The Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP) program trains students to perform clinical assessments and conduct treatment with children, adolescents, and adults. Through a combination of classroom and practicum-based learning, the program prepares students to apply for the limited license in psychology from the State of Michigan. In line with the mission of Madonna University, the program embodies the Judeo-Christian emphasis on respect for the individual. The MSCP program teaches students to view people as complicated, multi-faceted individuals endowed with physical, spiritual, cognitive, and emotional dimensions. The program emphasizes respect for human diversity, ethical decision-making skills, and attention to underserved populations. Students become familiar with a variety of perspectives; however, the predominant theoretical orientation in the program is psychodynamic, with an emphasis on evidence-based approaches toward assessment and intervention. By studying contemporary psychodynamic theory, students develop an appreciation for the unique and idiosyncratic elements that contribute to an individual’s difficulties and learn to develop interventions accordingly.
New students begin the program only in the Fall semester. Although applications are accepted at any time, the review process begins on April 1st for the following Fall and available seats may fill quickly. Students who apply after the entering class is full may have their names placed on a waiting list if they are admitted. They will be contacted if a seat becomes available prior to the start of Fall classes. To apply, submit all of the following documents to the Graduate School:
After all these materials are received, the file is sent to the Psychology Department for review. After reviewing the completed files, the department then invites applicants who meet threshold criteria to campus for an application interview. At the time of the interview, applicants also complete an extemporaneous writing sample on an issue related to clinical psychology. The Dean of the Graduate School sends a letter regarding the decision, usually 2-3 weeks after the interview. An applicant receiving an offer of admission must respond to that offer within the time frame specified in the Dean’s letter. An applicant accepting an offer of admission must pay a non-refundable admissions deposit equal to one semester-hour of current graduate tuition. The deposit will be applied toward your second semester of enrollment. The deposit is non-refundable and will not be returned if you enroll then drop or withdraw prior to or during the first semester. Until this deposit is paid, a seat will not be held and may be given to another incoming student. Seats are limited in number. For further information, please contact the Graduate School.
Admission to the Master of Science in Clinical Psychology is based on the faculty’s evaluation of the applicant’s suitability for clinical training, as reflected in the following elements:
Applicants to the Master of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP) are required to submit a personal statement. To be most helpful to the admission committee, the statement should explain the student’s rationale for pursuing clinical training. What led to your decision to become a psychotherapist? What experiences have led you to seek training in this field? Describe any human service experience or field placement that has prepared you to work in mental health or social services. This information will help the committee assess whether an individual appears well-suited to work in this field. In addition, the statement should provide some information regarding your career goals. While many applicants may not know exactly what they would like to do, usually they have some general ideas. Some may wish to work in a clinic with children. Others wish to work in a forensic setting or with older adults. Some plan to combine their degree with other training or seek a doctorate. Applicants should provide as much information as they can about their plans and their reasons for those plans.
The statement should also address why the applicant is particularly interested in attending the MSCP at Madonna. What qualities of the program did the applicant find appealing? Why is the applicant well suited to our program, given our contemporary psychodynamic perspective? What is the basis for your interest in contemporary psychoanalytic psychotherapy?
Finally, the statement should highlight any personal qualities or capacities the applicant believes makes him or her well qualified to pursue a career as a therapist. The admission committee is particularly interested in determining whether prospective students are “psychologically minded.” This term refers to an individual’s propensity to seek psychological explanations for human behavior, and their capacity to do so. While there are not particular requirements for the length of the statement, as a general guideline, it should be at least five double-spaced pages.
|Course Sequence for MSCP*|
|Full-Time 2 Year Track
|PSY 5010 – Statistical Foundation of Measurement||1 s.h.|
|PSY 5100 Intro to Clinical Theory I: Psychoanalytical Approaches||3 s.h.|
|PSY 5500 Psychopathology in Adults||3 s.h.|
|PSY 5300 Psychological Assessment I||4 s.h.|
|PSY 5800 Ethics & Prof. Issues||3 s.h.|
|PSY 5110 Intro to Clinical Theory II: Non-psychoanalytical Approaches||3 s.h.|
|PSY 5550 Child Psychopathology||3 s.h.|
|PSY 5310 Psychological Assessment II||4 s.h.|
|PSY 5780 Intro to Psychotherapeutic Intervention||3 s.h.|
|PSY 5930 Clinical Psychology Practicum I||3 s.h.|
|PSY 5320 Psychological Assessment III||4 s.h.|
|PSY 6300 Statistics and Research Design||4 s.h.|
|PSY 6930 Clinical Psychology Practicum II||3 s.h.|
|PSY 5750 Psychotherapeutic Intervention: Children and Families||3 s.h.|
|PSY 6990 Clinical Psychology Practicum III||3 s.h.|
|PSY 6100 Bio Base of Behavior||3 s.h.|
|Program Total||49 s.h.|
|*The course sequence is subject to the approval of the student's academic advisor|
Licensure in Michigan
Program Director, Masters of Science in Clinical Psychology (MSCP)
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Ph.D., University of Detroit Mercy
M.A., Wayne State University
B.A., Michigan State University
I am a licensed clinical psychologist and joined the psychology faculty at Madonna University in 2022 as an Assistant Professor and Director of the Master's in Science in Clinical Psychology in the Department Behavioral and Social Sciences. I earned a BA in Multidisciplinary Social Science from Michigan State University, an ADN degree from Wayne County Community College, a MA in Anthropology from Wayne State University, a MS in Human Development and Mental Health Counseling and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from University of Detroit Mercy. I have worked in various multidisciplinary settings and have been involved in practice from 2004 to date. I've held a variety of academic, clinical and administrative positions including adjunct teaching, hospice nursing, Director of the Health Clinic and Mental Health Counseling Department for University of Detroit Mercy. I currently run a group practice in Ferndale MI. I have provided medical and psychological services to medically under-served populations both as a nurse and clinical psychologist in both inpatient and outpatient modalities.
My research interests include a focus on relationship dynamics, marital satisfaction, interaction analysis and empathic connection in communication. My teaching and research is grounded in an attempt to understand human behavior from a multidisciplinary perspective and is framed in a cross cultural paradigm.
Associate Dean, College of Education and Human Development
Associate Professor, Psychology
Ph.D., Arizona State University
M.S., Arizona State University
B.S., Wayne State University
Early in my career I investigated the neural mechanisms of drug addiction, primarily through the use of lab rats. Following my time in the world of animal research, I decided to take a position as a Research Psychologist with the U.S. Army. I spent several years traveling across the country to many of our outstanding military installations and working with Soldiers suffering from some of the "invisible" wounds of the war (i.e., posttraumatic stress disorder and/or traumatic brain injury). I was also part of a longitudinal study in which we administered neurocognitive test batteries and drew blood for genetic/proteomic testing from hundreds of Soldiers prior to their first deployment with the hope that this information might better help us identify some key behavioral and neurochemical predispositions to developing combat-related psychological disorders.
I am currently Chair of Madonna's Institutional Review Board, and I am the Faculty Advisor for Psychology Club and Psi Chi (Psychology's Honors Society).