Our Faculty Compassionate and Intelligent Educators

Fifteen School of Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy faculty members play a role in the clinical psychology program. The core faculty consists of eight individuals who contribute more than half of their time to doctoral education. All of the core faculty members have attended doctoral programs and internships that are accredited by the American Psychological Association. Consistent with the training model employed, every effort has been made to attract scholars with strong interests in clinical practice and practitioners with strong scholarly interests and abilities. In addition to School of Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy faculty, the clinical psychology program also employ the talents of several affiliated and guest faculty members.


Sally Schwer Canning, Ph.D. Headshot

Sally Schwer Canning, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology
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James Cornwell, Ph.D.

Director of Research, Associate Professor of Psychology
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Ward Davis, Psy.D.

Director of Clinical Training, Professor of Psychology
John McConnell, Ph.D. Headshot

John McConnell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology
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Benjamin Pyykkonen, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychology Programs Director, Associate Professor of Psychology
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Sandra Yu Rueger, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology
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Mark Yarhouse, Psy.D.

Professor and Dr. Arthur P. Rech and Mrs. Jean May Rech Endowed Chair in Psychology, Director, Sexual & Gender Identity Institute

What are the differences between a Psy.D. and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology?

Learn more about why Wheaton is transitioning to a Ph.D. program and explore what route is best for you.

Scholar-Practitioner Development Clinical Training & Research Opportunities

The Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology combines research and practice, giving you plenty of ways to develop as a scholar-practitioner. During your doctoral studies at Wheaton, you will engage in exciting research, complete hands-on clinical training, and participate in a range of professional development opportunities.

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Clinical Training Opportunities

Build a foundation of clinical skills through practicum and clerkship experiences in a variety of settings, including mental health clinics, hospitals, and private practices. You'll also complete a full-time, year-long internship in a professional clinical setting. Past internship sites include university counseling centers, correctional facilities, VA hospitals, and community clinics.

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Faculty Research Labs

You'll hone your research and statistical analysis skills through a variety of courses, many of which take place within our faculty-led psychology research labs:

  • The Multicultural Peace & Justice Collaborative
  • Neurocognitive Functioning Lab
  • Psychology and Spirituality Research Lab
  • Sexual and Gender Identity Lab
  • Urban Community Health Lab
  • Youth Risk and Resilience Lab
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Dissertation & Professional Development

One of the hallmarks of doctoral program is your contribution of original, meaningful scholarly literature to the field. As you embark on your dissertation, you'll work closely with a faculty mentor to shape your ideas and methodologies.

You'll also have a chance to network with scholars and other Psy.D. candidates from around the world at through membership in professional organizations or attending academic conferences.

Next Steps

Ready to pursue your Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology and prepare to serve others as a compassionate, Christian practitioners? Request more information about our psychology doctoral program or start your application today.