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Adler University’s Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) program trains clinical psychologists to become 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 prepares students to promote health among society’s most vulnerable and marginalized populations.
Our program exceeds the national average with internship placement – during our 2020-2021 academic year, Adler University’s Psy.D. program had a 96% match rate with APA-accredited internships, and a 99% internship match rate overall.
Graduates from our Psy.D. program meet all qualifications for the national licensure examination, and the program meets requirements of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists as well as state licensure guidelines.
Our program is designed to prepare clinical psychologists to work in diverse settings such as government agencies, mental health centers, and private practice.
Adler University’s Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) is a 114-credit hour program. Doctoral courses are scheduled during all three terms in an academic year. Classes are offered on weekdays as well as weekends during morning, afternoon and evening hours. Students should take courses in the proper sequence to satisfy prerequisites for advanced courses and to prepare for practicum placements. More detailed information, including course descriptions, can be found in the Adler University catalog here.
The following courses, exams, practica, seminars, dissertation, and internship are required for this degree.
These seminars are now concurrent with the practicums above (total of 1 credit only for both the seminar and practicum)
Total Credit Hours Required: 114
*Successful completion of these courses is required before beginning clinical practicum.
Menu of Required Intervention Electives** All Psy.D. students Choose Two:
Menu of Required Advanced Intervention Electives** All Psy.D. students Choose One:
Psy.D. students choose five from the courses listed below (basic and/or advanced) Emphasis courses meet this requirement. Psy.D. students in their 2nd year or beyond
Note: Students enrolled in an emphasis will have priority to register in emphasis courses that are open to non-emphasis Psy.D. students.
*Courses from an emphasis that may be taken by non-emphasis students.
**Basic intervention and advanced intervention courses taken in excess of the required amount will meet the requirement of a general elective.
|Fall Term Credits = 14||Spring Term Credits = 11||Summer Term Credits = 9|
|PSY-623: Life Span Development (3 credits)||PSY-642: Diversity and Individual Differences (3 credits)||PSY-600: Clinical Interviewing and Basic Skills (4 credits, with lab)|
|PSY-645: Ethics and Professional Development in Clinical Psychology (3 credits)||PSY-649: Psychopathology II (3 credits)||PSY-669: Diversity Seminar (1 credits)|
|PSY-648: Psychopathology I (3 credits)||PSY-668: Professional Development and Socially Responsible Practice Seminar II (1 credit)||PSY-659: Community Psychology (3 credits)|
|PSY-667: Professional Development and Socially Responsible Practice Seminar I (1 credit)||PSY-662: Integrative Assessment: Personality I (4 credits, with lab)||PSY-663: Integrative Assessment: Personality II (3 credits, with lab)|
|SJP – 513: Social Justice Practicum (1 credit)||SJP – 514: Social Justice Practicum (1 credit)|
|PSY-661: Integrative Assessment: Cognitive, Intellectual and Academic Functioning with Lab (4 credits, with lab)|
|Fall Term Credits = 14||Spring Term Credits = 11||Summer Term Credits = 10|
|PSY-704: Psy.D. Qualifying Exam I (0 credits)||PSY-711: Adlerian Therapy II: Psychodynamics of Psychopathology and Interventions (3 credits)||PSY-724: Biological Bases of Behavior (3 credits)|
|(3 credits) PSY-724: Biological Bases of Behavior (3 credits) PSY-709: Diagnosis and Treatment of Addictive Disorders (3 credits)||PSY-738: Research Methods in Clinical Psychology I (3 credits)||PSY-739: Research Methods in Clinical Psychology II (2 credits)|
|PSY-710: Adlerian Therapy I: Introduction to Assessment and Case Conceptualization (3 credits)||PSY-751: Doctoral Practicum Seminar II (1 credit)||PSY-752: Doctoral Practicum Seminar III (1 credit)|
|PSY-720: Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy Approaches I (3 credits)||Behavioral Therapy Approaches I (3 credits) PSY-761: Doctoral Practicum II (1 credit)||PSY-762: Doctoral Practicum III (1 credit)|
|PSY-737: Statistics (3 credits)||PSY-790: Psy.D. Clinical Qualifying Examination-Assessment Competency (0 credits)||Required Basic Intervention Elective (3 credits)|
|PSY-750: Doctoral Practicum Seminar I (1 credit)||Required Basic Intervention Elective (3 credits)|
|PSY-760: Doctoral Practicum I (1 credit)|
|Fall Term Credits = 11||Spring Term Credits = 8||Summer Term Credits = 8|
|PSY-860: Doctoral Practicum IV (1 credit)||PSY-832: Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior (3 credits)||PSY-835: Social Determinants of Mental Health (3 credits)|
|PSY-833: Social Psychology (3 credits)||PSY-851: Doctoral Practicum Seminar V (1 credit)||PSY-852: Doctoral Practicum Seminar VI (1 credit)|
|PSY-834: History and Systems (3 credits)||PSY-861: Doctoral Practicum V (1 credit)||PSY-862: Doctoral Practicum VI (1 credit)|
|PSY-850: Doctoral Practicum Seminar IV (1 credit)||PSY-890: Psy.D. Clinical Qualifying Examination -Intervention Competency (0 credits)||PSY-897: Psy.D. Dissertation Proposal (0 credits)|
|PSY-896: Psy.D. Dissertation Preparation Seminar (0 credits)||General Elective 1 or Emphasis Course (3 credits)||General Elective 2 or Emphasis Course (3 credits)|
|Required Advanced Intervention Elective (3 credits)|
|Fall Term Credits = 8||Spring Term Credits = 5||Summer Term Credits = 5|
|PSY-901: Psy.D. Dissertation I (0 credits)||PSY-902: Psy.D. Dissertation II (0 credits)||PSY-903: Psy.D. Dissertation III (0 credits)|
