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Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology

The philosophy of the Psy.D. program is to prepare students to become competent clinical psychologists based on the Practitioner-Scholar model. In line with this training model, the program focuses on the professional growth and self-awareness of the students as well as the development of cultural sensitivity in the provision of clinical services.

The resolutions of the 1973 Vail Conference advocated for the development of a professional training model determined by the skills program graduates would need to function effectively in the particular roles they have chosen. The Practitioner-Scholar model is best suited for training psychologists whose primary roles will be in the area of direct professional practice, which is the focus of the Albizu Psy.D. program. The model endeavors to produce clinical psychologists who bring a scientific approach to the multiple roles in which they function as professionals.

The program provides students with the opportunity to address issues of cultural and individual diversity; work with a wide range of client populations; and practice in multiple settings and a variety of professional roles, such as a clinician, administrator, supervisor, and consultant. Students are encouraged to consider the best research evidence integrated with clinical competencies and skills to promote positive therapeutic outcomes.

Alumni from this program can be employed in a variety of fields, such as private practice, hospital settings, consulting, family therapy, group therapy, and program administration.

The goals for research training in programs adhering to the Practitioner-Scholar model are to help students develop:

  1. Sufficient basic skills to be able to design and execute competent outcomes in professional and in some cases academic contexts with the support of properly trained consultants
  2. A basic understanding of and respect for the scientific basis of the discipline
  3. Sufficient methodological knowledge to enable them to be effective consumers of scientific knowledge

Available on the following locations


Program Details


96 / 7 Clinical Practicum

Academic Level


Time it takes to complete

5 Years

PsyD. In Clinical Psychology Program Director Dr. Lourdes Santana

Program Director:

Dra. Lourdes Santana

787-838-7272 ext. 7142
Carr. 64 Esquina Calle #3
Urb. Industrial, 00680, Puerto Rico

Program Highlights

  • Alumni from this program qualify to obtain APA internships, as well as a license in both Puerto Rico and the United States.
  • Students in this program can work on research projects and take combined courses with other programs in the institution.
  • This program also has collaborations with other Universities such as the Harvard School of Public Health, South Carolina School of Medicine, University of Connecticut, Bay Stated.

In Focus

  • This program is offered in an in-person, hybrid, and online modality. It also includes lectures and clinical practicums.
  • Students in this program acquire skills in Dialectic Behavioral Therapy, Certification in Autism, Certification in Forensic Psychology, and Clinical Training in Substance Abuse Disorders.
  • The members of our faculty have more than 20 years of experience; are published professionals, have presented in the APA Convention, and have received several awards.

Applying for this program?

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Have completed a Bachelor's degree in accredited University (minimum GPA 3.25)

  • Complete admission application
  • Official credit transcript of the institution where you studied
  • EXADEP OR GRE OF 5 years or less
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Negative Certificate of Criminal Background
  • Original Health Certificate
  • Hepatitis-B Vaccination Test
  • Certificate of Vaccination of the Department of Health (PVAC-3-green sheet / applies to children under 21)
  • International students must present the evaluation of their academic credentials certified by a duly authorized agency
  • The applicants whose concentration at the bacholrs degree level is not in psychology must approve 15 credits (5 courses of 3 credits each) in psychology in order to qualify for an evaluation of admission to the selected graduate program.
  1. A completed and signed application form accompanied by the appropriate fee prior to the established deadline dates.
  2. Official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) institutions attended, showing that the following conditions have been met:
  1. Previous academic work must include courses in statistics, research methods, developmental psychology, and abnormal psychology. This coursework requirement will be waived with a score of 600 or higher on the Graduate Record Examination, Psychology Test.
  2. The transcripts should include any degree received.
  3. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education is required.
  4. Applicants enrolled in an institution of higher education outside the United States whose standards of training are substantially equivalent to the standards of training of those institutions in the United States will also be considered.
  1. Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken in the past five years.
  2. Three letters of recommendation from current or past professional contacts.
  3. A current curriculum vitae summarizing the applicant’s credentials.
  4. A personal statement describing the applicant’s professional goals and academic objectives.

After all the required documentation is received and an interview completed by the Office of Admissions, academic program advisors reach out to successful candidates with program direction and advisement.

The Doctoral of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association.

For information about accreditation please contact:

APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First St. NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202-336-5979

The University has established the following requisites for the awarding of the doctoral degree:

  1. No more than two grades of “C” in elective courses
  2. Completion of a minimum of three years of full-time residency in the program
  3. Satisfactory completion of 95 credits
  4. Satisfactory completion of at least 1,125 hours of practicum, conducted through Albizu practicum, with no more than one (1) NP, W, or AW in any practicum
  5. Satisfactory completion of the Clinical Examination with no more than two (2) NPs
  6. Satisfactory completion of all seminars, with no more than one (1) NP, W, or AW in any seminar
  7. Satisfactory completion of all course laboratories, with no more than one (1) NP, W, or AW in any laboratory
  8. Satisfactory completion and approval of a doctoral dissertation, with no more than one (1) NP in the dissertation, whether consecutive or not; for all dissertations, candidates must obtain written approval from the Research Training Program for having met the standards for research design prior to collecting data; for dissertations with human participants, candidates must obtain written approval from the Institutional Review Board for ethical practice in research involving human subjects prior to collecting data (please see the Dissertation Manual and IRB Procedures Manual).
  9. Fulfillment of all institutional obligations
  10. Good standing in the program, i.e., no disciplinary action pending or academic or practicum probation; in the case of a student readmitted after an Academic Dismissal, if he or she once again fails or drops (whether by a Withdrawal or an Administrative Withdrawal) the course, laboratory, practice, seminar, or degree exam for which the Academic Dismissal was originally granted, then he or she will be dismissed from the program without the possibility of applying for admission to the same program again
  11. Satisfactory completion of the Clinical Examination (PSYD-605) with no more than two (2) NPs
  12. Satisfactory completion of a 2,000-hour pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology on a full-time basis (40 hours per week) during a one-year period or part-time (20 hours per week) during a two-year period in a facility approved by the program
  13. Recommendation from the program faculty for the doctoral degree; students seeking the degree must demonstrate, to the satisfaction of the faculty, the professional, ethical, and personal attributes described in the current General Policies and Disciplinary Procedures Manual.

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