The Department of Psychology at The University of Montana is responsible for the dissemination of psychological knowledge to undergraduate and graduate students. The faculty, with student collaboration, are expected to advance psychological knowledge by conducting research and distributing the results to the psychological community. Fully accredited, the Department offers the B.A. degree, the M.A. degree and Ph.D. degrees in Clinical, Experimental and School Psychology, as well as the M.A./Ed.S. degree in School Psychology.
** Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Montana Identified as a "Hidden Gem" in Recent Study **
In a forthcoming article in the journal Training and Education in Professional Psychology, authors Jennifer Callihan, Camilo Ruggero, and Mike Parent conducted an analysis of the 233 doctoral programs in clinical psychology that are accredited by the American Psychological Association. Their goal was to identify programs that "produced exceptionally better outcomes than expected, given their predoctoral characteristics." Rather than relying on ranking systems that are often cited as indicators of program quality, the authors utilized two benchmarks of quality: 1) the program's match rate for internship placements, and 2) trainee's passing rates on the Examination for Professional Practice of Psychology, a standardized exam required for licensure as a psychologist. Based on these benchmarks, the authors identified the University of Montana as one of ten programs that has exceptionally good outcomes for students. Notably, the authors indicated that this ranking diverges significantly from the outcomes of other ranking systems. They note, "select programs appear to be value-additive during training and evidence a student body that is achieving markedly better than expected."
Source: Callahan, J.L., Ruggero, C.J., & Parent, M.C. (2013, October 14). Hidden Gems Among Clinical Psychology Training Programs. Training and Education in Professional Psychology. Advance online publication. doi:10.1037/a0034233