Accreditors Recognize UM Clinical Psychology Program for Diversity

June 06, 2018

MISSOULA – Doctoral students who choose to study clinical psychology at the University of Montana are learning from a program that has continuously met and exceeded accreditation standards for nearly five decades – and one of the leading programs for training American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) phycologists.

The Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at UM recently received reaccreditation status and recognition for diversity from the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Accreditation. The UM program has been accredited since 1970.

“The APA confirmed our commitment to providing excellent clinical and research training opportunities to prepare students to work in the field,” said Bryan Cochran, director of clinical training. “We are particularly proud that reviewers acknowledged our efforts to increase the proportion of psychologists who are currently underrepresented in our profession.”

In its review, the commission noted UM’s program adheres to the recently updated Standards of Accreditation in Health Service Psychology. This decision affirms the quality of clinical and research training experiences, the commitment to recruitment and retention of diverse faculty and students, the excellence of current and past students in meeting professional competencies, and the dedication of faculty and staff to the program.

A site visit review in 2017 noted specifically that through the Indians Into Psychology (InPsych) training program, the program at UM has trained a significant portion of AI/AN clinical psychologists currently working in the U.S.

The doctoral program, one of the largest at UM, receives over 150 applications on average each year, admitting a cohort of five to seven students working toward their Ph.D. degrees.

Students engage in diverse clinical training settings throughout Western Montana throughout their time in the program, providing high-quality assessment and psychotherapy services under the supervision of faculty and affiliates.

Original research products from the program include dozens of peer-reviewed publications on various topics related to mental health and grants from National Institutes of Health, the Health Resources and Services Administration and Indian Health Service. Program graduates become licensed psychologists throughout the U.S., with careers spanning areas of academia, direct clinical service, research, consultation and administration.

“We are so proud of the difference our students make,” Cochran said.

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Contact: Bryan Cochran, professor and director of clinical training, UM Department of Psychology, 406-243-2391,