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Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (SDSU/UCSD) Records
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  • Scope and Contents
  • Arrangement Note
  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Source of Acquisition
  • Accruals and Additions
  • Related Materials
  • Preferred Citation
  • Historical Note

  • Contributing Institution: Special Collections & University Archives
    Title: Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (SDSU/UCSD) Records
    Creator: SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology
    Identifier/Call Number: MS-0530
    Physical Description: 2.50 Linear Feet
    Date (inclusive): 1959-2007
    Date (bulk): 1974-1995
    Language of Material: English .

    Scope and Contents

    The Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (SDSU/UCSD) Records (1959-2007) document the creation and development of the clinical psychology joint doctoral degree program. The collection also includes materials relating to the formation of the Child Abuse Interdisciplinary Training Program of San Diego, technical reports by Dr. Alan Litrownik and his colleagues, and a small collection of SDSU Department of Psychology materials. While some materials date as early as 1959 and as late as 2007, the bulk of the collection spans 1974 to 1995. The collection includes reports, meeting minutes, proposals, thesis abstracts, grant applications, correspondence, syllabi, and promotional materials. Arranged alphabetically, this collection is divided into five series: Joint Doctoral Program Files (1959-2007), Child Abuse Interdisciplinary Training Program Files (1986-1997), Research Studies and Reports (1978-2006), SDSU Department of Psychology Files (1962-1992), and Psychology Publications (1967-1989).
    The Joint Doctoral Program Files contain planning and development documents, including materials from the Joint Doctoral Steering Committee, the Curriculum Committee, and the Graduate Student Selection Committee. The series also contains materials from a variety of clinical psychology programs offered at other academic institutions, gathered as models for developing the program at SDSU/UCSD. Highlights of the collection include various drafts and revisions of the joint doctoral proposal, as well as the history of the development of the program, which offers a chronology of the milestones during its eleven years in development. Also prominent in the series are thesis oral defenses, spanning thirty years, which contain abstracts of student thesis topics.
    The Child Abuse Interdisciplinary Training Program Files document the various stages in the development of interdisciplinary training programs focused on child maltreatment. The bulk of the series is comprised of materials from two separate federally funded grants: the Child Abuse Interdisciplinary Training Program of San Diego and the San Diego Interdisciplinary Child Welfare Training (ICWT) Project. The former grant was originally awarded to ten universities around the country, and the collection includes grantee meeting minutes as well as materials from all ten grantee projects.
    The Research Studies and Reports series includes reports on a variety of research studies, primarily centered on child maltreatment. Prominent in this series are records from the consortium for Longitudinal Studies in Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN), a multi-site 20-year longitudinal research study.
    The bulk of the SDSU Department of Psychology Files correlate with Dr. Alan Litrownik's tenure as Chair of Department of Psychology, from 1981 through 1986. The series includes department meeting minutes and bulletins, as well as Litrownik's correspondence with alumni from the Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. The series also includes the early development of the clinical training model adopted by the department, including proposals and meeting minutes which date from 1962.
    The Psychology Publications series consists of two folders. One folder includes the first two issues of the American Psychological Society newsletter, published in 1988 and 1989, and the other folder contains the charter issue of Psychology Today magazine, published in 1967.

    Arrangement Note

    I. Joint Doctoral Program Files, 1959-2007
    II. Child Abuse Interdiciplinary Training Program Files, 1986-1997
    III. Research Studies and Reports, 1978-2006
    IV. SDSU Department of Psychology Files, 1962-1992
    V. Psychology Publications, 1967-1989

    Conditions Governing Access

    This collection is open for research.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. Permissions is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish.  Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

    Source of Acquisition

    Alan Litrownik

    Accruals and Additions


    Related Materials

    Oscar J. Kaplan Collection, 1941-1992
    Harry Steinmetz Papers, 1917-1986

    Preferred Citation

    Identification of the item, folder title, box number, Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (SDSU/UCSD) Records, Special Collections and University Archives, San Diego State University Library.

    Historical Note

    Plans for a SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program (JDP) in Clinical Psychology first began to germinate in March of 1978, when a meeting between representatives of the two universities resulted in shared interest in its development. In June 1979, a proposal was drafted for a joint doctoral program, "A Ph.D. in Social Work" between UCSD and SDSU's School of Social Work, in collaboration with SDSU's Department of Psychology.
    A few months later in 1979, the School of Social Work withdrew from negotiations, citing lack of "the proper faculty foundation" for a doctoral program in social work. In October 1980, a preliminary proposal circulated for a joint doctorate between the Department of Psychology at SDSU and the UCSD Department of Psychiatry.
    The program continued to take shape for five more years, with numerous committee meetings, proposal drafts, and negotiations. In July of 1985, Governor Deukmejian signed a budget bill to fund the joint SDSU/UCSD doctoral program in clinical psychology.
    One key figure in the development of the JDP in clinical psychology was Dr. Alan Litrownik, who served as co-chair of the Proposal Committee from 1981-1985, chair of the Department of Psychology from 1981-1986, and chair of the Joint Doctoral Steering Committee from 1985-1987.
    Dr. Litrownik focused much of his teaching and scholarly efforts on the social phenomenon of child maltreatment. These effort included participation as Co-Principal Investigator on two federally funded (Department of Health and Human Services) interdisciplinary training programs, and as Principal Investigator on a federally funded (Office of Child Abuse and Neglect, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development) multi-site 20-year longitudinal research study (LONGSCAN).
    The JDP was first accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1990, and has been reaccredited consistently since then. From its inception, the joint doctoral program has adopted the scientist-practitioner ("Boulder") model, which requires students to receive ongoing supervised clinical and research experience.
    The Joint Doctoral Program entered into its 30 th year in 2015, and continues in its goal to provide training and education to scientifically oriented research professionals, who will subsequently make significant contributions to the field of clinical psychology in their areas of specialization.