United States Ph.D. and Psy.D. Clinical Psychology Programs
There are two types of clinical psychology doctorate programs that are accredited by the American Psychological Association: the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology. Students usually pursue their studies in one of more of the following areas: cognitive-behavioral (CBT), humanistic, psychodynamics, and systems or family therapy.
Ph.D. clinical psychology programs are designed to teach students how to conduct research, provide counseling services, and teach clinical psychology. This degree is known as the scientist-practitioner model. Clinical psychology Ph.D. programs are an intensive course of study that usually requires students to explore complex concepts and conduct original research resulting in a dissertation or other doctoral project.
The Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology is known as the practitioner-scholar model and is typically more focused on clinical experience and aimed at clinical practice while still incorporating research and academics heavily. Both programs can take 5-7 years post-college to complete and then may require an internship and supervised practice before taking licensing exams. If you are looking for a shorter commitment you may want to consider a masters in clinical psychology.
Students will want to consider their career goals before deciding on the type of clinical psychology doctorate degree to pursue. You may also want to consider the program format – an online program may be convenient while many students choose a local campus-based program. You can search by city, state or country to find your preferred location. You will want to look at the curriculum and consider specializations that might be relevant or the research experience of the faculty. Browse our directory and consider your options to find the Ph.D. or Psy.D. program that is the best fit for your goals and interest.