Exploring Psychology


Clinical Psychology

Clinical psychology specializes in the classification, assessment, and treatment of behavioral and emotional disorders. Emphasis is placed on using science to inform clinical practice in a wide variety of settings. For example, clinical psychologists are interested in studying what treatments work best for certain individuals and applying this knowledge to the development of innovative methods to prevent and treat mental-health difficulties. Clinical psychologists work in a range of settings including private practice, medical centers, non-profit organizations, schools, and government agencies. Undergraduate training in clinical psychology can also help prepare students for future careers in social work, psychiatry, counseling, and school psychology. NIU has several clinical psychology faculty and offers coursework providing a strong clinical psychology foundation. 


Core Courses:

  • PSYC 315: Behavior Disturbances in Children
  • PSYC 316: Introduction to Psychopathology
  • PSYC 351: Introduction to Psychological Tests
  • PSYC 413: Clinical Psychology Laboratory
  • PSYC 417: Principles of Behavior Modification
  • PSYC 418: Introduction to Clinical Psychology