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    JANUARY 26, 2006
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Study ranks clinical psych program ninth in nation

Temple’s doctoral program in clinical psychology ranks ninth in the nation based on the number of publications and citations of its full-time faculty, according to a study by Louisiana State University.

In a survey of 157 American Psychological Association-approved psychology Ph.D. programs, the study noted that Temple ranked 14th in publication rankings and eighth in citation rankings, combining for an impressive composite ranking of ninth overall.

Individually, professors Philip C. Kendall and Richard Heimberg were ranked fifth and 12th in the nation, respectively, on the number of publications and citations to their work, out of the total number of full-time faculty in all 157 programs.

The study, which was published in the journal Research in Developmental Disabilities, used objective data to rank the nation’s top clinical psychology Ph.D. program, in strong contrast to the popular but unscientific rankings done by U.S. News & World Report.

Other highly ranked programs included Penn, the University of Rochester, the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Yale, the University of California–Berkley and Vanderbilt University, according to the study.

“When I arrived at Temple in 1984, one of my main goals was to improve the national ranking of our program,” said Kendall, who served as director of clinical training from 1984 to 2001.
“It has been through the addition of great faculty that we have made the advances that were identified in the study.”

“Our clinical faculty are highly productive and visible researchers who, at the same time, maintain a keen focus on the implications their work may have for children and adults with mental disorders,” added Heimberg, who became director of clinical training in 2002.

“Indirectly, this recognition is also a tip of the cap to our doctoral students, who are deeply involved in all our research projects, and we hope it will help us attract quality doctoral students into the future.”

Barbara Baals