Research

The clinical faculty has a wide range of research interests, from neurodevelopmental approaches to schizophrenia, to personality disorders, to the impact of maternal depression on children. Training in research and scholarship occurs primarily through the student's research apprenticeship with a faculty mentor. At minimum, students all complete a master's thesis and a dissertation, but most of our students participate in a variety of research projects throughout their graduate careers. The Psychology Department also requires students to write and defend a comprehensive review paper, called the Qualifying Exam, to advance to doctoral candidacy, which usually includes a meta-analytic review. Most students publish their master’s theses, qualifying exams, and dissertations, which begin their contribution to the field as professionals.

Also central to the research experience at Emory are the Clinical Research Conference (CRC) and Departmental Colloquium. In the CRC, faculty, students, and invited speakers present research, discuss clinical material, and discuss the major controversies confronting the field of clinical psychology. The Psychology Department's Colloquium series invites scientists who are leaders in their field across the subfields of Psychology and related disciplines (e.g., neuroscience) as well as faculty in the broader Department to present their work to our department and to interact with our graduate students. In addition to the Clinical Research Conference and Departmental Colloquium series, students in their 2nd year and beyond present their work at an annual Emory University Clinical Psychology Research Day, in which we invite a distinguished speaker to join us for a day of student presentations and symposia.

In addition, students frequently attend Grand Rounds in Psychiatry (held on alternative Wednesday mornings), where leading scientists from around the country present their research. We have the advantage of proximity to and collaboration with a superb Psychiatry Department, where many of our faculty collaborate with colleagues on research on neuroimaging, genetics, treatment, and other areas at the forefront of contemporary clinical research.