Ph.D. in International Psychology - Washington D.C.
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Ph.D. in International Psychology

  • Washington, D.C.
  • Full-Time
  • 3 Years

The Chicago School’s Ph.D. in International Psychology program prepares graduates to assume leadership roles in multinational organizations or organizations with international missions. Offered at our Washington, D.C. campus, the Ph.D. in International Psychology program also offers the distinct feature of real-world training opportunities in addition to the required field experience. Attracting passionate and pragmatic learners who want to […]

The Chicago School’s Ph.D. in International Psychology program prepares graduates to assume leadership roles in multinational organizations or organizations with international missions. Offered at our Washington, D.C. campus, the Ph.D. in International Psychology program also offers the distinct feature of real-world training opportunities in addition to the required field experience.

Attracting passionate and pragmatic learners who want to make an impact in an increasingly diverse and global world, the international psychology program allows students to have the flexibility to complete a doctoral degree while balancing their personal and professional responsibilities. The goal of the program is to empower students to be advocates for international psychology initiatives in underserved and developing nations.

Internship Abroad

After completing 60 credits within the International Psychology program, students may voluntarily decide to decide to engage in an internship abroad 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.

Graduates of the Ph.D. International Psychology program will be prepared to apply psychological principles to affect policy,  help individuals and organizations better understand and collaborate with diverse cultural population, and to design and evaluate international programs in for-profit businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies.

Program Concentrations

Ph.D. in International Psychology: Washington D.C. Student Experience

Surrounded by much of the nation’s historical and cultural riches, students will have the opportunity to benefit from a location essential to much of the United States’ political, governmental, and multi-national affairs.

Expanding on the success of the Chicago, Los Angeles, and Orange County, Calif. campuses, the Washington D.C. campus reflects The Chicago School’s commitment to diversity and effort to expand mental health services to multicultural and underserved communities.

Students on the D.C. campus have access to many governmental institutions in the area and are therefore well-positioned to develop a multitude of strategic community partnerships with global organizations. The D.C. campus is located in the midst of a high concentration of governmental and non-governmental international organizations, including:

  • U.S. State Department
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • International Monetary Fund
  • Peace Corps
  • World Bank
  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • American Red Cross
  • Embassies of many countries
  • International and multi-national organizations
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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.

Psychology of Organizations and Systems from a Global Perspective

Provides students with the psychological knowledge of organizations and systems from the global perspective. Topics include community psychology, social psychology, environmental psychology, international organizations, contextualizing psychology, and role of professional organizations in shaping psychological practices.

Acculturation Psychology

Provides students with an opportunity to explore the psychological concepts of acculturation. Topics include: ethnic identity models, adaptation to multiple cultures, and the relationship between acculturation and psychological disorders.

Students participate in two required, minimum nine-day international Field Experiences at an international destination selected by the program (one in year two and the other in year three).

Field Experience I (Year 2)

All enrolled students will participate in a minimum nine-day field experience at an international destination selected by the program. Students should be aware of the following components of this experience:

  • Up to three of the nine days may be spent in travel.
  • Students will be in the country for up to seven nights and will have five to six full days for the field/service learning experience. Coursework will be based on the number of students in the cohort, available opportunities level of international experience, and professional interests.
  • The Chicago School creates professional agreements with one or more international organizations in the country in order to facilitate the course activities.
  • A minimum of one full-time Chicago School faculty member will accompany students during this first international field experience.
  • Students may not bring family or friends with them on field experience trips.

Field Experience II (Year 3)

Students are required to participate in a second field experience with their cohort for a minimum of nine days. While most students will participate in the option developed by the program, some students may be approved to select another option.

All enrolled students will participate in a minimum nine-day field experience at an international destination selected by the program. Components of this experience include:

  • Up to three of the nine days may be consumed by travel.
  • Students will be in the assigned country for up to seven nights, with five to six full days of field/service learning experience. The faculty member will design activities based on the number of students in the cohort, levels of international experience, and professional interests.
  • The Chicago School will arrange an agreement with one or more international organizations in country.
  • A minimum of one full-time Chicago School faculty member will accompany students during this international field experience.
  • Students may not bring family or friends with them on field experience trips.

Independent Field Experience

The second field experience requirement includes the option of an extended and independent opportunity for students who wish to collect dissertation data (with IRB approval), or to work with approved international academic partners. The Independent Field Experience II may only be conducted in countries where The Chicago School has an International Liaison Office (ILO) to ensure on-ground support and guidance. In order to apply for this option, students must complete the Independent Field Experience Checklist and Application.

