Doctorate in Psychology Degree Programs in Washington
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Overview of Doctorate in Psychology Degree Programs in Washington

The field of psychology covers just about every human experience, thought, and emotion. With a basic understanding of psychology, you may understand the motivation and thought processes behind certain actions, but advanced study is required to apply this knowledge to real-life situations. That's why many Bachelor's degree graduates aim to complete their education at PhD psychology programs Washington options.

In addition to PhD options, many schools have PsyD programs for students who hope to work in clinical settings. Each program has its own strengths and areas of focus, which is why it is important to weigh your options early and get in touch with advisors.

By contacting schools early, you can take your time comparing academic requirements, exploring the publications that have come out of each school, and figuring out which school feels like a good fit.

Keep reading to learn more about earning a PhD or PsyD, then contact Washington schools to get started.

Getting Your Doctorate Degree in Psychology in Washington

There are many ways to narrow down doctorate programs in Washington. First, you may want to contact each school and get more information on advisors and those who are accepting students. Throughout the duration of your education, you conduct extensive research on one subject or question. This research is the foundation of your dissertation, the largest body of work you produce as a student. Most advisors only accept students whose research intentions are similar to their own, which is why it is particularly crucial to outline your goals and interests ahead of time.

You can also compare schools based on their academic expectations and curricula. You may find that there are slight differences between PhD and PsyD programs, although clinical PhD programs are very similar to PsyD options.

As a clinical PhD student, your curriculum may include courses like:

  • Issues in Clinical Psychology
  • Statistics and Data Analysis
  • Seminar in Child Psychology
  • Statistical Computation
  • Core Concepts in Systems of Psychotherapy
  • Research Methods in Clinical Psychology
  • Linear Models and Data Analysis
  • Behavior Change
  • Approaches to Child Treatment
  • Assessment of Intelligence

PsyD courses are similar, although there are generally fewer specialized study options with this type of degree. You may be able to work with a specific population and focus your clinical hours on the needs of your chosen population.

Typical PsyD courses include:

  • Clinical Medicine
  • Psychophysiology
  • Psychopathology
  • Learning Theory
  • Lifespan Development
  • History and Systems of Psychology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Individual Differences and Personality Theories
  • Consultation and Supervision
  • Assessment of Personality and Intelligence
  • Foundational Clinical Skills
  • Cultural Competency

Working With Your Doctoral Degree in Psychology in Washington

The licensing of psychologists is regulated by the Washington State Department of Health. To become licensed in Washington, you must pass the National Written Examination and the Washington State Jurisprudence Examination. The Department of Health examines your transcripts and your supervised experience to ensure that you meet the minimum licensing standards. Upon earning your initial license, you can begin working independently within your scope of practice in various care settings.

With experience, training, and a license, you may pursue a career in academia or a career in healthcare. In Washington, clinical, school, and counseling psychologists earn an average of $68,350 per year (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016). Job openings in these specialties are expected to increase 19% through the year 2022 (O*Net, 2016). Psychology professors report an average salary of $65,220 annually (BLS, 2016).

Psychology professor job openings may jump 24% during this time, according to O*Net (2016).

Whether you want to earn a PsyD or PhD in psychology, Washington schools have several options to consider.

Get more information by contacting doctorate in psychology Washington programs listed below.



Featured Online Doctorate in Psychology Programs:


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Antioch University Seattle (Seattle, WA)
Programs Offered:
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology - Adult psychotherapy
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology - Art therapy
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology - Child and family systems
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology - Community Counseling & Psychology Clinic
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology - Forensic psychology
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology - Health Psychology
Argosy University (Seattle, WA)
Programs Offered:
Doctor of Education in Counseling Psychology - Seattle, WA
Doctor of Education in Counselor Education & Supervision (Atlanta)
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
Northwest University (Kirkland, WA)
Programs Offered:
Doctor of Psychology in Psychology - Counseling Psychology
Seattle Pacific University (Seattle, WA)
Programs Offered:
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education
Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology - Industrial/Organizational
University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
Programs Offered:
Doctor of Philosophy in Rehabilitation Science
PhD in Educational Psychology - Human Development & Cognition
PhD in Educational Psychology - Learning Sciences
PhD in Educational Psychology - Measurement, Statistics & Research Design
PhD in Educational Psychology - School Psychology
PhD in Psychology - Adult Clinical Area
PhD in Psychology - Animal Behavior
PhD in Psychology - Behavioral Neuroscience
PhD in Psychology - Child Clinical Area
PhD in Psychology - Cognition and Perception
PhD in Psychology - Developmental Psychology
PhD in Psychology - Social Psychology and Personality
Washington State University (Pullman, WA)
Programs Offered:
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology
PhD in Psychology - Adult psychopathology
PhD in Psychology - Behavioral medicine
PhD in Psychology - Biological
PhD in Psychology - Clinical
PhD in Psychology - Clinical child and family psychology
PhD in Psychology - Cognition
PhD in Psychology - Experimental
PhD in Psychology - Neuropsychology
PhD in Psychology - Sensation and Perception
PhD in Psychology - Social/organizational



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