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Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology









DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY


Degree Requirements

Clinical Psychology
Graduate Program Required Course of Study

The American Psychological Association has continuously accredited the doctoral training program in Clinical Psychology at Fordham University since February 26, 1948, which is the first year that the accreditation process began. Fordham has been successfully training clinical psychologists for more than half a century consistent with the guidelines of the American Psychological Association and the Committee on Accreditation. Our “Boulder” model scientist-practitioner program prepares students for practice, research, and teaching in clinical psychology. The department intentionally maintains a theoretically diverse faculty and admits students whose theoretical orientations are equally diverse. The clinical and research training provided are correspondingly diverse in theoretical orientation. Our aim is to broadly prepare students for multiple careers in psychology.

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences requires a total of 81 semester hours for the Ph.D. degree. The Clinical Psychology Training Program currently requires a minimum of 92 semester hours for the Ph.D. degree. The additional credits are due to 11: Research Practicum (3 credits), Dissertation (6 credits), and an Internship (2 credits). 

If a student enters the program with an MA degree, the maximum number of credits that may be transferred is 12. Six of these will be applied toward the MA & the balance will be post-MA credits. The MA Thesis will be transferred upon approval of the program director. If this happens, three additional credits may be applied toward research. 

In compliance with GSAS standards, the student must maintain a B+ (3.5) average or better. Students seek out faculty advisors with guidance from the program director if necessary. Committees are formed in consultation with the advisor and with the approval of the department chair. The Proposal defense is completed by the committee meeting. We currently comply with GSAS requirements for MA & PhD comprehensive exams.
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Graduation Checklist:

Clinical Training
(56 credits)

Clinical Topics Seminar
(0 credits)
PSYC 8022
PSYC 8023
Clinical Topics Seminar (6 semesters) Year 1, 2, 3 0 Credits
                                                         
Psychological Assessment (9 credits)
PSYC 6106
PSYC 6117
Cognitive Assessment with Lab
Personality Assessment I with Lab
Year 1
Year 1 
 
3 Credits
3 Credits

Diagnostic and Intervention Training (15 credit hours)
PSYC 6210
PSYC 7111
PSYC 7121
PSYC 8221
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Psychotherapy Theories
Psychopathology
Clinical Diagnosis
Externship V (Supervision and Consultation)
Elective Psychotherapy course
Year 1
Year 1
Year 2
Year 4
Year 2 or 3
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits

Diversity Training (3 credits)
PSYC 6170 Multicultural Seminar Year 2 or 3 3 Credits
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Professional Ethics and Standards (3 credit hours)
PSYC 6005
PSYC 8015
Ethics in Psychology
Identification of Child Abuse
Year 2
Year 1 
3 Credits
0 Credits

Teaching Skill Development (3 credit hours)
PSYC 7990 Teaching of Psychology Year 2 3 Credits

Clinical Electives  (9 credits – one must be Psychotherapy and one must be Assessment)       

 

PSYC 5070
PSYC 6050
PSYC 6137
PSYC 6205
PSYC 6390
PSYC 6020
PSYC 6184
PSYC 6245  
PSYC 6270
PSYC 6298
PSYC 6670 
PSYC 8271
PSYC 7250
PSYC 6030
PSYC 6251
PSYC 6257
PSYC 6275
PSYC 6280
PSGE 6630
PSYC 6670
PSYC 7010 
PSYC 7020
PSYC 6190
PSYC 6380
PSYC 8290 
Spirituality & Psychotherapy
Behavioral Medicine
Personality Assessment II with Lab
Clinical Geropsychology
Global Mental Health
Health Psychology
Behavioral Assessment with Lab
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Family Systems: Theory and Practice
Psychoanalytic Theory 
Psychopharmacology
Child Psychotherapy
Treatment of Substance Abuse
Trauma and Family Violence
Clinical Neuropsychology with Lab
Developmental Neuropsychology w/ Lab
Family Psychology
Brief Psychotherapy
Group Counseling 
Psychopharmacology 
Psychology and Criminal Law 
Psychology and Civil Law
Forensic Assessment 
Anxiety Disorders 
Clinical Supervision
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 (4th year students consult with 2nd year students)      
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The following are considered specializations.  Courses in these areas count as elective credits.

