UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology (CNCSP)

Other Pages In Degree and Credential Programs

Chair: Merith Cosden

The Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology offers a course of study leading to a Ph.D. with specializations in counseling psychology, clinical psychology, or school psychology. An M.A. in Counseling Psychology is offered en route to completing the Ph.D., but is not offered as a terminal degree. The Department of Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) as a Combined Psychology program. Students are admitted to one of the specializations and receive a common core of training, followed by advanced training in their area of specialization. The degree awarded is in Counseling, Clinical, and School Psychology with the student’s area of specialty (counseling, clinical, or school) also designated on their transcript.

The doctoral program adheres to a scientist-practitioner training model and provides students with both research, and practitioner knowledge and skills. The program’s primary goal is to train students who are interested in academic and research positions; a secondary goal is to prepare psychological service providers who will exercise influence on professional psychology through teaching, research, and leadership. The organizing themes that integrate the identity of the Department are the values of human diversity and individual differences, health and development across the lifespan, and ecological (e.g., family, school, community) influences on human behavior.

The Department also offers a master’s of education (M.Ed.) with an emphasis in school psychology. Students pursuing the M.Ed. are oriented toward service delivery and focus upon the implications of research findings in psychology and education for psychological services in school settings. The school psychologist is pivotal to the provision of comprehensive support services to teachers, students, and parents. Comprehensive support service includes prevention, assessment, and intervention programs for all children in preschool through grade 12. The primary objective is to train school psychologists to enhance the learning and development of students and to assist those who have academic or social-emotional challenges or need special education services. Students receive a Pupil Personnel Services credential approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and the National Association of School Psychologists.

Interviews are scheduled for the most highly qualified applicants who meet admission criteria and have interests well suited to faculty interests.