Overview

The only Psy.D. program of its kind: 
focused on graduating socially  
responsible practitioner-scholars.

The only Psy.D. program of its kind:
focused on graduating socially
responsible practitioner-scholars.

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Overview

The Adler School’s Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program has earned a national reputation for training culturally competent clinical psychologists with a unique emphasis in socially responsible practice. This is evident through the work of our students and faculty—who empower others to identify and address shared problems, and foster the development of social equality and social justice throughout the global community. This distinction has earned the Adler School national recognition for innovative practices in psychology education.

Accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), our program is based on the practitioner-scholar model of training and education. As a result, our students are trained as practitioners with expertise in assessment, theory, research, and practice by faculty who are practicing clinicians as well as leading scholars, researchers, and educators.

Curriculum, Practicum & Internship

Through our diverse faculty and curriculum, our students examine the important foundational school of psychotherapy including cognitive-behavioral, contemporary psychodynamic, systemic, and humanistic/existential models. As part of our School’s heritage, Adlerian psychology provides a guiding set of principles that underpin learning—training practitioners who truly understand and apply social justice, and the contextual and social determinants of mental health.

Structured for completion in five years, students spend four years in coursework, practicum experiences, and dissertation, followed by a one-year full-time internship. Through an immersive learning experience and small, intimate classes, our students enjoy a collaborative professional environment and robust mentorships that contribute to their success—as evident in our students’ most recent 91% combined match rate for APA-accredited internships and APPIC (Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers) member internships.

Our students gain practical training and valuable experience in practicums and internships with the School’s hundreds of community partners including clinics, hospitals, mental health centers, community organizations, and government agencies at all levels. Our graduates often go on to work in similar settings, as well as in private practice and academia.

Our Pre-Doctoral Internship Program through Adler Community Health Services (ACHS) offers APA-accredited internships exclusively for Adler School students. At agency sites throughout the region, interns provide clinical psychological services to children, adolescents, adults, and families in underserved communities, in areas such as depression, anxiety, school adjustments, family conflict, grief and loss, partner distress, neuropsychology, and substance abuse.

Psy.D. students can also pursue tracks and concentrations in areas of special interest, including Military Psychology, Child and Adolescent Psychology, Advanced Adlerian Psychotherapy, Clinical Neuropsychology, Primary Care Psychology and Behavioral Medicine, Substance Abuse Treatment, and Traumatic Stress Psychology. These tracks and concentrations provide additional education and training in a focused area of study.

Admission Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited US institution or a comparable degree from an international institution.
  • An academic record that demonstrates ability to fulfill the academic demands of the program. Successful applicants typically have a grade point average of 3.25 or higher on a 4.0 scale for undergraduate coursework.
  • A GRE general test score is required as part of the application for our Psy.D. program. However, GPA and GRE scores are only one component of our application criteria. Each applicant is reviewed holistically, taking factors such as personal and professional experience into consideration. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions to discuss their unique qualifications. The GRE must have been taken within 5 years of your intended start term.
  • Practicum or work experience in psychology or a related field is highly desirable and is considered in the evaluation of applicants.
  • The equivalent of 18 semester credit hours in psychology with grades of "C" or better, including the following prerequisite courses: general or introductory psychology, abnormal psychology, theories of personality, and research methods or statistics. Equivalent coursework in other social sciences may also be considered. Students may be admitted prior to completing these prerequisites, but all students must complete these courses by the end of their first semester of enrollment at the Adler School.
  • Approved applicants will be invited to complete an interview as the final step in the application process. Please submit all application materials to the Office of Admissions prior to the application deadline.

Accreditation

The Adler School’s Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association, and qualifies graduates to sit for the national licensure examination.

American Psychological Association
The Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
Phone: 202.336.5979

Our program also meets the requirements of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists, and state licensure guidelines.