Psy.D. - Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
The Clinical PsyD program trains practitioner-scholar psychologists to work in a broad range of clinical settings, with an emphasis on a holistic approach to interdisciplinary care and service to diverse and underserved populations.
In our American Psychological Association accredited program, highly credentialed faculty present a curriculum oriented in cognitive-behavioral theory and empirically supported treatments addressing the most current developments in psychology, while enhancing learning through practical clinical applications. The program emphasizes professional self-reflection, attention to diversity, advocacy and social justice.
The learning in the first two years of the program is through didactic courses that cover the scientific and clinical foundations of the discipline, with inclusion of experiential components, and labs for skills training. Use of standardized patient actors provides a means for gaining formative feedback on the integration of didactic and clinical skills. Fieldwork and seminar experiences in the third and fourth years enable the student to integrate knowledge of theory and research with practicum experience. During this time, students are also mentored through the dissertation process.
The internship provides the clinical psychology doctoral student with an intensive, yearlong, supervised work experience to develop, practice, and integrate new clinical skills. It represents the culmination of the doctoral experience, the last practical training step before earning the doctoral degree. All students are required to apply to APA-accredited and APPIC internships. Our students had a 100 percent psychology internship match rate through APPIC for 2015.
- Clinical psychology professionals work with individuals, families, and groups in a variety of settings such as hospitals and private practice. Some graduates teach in academic settings.
- The PCOM PsyD program trains psychologists who are well grounded in fundamental and general training, and who have the opportunity to develop specialized interests in their later years, or through electives and dissertation work. They are prepared to deliver essential services to today’s diverse populations, particularly the underserved.
PCOM offers Post-Doctoral Certificates in Clinical Health Psychology and in Clinical Neuropsychology, which provide one year of specialty training to doctoral-level psychologists.
PCOM is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States
Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104;
215-662-5606. The doctoral program in clinical psychology is accredited by the Committee for
Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA), 202-336-5979;