Heather Schatten, PhD, Track Coordinator
The focus of the Adult Track is on the application of empirical behavioral science to the understanding and treatment of adult behavior disorders. The general goals are to promote the achievement of adequate levels of proficiency in the assessment and treatment of adult psychiatric disorders, and to prepare residents for careers that integrate clinical research with clinical practice. Clinical psychology residents are exposed to a broad spectrum of problems, ranging from mild to severe psychopathology. They develop skills in both assessment and intervention with a particular focus on the broad family of cognitive-behavioral interventions. In addition, clinical psychology residents become familiar with biological components of adult psychopathology and acquire an awareness of the utility of psychotropic medications commonly used in the treatment of severe psychopathology. Clinical psychology residents also receive specialized training in one or two treatment interventions (i.e., cognitive therapy, exposure-oriented behavior therapy, dialectical behavior group therapy, acceptance, and commitment therapy) suitable for outpatient cases. Issues relevant to the ethical and professional practice of psychology are stressed.