Ph.D. Program in Clinical-Community Psychology

Offered Jointly by the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Alaska Anchorage




For students admitted prior to Fall 2016, please follow the catalog copy for year you were admitted.  The 2016-2017 catalog copy is detailed below.

Program Requirements

Minimum Requirements for Degree: 115 credits

The Ph.D. Program in Clinical-Community Psychology with Rural, Indigenous Emphasis is a program jointly delivered and administered by the Departments of Psychology at UAF and UAA. 
The degree is awarded jointly by UAA and UAF.  All program courses are co-taught across campuses via video conference and all program components are delivered by faculty at both campuses.  The student experience is identical regardless of studentsí city of residence (Fairbanks or Anchorage). The program focus includes clinical, community and cultural psychology with an emphasis on Indigenous, Alaska Native and American Indian psychology.  As a UAA-UAF partnership, the program integrates the strengths and resources of both campuses to advance academic excellence, promote innovative and practical research, and provide solid graduate training in clinical-community psychology


The program ensures that graduates have obtained the full range of clinical training mandated for doctoral-level clinical psychologists and will be adequately prepared for licensure as psychologists.

Complete the general university requirements as outlined in the UAA catalog.

Complete the program and additional requirements below.

Students must complete 26 required courses (for a total of 70 credits), 18 credits of dissertation, 18 credits of predoctoral internship, and 9 credits of electives.  Students must accumulate a minimum 115 credits to graduate and must have completed all required coursework.  Students entering the program with a master's degree in psychology or related field must complete at least two-years of full-time coursework, 18 credits of dissertation, and one-year of predoctoral internship, all as approved by the student's advisory committee

            Cultural experience: During their time in the Ph.D. program, students must participate in a cultural experience as defined by program faculty.  The actual experience will vary from year to year but includes direct exposure to Alaska Native and other cultural worldviews, values, and life experiences through contact with cultural elders and advisors.  The goal of the cultural experience is to provide an opportunity to interact directly with cultures in a non-classroom setting. 

        The following 26 courses are required: 

PSY 602

Native Ways of Knowing


PSY 603

Alaskan and Rural Psychology


PSY 604

Biological and Pharmacological Bases of Behavior

PSY 605

History and Systems


PSY 607

Cognition, Affect, and Culture


PSY 611

Ethics and Professional Practice


PSY 612

Human Development in a Cultural Context


PSY 616

Program Evaluation and Community Consultation I


PSY 617

Program Evaluation and Community Consultation II


PSY 622

Multicultural Psychopathology


PSY 623

Intervention I


PSY 629

Intervention II


PSY 632

Community Psychology Across Cultures


PSY 633

Tests and Measurement in Multi-Cultural Context


PSY 639

Research Methods


PSY 652

Practicum Placement - Clinical I


PSY 653

Practicum Placement - Clinical II


PSY 657

Quantitative Analysis


PSY 658

Qualitative Analysis


PSY 672

Practicum Placement - Community I


PSY 679

Multicultural Psychological Assessment I


PSY 681

Substances of Abuse in Alaska


PSY 682

Substance Abuse Assessment and Treatment Planning


PSY 683

Clinical Interventions for Substance Abuse


PSY 686

Predoctoral Internship


  PSY 699D






Additional Requirements:

Clinical Competency: Clinical competency is demonstrated through preparation of a clinical portfolio that will be evaluated by an ad hoc committee.  Criteria for the portfolio will be clearly defined and samples will be provided for students Students must demonstrate clinical competency before applying to advance to predoctoral internship and must pass the clinical competency and community competency before starting PSY 686.

Community Competency: Community competency is demonstrated through preparation of a community portfolio that will be evaluated by an ad hoc committee.  Criteria for the portfolio will be clearly defined and samples will be provided for students Students must pass the clinical competency and community competency before starting PSY 686.

Research Competency: Research competency is demonstrated through the preparation of a research portfolio that will be evaluated by an ad hoc committee.  Criteria for the portfolio will be clearly and samples are available to students.

Advancement to Candidacy: Before students are allowed to register for dissertation credits, they will be reviewed for performance by the UAF-UAA Ph.D. committee, using existing university standards and forms for advancement to candidacy.  Review will be based on faculty experience with students to date, submitted paperwork, and studentís progress through the program.  Feedback from the review will be provided to the student by her or his advisor.  To advance to candidacy, students must also have received at least a conditional pass on their comprehensive exam.  The program defines the comprehensive exam as being met through passing the required competency portfolios.  Passing one portfolio qualifies the student for a conditional pass on the comprehensive exam, which is sufficient for advancement to candidacy. All portfolios must be passed for the comprehensive exam to be fully passed.   

Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Defense:  Before commencing data collection for dissertation project, students must defend their proposal to their dissertation committee.  The defense must be based on a written dissertation proposal to be distributed to the dissertation committee after approval by the dissertation chair.  The defense will be an oral presentation to the committee by the student and will not be a public meeting.  For data-collection-based dissertations, the proposal must also be approved by the UAF or UAA Institutional Review Board before data collection can commence. 

Doctoral Dissertation:  A doctoral dissertation must be carried out successfully and approved by a doctoral dissertation committee. The dissertation committee will consist of at least four members. It is recommended that the dissertation chair be on the same campus as the student. There must be at least one committee member from each Psychology Department at UAF and UAA.  Content areas can vary widely, but must be related to clinical, community, or cross-cultural issues and applicable in Alaska settings. 

Advancement to Internship:  Students must pass the clinical portfolio and at least conditionally pass their dissertation proposal defense before applying to advance to PSY 686.  In addition to passing the clinical portfolio and conditionally passing the dissertation proposal defense, students must apply to the local Program Director, by September 30 (the fall semester prior to the year during which the student seeks to complete the internship) stating their intent to advance to internship.  For most students this will mean that the application needs to be made in the fall of the fourth year in the program.  The program director will notify the core faculty committee, who will review each student's coursework, ensure that adequate progress has been made toward all prior milestones (i.e., clinical competency, community competency, research competency, doctoral dissertation proposal defense, and advancement to candidacy) before approving the student for internship and before writing a letter of support for the student.  Students must fully pass the clinical portfolio, the community portfolio and the dissertation proposal defense before starting Internship.  Failure to pass the clinical portfolio, the community portfolio and the dissertation proposal defense will result in the student not being eligible to enroll in internship credits.   

Predoctoral Internship (PSY 686):  A full-time, 18 credit (one-year) predoctoral internship is required.  This internship should meet the criteria laid out by the American Psychological Association (APA); selection of an Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC)-approved internship is encouraged.  Placements in Alaska are preferred, but not required.

APA Ethical Guidelines:  Strict compliance with APA Ethical Guidelines is required throughout participation in the degree program.  Violations can result in immediate dismissal from the program and failure to graduate.  Completion of an annual Disclosure Statement is also required.  Affirmative answers may result in dismissal from the program and failure to graduate.  The Disclosure Statement may be viewed at on-line here.



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University of Alaska Fairbanks
Department of Psychology

P.O. Box 756480
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775

telephone 907.474.7012
fax 907.474.5781


University of Alaska Anchorage
Department of Psychology

3211 Providence Drive, SSB 303
Anchorage, Alaska 99508

telephone 907.786.1640
fax 907.786.1669

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