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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. Within our generalist model of training you will find opportunities to pursue interests and achieve added depth in selected areas of practice and scholarship. Students may elect to pursue added depth in the following empasis areas: child, health/rehabiliation/primary care, or forensic psychology. 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 School of Professional Psychology inspires students to achieve excellence and to be innovative in the practice of health service psychology. We value social equity within the context of power, privilege and oppression. We focus on personal and professional identity development among students, faculty, staff, client and other stakeholders.
Building on our culture of innovation and a commitment to diversity, we strive to be the program of choice for health service psychology students, scholars and practitioners looking to engage in reparative justice.
Our core values unite us as an organization. They are the shared beliefs and essential principles that guide our behavior, our interactions with each other and our decision-making.
The School of Professional Psychology values:
- Social Justice
- Cultural Humility
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:
Michelle Schultz, Psy.D.
School of Professional Psychology
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
117 Health Sciences Building
Dayton, Ohio 45435-0001
Fax: (937) 775-3434
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 SOPP has three internal training facilities (which provide close supervision), plus many off-campus training sites that offer a comprehensive array of training opportunities. The Ellis Human Development Institute or Psychological Assessment Services are directly managed by SOPP and students are supervised by faculty. The Ellis Human Development Institute is a general practice clinic which provides low-cost, high-quality psychotherapy, counseling, and assessment services to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families in Greater Dayton region and Southwest Ohio. It is located about 20 minutes from campus, just west of downtown Dayton. Psychological Assessment Services offers specialized evaluation for learning disabilities and attention deficit disorder (ADHD). Psychological Assessment Services is located in the Health Sciences Building on the main campus. Students also have practicum placements at Counseling and Wellness Services, the university counseling center which is located on campus in the Student Union. Most students spend one year of their practicum work at one of these sites.