Psy.D. Program Evaluations

The accomplishments and the career paths of alumni provide important information as to program quality and training outcomes. We have kept in touch with our graduates as a means of assessing the extent to which the Psy.D. program is meeting its mission statement.

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In the summer of 2007, we obtained extensive feedback from 103 alumni who had graduated on or before December of 2006. On a five-point scale from 1 = strongly disagree to 5 = strongly agree, alumni provided the following average ratings for feedback about training:

Mean

  • 4.6 Grounded its training in the beliefs and practices of the Christian faith
  • 4.5 Produced highly competent clinical psychologists
  • 4.0 Trained psychologists capable of scholarly contributions
  • 4.5 Provided training in the interface of psychological and spiritual understandings of persons
  • 4.4 Emphasized and modeled professional practice as service to the Body of Christ
  • 4.2 Emphasized and modeled professional practice as service to the underserved, e.g., the poor

Feedback about specific content and method areas of training also was generally confirming of program quality. We also asked graduates to provide an overall rating of program quality on a 20-point scale ranging from poor to excellent. The average rating was 16.5 which corresponds to the beginning of the excellent range.

Employment information was strong, with 82 % reporting full-time employment, 14 % part-time by choice, and 2 % part-time, seeking full-time, and 2 % unemployed by choice. Employment settings were varied. The most frequent settings were private or group practice at 20 %, community mental health at 14 %, hospitals at 16%, and college teaching at 13 %. Licensure rates were heading toward 100%, with only three individuals not licensed-mainly because their employment setting (e.g., college teaching) didn't provide a strong incentive for licensure.

Wheaton Psy.D. graduates scored very well on the nationally administered EPPP (Examination for the Practice of Professional Psychology). Their average score was 152.2 out of 200 points, where 140 usually is a passing score.

Overall, this is a strong performance that compares very favorably with other doctoral programs in professional psychology. For example, we identified 47 programs and campuses that belong to NCSPP (National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology) in the official document summarizing EPPP scores. Then, we determined that the weighted average EPPP score for these groups was 147.3. In fact, Wheaton ranked in the 75th percentile among the 47 NCSPP programs and campuses listed in this document.

Wheaton Psy.D. graduates are generous with their time and services, providing an average of 7 hours of reduced-fee services per week, and 2 hours of free services per week. Alumni also reported that 36 % of their clients were low income or poor, and 31 % were racial minorities.

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