The Clinical Psychology Ph.D. (Health Emphasis) program at Yeshiva University follows a scientist-practitioner or "Boulder Model" training model. The program promotes the development of knowledge and skill base in applied clinical psychology. Furthermore, we encourage students to develop critical thinking skills that can be applied to real world situations, particularly in the medical and public health arenas. The completion of a Ph.D. requires independent scholarly work that represents a contribution to knowledge combined with comprehensive clinical training.
The APA accredited Clinical Psychology program places an strong emphasis on Health Psychology. The training philosophy is aimed at training psychologists who are both clinically and academically prepared to work in health care or medical settings. In order to achieve this goal, our students receive in-depth training in the theoretical and practical aspects of clinical work and research methods. Moreover, in addition to general clinical psychology, the program provides complementary training in health psychology, physiological bases of behavior, and public health systems as the areas of more specialized focus. This program design is based on the premise that psychologists conducting physical and mental health-related research in health settings need clinical skills to complement their strong foundation in research methods, so that graduates will be capable of formulating and pursuing meaningful clinical research questions.