What is an applied doctoral project?

The applied doctoral project (ADP) is a final research project option for students enrolled in the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program. While it is equivalent in research rigor to a dissertation, the ADP allows for more flexibility in designing and conducting a project with an applied focus. The ADP is an appropriate choice for students who seek to practice in the profession by using existing knowledge to solve real-world problems.

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Introduction to Applied Doctoral Project

What are the steps to complete an applied doctoral project?

There are several phases that must be completed to finish an applied doctoral project. The six main phases of the process are provided below:

  1. Justify the ADP
  2. Form a Committee
  3. Prepare and Defend ADP Proposal
  4. Conduct the ADP
  5. Write the ADP Report
  6. Present and Defend the ADP Report

For more details about specific requirements during each of the six main phases, see the Applied Doctoral Project Handbook.

What is included in an applied doctoral project?

While a dissertation follows a traditional five-chapter format, the ADP may vary depending on the specific type of study and focus. Work closely with your committee to meet content expectations.

What format should an applied doctoral project follow?

All applied doctoral projects should follow APA style guidelines, as well as specific expectations outlined in Appendix E of the Applied Doctoral Project Handbook.