Offering focused study in
specialized areas of interest.
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Concentrations
Psy.D. students can choose one of the concentrations listed below that provide additional education and training in a specialized area of study. Detailed information, including course requirements, can be found in the Adler University catalog.
Advanced Adlerian Psychotherapy
This concentration provides advanced specialized training in the principles, techniques, and methodologies of Alfred Adler, often referred to as the first community psychologist. It enables qualified doctoral candidates an opportunity to obtain specialized knowledge and clinical skills, participate in supervised clinical experiences, and acquire a specialty in Individual Psychology and psychotherapy.
With three board-certified neuropsychologists on faculty, the Adler University offers this concentration to provide Psy.D. students and qualified professionals with the opportunity to develop an advanced level of competence in neuropsychology. As one of the fastest growing specialty areas in psychology, neuropsychology involves the study, evaluation, and treatment of known and suspected brain disorders using the methods of psychology.
Primary Care Psychology
More than four out of five physician visits are for problems with a significant psychological and/or behavioral component, such as obesity or diabetes. Our concentration in primary care psychology—another fast-growing area of modern psychology—integrates clinical psychology, behavioral medicine, and healthcare. Students learn evidence-based approaches and techniques related to key principles of primary care psychology, including mind/body interaction; pain definition and management; stress-related illnesses and treatments; the role of behavioral factors in physical and psychological well-being; and the application of psychological assessment and intervention techniques to acute and chronic illness. Understanding the impact of broader structural and systemic factors on well-being, and the role of the psychologist in healthcare delivery are emphasized. This concentration is well suited for those interested in practice in primary healthcare settings, such as hospitals, group medical practices, community clinics, HMOs, and family practice centers.
Substance Abuse Treatment
The Substance Abuse Treatment Concentration is designed to provide education and training in the prevention, intervention and treatment of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) disorders. Specifically, the coursework provides education in the theories, techniques and the core functions of substance abuse treatment, focusing on evidence- based research and the best practice standards.
Traumatic Stress Psychology
This concentration offers students specialized knowledge and training to provide therapy and assessment services for individuals with symptoms of traumatic stress, including people who have experienced combat, disasters, accidents or life-threatening illness, or interpersonal violence. Students learn the practice skills to provide these individuals with research-supported clinical services and the support they need to improve their psychological, physical, social, and vocational functioning. An understanding of the broader structural and systemic factors that impact survivors’ well-being is emphasized.