Long Island University

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology


1 University Plaza

Brooklyn, NY 11201

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Format: Campus

Program Description:

“Doctoral students and faculty at LIU Brooklyn campus are hard at work in their research, clinical experiences, and academic coursework, but you won’t hear frantic footsteps and harried voices when you approach the Psychology Department on the 8th floor. Walking through the light wooden doors of the LIU Clinical Psychology program, you are greeted by modern glass-walled rooms, soft lights, and students gathered cozily on couches in thoughtful and engaged conversation. It’s the things that you may overlook on first glance - a faculty’s hand on a student’s shoulder offering advice on the research design of a study; a second-year student peering over the stats book of a first-year student explaining a data set; a friendly joke and nudge passed between professor and graduate assistant as they exchange morning greetings. As a graduate student in the LIU community, these supportive relationships distinguish the program in poignant ways. The pressures of competition amongst peers are nonexistent; instead an atmosphere is born of common goals, collaborative work, and nurturance, as students and faculty alike push themselves towards excellence as scholars and clinicians.” – a doctoral student

The Ph.D. Program and the Department of Psychology are located on the 8th floor of the Humanities Building on the Brooklyn campus in a suite of offices, conference rooms and graduate student lounge. The department also has a dedicated suite of research labs on the 6th floor. Visitors to the campus and the Ph.D. Program often comment on its attractive appearance. The first floor of the Humanities Building houses an Art gallery and the Kumble Performing Arts Theatre. The Humanities Building occupies one corner of the landscaped main courtyard of the Brooklyn campus and offers graduate students a place for contemplation within the busy metropolitan area of downtown Brooklyn. The campus is a short subway ride from Manhattan.

The Psychological Services Center of the Ph.D. Program is located on the fifth floor of the Pratt Building. The Center offers psychological services to the Brooklyn campus undergraduate and graduate student body and is staffed by PhD students working under the supervision of clinical faculty.

The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology ordinarily requires a minimum of five years of full-time academic study, three of which are spent in residence. The basic program requirements are:

1. The completion of 90 credits of graduate study.
2. The development, completion and presentation of an independent research project, The Second Year Research Project, which is initiated in the first year of training and completed no later than the beginning of the third year.
3. Successful completion of three years of training at a clinical practicum site. During the first year students are in a carefully selected number of external clinical placements for eight to twelve hours a week. All students in the second year of the program are trained in the Psychological Services Center under the supervision of the doctoral faculty for twelve hours per week. During the third year students are trained in a range of clinical external sites depending upon their area of interest for sixteen to twenty hours per week. All clinical placements are accompanied by an on-campus clinical practicum course where students are supervised by a member of the doctoral faculty.
4. Completion of the Clinical Qualifying Examination. The exam is designed to assess the student’s mastery of the empirical and theoretical literature, and his/her ability to relate this literature to the treatment and assessment of a single clinical case treated by the doctoral student. Completion of the examination paper for the oral examination takes place no later than the beginning of December of the third year of training. The oral examination ordinarily takes place within two months.
5. Successful completion of a full-time, twelve-month clinical internship at an A.P.A. accredited institution (hospital, community mental health center, etc.) usually during the fifth year.
6. A doctoral dissertation, which must be completed no later than the eighth year after entering the program.

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Large Suburb

Size & Settings: 10,000-19,999

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