The program in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)
The program in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) offers five concentrations:
- Child Psychology - designed to train students in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of children and adolescents, as well as on how social problems impact this population.
- Clinical Neuropsychology - designed to train students in the assessment, management, and rehabilitation of brain-injured individuals as well as those diagnosed with degenerative brain disorders.
- Forensic Psychology - designed to train students to deliver psychological services (psychodiagnostic assessment, case law, legal standards, and expert testimony) within the judicial and correctional systems.
- Health Psychology - designed to train students in the delivery of psychological services within medical and healthcare settings.
- General Practice - designed to train students in the assessment and treatment of mental and emotional disorders as well as practice management.
The mission of the program is to train culturally competent clinical psychologists at the doctoral level of
professional competence with special emphasis on the training of minorities, particularly Hispanics,
based upon the value that the needs of a multicultural society are best served by a psychology
profession that is both culturally competent and inclusive. In accordance with this value, the Program
seeks to provide students with a rich exposure to culturally and individually diverse populations through
its academic training and applied experiences. It also seeks to train students that have been
underrepresented in the field.
This program follows the practitioner-scholar model designed to prepare students as clinical
psychologists to provide comprehensive psychotherapeutic and psychodiagnostic services, to assume
administrative and supervisory positions in mental health programs, and to provide professional
psychological consultation. The program trains students in the theories and concepts of cultural and
individual diversity and in their application to the practice of professional psychology. It also trains
students to be consumers of research and base their work on the foundation of scientific evidence and
Opportunities for professionals with a doctoral degree in psychology are expected to grow steadily by
12% over the next decade. In the last 20 years psychologists have expanded the settings where their
work is beneficial and currently includes forensic, medical, academic and large corporations. The mean
annual wage for psychologists in 2014 is $87,713.00.
The program consists of 134 credits of coursework completed across 4 years of full time study at the
university and one year of internship. Once completed students receive both a master degree in route
and a doctor of psychology degree. Once students complete the program they will be able to evaluate
patients for mental, emotional and/or behavioral disorders. They will be able to diagnose disorders,
including nature and extent of illness, and determine the appropriate course of treatment for the patient.
Students will also be able to conduct thorough psychological and psycho-educational assessments and
provide recommendation for patient improvement.
The program in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) is accredited by the American Psychological Association
Address: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation,
American Psychological Association,
750 First Street, N.E.,
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Telephone Number: 202-336-5979; 202-336-6123 TDD