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Indians into Psychology Doctoral Education (INPSYDE)
The Indians into Psychology Doctoral Education (INPSYDE) program was established (Senate Bill 2412) in 1992. This legislation also established the Quentin N. Burdick Indian Health Programs at UND, which now consist of the INMED (Indians into Medicine), RAIN (Recruitment/retention of American Indians into Nursing), and the INPSYDE Program.
INPSYDE is part of a larger attempt by the University of North Dakota to provide more mental health services and mental health professionals for the underserved Native American populations in North Dakota, Montana, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Minnesota.
Our INPSYDE program seeks to:
- Increase awareness of, interest in, and motivation for training and careers in mental health among Native American students
- Build and maintain pipelines between tribal colleges and the University of North Dakota
- Recruit Native American students for undergraduate and graduate study in psychology
- Provide academic, financial, personal, and cultural support for Native American students
- Provide psychological services to under served Native American communities
- Develop new, and enhancing current, culturally-relevant courses and field-based experiences in clinical psychology
Our INPSYDE "program" is both a funded federal project (providing opportunities for all enrolled clinical graduate students) as well as a specialized track of the clinical Ph.D. program with usually two American Indian clinical students admitted annually (9 presently in the student body).
About 25% of the clinical psychology program is comprised of American Indian graduate students which makes UND the national leader in training emerging American Indian license-eligible clinical psychologists. The graduation rate among American Indian scientist-practitioner clinical psychology Ph.D. students at UND approximates that of all other similar national training programs combined. Dr. Doug McDonald is the long-term grant recipient of federal money earmarked specifically to assist UND in this American Indian recruitment and training effort with almost all of those graduates entering professional practice upon graduation in underserved reservation-based settings.
The INPSYDE Program provides services including academic assistance, financial assistance when possible, career preparation and support, personal support, and social/cultural support to Native American undergraduate and graduate students. These services are available from INPSYDE or through cooperative agreements with other Native American support programs at UND. In addition, the INPSYDE office helps the department develop guidelines that will aid in the selection and retention of qualified Native American Students.