Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology - Program Introduction
The Psy.D. program in Clinical Psychology, accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), is grounded in the practitioner-scholar model of professional psychology. The Psy.D. program is committed to the education and training objectives for doctoral programs set forth by the APA and has been influenced by the values of the National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology (NCSPP).
Students are instructed intensively in psychotherapy, psychodiagnostics, and in other areas pertinent to the practice of clinical psychology. The Psy.D. program fosters the development of research skill through coursework, independent projects under faculty direction, and dissertation. Program graduates are prepared to practice at the doctoral level, make scholarly contributions to the professional community, and take leadership positions in the mental health field.
All course scheduling is done with advisement. As an evening program, the Psy.D. curriculum was developed to address the educational needs and objectives of students who are working, and whose lifestyles do not permit attendance at daytime classes.
The Psy.D. program is distinct from all other department programs in its goals, objectives, and competencies. Students work toward the doctoral degree and may be eligible (e.g., if admitted with a B.A./B.S. degree) to earn a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology as they work toward the Psy.D. degree. Students in the Psy.D. program are referred to the Psy.D. Handbook, the Practicum Handbook, the Internship Handbook, and the Dissertation Handbook, which outline additional aspects of the doctoral program, including philosophy, goals, competencies, curriculum, dissertation, comprehensive examination, practica, and internship.