The Chicago School’s Ph.D. in International Psychology attracts passionate world learners who want to make an impact in an increasingly diverse and global society. The International program—the first of its kind in the nation—prepares graduates to assume leadership roles in multinational organizations or organizations with international missions. The program’s vision of empowering students and faculty to be advocates for international psychology initiatives is renowned and unrivaled.
Graduates are equipped with expert research and program evaluation skills coupled with a deep appreciation for the individual and group consequences of global events—tools that prepare them to apply psychological principles in the development of policy, to help individuals and organizations better understand and collaborate with diverse cultural populations, and to design and evaluate the efficacy of international programs.
Our curriculum offers excellent preparation in the foundation of international psychological study. Students are encouraged to choose their own specialization to support their personal interests and career focus. Two concentrations are available within the field of International Psychology: Organizations and Systems, or Trauma Services.
Each student works closely with a designated faculty mentor who offers guidance on potential career paths and international networking opportunities. Through faculty mentorship, opportunities for students to engage in scholarly activities are promoted, such as conference presentations and publications.
The Ph.D. in International Program also offers the distinct feature of two additional real-world training opportunities, in addition to their required field experience. Students can voluntarily decide to engage in either an Internship Option Abroad or Apprenticeship at TCSPP.
Internship Option Abroad*
After completing 60 credits within the International Psychology program, students may voluntarily decide to decide to engage in an internship to increase marketability post-graduation and/or to engage in cross- collaborative research. Internships can last anywhere between 1 semester to 3 semesters depending on the student’s interests and in-country organizations.
Apprenticeship at TCSPP*
After completing 60 credits within the International Psychology program, students may voluntarily decide to engage in the apprenticeship program for teaching if available within the department. Please refer to the TCSPP apprenticeship policy/procedure for further details.
*Note: Internship Abroad and Apprenticeship are options for students only when available. It is not guaranteed that these options will be available during a student’s program of study.
Organizations & Systems
Two required international field experiences (minimum of 9 days) - one field experience in year two and another in year three
Self-Care Strategies in Humanitarian Efforts
Examines the self-care strategies and issues that inform the processes of maintaining one's psychological well-being while working in traumatic settings or on missions. Topics include a variety of self-care strategies, preparation strategies, aftermath strategies, and incorporating lessons learned for future missions.
Assessment of Psychosocial and Mental Health Reactions to Traumatic Stress
Focuses on the various methods used to conduct psychological mental health assessments. Topics include assessing physical and psychological stress, psychopathology, isolation, and physical and social functioning.
Mental Health Interventions
Examines the principle intervention strategies likely to be used in an international trauma setting. Topics include evidence-based systems, the effects of local context, coping strategies, and strategies for those with medically unexplained somatic pain.
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