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Title: Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (SDSU/UCSD) Records, 1959-2007Add to your cart.
ID: MS-0530
Extent: 2.5 Linear Feet
Predominant Dates: 1974-1995
expand icon Historical Note

Plans for a SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program (JDP) in Clinical Psychology first began to germinate in March of 1978, when a meeting between representatives of the two universities resulted in shared interest in its development. In June 1979, a proposal was drafted for a joint doctoral program, “A Ph.D. in Social Work” between UCSD and SDSU’s School of Social Work, in collaboration with SDSU’s Department of Psychology.

A few months later in 1979, the School of Social Work withdrew from negotiations, citing lack of “the proper faculty foundation” for a doctoral program in social work. In October 1980, a preliminary proposal circulated for a joint doctorate between the Department of Psychology at SDSU and the UCSD Department of Psychiatry.

The program continued to take shape for five more years, with numerous committee meetings, proposal drafts, and negotiations. In July of 1985, Governor Deukmejian signed a budget bill to fund the joint SDSU/UCSD doctoral program in clinical psychology.

One key figure in the development of the JDP in clinical psychology was Dr. Alan Litrownik, who served as co-chair of the Proposal Committee from 1981-1985, chair of the Department of Psychology from 1981-1986, and chair of the Joint Doctoral Steering Committee from 1985-1987.

Dr. Litrownik focused much of his teaching and scholarly efforts on the social phenomenon of child maltreatment. These effort included participation as Co-Principal Investigator on two federally funded (Department of Health and Human Services) interdisciplinary training programs, and as Principal Investigator on a federally funded (Office of Child Abuse and Neglect, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) multi-site 20-year longitudinal research study (LONGSCAN).

The JDP was first accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1990, and has been reaccredited consistently since then. From its inception, the joint doctoral program has adopted the scientist-practitioner (“Boulder”) model, which requires students to receive ongoing supervised clinical and research experience.

The Joint Doctoral Program entered into its 30th year in 2015, and continues in its goal to provide training and education to scientifically oriented research professionals, who will subsequently make significant contributions to the field of clinical psychology in their areas of specialization.

Author: Kira Hall
expand icon Arrangement

I. Joint Doctoral Program Files, 1959-2007

II. Child Abuse Interdiciplinary Training Program Files, 1986-1997

III. Research Studies and Reports, 1978-2006

IV. SDSU Department of Psychology Files, 1962-1992

V. Psychology Publications, 1967-1989

expand icon Administrative Information
Acquired: 07/16/0015. 2015-022
Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Rights: The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. Permissions is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish.  Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
Acquisition Note: Alan Litrownik
Preferred Citation: Identification of the item, folder title, box number, Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (SDSU/UCSD) Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
Collection Material Type: Institutional Archives
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