Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology

Become part of the Derner tradition.

Since its founding in the 1950s as the first university-based professional school of clinical psychology, the Derner Institute has set the pace for doctoral-level training in the field. Derner’s Ph.D. program continues to be based on the scholar-practitioner model, and it has a long tradition of training students in psychodynamics and psychotherapy integration. Many of its faculty members and alumni are nationally and internationally recognized experts in the field.

Why should I enroll in Adelphi’s clinical psychology doctoral program?

  • The Derner Institute has set the pace in clinical psychology training—as the first university-based professional school, accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1957.
  • You will pursue research and clinical training with faculty members who are known nationally and internationally for their expertise in a broad range of areas, including:
    • Personality and interpersonal relations
    • Psychopathology, especially anxiety, depression and trauma
    • Psychodynamics—from classical to contemporary
    • Psychotherapy integration, primarily cognitive behavioral, within a dynamic framework
    • Cultural diversity and individual difference studies
  • Derner students have the opportunity to gain clinical experience at urban and suburban clinics in Manhattan as well as two on Long Island (Garden City and Hempstead).
  • Derner students can take advantage of a number of affiliated externships and internships.

» Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data (PDF)

What will I study in the Clinical Psychology Program?

  • Foundational academics in psychology, including advanced studies in diversity and difference
  • Clinical and research sequences, including:
    • Psychodynamics and psychoanalysis
    • Cognitive theories and therapies
    • Psychotherapy integration
    • Cognitive and personality diagnostics
    • Child and family theories and therapies
    • Practicum training in:
  • Clinic and research labs
  • Affiliated externships and internships

» View the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology plan of study

Who are the Clinical Psychology faculty members?

  • More than 20 full-time professors provide coverage for our curriculum.
  • Four clinic faculty members
  • Four APA fellows
  • Eight board-certified psychologists
  • Eight certified psychoanalysts
  • Four faculty members trained in cognitive behavioral therapies
  • Fourteen faculty members with book publications
  • Five faculty members with previous grant award from the National Institutes of Health
  • Four journal editors, past and present
  • Four presidents of professional organizations, past and present
  • Expertise and renown in:
    • Psychodynamics
    • Psychotherapy integration
    • Psychotherapy research
    • Personality disorders
    • Trauma and addiction
    • Diversity and difference

» Learn more about our clinical psychology faculty

What will it cost?

The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology is a 120-credit program and carries the per-semester cost for doctoral study in the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies.

  • Full time, first to third years
  • Part time in fourth year
  • Graduate assistantships and teaching fellowships available

» View tuition and fee information

How do I apply to the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program?

Admissions requirements include:

  • Undergraduate courses in:
    • Introductory or general psychology
    • Experimental psychology or research methods
    • Statistics
    • Abnormal psychology
    • Developmental psychology
  • GRE general and subject tests

» Apply now to the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology program


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