Department of Psychology

Co-occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders

Students in the COSUD concentration engage in coursework and training in evidence-based practices for the assessment and treatment of substance use, and co-occurring mental health problems.

Students will receive research and clinical training from faculty who approach the problem of substance abuse from multiple research and applied perspectives (e.g., neuroscience, behavioral, and social psychological). The COSUD concentration is designed to be consistent with the requirements for APAPO's Certificate of Proficiency in the Treatment of Alcohol and Other Psychoactive Substance Use Disorders. Graduates are encouraged to seek this certification after becoming licensed as psychologists. Post master’s degree, students may also elect to pursue licensure as a Clinical Addictions Specialist in North Carolina.

COSUD Concentration Requirements

In addition to course requirements for all doctoral students, students seeking a PhD in the Co-occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders concentration will take:

  • PSY 525 – Psychological Assessment I Credits: 3
  • PSY 526 – Psychological Assessment II Credits: 3
  • PSY 545 – Chemical Dependency Credits: 3
  • PSY 549 – Basic Interviewing Skills in the Treatment of Substance Abuse Credits: 2
  • PSY 594 – Clinical Practicum Credits: 1-3 (4 credits required)
  • PSY 651 – Theory and Techniques of Evidence-based Substance Use Treatment Credits: 3
  • PSY 694 – Intermediate Clinical Practicum: Co-occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders Credits 1-3 (4 credits required)
  • PSY 794 – Advanced Clinical Practicum: Co-occurring Substance Use and Mental Health Disorders Credits 1-3 (4 credits required)