;
- Failure to maintain professional demeanor, as evidenced by, but not limited to, failure to adhere to the principles in the Program's Evaluation Policy or to the ethical principles of the American Psychological Association;
- Extended, unauthorized absence from the Program, or
- Failure to complete all degree requirements within the seven year limit.
|CPS 632||Intellectual Assessment||3|
|CPS 635||Social and Multicultural Psychology||3|
|CPS 700||Clinical & Ethical Practice||3|
|CPS 705||History & Systems||3|
|CPS 895||Clinical Practicum||3|
|PSY 651||Developmental Psychology||3|
|PSYC 801||Empirically Supported Therapies||3|
|PSYC 813||Research Methods||3|
|PSYC 824||Analysis of Variance||4|
|PSYC 825||Regression/Correlations Design||4|
|PSYC 890||Internship in Clinical Psychology||12|
|CPSY 936||Personality Assessment||3|
|PSY 936||Cognitive Behavior Therapy||3|
|CPSY 961||Biological and Cognitive Aspects of Behavior||3|
|Research in Clinical Practicum||16|
|Advanced Clinical Practicum||12|
Academic qualifications of applicants are evaluated to assure that students are capable of meeting the educational requirements of the Program. Applications are evaluated with regard to undergraduate and graduate grade point average, letters of recommendation, and relevant clinical experience. Of equal importance are personal characteristics conducive to the development of professional competence in dealing effectively with a variety of underserved populations. An attempt is made to admit students who are a "good match" with the Program, its resources and its mission.
Admission to the Program is limited to 6-10 students per year. To be considered for admission to the Program, an applicant must satisfy the following criteria:
- Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution of higher education;
- Have an acceptable academic background in psychology - approximately 20-30 credit hours;
- Submit official transcripts indicating all coursework completed, grades achieved, and degrees received;
- Submit a statement indicating professional goals and academic objectives (refer to application blank for specific detail) - and include a vita or resume;
- Submit three letters of recommendation;
- Complete a personal interview.
Please note: The GRE General Test for the Fall 2021 admission cycle will NOT be accepted or considered for applications submitted this fall (2020). Applicants should NOT submit their GRE scores through ETS nor report their scores in the application portal or on their CVs or personal statements.
Application to The Virginia Consortium must be made on Consortium materials only. The Virginia Consortium's deadlines, application fee, and evaluation procedures are independent and separate from the three Consortium universities' graduate school policies.
How to Obtain an Application
Application materials are available from August - December. They may be accessed from the Program's web site at www.odu.edu/vcpcp/
Complete application by going to Admissions page at www.odu.edu/vcpcp. Application materials and fee must be received by. December 1. There is no fee waiver policy.
Applications are reviewed by members of the Program's Admissions Committee and potential research mentors. Selected applicants will be invited to an interview. Interviews are required for admission. Interviews are typically conducted in January and February. Applicants are notified of the Committee's decisions by April.