Researching different degree options for graduate education in psychology can quickly become overwhelming. There are over 401 programs available in clinical, counseling, and school psychology, and they are divided into Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) programs. There is a lot of confusion and misinformation about what those doctoral-level degrees signify and various things to consider when deciding which of the two doctoral-level degree options might be a better fit.
Sarah Ruiz is a doctoral candidate at the University of Minnesota and is currently on clinical internship in Chicago. Her research interests include attachment development in the context of risk. Her clinical interests include medically-complex populations, and adolescents with internalizing and trauma disorders. In her free time she likes to run, try new restaurants, and spend too much time on the internet.