The nation's only Psy.D. program 
centered on social justice.

The nation's only Psy.D. program
centered on social justice.

Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology

  • Train to be an expert clinician and scholar committed to positive social change.
  • 99% student match rate for internship programs.
  • Learn from leaders in the field in small classes and gain extensive hands-on experience.
  • Specialize in one of six emphases: military clinical psychology, advanced Adlerian psychotherapy, child and adolescent clinical psychology, primary care psychology and behavioral medicine, substance abuse treatment, and traumatic stress psychology.

Our Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program prepares students to be socially responsible clinicians who empower individuals and strengthen communities around the globe.

Our nationally recognized program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and trains students to promote health among society’s most vulnerable and marginalized populations. We offer an innovative curriculum that integrates diversity and individual difference, blending four years of coursework, practicum experiences, and dissertation with a one-year fulltime internship.

Our scholar-practitioner model trains clinicians in a collaborative environment with world-class faculty committed to students’ professional success—a fact evidenced by students’ recent 99% combined match rate for APA-accredited and Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers internship programs.


Our program is designed to prepare clinical psychologists to work in diverse settings such as:

  • Clinics
  • Mental health centers
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Inpatient care centers and hospitals
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Substance abuse and drug treatment centers
  • Schools
  • Military organizations
  • Government agencies
  • Academia
  • Private practice

Graduates qualify to sit for the national licensure examination and our program meets the requirements of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists as well as state licensure guidelines.

Professional Development & Training

Learn from leading scholars, researchers, clinicians, and educators who provide individualized mentorship and connect you to unique professional development opportunities.

Gain practical training through practicums and internships with the University’s network of hundreds of community partners, including clinics, hospitals, mental health centers, and government agencies. All students complete a one-year full-time internship tailored to their clinical interests.

All Psy.D. students receive hands-on, individual support by faculty whose job it is to focus solely on overseeing students’ clinical training experiences. Training faculty at Adler meet with all Psy.D. students to help them prepare for the clinical practicum application process, from reviewing CV’s, to helping students develop their training goals, to guiding them toward selecting training sites.

Our captive Pre-Doctoral Internship Program through Adler Community Health Services (ACHS) also offers APA-accredited internships exclusively for Adler students. Interns provide clinical psychological services through local agency sites to children, adolescents, adults, and families in underserved communities. The program trains students to further the mission of Adler University by utilizing clinical knowledge and skills to strengthen communities, and become leaders of social change.

We are proud to congratulate our students who have matched to ACHS’ internship, and all of our students who will launch into this final capstone training experience. See the latest success rates for Adler's APA-accredited internship program for Psy.D. students below:

Success rate for Adler’s Psy.D. APA-accredited internship placement for the 2017-18 year: 88%

Success rate for Adler’s Psy.D. internship placement overall: 99%

Cohort Learning, Format, & Support

Our program is designed to be completed in five years of full-time study, which includes a one-year full-time internship.

When you enroll, you join a cohort or group of students who take classes together throughout the course of the program. This cohort model emphasizes collaboration, communication, connection, and camaraderie among students.

Our program environment is characterized by Adlerian encouragement, empathy, genuine care, and good will, with the expressed purpose of supporting the personal and professional growth of each of our students based on their interests and professional focus.

Upon graduation, you will become a member of the University’s Alumni Association, which along with our Office of Alumni Affairs, provides extensive ongoing networking and professional development opportunities.


Adler University’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.