Psychology Graduate Training in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)

General Information about the IDD Psychology Program

One of seven graduate degree program areas of Ohio State University’s Department of Psychology, the IDD Psychology Program specializes in training researchers and practitioners to work with people with IDD. The hub of program activity is the Nisonger Center, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) devoted to the interdisciplinary study of IDD. Relevant experience at the Nisonger Center can be gained through its School-Aged Autism and Developmental Clinic, Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry Study Program, and Behavior Support Services. Clinical and research experience are also available through Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Franklin County Programs.

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Program Orientation

The IDD Psychology Program is designed to produce researchers or practitioners in major leadership positions in the field. There are two specialization options leading to a Ph.D. degree available:

  • IDD Psychology – for students who are interested in any area of research relevant to IDD. Areas in which students have specialized in the past include instrument development, social supports, psychometric assessment, applied behavior analysis, sleep disorders, aggression, dual diagnosis, and autism spectrum disorders.
  • IDD and Clinical Psychology (APA-Approved) – a joint track with the clinical psychology program for students interested in adult or health-related issues in IDD clinical psychology. There are relatively few admissions for this specialization.

Program of Study

Graduate Students write a research-based Master’s thesis in IDD after two years of graduate study then prepare for the Candidacy Examination (CE). Successful completion of the CE admits you to Ph.D. candidacy. The doctoral dissertation is based on research into a specific aspect of developmental disabilities. Students in the clinical track are expected to complete one year of APA-approved predoctoral supervised clinical experience. Internships are available in the field of IDD. After graduation and postdoctoral training, you are eligible for psychology licensure in Ohio.

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Financial Support

Fellowships and teaching associate positions are available to first-year graduate students on a competitive basis. Research assistant positions are available through the Nisonger Center and allied programs. Employment at community agencies is available after completion of the Master’s degree.

IDD Psychology Faculty:

  • Walton, Katherine, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    IDD Psychology