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Left to right: Interim Provost James Herbert, PhD; Dean Donna Murasko, PhD; Center Director Jennifer Schwartz, PhD; and Psychology Department Head Kirk Heilbrun, PhD, at the grand opening of the Psychological Services Center.

Each year, hundreds of grad-school hopefuls vie for a spot in Drexel’s clinical psychology doctoral program. In 2013, over 700 competed for just 10 coveted spots.

There’s a reason applicant numbers are so high: Drexel’s psychology faculty are among the top in the nation. From treating remote patients via Skype, to designing an app to aid individuals struggling with eating disorders, faculty in the department are taking the field in innovative new directions — and even getting a nod from the Dalai Lama in the process.

Now, with a new training clinic open this fall, competition for those few spots is about to get stiffer.

In Drexel’s Psychological Services Center, doctoral student clinicians will put theory into practice, offering state-of-the-art, evidence-based treatments and assessments to clients in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas.

“The students who receive training at the Drexel Psychological Services Center are among the strongest clinical psychology doctoral students in the nation,” says Center Director Jen Schwartz, PhD. “They benefit from the tremendous oversight and investment of department faculty — learning both the science and practice of psychology — and will be well poised to compete for the most highly sought positions post-graduation.”

Housed in a newly renovated, Zen-like space on the second floor of Stratton Hall, the clinic offers a sliding fee scale in an effort to make mental health treatments affordable and accessible to all.

The Center’s areas of specialty include:

  • Mood and anxiety disorders: Stress, depression, anxiety, phobias, trauma, grief, relational issues and identity concerns
  • Disorders of eating: Anorexia, bulimia, compulsive overeating and weight management, bariatric surgery evaluations
  • Behavioral medicine: Stress management, sleep disorders, concerns related to reproductive health and living with chronic pain or other physical health problems
  • Clinical neuropsychological assessments: Services for attention and executive functioning, learning and memory, concussion and mild traumatic brain injury and other neurological injuries and diseases
  • Child and adolescent services: Behavioral concerns such as ADHD, mood problems, social skills challenges, academic and school challenges, health risk behaviors and more
  • Forensic psychological assessments: Assessments of intellectual ability and adaptive function for justice-involved individuals

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