2014 Varda Shoham Clinical Training Initiative Grant Will Help School Bridge Gap between Research and Clinical Practice

The clinical psychology program (PsyD) at Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology has been awarded the 2014 Varda Shoham Clinical Scientist Training Initiative grant, a highly competitive award from the American Psychological Association (APA)’s Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP). Meant to bridge the gap between research and clinical practice, these grants are awarded to training programs to launch new projects or support ongoing initiatives that effectively integrate science and practice in their programs.

That is a core value of the clinical psychology program at Ferkauf, where students are exposed to a curriculum that joins relevant research and the scientific foundations of psychology with applied theory, field training and practical experience within a wide range of psychological services.

“The clinical program is committed to teaching our students lifelong skills that incorporate research to inform their clinical practice,” said Dr. Lata K. McGinn, associate professor and director of the clinical psychology program at Ferkauf. “This grant allows us to continue our ongoing initiatives to integrate clinical practice and research within our program. I am very pleased that [Assistant Professor of Psychology] Dr. Anna Van Meter took the initiative to apply for the grant on behalf of our program and delighted that APA’s Society for Scientific Clinical Psychology has recognized our accomplishments.”

The clinical program will use the grant to fund their new initiative to use clinical data in the school’s training clinic to inform and improve clinical progress.