Psychology | Clinical Psychology PsyD

The School of Professional Psychology's doctoral program follows a practitioner-scholar model of professional education, with coursework reflecting the latest empirical findings in the field. Accredited by the American Psychological Association* since 1990, we combine courses, thesis, practicum placements and dissertation with professional support to help you successfully complete the program with a versatile degree for practice, teaching or research. Our in-house clinical training facilities provide clinics for training doctoral students.

Generalist Foundation with Specific Concentrations

A variety of faculty interest provides you with exposure to a broad range of theoretical perspectives and assessment, intervention, research/evaluation, consultation/education and management/supervision skills. Six tracks within the generalist program allow you to focus your training on a specific area with its own defined curriculum, research programs and clinical practica.


Child and Adolescent Psychology

Forensic Psychology

Latino Bilingual

Health Psychology

Application for most tracks takes place during the student's first year of study. Some tracks accept application from advanced students.

With diverse classes, students and professional interests you can tailor the program to meet your needs and will easily find classmates and colleagues who share your interests, Student-led groups offer mentoring support to incoming students, making you feel welcome from the start.

Post Graduation

Our graduates have the knowledge and the skills to provide psychological services to contexts, including traditional areas of psychological assessment, psychotherapy and applied research. We also teach the business, organizational and political aspects of professional psychology so that you can seek innovative leadership roles, launch a private practice or take on a supervisory position at a mental health facility.


*Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

American Psychological Association

750 1st Street N.E.

Washington, DC 20002-4242

Tel: (202)336-5979


Professor and Associate Director of Clinical Training, Director of Health Psychology Track
Professor, Director of Clinical Training
Dean, School of Professional Psychology
Associate Professor, MA Program Director
Professor and Director of the Neuropsychology Track
Associate Professor, Director APS Program
Professor, Director of Organizational Consulting Psychology Track
Associate Professor & Director of the Forensic Track
Director, Interprofessional Course
Professor and Director, Child & Adolescent Track
Associate Professor, Director of Research
Associate Professor; Director of Academics; Interim Director, PsyD Program
Assistant Professor, Director of Latino Billingual Track

Sample sequence for students entering with a bachelor’s degree (includes MS degree in clinical psychology coursework earned at Pacific University).

Total credits for MS and PsyD: 137

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

Fourth Year

Fifth Year






Coursework (13.5)

Coursework (9)
Practicum I (4)

Dissertation Proposal

Coursework (3)


Practicum II (4)

Coursework (9)

Internship Application

Internship (2)






Coursework (13.5)

Coursework (6)
Dissertation (2)
Practicum I (4)

Coursework (9)
Practicum II (4)

Candidacy Exam

Coursework (9)

Internship (2)






Coursework (13)
*Diversity Conference

Coursework (4)
Dissertation (2)
Practicum I (4)

MA Awarded

Coursework (3)
Practicum II (4)
Dissertation (2)

Defend Dissertation

Coursework (9)

Internship (2)

PsyD Awarded

Program Requirements for Students Entering Doctoral Program 2014/2015 (Generalist Program)

Fundamental Coursework (11 credits)

GPSY725 Basic Clinical Skills (3cr)*

GPSY735 Clinical Skills Lab (1 cr)*

GPSY729 Treatment Planning & Interventions (3 cr)*

GPSY739 Tx Planning Lab (1 cr)*                                                       

GPSY775 Professional Communication (3 cr) *


Broad Bases of Behavior Coursework (15 credits)

GPSY800 History & Systems (3 cr)*

GPSY802 Advanced Lifespan Psychology (3 cr)*

GPSY807 Cognitive/Affective Bases of Behavior (3 cr)*

GPSY811 Biological Bases of Behavior (3 cr)*

GPSY813 Individual/Social Bases of Behavior (3 cr)*


Human Diversity Sequence (7 credits)

GPSY814 Human Diversity (3 cr)*                                                      

GPSY819 Human Diversity Lab (1 cr)*                                               

Approved Human Diversity Elective (3 cr)                  

2 non-credit SPP Annual Diversity Conferences


Assessment Sequence (13 credits)

GPSY720 Psychometrics (3 cr) *

GPSY820 Psychopathology & Diagnostic Process (3 cr)*                   

GPSY821 Cognitive Assessment (3 cr)*                                            

GPSY822 Personality Assessment (3 cr)*

GPSY833 Assessment Lab (1 cr)*                                                        


Health Service Sequence (10 credits)

CHP510/511 Interprofessional Competence (0.5 credits x 2 terms = 1 credit)*

GPSY847 Treatment of Chemical Dependency (3 cr)

GPSY850 Health Psychology (3 cr)

GPSY851 Psychopharmacology (3 cr)


Professional Sequence (12 credits)

GPSY870 Ethics & Professional Issues (3 cr)*                                    

GPSY879 Professional Roles (3 cr)                                                      

GPSY831 Clinical Supervision (3 cr)                                                    

GPSY876 Business of Psychology (3 cr)

4 non-credit Interprofessional Case Conferences


Research Sequence (21 credits)

GPSY880 Statistics & Research Design I (3 cr)*                                  

GPSY881 Statistics & Research Design II (3 cr)*                                

Approved Research Elective (3 cr)                     

GPSY864-869 Dissertation Seminar (2 credits x 6 terms total = 12 cr)


Supervised Clinical Experience (30 credits)                           

GPSY887 Practicum I (4 credits x 3 terms)*                                                   

GPSY888 Practicum II (4 credits x 3 terms)                                         

GPSY890 Internship (2 credits x 3 terms)


Free Electives (18 credits)


Examinations: Clinical Competency Examination & Dissertation Defense

Total Credits Required: 137


Limit on coursework transfer: 21 credits

*Courses required for the M.A. in Clinical Psychology (total credits required for M.A. = 65).

Students have 3 years from matriculation to complete M.A. degree requirements and 8 years from matriculation to complete PsyD degree requirements.