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  • Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology

    • Bruce Hall, Suite 201
    • tel: 610-499-1206
    • fax: 610-499-4625
  • Lauren Naylor

    • Graduate Admission Support Specialist
    • Kapelski Learning Center Room 120
    • tel: 610-499-4188


Research Experience, Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology

Research Highlight

chop research

Dr. Andrea Perelman '14

Dr. Andrea Perelman in the PsyD school psychology track conducted a research project with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), where she examined the provision of mental health care for families with an infant in the NICU. Read more about her research.

Research Highlight

Dr. Paola Munoz '14

Dr. Paola Munoz’s dissertation topic explored the use of attachment theory to understand the plight of families and children living in areas of war. Watch video.

Research Highlight

understanding the injured brain

Understanding the Injured Brain

The increased attention on brain injuries has been central to promoting further research and study in Widener’s Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology (IGCP). Read more.

The dissertation helps cultivate the doctoral candidate’s scholarly ability and enhances the candidate’s ability to integrate theory, research, and practice.

Students in the clinical psychology doctoral degree (PsyD) program will learn a variety of skills such as how to formulate a problem, understand the problem through the use of relevant literature, critique studies and theoretical positions in the literature, and anticipate the next developments on the topic.

All of these skills are ones that will help eventual graduates to function as local clinical scientists able to generate and study questions in whatever practice setting they find themselves.

Our students work together with expert faculty on their projects, and many of our students collaboratively present their research findings at local, national, and international conferences. Finally, a number of dissertations each year are published in peer-reviewed journals as contributions to the scholarly clinical literature.

Recent Dissertations Topics

  • A Strengths-Based Assessment of Young Adults Raised as Children of Lesbian Adoptive Mothers: Identity Development, Peer Relationships, Stigma and Passing.
  • Questionably Valid Baseline Scores on ImPACT in a Division III Athletic Population: Rates and Influential Factors.
  • A Best Practices Guide in Social Skills Training for Kindergarten Teachers of Children with High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Combating Teacher Turnover: Development of a Consultation Program for School Psychologists to Assist in the Retention of Novice Teachers.
  • The Effects of Rorschach Coverage on the Internet on Examinees’ Ability to “Fake Good” in a Simulated Child Custody Context.