Doctors of Psychology: Their Career Experiences and Attitudes Toward Degree and Training

John M. Hershey, David A. Kopplin, John E. Cornell

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Of 132 graduates of the Baylor University PsyD program, 105 (80%) responded to a questionnaire on graduate education and career experiences. Respondents' postdoctoral experience averaged 8 years. Very high levels of satisfaction with quality of professional training and with career were reported in comparison with a recent survey of PhD clinical psychologists. Reports of dissatisfaction with graduate education and career or unfavorable attitudes toward the degree by others were rare. Most respondents described their professional self-view as "practitioner," and most reported employment in direct human services. Only 5% described themselves as "educators" or "researchers." Very few respondents reported any difficulties in obtaining employment as a result of their PsyD degree, and 44% reported advantages. The PsyD degree is not viewed, nor has it been experienced, as a second-rate credential by those who received it from the Baylor program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-356
Number of pages6
JournalProfessional Psychology: Research and Practice
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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