Clinical Psychology Program

Area head Jamie Ostrov, PhD, with students in his History and Systems class.

Area head Jamie Ostrov, PhD, with students in his History and Systems class

The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program follows a "clinical-science" training model. Clinical science is a psychological science focused on using scientific methods and evidence to inform the assessment, understanding, treatment and prevention of human problems in behavior, affect, cognition or health. Consistent with this model, students are involved in clinical research continuously from their first semester, and the program is best suited for students who desire academic or research-oriented careers in clinical psychology.  

Area Head & Director of Clinical Training: Jamie Ostrov, PhD

Associate Director of Clinical Training: John Roberts, PhD

The Learning Environment

The clinical faculty represent a strong productive, and collegial group of researchers who conduct cutting-edge research in fundamental areas of clinical psychology, with particular expertise in alcohol and substance misuse, anxiety and mood disorders, developmental psychopathology, temperament, personality pathology, psychophysiology, assessment and advanced quantitative methods. 

Our doctoral program has emphases in both adult and child psychopathology and interventions. Through lab-based mentorship and carefully designed sequential and cumulative course work, students develop the skills necessary to become a clinical researcher, and they are well prepared for careers in academic settings, such as psychology departments at colleges and universities, or psychiatry departments at medical schools. We expect our students to contribute to the science of clinical psychology, and to learn to infuse their clinical work with empirical findings and theoretical concepts. Our students have done very well in competing for the best internships and professional placements, and many of our graduates have risen to positions of prominence and leadership in the field. Our aim is to provide each student with the quality of training that would afford that same opportunity. 

Inclusivity Mission

Licensure and Accreditation

The Clinical Psychology PhD program (referred to as the “Program”) is licensure-qualifying for New York State. The program makes every effort to provide training that is consistent with national standards and to prepare students for the practice of clinical psychology. The practice of psychology is regulated at the state level. State licensing authorities, commonly referred to as “State Boards,” determine the specific educational and training requirements for licensure in their State. Of note, many States (including New York State) require post-doctoral training as well as examinations beyond predoctoral requirements. As such, a PhD from our Program in Clinical Psychology is not sufficient, in and of itself, to meet licensure requirements in most states.  

The program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1949. The program was last reviewed in 2016 and received a full reaccreditation through 2023.  For questions regarding our APA accreditation status, please contact: 

Committee on Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC
Phone: 202-336-5979.

In addition to APA accreditation, the program was admitted to the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science in 2008.  The program also was accredited by the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) in 2017.  

For questions regarding our PCSAS accreditation status, please contact:

Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS)
1800 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 402
Washington, DC

The Admissions Process

As our program is mentorship-based, students are admitted to work with an individual faculty member. Faculty members accepting students vary from year to year. Before applying, prospective students should view the list of faculty members accepting students and/or contact potential mentors. 

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