|PSY-950: Advanced Practicum Seminar I (1 credit)||PSY-910: Supervision and Management in Clinical Psychology (3 credits)||PSY-912: Psychopharmacology (2 credits)|
|PSY-960: Advanced Practicum I (1 credit)||PSY-951: Advanced Practicum Seminar II (1 credit)||PSY-961: Advanced Practicum II (1 credit)|
|General Elective 3 or Emphasis Course (3 credits)||General Elective 4 or Emphasis Course (3 credits)||General Elective 5 or Emphasis Course (3 credits)|
|Fall Term Credits = 0||Spring Term Credits = 0||Summer Term Credits = 0|
|PSY-920: Doctoral Internship (0 credits)||PSY-921: Doctoral Internship (0 credits)||PSY-922: Doctoral Internship (0 credits)|
|PSY-998: Psy.D. Dissertation Oral Defense (0 credits)|
Doing is learning. A unique and proven program designed to give students real world experience throughout their time at Adler University, the Social Justice Practicum is a required 200-hour internship that spans four courses (or terms for online programs). Every student is given a number of civic-minded categories to choose from. They submit their desired areas of interest. After which, they are assigned a specific and aligned community outreach site where they will work 8 to 10 hours per week.
Our program is designed to prepare clinical psychologists to work in diverse settings such as:
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.
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.
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2020-2021 Internship Placement Data.
Applicants are required to submit the following items to be considered for admission:
Approved applicants will be invited to complete an interview with faculty. Please submit all application materials to the Office of Admissions prior to the application deadline.
Official transcripts should be sent to:
Adler University – Office of Admissions
17 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60602
Official electronic transcripts should be sent to [email protected].
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Adler University’s Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association.
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Students enrolled in the Psy.D. program can choose an emphasis to focus on a specific area in clinical psychology. Students apply to an emphasis of choice during their first or second year of study. During their first year, students interested in pursuing an emphasis should become acquainted with admissions criteria for their emphasis of choice, meet with the emphasis coordinator during the first year in the program, and attend emphasis activities.
Clinical neuropsychology is recognized by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists, and is one of the fastest-growing sub-specialties within psychology.
Adler University’s doctoral neuropsychology emphasis is designed to satisfy current professional guidelines for training clinical neuropsychologists, and to provide doctoral students with the opportunity to develop competence and proficiency in clinical neuropsychology.
Completion of the Emphasis in Clinical Neuropsychology, within the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology, prepares graduates to complete advanced work, leading to careers in clinical neuropsychology and to board certification. Past students have found work in hospitals, University settings, clinical research and clinical practice among other opportunities.
After graduating with the Psy.D. and the Clinical Neuropsychology emphasis, a year of postdoctoral training is required for licensure as a psychologist in most states and provinces. Graduates are expected to continue training on a postdoctoral level and to acquire additional supervised clinical experience to increase both general and subspecialty neuropsychology competencies.
Students officially apply to the Emphasis in Clinical Neuropsychology after demonstrating strong performance in a series of prerequisite courses during their first and second year of the Psy.D. program.
Adlerian theory is a strength based and collaborative practice that emphasizes encouragement, belonging, and empowerment. We examine past and present conscious and nonconscious motivations and schemas or convictions in their social-cultural context. We conceptualize symptom development from a biopsychosocial viewpoint emphasizing the reaction to lack of felt equality and belonging in the community.
Adlerian theory combines systemic, cognitive-behavioral and psychoanalytic theory. Systemic in that we understand clients’ conscious and unconscious motivations and behaviors after reviewing the multiple systems and relationships they are embedded in. Adlerians examine the current cognitive schemas and behaviors and value understanding clients using a biopsychosocial approach. We inquire about the dynamics of the family of origin and value the therapeutic relationship.
Impact of Some Adlerians & Adler:
This emphasis within our Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program provides focused coursework, training, and mentorship that prepare students as clinical psychologists with the necessary knowledge, skills, and training to work with children, adolescents, young adults and their families, and the issues that impact their mental health and well-being.
Child and adolescent psychologists work in a range of settings with young people struggling with a range of mental health issues and challenges such as depression, anxiety, body image, drugs or alcohol, relationships, or coping with life changes such as parental divorce or death. They conduct formal diagnostic assessments, provide psychotherapy and other therapeutic services, develop community based youth programs, lead prevention initiatives, provide consultation, advocate for policy and more.