Prior to application, the student must obtain IRB approval for data collection.

The application includes:

  • Student development of a syllabus for the trip, consistent with typical Field Experience II requirements
  • Approval from their Dissertation Chair
  • Approval from the IP Department Chair
  • Approval from International Liaison Office (see Resource Café for list)

If scheduled in advance, it may replace the cohort scheduled Field Experience II. The Chicago School is not responsible for any of the planning or logistical components of the trip. All costs (including travel, accommodations, and study activities) are the responsibility of the student. In order to receive credit for Independent FE, students must register for an Independent Study or one of the existing FE courses.

Students are responsible for the tuition cost, creating and obtaining approval for the course material, IRB approval, and contacting the International Liaison Office. Logistics, travel arrangements and all costs associated with the Field Experience II Independent Study are the sole responsibility of the student. Students should contact the office of Financial Aid to explore whether financial aid is available for this option.

Successful completion of both Field Experience courses is required for graduation from the program. Assessment of performance includes coursework and projects completed in the online course prior to the travel component, in addition to work assignments and projects conducted during travel (critical self-reflection). In addition to demonstrating integration of knowledge and concepts of the program, students are expected to demonstrate appropriate professional and ethical behavior on site during field experience.

Independent Internships

While the International Psychology program does not currently offer or manage internships abroad, students may apply for internships independently. In order to obtain The Chicago School of Professional Psychology elective credit for an internship, the student must provide an official position offer letter with contact information for the agency, and details of the acceptance dates/terms of internship. The internship may not substitute for Field Experience courses. Students are responsible for the tuition cost, creating and obtaining approval for the course material. Logistics, travel arrangements, and all costs associated with the Internship are the sole responsibility of the student.

Dissertation

Completion of an original dissertation research study is an essential aspect of the doctoral student’s academic experience and professional education. The dissertation represents the student’s ability to examine the literature on a psychological issue, identify a gap in the International Psychology field, and conduct research that will address global humanitarian issues. The dissertation represents the student’s ability to think critically and creatively about relevant research issues in International psychology, and to contribute to global improvement.

The International Psychology program requirements for dissertation research are as follows:

  • The dissertation must be international in nature and contribute to the overall international psychology literature (topic to be approved by the Department Chair, Departmental Dissertation Lead Faculty, and Dissertation Chair).
  • The standard of references and resources used in the dissertation must be peer-reviewed journals and professional publications in psychology (or related field such as social work, sociology, and organizational psychology). Additional resources may be incorporated at the discretion of the Dissertation Chair.
  • Students are not eligible to apply for graduation/commencement until they have successfully defended the dissertation (without substantial revisions). Participation in commencement includes application deadlines. Please consult Student Affairs for further information.

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Application to The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Ph.D. International Psychology program is open to any person who has earned a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in psychology, the behavioral sciences, or other field, and who meets other entrance requirements. Students applying to the Ph.D. in International Psychology (post-master’s) program must submit the following:

  • Application
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
    • Three or more years of work experience is preferred
  • Personal Statement
  • Official College/University Transcripts
    • Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned. The Chicago School requires that all schools be regionally accredited higher education institutions. Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official, sealed, and signed across the envelope flap when they arrive.
  • Previous Coursework
    • Organizations and Systems Concentration students must enter with a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and show evidence three courses of undergraduate or graduate psychology coursework with a grade earned of “C” or better. One course may be completed at The Chicago School per the policy referenced in the Progression Requirement section of the catalog.
    • Trauma Services Concentration students must enter with a master’s degree in Psychology or a related field such as Counseling Psychology, Pastoral Counseling, Social Work, Psychiatric Nursing, and/or Marriage and Family Therapy from a regionally accredited institution. In addition, at least one course is required in graduate statistics, plus one course in graduate abnormal psychology/psychopathology, AND one course in graduate trauma/crisis intervention, each with a grade earned of “C” or better.
  • Optional:  Official GRE scores may be used to enhance your application
    • You must arrange for your official GRE scores to be sent to the school. Our school code is 1119.
    • Students who have yet to take the GRE examination should contact them at GRE.org to register for an exam date.
    • Students who have taken the test within the last five years should contact them at GRE.org, to have their scores forwarded directly to the school.

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