Psy.D. - Doctor of Psychology
The Doctor of Psychology program at John F. Kennedy University follows the practitioner-scholar model, where primary emphasis is placed on excellence in practice, grounded in science. Our program learning outcomes are influenced by the competencies developed by the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP).
Our PsyD program provides clinical training with a multicultural emphasis by a diverse, dedicated faculty of experienced practitioners and scholars. In the selection of faculty, staff, and students, the PsyD program aims to reflect the diversity of California’s community, and we offer a student-faculty ratio of 13:1. We create an environment where people of varied backgrounds and beliefs can all feel welcome, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, class, ability, and other aspects of diversity. Attention to multicultural competence is incorporated into every aspect of the program.
Graduates are prepared for the key roles that contemporary psychologists must fill to competently serve their communities: clinician, evaluator, assessment expert, and critical consumer of psychological research. We also provide training in the fundamentals of consultation, supervision, program administration, and education. Our program welcomes students who demonstrate a strong commitment to working with underprivileged and underserved populations.
All students complete a dissertation project, 144 units of coursework, and 36 units of internship, either as one full-time or two part-time years. Coursework may be completed in one of three ways.
*Full-time plan - the typical pace for coursework which takes five years to complete (four years of coursework plus a year of full-time internship).
*Intensive plan - a plan which students may petition to attend and in which they complete their coursework in three years and then go to a full-time internship.
*Part-time plan - a modified schedule of coursework that may take up to six years to complete. Students consult with their advisors to develop this plan. Note, however, that part-time students must spend at least one year in full-time residency, completing a minimum of 36 units within that year.
Regardless of which plan is pursued, students must complete the program requirements within eight years from the time of matriculation.
The PsyD Program is accredited* by the American Psychological Association (APA), which requires that we provide the student outcome data available via the links on this page. We hope this information will help you to make an informed decision regarding your graduate study.
Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the APA's Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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