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Vanderbilt offering new master’s in clinical psychological assessment

by | Mar. 20, 2014, 9:21 AM | Want more research news? Subscribe to our weekly newsletter »

by Kurt Brobeck

The field of psychology offers promising career growth, although most clinical settings require preparation at the doctoral level. Tennessee, however, is one of a number of states offering certification at the master’s degree level for professionals who want to practice as Certified Psychological Assistants under the supervision of a licensed clinical psychologist.

A new two-year program in clinical psychological assessment at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of education and human development will offer training and hands-on experience to candidates who wish to pursue employment in psychological assessment and diagnostic interviewing.

The Master of Education in Clinical Psychological Assessment degree program is designed primarily to train students to conduct psychological assessments with children and adolescents.

“Peabody has a long history of excellence in child development and adolescent psychology,” said Camilla P. Benbow, Patricia and Rodes Hart Dean of Education and Human Development at Peabody. “This new degree is a natural extension of our expertise working with children and families to promote well-being.”

Core areas of study will include cognitive, social and biological bases for development; psychological science and psychopathology; cognitive and personality/behavioral assessment; psychometrics; and professional ethics. Practicum experiences working alongside licensed psychologists are a critical feature of the program and a requirement in many states offering licensure at the master’s level.

Applications for admission to the new program are currently being accepted.

Learn more about the clinical psychological assessment master’s program.

Program contact: Ally Armstead, 615-343-4963

Media Inquiries:
Joan Brasher, (615) 322-NEWS