Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology
Director and Associate Dean
Our program has a unique focus on multiculturalism and diversity, combined with a mission of community service and learning the art of healing, that trains our students to be leaders in 21 st century psychology. With a top national reputation and more than 1,000 alumni from five decades, we have a proud tradition of excellence.
The Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology’s doctor of psychology (PsyD) program is the longest-running PsyD program in the United States.
In accordance with the “scholar–practitioner” model established by the National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology (NCSPP). students in this program learn a wide range of contemporary, evidence-based approaches to assessment and intervention (e.g. acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive-behavioral, family/systems, and psychodynamic).
Put simply, our doctoral program trains students to use science to inform practice and become outstanding clinicians and leaders in the field.
Multiple Ways to Specialize
In addition to excellent generalist training in assessment and intervention, our students have the option of specializing in a number of ways.
We offer concentrations in seven areas of practice:
- Child, adolescent, and family therapy
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy/acceptance and commitment therapy
- Consulting psychology
- Cross-cultural and diversity psychology
- Forensic psychology
- Health psychology
- Psychoanalytic psychology
Students may pursue a dual degree in the following:
We also offer certificate tracks in the following sub-specialization areas within clinical psychology:
- School Psychology
Learn from Experienced Professors
Every faculty member has an active clinical practice and teaches courses related to their specific areas of professional interest. Students get to learn from psychologist-practitioner-researchers who love to teach and are committed to training the next generation of clinical psychologists.
The program provides high quality, cutting-edge training that students are able to build upon during extensive doctoral-level fieldwork during each of the five years of the program.
Integrated Guaranteed Internship Placement
Most doctoral students in clinical psychology enter the Association for Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) match process to find a pre-doctoral internship. Due to a shortage of APA-accredited internship sites, approximately 25% of applicants do not match each year.
In contrast, our doctoral program offers a unique and fully integrated internship that is accredited by the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002, 202-336-5979). This means that rather than enter the APPIC match to find an internship; our students are guaranteed a local internship placement through our in-house consortium of outstanding internship rotations.
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology Michael Cassano, PhD, talks about the PsyD program, dual degrees, and the Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology’s dedicated faculty and staff.