Through this emphasis, our students gain research- and practice-based understanding and skills related to assessment and intervention methods that are most appropriate to younger clients, as well as understanding of the broader structural and sociocultural factors that affect children and adolescents.
They are trained as practitioners with broad knowledge and specific skills in assessment, theory, research, and practice by faculty who are practicing clinicians as well as leading scholars, researchers, and educators with extensive child and adolescent experience—focusing in areas such as childhood depression and anxiety disorders, substance abuse, ADHD and other learning disorders, LGBTQ youth mental health, trauma, family systems, and multicultural treatment models.
This nationally recognized emphasis within the University’s Psy.D. program prepares students for work as military clinical psychologists—in high demand for their specialized knowledge and approaches to working with the distinct psychological needs of military personnel, retirees, veterans, and their families.
Long marginalized within society, military veterans collectively suffer above average rates of psychological problems, substance abuse, suicide, and chronic homelessness. Whether as civilians or commissioned military personnel, military clinical psychologists are sought out to address these issues in positions in research, educational, and medical facilities; at military schools and bases; and in government, including agencies such as the Pentagon and service command headquarters.
Responsibilities of military psychologists can entail direct psychological services and counseling for military personnel and their families, during deployment and upon returning to civilian life. Military psychologists also provide clinical support for those who have experienced injuries and trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other psychological impacts as a result of military service. They also advance research and understanding on the psychology of modern combat and military operations.
Our students are trained for careers as commissioned military or civilian military psychologists with expertise in assessment, theory, and research.
Our teaching faculty members are practicing clinicians with significant military experience, leading scholars, researchers, educators, and advocates in the fields of military psychology and clinical psychology as a whole.
Adler University is also an active participant in the Yellow Ribbon G.I. Education Enhancement Program.
More than four out of five physician visits are for problems with a significant psychological and/or behavioral component, such as obesity or diabetes. Our emphasis in primary care psychology & behavioral medicine—another fast-growing area of modern psychology—integrates clinical psychology, behavioral medicine, and healthcare.
Students learn evidence-based approaches and techniques related to key principles of primary care psychology, including mind/body interaction; pain definition and management; stress related illnesses and treatments; the role of behavioral factors in physical and psychological well-being; and the application of psychological assessment and intervention techniques to acute and chronic illness.
Understanding the impact of broader structural and systemic factors on well-being, and the role of the psychologist in healthcare delivery are emphasized. This emphasis is well suited for those interested in practice in primary healthcare settings, such as hospitals, group medical practices, community clinics, HMOs, and family practice centers. It is also a good fit for students who wish to intervene with medical patients in order to reduce physical symptoms, such as reduction in pain symptoms using mindfulness, reduction in blood pressure using biofeedback, or regulation of blood sugar in diabetics using behavioral management techniques in collaboration with a dietician.
Required courses provide students with knowledge and skills pertinent to several of the key principles of primary care psychology, including mind/body interaction; pain definition and management; stress-related illnesses and treatments; the role of behavioral factors in physical and psychological well-being; the application of psychological assessment and intervention techniques to acute and chronic illness; and an understanding of the impact of broader structural and systemic factors on well-being and the role of the psychologist in healthcare delivery.
This emphasis is designed to provide education and training in the prevention, intervention, and treatment of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) disorders. Coursework provides education in the theories, techniques, and core functions of substance abuse counseling, focused on evidence-based research and best-practice standards.
Adler University is accredited as an Advanced Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor Training Program by the Illinois Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Professional Certification Association, Inc. (IAODAPCA). This certification process is based on the Illinois Model for Certification of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselors.
This emphasis—the only such of its kind in the United States—offers students specialized knowledge and training to provide therapy and assessment services for individuals with symptoms of traumatic stress, including people who have experienced combat, disasters, accidents or life-threatening illness, or interpersonal violence. Students learn the practice skills to provide these individuals with research-supported clinical services and the support they need to improve their psychological, physical, social, and vocational functioning. An understanding of the broader structural and systemic factors that impact survivors’ well-being is emphasized.
Students will obtain the knowledge and skills to provide these individuals with research-supported clinical services and the support they need to improve their psychological, physical, social, and vocational functioning. An understanding of the broader structural and systemic factors that impact on survivors’ well-being is also emphasized.
Located in the heart of the city, the Adler Chicago campus was designed to provide and inspire the learning and living experience. To that end, we have created an environment that caters to your mental, emotional and intellectual growth. Our classrooms are bright and spacious with windows to the outside world. Our technology is the very latest and best. In our Library, you will find every resource you need to research, form and shape your journey. At Adler, we have made it our mission to create a space with more than enough room to share your thoughts and flex your intellect.
Wendy Paszkiewicz, Psy.D., Vice President of Academic Affairs, was recently interviewed by Chicago Campus graduates Jessica Strang, Psy.D. ‘07, and Jennifer Trivelli, Psy.D. ‘07, on their podcast, “Everything You Want to Know About Therapy *but were too afraid to ask.”
Chicago Campus graduate Karolina Przegienda, M.A. ‘15, Psy.D. ‘18, shares how her work as an active-duty military psychologist is helping raise awareness of the importance of mental health services in the military.