Optional Child and Family Therapy Specialization

PSYC 6270
PSYC 6275
PSYC 6184
PSYC 8271
Family Systems: Theory & Practice
Family Psychology
Behavioral Assessment
Child Psychotherapy
Second Developmental Psychology
One externship specializing in child and family therapy 
Either predoctoral or doctoral research in child or family therapy
Year 2 or 3
Year 2 or 3
Year 2 or 3
Year 2 or 3
Year 2 or 3
Year 2 or 3
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits

Optional Neuropsychology and Health Psychology Specialization
 
PSYC 6251
PSYC 6255
PSYC 6020
PSYC 6050
PSYC 6670
PSYC 6290
Clinical Neuropsychology with lab
Developmental Neuropsychology with lab
Health Psychology
Behavioral Medicine
Psychopharmacology
Health Disparities
One externship specializing in neuropsychology or health psych.
Either predoctoral or doctoral research in neuropsychology or health psychology.
Year 2 or 3
Year 2 or 3
Year 2 or 3
Year 2 or 3
Year 2 or 3 
Year 2 or 3
Year 2 or 3 
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits

Optional Forensic Psychology Specialization (Two of the following courses)
PSYC 7010
PSYC 7020
PSYC 7030
PSYC 6030
PSYC 6190
Psychology and Criminal Law 
Psychology and Civil Law
Psychology and Juvenile Justice 
Trauma and Family Violence 
Forensic Assessment
One externship specializing in forensic psychology
Either predoctoral or doctoral research in forensic psychology        
Year 2 or 3
Year 2 or 3
Year 2 or 3 
Year 2 or 3
Year 2 or 3
Year 2 or 3
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits
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Externship Training (12 credits)                 
PSYC 8202
PSYC 8203
PSYC 8212
PSYC 8213
PSYC 8221
PSYC 8223  
Clinical Externship I
Clinical Externship II
Clinical Externship III
Clinical Externship IV
Clinical Externship V
Clinical Externship VI
Year 2
Year 2
Year 3
Year 3
Year 4
Year 4
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits

APA Approved Internship Training (2 credits)                
PSYC 8080
PSYC 8080
Clinical Internship – Fall Semester
Clinical Internship – Spring Semester
Year 5 or 6
Year 5 or 6
1 Credit
1 Credit


Research Training
(18 credits)

Statistics Courses (9 credits)  (PSYC 6802, 6830 and 7804 included in Departmental Requirements)            
PSYC 6802
PSYC 6830
PSYC 7804 
Introduction to Psychological Statistics with Lab
Psychological Research Methodology
Regression Analysis with Lab
Year 1
Year 1
Year 2 
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits

Research Training (9 credits) (all included in Departmental Requirments)
PSYC 8025
PSYC 8050
PSYC 0960
PSYC 0970
Research Colloquium
Research Practicum (MA Thesis)
Proposal Acceptance
Dissertation Monitoring

Dissertation Oral Defense 
Years 1,2,3
Year 2
Year 3 or 4
Year 4 or 5

Year 5 or 6
0 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits
3 Credits

0 Credits

Other Required Coursework
(APA Bases)
(18 Credits)

Biological Bases of Behavior: Met by the following required course (3 credits)          
PSYC 6654  Introduction to Neuroscience with Lab  Year 1  3 Credits

Social Bases
: Met by one of the following required courses (3 credits)
PSYC 5710  Issues in Social Psychology  Year 2 or 3  3 Credits

History and Systems: Met by the following required course (3 credits)
PSYC 6066  History and Systems in Psychology  Year 2 or 3  3 Credits

Cognitive/Affective Bases: Met by one of the following required course (3 credits)
PSYC 6370  Cognition and Affect  Year 2 or 3  3 Credits

Individual Bases: Met by one of the following required courses (3 credits)
PSYC 6225  Personality Theories and Research  Year 2 or 3  3 credits

Developmental Bases: Met by one of the following courses (3 credits)
PSYC 6300
PSYC 6330 
 Developmental Psychology:  Foundations
 Cognitive Development 
Year 2 or 3
Year 2 or 3 
3 Credits
3 Credits

Students are expected to take four 3-credit courses in addition to Clinical Topics Seminar each of 6 semesters for a total of 75 credits. Dissertation (6 credits) and APA Internship (2 credits) brings the total to 83 credits. This leaves 12 additional credits to be taken during summers over three years or taken during the fourth year if completing the dissertation prior to internship.
Statistics courses are taken to fulfill the language requirement.
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