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Residency Requirements

Residency is an opportunity for new graduate students to assimilate into the field of psychology and the college experience.  This one year residency requirement meets one year of the two year requirement of the American Psychological Association (APA).  It also encourages the development of collegial, collaborative research and practice, relationships, mentoring, and the personal and professional attributes associated with success as a scientist-practitioner in psychology.

Doctoral students complete their residency requirements in two consecutive academic semesters during their first year. Students must be enrolled full-time. Full-time graduate study is defined as a minimum load of nine (9) hours of credit per fall and spring semesters.  Residency credit is contingent upon approval of logs submitted at the end of each semester or term of residency.

The fulfillment of the first-year residency requirements includes documented participation in appropriate extracurricular professional activities. Students will be expected to participate in a minimum of five (5) activities each semester, and to document these activities on the College of Education Residency Form.

Required Residency Activities 

  1. Participating in new doctoral student interviews (Spring, dates to be announced)
  2. Attending at least one candidacy proposal meeting (held throughout the year)
  3. Attending at least one candidacy defense meeting(held throughout the year)
  4. Attending at least one dissertation proposal meeting (held throughout the year)
  5. Attending at least one dissertation defense (held throughout the year)
  6. Submitting a research proposal for the April Houston Research Symposium
  7. Participation in “Brown Bag” lunch  seminars

Other activities considered appropriate for satisfying remaining Residency requirements include attendance and/or participation at the following:

  1. Graduate Student Organization (GSO meetings
  2. Local, regional, and national professional meetings and conferences relevant to psychology (e.g., HPA, TPA, TASP, SWEPA, APA, NASP, AERA)
  3. Program “town-hall” meetings
  4. Professional workshops*
  5. University, College, or Department-sponsored colloquia
  6. Off-campus professional lectures directly and clearly relevant to psychology
  7. Preparing for, delivering, and processing a lecture presented in an approved class