Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program
Earn your doctorate in clinical psychology at the Derner Institute.
Since its founding in the 1950s as the first university-based professional school of clinical psychology, the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies 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 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.
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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:
- Psychotherapy integration
- Psychotherapy research
- Personality disorders
- Trauma and addiction
- Diversity and difference
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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 Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies.
- Full time, first to third years
- Part time in fourth year
- Graduate assistantships and teaching fellowships available
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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
- Abnormal psychology
- Developmental psychology
- GRE general and subject tests
» Apply now to the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology program