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PsyD in Clinical Psychology

The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program trains practitioner-scholar psychologists to work in a broad range of clinical settings, with an emphasis on a holistic approach to interdisciplinary care and service to diverse and underserved populations.

For the winter 2020-2021 term, PCOM's School of Professional and Applied Psychology plans to utilize a mostly virtual model of course delivery with extremely limited face-to-face single class experiences in some programs. Please read an important message from Dean Robert A. DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP for additional information regarding course delivery plans for the upcoming semester.

In our American Psychological Association accredited program, highly credentialed faculty present a curriculum oriented in cognitive-behavioral theory and empirically supported treatments addressing the most current developments in psychology, while enhancing learning through practical clinical applications and interprofessional education. The program emphasizes professional self-reflection, attention to diversity, advocacy and social justice.

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Program Details

The learning in the first two years of the Clinical PsyD program is through didactic courses that cover the scientific and clinical foundations of the discipline, with inclusion of experiential components, and labs for skills training. Use of standardized patient actors provides a means for gaining formative feedback on the integration of didactic and clinical skills. Fieldwork and seminar experiences in the third and fourth years enable the student to integrate knowledge of theory and research with practicum experience. During this time, students are also mentored through the dissertation process. Students' interprofessional education occurs throughout the first four years through coursework, team-based learning, and simulations with DO, PA, counseling, nursing, and other healthcare professionals.

The internship provides the clinical psychology doctoral student with an intensive, yearlong, supervised work experience to develop, practice and integrate new clinical skills. It represents the culmination of the doctoral experience, the last practical training step before earning a doctorate in psychology. All students are required to apply to APA-accredited and APPIC internships. See our Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data page for additional details.

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Career Options for Clinical Psychologists

Here are some of the career opportunities available to PCOM Clinical PsyD program graduates:

  • Clinical psychology professionals work with individuals, families and groups in a variety of settings such as hospitals and private practice. Some graduates teach in academic settings. According to the National Center for Health Workforce Analysis Behavioral Health Workforce Projections, demand for clinical psychologists is projected to exceed supply by 2030.
  • The PCOM Clinical PsyD program trains psychologists who are well grounded in fundamental and general training, and who have the opportunity to develop specialized interests in their later years, or through electives and dissertation work. They are prepared to deliver essential services to today’s diverse populations, particularly the underserved with an attention to patient-centered care and interprofessional collaboration.
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Contact Us

For more information, please contact:

Melanie Fields
Coordinator of Recruitment and Technology
Phone: 215-871-6439 | Email: MelanieFi@pcom.edu

Accreditation

PCOM’s PsyD program in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association. For general information about APA accreditation or specific information about the accreditation status of PCOM’s Clinical PsyD program, please contact:

Office of Program Consultation & Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
202-336-5979
www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

Program Highlights

Clinical Psychology (PsyD)

Practicum

Students have two years of 12-month practicum experiences in a range of different settings, working with diverse patient populations.

Research

Students are offered the opportunity to work with faculty on clinical research projects and are required to produce new research with mentorship and guidance to meet the dissertation requirement.

Licensure

Graduates of the PsyD program qualify for the Examination for Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP) for partial fulfillment of the requirements for professional licensure.

Interprofessional Education

Students learn from, with, and about other healthcare professionals through didactics, experiential learning, standardized patient encounters, research and community involvement.

Five Years to Complete

The PsyD program is designed to be completed in five years, including course work, practicum, internship and dissertation. Most students do complete the program in this timeframe.

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