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Clinical Psychology at NDSU

What Is Clinical Psychology?


Clinical Psychology
integrates science, theory, and practice to understand, predict, and alleviate maladjustment, disability, and discomfort as well as to promote human adaptation, adjustment, and personal development. Clinical Psychology focuses on the intellectual, emotional, biological, psychological, social, and behavioral aspects of human functioning across the life span, in varying cultures, and at all socioeconomic levels. - American Psychological Association, Div. 12

Clinical psychologists, including those at NDSU study topics such as:

  • understanding depression and the treatment of depression
  • how emotions impact decisions and behavior
  • causes of and treatments for poor health behaviors (e.g., smoking, alcohol abuse)
  • eating disorders,
  • suicidal thoughts and behavior,
  • self-regulation
  • how stress affects health and biological functioning in humans,
  • and more.
Graduate Programs


Prospective graduate students interested in clinical psychology may apply to our Psychological Clinical Science Ph.D. program.

Undergraduate Courses


Undergraduate courses we offer that are related to clinical psychology include:

  • PSYC 211 - Introduction to Behavior Modification
  • PSYC 212 - Psychological Aspects of Drug Use and Abuse
  • PSYC 270 - Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYC 360 - Animal Behavior
  • PSYC 380 - Clinical Psychology
  • PSYC 381 - Understanding Suicide and its Impact
  • PSYC 382 - Self-Injury: Recognition & Treatment
  • PSYC 472 - Advanced Psychopathology
  • PSYC 473 - Child Psychopathology and Therapy
  • PSYC 481 - Health Psychology
Clinical Psychology Faculty and Research at NDSU
FacultyResearch interest(s)
James R. Council, Ph.D.History of psychology, personality, hypnosis
Keith F. Donohue, Ph.D.Cognitive and emotional influences on the consequences of alcohol intoxication
Kathryn H. Gordon, Ph.D.Disordered eating and suicidal behavior
Robert Dvorak, Ph.D.Self-regulation of health-risk behavior
Clayton Hilmert, Ph.D.*Stress, psychophysiology, and health
Leah Irish, Ph.D.*Sleep, stress, health behaviors
Michael Robinson, Ph.D.*Personality, emotion, cognition, self-regulation
Paul D. Rokke, Ph.D.Cognition and emotion, cognitive vulnerability to depression
Wendy Troop-Gordon, Ph.D.*Peer relationships and developmental psychopathology

*Clinical psychology related labs

Clinical Psychology Resources


Tell me more about clinical psychology - 
APA Division 12, Society of Clinical Psychology


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Department of Psychology
North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-8622 / Fax: (701) 231-8426
Campus address: Minard Hall 232 
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2765 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Department Chair: James Council, Ph.D.
Page manager: NDSU.psych@ndsu.edu

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014 10:23:00 AM