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What will I learn?

Many Clinical Psychology programs have committed themselves to either research or practice. The research-heavy programs are dedicated to the training of future academics who intend to spend the majority of their time in the pursuit of grant funding. The practice-heavy programs are sometimes fairly criticized as neglecting the science base of the profession. We have developed a truly integrated scholar-practitioner model for our APA-accredited program. In their clinical training, students learn from highly regarded and experienced professionals who are able to teach the “how to” of the most empirically supported psychotherapy and assessment techniques. Students also join research groups working closely with established applied researchers who collaborate with them in a supportive and exciting environment.

As they progress through the program, students are able to choose a mentor in an area of interest to them. Well known research experts on the faculty run research groups on topics such as traumatic stress, mind-body disorders, biofeedback, autism, neuropsychological and personality assessment, schizophrenia, mindfulness and acceptance based therapies, neuroimaging, and multicultural psychology.

Aims

Through various academic and training activities, including psychology courses, practicum and internship placements, and supervised research experiences, the San Diego PhD in Clinical Psychology program strives to achieve the following aims:

  • To prepare students to be effective professional psychologists who are skilled at evaluating psychological functioning and providing empirically supported interventions with diverse clients across a range of settings.
  • To prepare students to evaluate and conduct research in clinical psychology, therefore contributing to the knowledge base in the field.

Program Competencies
All students are expected to acquire and demonstrate substantial understanding of and competence in the following nine profession-wide competency areas:

  • Research
  • Ethical and Legal Standards
  • Individual and Cultural Diversity
  • Professional Values and Attitudes
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Assessment
  • Intervention
  • Supervision
  • Consultation and Inter professional/Interdisciplinary Skills

The competencies are met operationally through various academic and training activities that include courses, practicum and internship placements, and supervised research experiences. Multiple data sources are used to assess outcomes relative to these competencies. These competencies specify knowledge, attitudes, and skills that students are expected to achieve by the time they graduate from the program.

Students in the San Diego PhD in Clinical Psychology program have the opportunity to further direct their studies to suit their personal and professional aspirations by choosing among four emphasis areas, which include:

  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health
  • Family/Child Psychology
  • Psychodynamic

Doctoral students in the San Diego Clinical Psychology PhD and PsyD programs also have the unique opportunity to gain valuable, hands-on experience through a wide variety of training and fieldwork opportunities.

Which department am I in?

California School of Professional Psychology

Study options

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
US$30,093.40 per year
USD $150,467 for the entire course
Start date

Expected January, August 2022

Venue

San Francisco Campus

Alliant International University,

1 Beach Street,

SAN FRANCISCO,

California,

94133, United States

Full Time (5 years)

Tuition fees
US$30,093.40 per year
USD $150,467 for the entire course
Start date

Expected January, August 2022

Venue

Los Angeles Campus

Alliant International University,

1000 South Fremont Avenue #5,

ALHAMBRA,

California,

91803, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must hold or be eligible for an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution or its international equivalent prior to graduate entry. English language requirements: IELTS - 6.0, TOEFL IBT - 70, PTE - 50, Cambridge - 170, CEFR - B2, iTEP Academic - 4.0, CET - CET-6: 500.

For international students

Students must hold or be eligible for an earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution or its international equivalent prior to graduate entry

English language requirements: Minimum TOEFL score of 80 for the internet based test, a score of 213 for the computer based test or a score of 550 for the paper based test. IELTS: 6.0. Transfer with Freshman Composition grade of B or higher from a U.S. college or university. Minimum TWE score of 5.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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