An essential feature of a university-based doctoral program is a commitment to scholarship. Students complete a clinical dissertation, which provides an opportunity to investigate a clinically relevant topic and to meaningfully contribute to the profession. Commencing with the 2013-14 Psy.D. entering class, students will develop and implement their scholarship and complete their clinical dissertations within the Applied Scholarship Community (ASC) Model.
A variety of inquiry strategies may be employed for the dissertation. These include: quantitative and qualitative studies, program evaluation, meta-analysis, theoretical scholarship, community-based action research projects, critical analysis of the literature, clinical application and analysis, and program or model development. Work on the dissertation commences in the first year and students are given extensive support throughout the dissertation development process.
From The Clinical Dissertation Handbook, Pepperdine GSEP, Doctor of Psychology Program, updated October 2016.