Graduate Student Training

Dr. Buckner with graduate student therapists in clinical supervision

Pictured: Dr. Julia Buckner (center) during Anxiety and Addictive Behaviors Team clinical supervision with graduate student therapists

Dr. Buckner will accept applications for graduate student admissions for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Graduate students working with Dr. Buckner receive specialized training in research methodologies relevant to understanding the nature and treatment of anxiety disorders and substance use disorders generally, as well as when anxiety disorders co-occur with substance use disorders. The majority of training occurs with adult populations. Students learn the overall process of clinical research, from study conception to execution of research projects to publication and presentation of research findings. Training occurs in three ways: (1) didactic instruction, (2) availability of multiple research projects in which students are encouraged to participate, and (3) provision of clinical services (assessment and treatment of anxiety and substance use disorders) by graduate student therapists under the supervision of Dr. Buckner. In addition to working on on-going research projects, students are encouraged to develop their own lines of research. We strive to promote the use of the scientific method to study and understand cognitive and behavioral processes relevant to psychopathology. Students are trained to become competent clinical psychologists. Thus, students are encouraged to develop skills such as critical thinking, public speaking, writing, research development and execution, and research dissemination, thereby promoting and fostering the production and training of competent clinical scientists.

Clinical Training Sites

Johnston HallLSU Anxiety and Addictive Behaviors Clinic

Graduate students working with Dr. Buckner obtain clinical experience and training in the context of the AABC, a specialty clinic housed within the Louisiana State University Psychological Services Center (PSC). At the AABC, graduate students conduct assessments and empirically supported treatments in this outpatient clinic. Cases seen include patients from the greater Baton Rouge area with primary anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, dually diagnosed patients, and students referred for treatment following violation of campus drug and alcohol use policies. During the COVID-19 pandemic, sessions will be conducted using video conferencing starting Fall 2020.

OLOL's Center for Psychiatric Services LSU Health Sciences Center-Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Center for Psychiatric Services, Psychological Behavioral Health Services Program

Graduate students working with Dr. Buckner can obtain clinical experience and training at the LSU-OLOL Psychiatry Resident Outpatient Clinic. Graduate students obtain experience working as part of an interdisciplinary team with psychiatry residents. They conduct assessments and empirically supported treatments with adults in this outpatient clinic. They also conduct MET-CBT for opioid use disorder at the Center’s MAT clinic. During the COVID-19 pandemic, sessions are conducted using video conferencing.

OLOL Hospital Our Lady of the Lake Hospital

Dr. Buckner also supervises therapy being offered at OLOL Hospital as a component of funding from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program. Her team provides individual and group therapy for substance use disorders, with an emphasis on evidence-based treatment for opioid use disorders and related conditions. During the COVID-19 pandemic, group sessions are conducted in-person following CDC safety guidelines at the inpatient psychiatry unit and via teleconference for the outpatient clinic.

Drug Court Treatment Program19th JDC Adult Drug Treatment Court Program

Graduate students working with Dr. Buckner have obtained clinical experience and training and experience conducting group substance use disorder treatment at the 19th JDC Adult Drug Treatment Court Program under the onsite supervision of Quintin Gustin, LPC. Drug Court is a specialized court designed to deal with non-violent offenders arrested for drug-related criminal activity. In lieu of incarceration, Drug Court participants plead into the Drug Court Program where they receive intensive judicial supervision and substance abuse treatment. Training at this site has been suspended during the COVID-19 pandemic.

More information on the clinical psychology program at LSU, can be found on the Clinical Psychology Training Program page.