Purdue Psychology Treatment and Research Clinics

Clinic Rooms Address:

Purdue University
Lyles-Porter Hall, Second Floor
715 Clinic Drive
West Lafayette, IN  47907
Telephone:  (765) 494-6977

Mailing Address:

Clinical Psychology
Psychology Department
703 3rd St
West Lafayette, IN 47907

What are the Purdue Psychology Treatment and Research Clinics?

The Purdue Psychology Treatment and Research Clinics are psychology clinics specifically designed to meet the needs of the Lafayette and West Lafayette community and surrounding areas. Our goal is to assist clients by providing quality assessment, treatment, and psycho-educational services. The Purdue Psychology Treatment and Research Clinics serve as a training and research facility for the Clinical Psychology program at Purdue University. Staff members are qualified psychologists in-training who are supervised by faculty from the Clinical Psychology program.

Who comes to the Purdue Psychology Treatment and Research Clinics and Why?

Our services are available to children, adolescents, and adults in the Greater Lafayette community who are troubled by a range of difficulties, through the following specialty clinics:

Adult Services Clinic is for adults of all backgrounds who would like help in coping with stress, managing relationships, and finding ways to more successfully deal with life. Clients can receive help with depression, anxiety, or a variety of other symptoms, with services centering on empirically-based treatments. All clients will receive a thorough battery of tests and assessments near the beginning of treatment in addition to ongoing measures that carefully track progress. These assessments help us to better understand our clients and to further research about how effective and successful we are in reaching therapy goals.

Child Behavior Management Clinic helps the families of children who frequently have problems staying focused and paying attention, controlling behavior, and getting along with others. We begin with a careful assessment of the child’s strengths and difficulties. We then set goals with the family and develop a treatment plan to improve the child’s difficulties. Our program centers on teaching parents skills that will guide their children to better behavior and improve relationships within the family. The program may also include direct work with the child and consultations with a child’s school and pediatrician. We track progress carefully as we work with families, so that we can know how well we are doing in reaching goals.

Assessment Clinic provides psychological assessments for children and adults from the community who want to understand different aspects of their actions or experiences. Depending on the adult’s or child’s needs, we provide both comprehensive assessments and briefer assessments about specific areas of concern. Areas assessed may include cognitive functioning, adaptive behavior, personality, and social-emotional functioning. Results of the assessments may be used to determine or document the presence of ADHD, learning disorders, problems with memory, autistic spectrum disorders, and other situations or conditions. When an assessment is complete, the person is provided with a report explaining the tests, findings, and recommendations.

What can you expect?

Effective treatment requires a detailed assessment to find out the nature and extent of the problem. Therefore, your first session will include an in-depth interview. In addition you may be asked to complete questionnaires to further describe the concerns you have. After this process is complete, a therapist will discuss the results with you and either plan treatment or suggest outside resources to assist you. You will be actively involved in setting the specific goals and pace of treatment.

As psychology clinics, we do not prescribe medicine. However, we base our treatment programs on current clinical research on the most effective ways to address specific problems, and this may include coordinating treatment with your outside medical professionals, with your permission.


For all three clinics, there is a standard fee of $25 for the first session. Fees for any additional assessment and treatment are determined on a sliding-scale basis, according to your ability to pay.


Information you share with staff members is held in the strictest confidence. Purdue Psychology Treatment and Research Clinics follow confidentiality guidelines consistent with professional and ethical standards, and state and federal law. These will be explained in your first meetings for assessment.


The clinics are staffed by advanced graduate students in clinical psychology enrolled in the Clinical Psychology program at Purdue. All students regularly consult with faculty supervisors and each other to insure quality service and improve their skills. To facilitate supervision, all treatment sessions either will be recorded or observed, with your written consent.

Purdue Psychology Treatment and Research Clinics

Elizabeth Akey, Ph.D., HSPP, Director of PPTRC
Christopher Eckhardt, Ph.D., HSPP, Director of Clinical Training

Douglas B. Samuel, Ph.D., HSPP

Support Staff

Sara Ostheimer

You may direct questions concerning the clinics to Sara at (765) 494-6977.

Psychological Sciences, 703 Third Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-6061 FAX: (765) 496-1264

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