Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology
First Committee Member
Christopher L. Heavey, Chair
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
Graduate Faculty Representative
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Attempts to understand the nature and course of advising relationships in clinical psychology doctoral training have been limited in number and scope. Furthermore, they have almost universally applied theoretical models derived for the explanation of different types of relationships, with very little empirical inquiry aimed at examining the advising relationship as it actually exists. The present study sought to better understand advisory relationships in clinical psychology doctoral training and propose a theoretical model related to the dimensions of the relationship that emerged.
This was accomplished via semi-structured interviews with 18 clinical psychology Ph.D. candidates from training programs across the United States. There were four prominent themes which emerged from the interviews. First, participants consistently noted the importance of the interpersonal aspect of the relationship. Second, participants discussed the various goals of the advising relationship including: facilitating progress, developing research skill, and receiving professional advice. Third, participants noted contextual forces which shaped the relationship including: their history, the research lab and the department. Fourth and finally, participants discussed the dynamic nature of the relationship noting both gradual changes and critical shifts over time. These four themes were then integrated into a proposed theoretical model and contextualized within the prevailing literature.
Counseling; Counselor and client; Interpersonal relations; Physician and patient
Clinical Psychology | Interpersonal and Small Group Communication
Emke-Francis, Paula M., "The Advisor-advisee relationship: A qualitative study of advisee perspectives" (2010). UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones. 884.