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The School of Professional Psychology (SOPP) is a separate School within the University structure. SOPP was among the nation’s first doctoral programs to develop a practitioner model program and to confer the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree. The SOPP believes that generalist education and training at the doctoral level best prepares psychologists to meet the current and future challenges posed by changes in health care delivery. As a university-based program, SOPP students benefit from campus resources.
With the most diverse faculty and student body of any psychology program in the region, the SOPP embraces its mission of serving the underserved and promoting cultural sensitivity and diversity appreciation. The SOPP remains committed to diversity in all its forms, an emphasis on social responsibility, the preparation of students for applying research and practicing in a broad array of settings, and an emphasis on lifelong learning and the welfare of others.
The SOPP educates students for excellence and innovation in the practice of psychology. We aspire to ensure training that is oriented to both personal and professional development within a challenging and respectful environment which values diversity among faculty, staff, students, clients, and community.
Preparing tomorrow's psychologists for a diverse world
The Psy.D. program prepares students to be diversity-competent clinical psychologists for practice in health service psychology. Our diversity-anchored program integrates theory, empirical evidence, and practice by providing generalist training and opportunities for training in emphasis areas. The program adheres to the profession-wide competencies and discipline-specific knowledge as outlined by the standards of accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA) through the lens of a practitioner training model.
For a doctoral psychology program to be eligible for accreditation by the APA, the program must be part of an institution of higher education that is regionally accredited by a nationally recognized body. Wright State University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). One of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States, NCA accredits post-secondary educational institutions in the central part of the country. To be an eligible internship program, a program must be organized with “adequate experiential exposure” to help prepare students for practice in psychology.
At the Wright State School of Professional Psychology, our Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) and doctoral internship programs have enjoyed the highest levels of accreditation bestowed by APA since 1982, the year of our first graduating class. In 2012, the PsyD program was reaccredited for seven years. The Doctoral Internship program received seven years’ reaccreditation in 2016.
American Psychological Association
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: (202) 336-5979
TDD/TTY: (202) 336-6123
Please direct questions to:
Cheryl Meyer, JD, Ph.D.
School of Professional Psychology
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
110 Health Sciences Building
Dayton, Ohio 45435-0001
Fax: (937) 775-3493
Founded in 1979 by Dr. Ronald Fox, the School of Professional Psychology doctoral program at Wright State University has been continuously accredited by the APA since 1982 as a practitioner model program. The School has two internal training centers. The first training site is the University’s counseling center, known as Counseling and Wellness Services (CWS), which is staffed by practicum students and interns who are supervised by faculty members and staff psychologists.
The second training site is the Ellis Development Institute, which opened in the fall 1989 as the fulfillment of the vision of the faculty of the School of Professional Psychology. The training mission, the range of services offered at the institute, its location within a major urban renewal area, and the administration of the facility by the SOPP have set the Ellis Institute apart from any other facility in the state of Ohio, and possibly within the United States. The primary goals of the Institute are: to provide and train for the next generation of practicing psychologists, to assist in meeting individual and community needs, to overcome human problems, and promote human effectiveness through utilization of the clinical and educational resources of the SOPP.