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Bryan Cochran, UM associate professor of psychology, 406-243-2391, bryan.cochran@umontana.edu .

Recent Study Identifies UM Clinical Psychology Program as ‘Hidden Gem’

Dec. 05, 2013

MISSOULA – A recent article in a professional psychology journal recognized the University of Montana’s doctoral program in clinical psychology as one of 10 accredited programs that has “exceptionally good outcomes for its students.”

The article examined 233 programs accredited by the American Psychological Association, analyzing match rates for internships and pass rates on the standard psychologist licensure exam. The researchers found that the UM is among "select programs [that] appear to be value-additive during training and evidence a student body that is achieving markedly better than expected."

UM psychology Associate Professor Bryan Cochran said one of the reasons for great student outcomes is the program’s combination of theoretical and practical training. Students will spend years conducting research, but they also are trained in providing psychotherapy services under one-on-one supervision.

“When it comes time for students to leave our program, students have worked exceptionally hard throughout their training. They’ve received close mentoring and supervision from a number of our faculty members,” Cochran said.

UM’s program is fairly small for a clinical psychology doctoral program, hosting 10 faculty members and accepting only six to eight new students each year, out of an applicant pool ranging from 125 to 200.

Cochran said the program uses a holistic model when selecting students, including telephone or on-site interviews, letters of reference, personal statements, research and clinical experience, as well as students’ GRE scores and GPAs. This process results in students who are an excellent fit for the program in a variety of domains.

“We get amazing students who come here from all over the United States to further their education,” he said.

The article, “Hidden Gems Among Clinical Psychology Training Programs,” was published in the October issue of Training and Education in Professional Psychology. None of the article’s authors are affiliated with UM.

For more information call Cochran at 406-243-2391 or email bryan.cochran@umontana.edu.

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