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Community Psychology FAQ
What is Community Psychology?
Community Psychology focuses on understanding, preventing and addressing
psychological and social problems and empowering individuals,
organizations, and communities. Community psychologists develop theory
and conduct research concerning the ecology if environments and the
relationships between people and their environments. We create,
implement, and evaluate interventions to address social problems, with a
particular emphasis on underserved, diverse, and disenfranchised
populations. The field also uses action research to improve the
quality of life for individuals, communities, and societies.
What are the similarities and differences between the community and clinical-community psychology programs?
The two programs overlap in a variety of learning experiences, including training in:
- Consultation and program evaluation in community settings
- Community prevention and intervention programs
- Principles and theories of community psychology
- Community-based research
- Teaching preparation and opportunities
- Supervised fieldwork opportunities
- Grant-writing course
However, there are differences in training between the two programs:
- Flexible & interdisciplinary curriculum
- Two years of supervised fieldwork experience
- Opportunity to specialize within a related content area (e.g., public policy)
- Global Growth Experience- opportunity to live, study, & research abroad
- Individual, family, and group psychotherapy
- Psychological assessment
- 3 years of supervised clinical practica experience
- 1 year of supervised fieldwork experience
- Clinical internship
- Licensure eligible
Do you offer a terminal master's degree?
No, we do not offer a terminal master's degree. Prospective students
apply to the PhD program, and once enrolled, one of the requirements is
to complete a master's thesis.
What if I have a master's degree?
The requirement to complete certain courses in the program may be
waived if the student has taken similar courses at a recognized
university. Waiving a course does not decrease the credit hours required
for graduation. The credit hours from a waived course need to be
replaced through an elective course which can be of the student's
choosing after consultation with their Program Advisor.
If a student earned a Master's degree at an institution other than
DePaul which included a data-based, research project related to the
appropriate area of psychology, the student may petition that the
Master's Thesis requirement be waived.
What does your mentoring model look like?
Students admitted to the program are matched with a faculty mentor.
Students typically do some of their graduate assistantship hours with
the mentor, and the mentor typically supervises their master's thesis
project. Although students are assigned to a faculty mentor when they
enter our program, students are encouraged to develop relationships with
other faculty and some students complete their comprehensive project
and dissertation under the supervision of another faculty mentor.
DePaul is a faith-based university. How would that impact my research training?
DePaul University's urban and Vincentian mission is consistent with the
research we do in the community psychology program. The largest Roman
Catholic university in the country, DePaul's mission is to serve the
marginalized and the poor – all persons, or all creeds. As
DePaul's President says, DePaul is a Catholic university, not a
university for Catholics. Thus, DePaul is very supportive of the work
that faculty and students do out in the community. To learn more about
DePaul's mission, please visit here
What do graduates of DePaul's Community Psychology PhD typically do?
Our graduates work in a variety of careers and settings. Examples of the
types of jobs they have are faculty at a university/college,
administrator or staff at a university/college, program evaluator,
independent consultant, executive director of a nonprofit organization,
and associate director of a program for underrepresented college
What are possible careers with a PhD in Community Psychology?
See the previous question. Other possible careers are policy analyst or
researcher, program developer and director, research staff at a research
firm, and program officer at a foundation or government setting, such
as the National Institutes of Health.