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Education The Faculty Graduate Schools Graduate School of Behavioural and Social Sciences Research Master

specialization|Clinical Psychology

theme|Mental Health: perspectives from Neuro- and Clinical Psychology

Research themes

Students in the Clinical Psychology specialization will focus on explaining key features of psychopathology shared by many of the psychiatric disorders and to translate these findings into clinical applications. We follow a trans-diagnostic approach with a current focus on cognitive-motivational processes and interpersonal functioning.

Two key features that are highly invalidating and shared by many disorders are the unintentional / automatic occurrence of (i) negative intrusive thoughts or memories, and (ii) invalidating impulsive and reflexive behaviours. The main goal of the research of the expertise group is to explain the origin, persistence, and recurrent nature of these apparently uncontrollable symptoms; identify risk factors for the development of these symptoms; and to design and test interventions that may help to reduce or prevent the occurrence of these symptoms across disorders.

Research Group

The Clinical Psychology specialization is organized by the Clinical Psychology and Experimental Psychopathology expertise group.

Multidisciplinary programme

The Research Master with specialization Clinical Psychology is part of the theme Mental Health: perspectives from Neuro- and Clinical Psychology within a multidisciplinary programme.

Theme courses Mental Health: perspectives from Neuro- and Clinical Psychology (15 EC)
  • MH: a multidimensional perspective
  • MH: advanced research methods
  • Clinical interventions and e-health for adults and youth
Specialization courses Clinical Psychology (10 EC)
  • Evidence-based interventions
  • Experimental psychopathology
Possibility to do a clinical traineeship (20 EC)

For students from this theme it is possible to arrange a clinical traineeship instead of a research traineeship. A clinical science traineeship allows a student to work in clinical practice from a scientific perspective.

A student conducting a clinical traineeship follows a fixed programme. It is mandatory to have completed the theme course Clinical interventions and e-health for adults and youth before the start of the clinical traineeship.

Elective courses (10 EC)
  • Research in Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Development, learning and instruction
  • Complexity, dynamics and development
  • Economy and society: Critical transitions in Advanced Industrialised Societies
  • Solidarity and social contexts
  • Researching power and leadership
  • Understanding working life: Major Theories and Research Trends in Organizational Psychology
  • Cultural psychology
  • Diversity in society: current issues and challenges
  • Environmental psychology
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Multilevel analysis
  • Structural equation modelling
  • Statistical analysis of social networks
  • Statistical modelling of single cases
  • Literature study
Compulsory modules for all students (85 EC)
  • How to theorize
  • Reflecting on science and integrity
  • Multidisciplinary research in action
  • Advanced statistics
  • Applied statistics
  • Elective statistics course
  • Seminars
  • Traineeship
  • How to write an effective research proposal
  • Master’s thesis

Specializations in this theme:
Clinical Neuropsychology | Clinical Psychology | Psychometrics and Statistics

For questions about the MH theme contact j.p.wessel

Last modified:05 September 2023 3.00 p.m.