Science and Practice in Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training


Address correspondence to Andri S. Bjornsson, Department of Psychology, University of Iceland, Aragata 14, 101 Reykjavik, Iceland. E-mail:


I evaluate the claim by Heatherington et al. (2012) that most clinical psychology graduate students are primarily educated in cognitive-behavioral theory and therapy. I point out some limitations with their data, in part by describing my own experience in a “CBT” training program. I further contend that even if better data are needed, there may be cause for concern, especially with reference to recent training guidelines. I believe that it is important to consider how young clinical psychology is as a profession and a science and that graduate students in clinical psychology need both pluralism and a thorough grounding in history in order to keep our field moving forward.