Psychology | Clinical Psychology PsyD

The School of Professional Psychology's PsyD program emphasizes coursework reflecting the latest empirical findings in the field. Accredited by the American Psychological Association* since 1990, we combine courses, practicum placements, and dissertation with professional support to help you successfully complete the program with a versatile degree for practice, teaching, or research. Our in-house clinical training facilities provide clinics for training doctoral students. 

Generalist Foundation with Specific Concentrations

Varied faculty interests provide students with exposure to a broad range of theoretical perspectives and assessment, intervention, research/evaluation, consultation/education and management/supervision skills. Five tracks within the generalist program allow students to focus training on a specific area with its own defined curriculum, research programs, and clinical practica.

With diverse classes, students, and professional interests students will easily find classmates and colleagues who share their interests. Student-led groups offer mentoring support to incoming students, making them feel welcome from the start.

Post Graduation

Our graduates have the knowledge and the skills to provide psychological services, including traditional areas of psychological assessment, psychotherapy, and applied research. We also teach the business, organizational, and political aspects of professional psychology so that students can seek innovative leadership roles, launch a private practice, or take on a supervisory position at a mental health facility.

*Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
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Professor, PsyD Clinical Program & Director of Health Psychology Track
Professor, PsyD Clinical Program & Director of Clinical Training
Assistant Professor, Applied Psychological Science Program
Assistant Professor, PsyD Clinical Program & Director, Forensic Track
Assistant Professor PsyD Clinical Program
Dean, School of Professional Psychology
Associate Professor, Director of MA/MS Applied Psychological Science Program
Associate Professor; Director, PsyD Clinical Program
Professor, PsyD Clinical Program and Director, Neuropsychology Track
Professor, Applied Psychological Science Program
Associate Professor, PsyD Clinical Program
Associate Professor, PsyD Clinical Program
Professor, Director of Organizational Consulting Psychology Track/PsyD Clinical Program
Associate Director of Pacific Psychology & Comprehensive Health Clinics
Assistant Professor, Applied Psychological Science Program
Associate Professor, PhD Clinical Program
Assistant Professor, PsyD Clinical Program
Professor, PsyD Clinical Program and Director, Adult Track
Professor, PsyD Clinical Program, Director of Human Diversity
Professor, PsyD Clinical Program and Director of Research
Professor, PsyD Clinical Program, Director of Child/Adolescent Track
Associate Professor, Director of Pacific Psychology & Comprehensive Health Clinics
Associate Professor, PsyD Clinical Program
Associate Professor, PsyD Clinical Program
Associate Professor, PsyD Clinical Program and Director of Academics;
Associate Professor, Applied Psychological Science Program
Professor & Director, PhD Clinical Program
Assistant Professor, Director & Core Faculty of Sabiduría: Latina/o Psychology Emphasis

Sample sequence for students entering with a bachelor’s degree (includes MA degree in clinical psychology coursework earned at Pacific University).

Total credits for PsyD: 118 + additional track-specific credit requirements (if applicable)**

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

Fourth Year

Fifth Year

Fall

Fall

Fall

Fall

Fall

Coursework 

Coursework   Dissertation       Practicum I 

Coursework     Dissertation         Practicum II 

 

Coursework

Internship Application

Internship 

Spring

Spring

Spring

Spring

Spring

Coursework 

Coursework 
Dissertation 
Practicum I 

Coursework 
Dissertation
Practicum II 

 

Candidacy Exam

Coursework 

 

Internship 

Summer

Summer

Summer

Summer

Summer

Coursework 

Pre-practicum

 

 

*Diversity Conference

Coursework 
Dissertation
Practicum I 

Dissertation Proposal
MA Awarded

*Diversity Conference

Coursework 
Practicum II 
Dissertation 

 

Defend Dissertation

Coursework 
 

Internship 

PsyD Awarded

Program Requirements for Students Entering Doctoral Program 2016/2017 (Generalist Program)

Fundamental Coursework (10 credits)

GPSY725 Basic Clinical Skills (3cr)*

GPSY735 Clinical Skills Lab (1 cr)*

GPSY729 Treatment Planning & Interventions (3 cr)*                                           

GPSY775 Professional Communication (3 cr) *

       

Broad Bases of Behavior Coursework (15 credits)

GPSY800 History & Systems (3 cr)

GPSY802 Advanced Lifespan Psychology (3 cr)

GPSY807 Cognitive/Affective Bases of Behavior (3 cr)

GPSY811 Biological Bases of Behavior (3 cr)

GPSY813 Individual/Social Bases of Behavior (3 cr)

 

Human Diversity Sequence (7 credits)

GPSY814 Human Diversity (3 cr)*                                                      

GPSY819 Human Diversity Lab (1 cr)*                                               

Approved Human Diversity Selective (3 cr)                  

2 non-credit SPP Annual Diversity Conferences

 

Assessment Sequence (13 credits)

GPSY720 Psychometrics (3 cr) *

GPSY820 Psychopathology & Diagnostic Process (3 cr)*                   

GPSY821 Cognitive Assessment (3 cr)*                                            

GPSY822 Personality Assessment (3 cr)*

GPSY833 Assessment Lab (1 cr)*                                                        

 

Health Service Sequence (10 credits)

CHP510/511 Interprofessional Competence (1 cr)*

GPSY847 Treatment of Chemical Dependency (3 cr)

GPSY850 Health Psychology (3 cr)

GPSY851 Psychopharmacology (3 cr)

 

Professional Sequence (12 credits)

GPSY870 Ethics & Professional Issues (3 cr)*                                    

GPSY879 Professional Roles (3 cr)                                                      

GPSY831 Clinical Supervision (3 cr)                                                    

GPSY876 Business of Psychology (3 cr)

First Year Seminar (non-credit, 2 terms 1st year)

2 non-credit Interprofessional Case Conferences and 4 additional hours Interprofessional training

                                                                                               

Research Sequence (21 credits)

GPSY880 Statistics & Research Design I (3 cr)*                                  

GPSY881 Statistics & Research Design II (3 cr)*                                

Approved Research Selective (3 cr)                     

GPSY864-869 Dissertation Seminar (2 credits x 6 terms total = 12 cr)

 

Supervised Clinical Experience (30 credits)                           

GPSY787 Pre-practicum (3 credits)*

GPSY887 Practicum I (3 credits x 3 terms)*                                                   

GPSY888 Practicum II (4 credits x 3 terms)   

GPSY890 Internship (2 credits x 3 terms)

 

**Track-specific coursework (range of 10-22 additional credits)

Additional PsyD degree requirements: Clinical Competency Examination & Dissertation Defense

Total Credits Required: minimum 118 credits + additional track-specific credits, if required. 

 

Limit on coursework transfer: 21 credits

*Courses required for the MA in Clinical Psychology (total credits required for MA = 55).

Students have 3 years from matriculation to complete MA degree requirements and 8 years from matriculation to complete PsyD degree requirements.