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.
  • 96% student match rate for internship programs.
  • Learn from leaders in the field in small classes and gain extensive hands-on experience.
  • Opportunity to select one of six emphasis areas: military clinical psychology, advanced Adlerian psychotherapy, child and adolescent clinical psychology, primary care psychology and behavioral medicine, substance abuse treatment, and traumatic stress psychology.

The primary aim of our Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology program is to train socially responsible clinical psychologists. Our graduates are clinicians who empower individuals and strengthen communities around the globe.

Our nationally recognized program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Our program prepares students to promote health among society’s most vulnerable and marginalized populations. We offer an innovative curriculum that integrates diversity and individual difference, social justice, systemic and social determinants of mental health with excellence in professional health psychology and evidence based practice standards. The program includes four years of coursework, practicum experiences, dissertation and a final one-year full-time internship.

We train clinicians in a collaborative environment with world-class faculty committed to students’ professional success—a fact evidenced by our students’ recent 96% 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 and mental health centers
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Inpatient care centers and hospitals
  • Nursing and residential care facilities
  • Substance abuse and drug treatment centers
  • School-based programs
  • Military organizations and VA hospitals
  • Government agencies
  • Correctional and forensic sites
  • Academic and University settings
  • Private, group, and individual practices

Graduates from our program meet all qualifications 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 final one-year full-time internship matching their clinical interests and can apply broadly to internship programs across the country.

All Psy.D. students receive individual support by faculty dedicated specifically to overseeing students’ clinical training experiences. These program-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.

Adler University also offers two APA-accredited Doctoral internship programs through Adler Community Health Services (ACHS). The Community Mental Health internship at ACHS is exclusively for Adler University students and interns to 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. Additionally, the second accredited internship, the Adler Juvenile Justice Internship is a collaboration with the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice and provides the opportunity to work in a juvenile corrections facility with adolescents in a state youth center.

We are proud to congratulate our students who have matched to our ACHS internships, and all of our students who will launch into this final capstone training experience. 

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 values and built on encouragement, empathy, and genuine care, 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.

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