PhD in Psychology, Specialized in Mental Health Policy and Practice
More than 20% of adults have some mental health issues, creating a critical need for better understanding and treatment. The PhD-PSY in Mental Health Policy and Practice specialization offers a strong base in theory and research, promotes an awareness of ethics and a respect for diversity, and will help you advance your critical thinking and communication skills. Taught by professors who all hold doctoral degrees, you will appraise literature on the application of behavioral health and organizational management, develop a working knowledge of forensic casework, and gain an in-depth understanding of financial issues related to mental health policy and practice. Graduates assume senior leadership positions in the field of behavioral health service organization and delivery, state government or private enterprise. You will also gain the skills to supervise therapists and psychologists with varying backgrounds, as well as conduct training or teach at the graduate level.
Note on Licensure: The Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology program is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology or counseling professional.