By the year 1980, and after operating a Clinical Psychology Ph.D program in Puerto Rico for ten years, our founder, Dr. Carlos Albizu-Miranda, created the first culturally and racially diverse Clinical Psychology Psy.D program in the nation as part of the Miami Institute of Psychology (MIP) offerings. The mission of the MIP was to train students to provide clinical and consultation services in cultural diversity and cultural dissonance contexts. During the eighties and nineties, both psychology as a discipline and clinical psychology as a professional specialty went through a tremendous transformation based on a large amount of research activity on human behavior and brain sciences produced by universities and research centers in the nation and throughout the world. Therefore, the foundational knowledge of the discipline was strengthened, allowing psychologists to gain a better understanding of most psychological processes including, memory, attention, language, and sensory perception, among other cognitive and motor components of behavior. Simultaneously, clinical research on basic and on applied and clinical questions also developed exponentially, giving rise to a clinical psychology profession grounded on a significant foundation of scientific evidence and best practices. This movement gave birth to evidence-based practices in psychology.
The growth of psychology as a discipline and its professional service-oriented manifestation also brought about the rise of multiple specializations, which focused on various areas of human behavior, both at the foundational (discipline-specific knowledge) and functional (profession-wide competencies) levels. Therefore, clinical neuropsychology emerged from the interest to apply the burgeoning body of knowledge on the neurobiological basis of behavior. On the other hand, forensic psychology developed from an interest in understanding the relationship between psychology and the legal aspects of normal and abnormal behavior. Most importantly, the health psychology specialization emerged from psychology's expanded view of the person's physical wellbeing to the inclusion of public health approaches and understanding of health and illness. Decades after our program offered a concentration in health psychology, the American Psychological Association (APA) declared psychology a "health service" profession. Likewise, decades after Albizu University (AU) declared diversity and multiculturalism as the foundation of its training philosophy, APA included a strong diversity component in its accreditation guidelines and its current accreditation standards.
Albizu University has outpaced the development of these professional psychology areas. With a shorter and more condensed curricular sequence, AU's Clinical Psychology Psy.D program offers its students the science-based generalist foundation of the psychology discipline. The training curriculum is also designed to train multiculturally sensitive professional (clinical) psychologists, with sufficient specialized courses, labs, and clinical experiences to develop additional competencies in one of the various areas of specialization: clinical neuropsychology, health psychology, and forensic psychology.
The newly revised 99-credit Psy.D curriculum covers the contemporary areas of the clinical psychology profession and may be completed in four (4) years, plus a one (1) year internship. Students will also write a doctoral project aimed at facilitating the integration of the knowledge they acquire throughout the program.
Moreover, students are able to engage in additional course work and practicums to further develop their skills on one of the existing specialization tracks: clinical neuropsychology, health psychology, and forensic psychology.
- This program offers elective courses in areas like neuropsychology, health psychology, child psychology, and forensic psychology. Additional elective courses include bilingual assessment and treatment, clinical practice management, human sexuality, and addiction—all taught by licensed psychologists who practice in these fields.
- Most of the courses in the program have an experimental component (e.g., role play and presentations).
- Our Psy.D graduates go on to secure gainful employment as psychologists, with our most recent alumni survey showing 92% of respondents working in the field.
- This program is offered on campus, online, and a hybrid modality.
- Our faculty members are practicing professionals in neuropsychology, child and family therapy, behavioral medicine, forensic psychology, addiction, and bilingual assessment and treatment. They also have a strong record of publications and presentations at national and international conferences.
- Students complete at least three (3) practicum semesters at the Goodman Psychological Services Center (GPSC), where they might interact with speech and language pathology students.
Please note that preference is given to applicants whose grade point average (GPA) and Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores exceed what is shown below. Applications with scores or GPA that do not meet the following criteria will still receive thorough consideration for acceptance.
- Overall GPA of 3.25
- Results of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Only the scores from exams taken within the last five years will be accepted.
- GRE Verbal score of 156 (or 550 according to old GRE scores)
- GRE Quantitative score of 146 (or 550 according to old GRE scores)
- GRE Psychology score of 550
- GRE Analytic score of 4.5
- A completed and signed application for admission accompanied by the appropriate fee and submitted prior to the established deadlines.
- Official transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) institutions attended, showing that the following conditions have been met:
- 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 GRE Psychology Test.
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education.
- Applicants enrolled in institutions 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.
- Three (3) letters of recommendation from current or past professional contacts (in accordance with the AU format).
- A current curriculum vitae that summarizes the applicant’s credentials.
- A personal statement describing the applicant’s professional goals and academic objectives.
Once the Admissions Office receives all the required documentation and the interview process is completed, academic program advisors will contact successful candidates to provide program direction and guidance.
The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D) in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation (CoA) of the American Psychological Association (APA).
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 requirements for awarding the doctoral degree:
- A GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
- Completion of a minimum of three (3) years of full-time residency in the program.
- Satisfactory completion of all academic courses and laboratories, as applicable. Note: For the Psy.D in Clinical Psychology, a maximum of two grades of “C” or lower.
- Satisfactory completion (i.e., no more than one “No Pass,” of the required supervised practicum hours and internship).
- Passing scores (70% or above) on the written portion of the Doctoral Comprehensive Examination and a “Pass” in the oral portion of the Examination.
- Demonstrated competence in APA style for publications.
- Satisfactory completion and approval of the doctoral project.
- Satisfactory completion of a pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology on a full-time basis (40 hours/week) during a one-year period or part-time (20 hours/week) during a two-year period in a facility approved by the program.
- Current good standing in the program (i.e., no disciplinary action pending, or academic or clinical probation).
- Recommendation from program faculty members to award the doctoral degree. Students seeking a doctoral degree must demonstrate those professional, ethical, and personal qualities and attributes described in the current General Policies and Disciplinary Procedures Manual to the satisfaction of the faculty members.
- Completion of all degree requirements, including the doctoral project and internship, by the last day of the following semester’s drop or add period.