PhD - Psychology: Mental Health Policy & Practice

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Are you a mental health counselor or administrator seeking to expand your knowledge in the areas of behavioral health policy and program management? The Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a specialization in Mental Health Policy and Practice program could provide you with the education you need to advance your career or help you to assume greater responsibilities in the field. Read on for more information about this Northcentral University online doctoral program.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Coursework offered in Northcentral University's Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a specialization in Mental Health Policy and Practice program could provide you with the opportunity to study administrative and management techniques, and concepts applicable to mental health policy development and clinical practices. Topics addressed in specialization courses include mental health policy evaluation and research methods, treatment effectiveness, strategic management in mental health organizations, policy and legal issues, and various therapies and treatments for mental health disorders. You will also study an overview of different mental health systems utilized in areas of behavioral disorders, education and criminal justice. Throughout the program, you will also take courses in statistical analysis and research design and methodology to help you develop and complete a final dissertation paper and oral presentation.

What Are the Prerequisites?

You should have a master's degree and some professional experience before enrolling in Northcentral University's Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a specialization in Mental Health Policy and Practice program. Strong organizational, analytical and decision making skills could be helpful for prospective students of this program.

What Are the Course Requirements?

You will be required to earn a total of 60 credits to successfully complete the Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a specialization in Mental Health Policy and Practice program. A total of 18 credits are taken in specialization courses. An additional 15 credits must be completed in the standard curriculum if you do not possess a master's degree in psychology or a related area. Coursework is taken in a specific sequence as shown below.

Standard Curriculum - if applicable

Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 7011History and Systems of Psychology
PSY 7012Professional Ethics, Law, and Psychology
PSY 7013Human Development and Functioning
PSY 7014Social Psychology
PSY 7015Biopsychology

Required Courses for the Mental Health Policy and Development Specialization

Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 7101Foundations for Doctoral Study in Psychology
PSY 7102Scholarly Writing and Professional Communication in Psychology
PSY 8500Mental Health Services Policy
PSY 7103Research Methods
PSY 8501Mental Health Administration and Management
PSY 7104Statistics I
PSY 8502Comparative Analysis of Psychotherapies
PSY 7105Tests and Measurements
PSY 8503Evidence-Based Treatments
PSY 7106Quantitative Research Design
PSY 8504Psychology and Finance
PSY 7107Statistics II
PSY 8505Mental Health and the Courts
PSY 7108Qualitative Research Design
PSY 7109Planning Dissertation Research in Psychology
CMP9500PComprehensive Exam
DIS9501PDoctoral Dissertation Research
DIS9502PDoctoral Dissertation Research
DIS9503PDoctoral Dissertation Research
DIS9504PDoctoral Dissertation Research

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of Northcentral University's Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a specialization in Mental Health Policy and Practice program, you could be prepared to assume executive or directorial positions in a variety of clinical or administrative settings. You might oversee the development and implementation of mental health or behavioral programs or policies for mental health clinics, federal or state government offices, hospitals, social services offices, or rehabilitation centers. Positions you could pursue include:

  • Mental Health Clinic Director
  • Mental Health Policy Administrator
  • Behavioral Health Program Director