The educational and training philosophy of the School of Professional Psychology (SOPP) explicitly emphasizes generalist training at the doctoral level. Accordingly, the faculty has designed course work, clinical practica, and other educational experiences to give students broad exposure to theoretical models, clinical skills, and professional roles that prepare students for the current and future practice of psychology.
The SOPP's curriculum has been organized around competency areas fundamental to the practice of psychology: relationship, assessment, intervention, basic science/research and evaluation, consultation/education, management/supervision, and diversity. SOPP students demonstrate mastery of the seven core competencies as they proceed through course work and their clinical practicum training.
Clinical Psychology and the Practitioner Model of Training
The School of Professional Psychology (SOPP) at Wright State University was among the first doctoral programs in the country to develop a practitioner model program and to grant the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degree. The SOPP was founded in 1978 and accepted its first students in 1979 and has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association since the graduation of its charter class in 1982.
As a practitioner model program, the SOPP focuses on training students for professional practice. The SOPP's educational and training goals are summarized in its Mission Statement, which was revised and expanded by SOPP faculty in 2011.
The School of Professional Psychology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association (APA).
For questions regarding accreditation, contact the APA at:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
The Psy.D. Degree
The Doctoral of Psychology degree is designed for individuals who have been educated for the professional practice of psychology. It is the degree awarded by most doctoral programs nationwide that emphasize training for practice. Today, approximately half of all professionals in the United States trained in clinical psychology are trained in programs that follow a practitioner training model. In the 1970s when the SOPP was founded, the Psy.D. degree was still somewhat new. Now, however, the degree is well established, and the Psy.D. degree is accepted by all state and federal regulatory bodies and by virtually all employers. It is widely regarded as the appropriate degree for practitioner model doctoral programs.
A Focus on Generalist Training
Our educational program has a training philosophy that explicitly emphasizes generalist training at the doctoral level. Accordingly, we've designed our coursework, clinical practica, and other educational experiences to give students a broad exposure to theoretical models, clinical skills, and professional roles fundamental to the present and future. The SOPP faculty believe generalist education and training at the doctoral level best prepares students to meet the current and future challenges posed by changes in health care delivery, while capitalizing on practice opportunities in the rapidly changing world of professional practice.
Within the school's generalist model of training students find opportunities to pursue interests and achieve added depth in selected areas of practice that will allows a student to pursue specialty training in internship or postdoctoral training programs. Students may elect to pursue added depth in the following emphasis areas: child, health/rehab/neuropsychology, or forensic psychology.
A Competency-based Curriculum
The curriculum of the SOPP is organized around competency areas fundamental to the practice of psychology: relationship, assessment, intervention, basic science/research and evaluation, consultation/education, management/supervision, and diversity.
SOPP students demonstrate mastery of the seven core competencies as they proceed through coursework and clinical practicum training. To be approved for internship, SOPP students must demonstrate their competence in each of the areas in the Comprehensive Clinical Examination (CCE).
Diversity and the Educational and Social Context
The SOPP continues to devote itself to ensuring diversity throughout the program. In recent years, approximately half of the SOPP student body has been comprised of ethnic minority and international students. In addition, the school has accommodated a number of students with physical disabilities.
Students with Disabilities
Wright State University offers a number of support services and a highly accessible campus for students with disabilities. On the main campus, most buildings are connected via a system of underground tunnels to help all students navigate the campus, particularly in inclement weather. SOPP's facilities are fully accessible as well as the school's clinical training facility at the Ellis Human Development Institute, located downtown in Dayton.
Open to All
Our university-based doctoral program enables SOPP students to have access to all university facilities and activities. In addition, the school maintains computer stations at on campus and at the Ellis Institute. The computer stations are outfitted with software for psychological test scoring and interpretation, and statistical analyses.
As part of a university-based program, students may also participate in numerous sports hosted by the students and faculty. You can take advantage of the university's physical fitness center, indoor swimming pool, sauna facilities, and a gym equipped with free weights and the latest in cardiovascular fitness machines.
Tuition, Fees, and Financial Support
Because Wright State is a state-supported university, tuition and fees for SOPP are modest when compared to those of other similar doctoral and professional programs in psychology. In addition, the SOPP will provide more student support to its students than most programs in the country. In recent years, the SOPP has provided assistance to its students in the form of scholarships of various kinds and stipends from some practicum sites.