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Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)


Graduate Department of Clinical Psychology


Developmental stage theories have often been used to explain human behavior during the last century They became especially popular following Erikson's ( 1968) theory of psychosocial development, which was viewed as a comprehensive model of psychosocial development Throughout the last thirty years, developmental theories have become increasingly specific as researchers have focused more narrowly on limited and focused dimensions of human development. The focus of this dissertation will be on graduate student development and the impact of the mentoring relationship on this development. Specifically, the question of how mentors impact and promote the development of graduate students is addressed. A model of developmentally appropriate mentoring that accounts for variance in student needs related to developmental differences is presented. Expected outcomes are reviewed and implications of this model for graduate education and subsequent research are also discussed.