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Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program

Earn your doctorate in clinical psychology at Derner.

Since its founding in the 1950s as the first university-based professional school of clinical psychology, the Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology has set the pace for doctoral-level training in the field. Derner’s PhD 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.

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Jacques Barber with Adelphi doctoral students

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

  • The Derner School of Psychology 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 and Long Island (Garden City and Hempstead).
  • Derner students can take advantage of a number of affiliated externships and internships on Long Island and throughout the New York Metro Area.
Accreditation Status 
The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at The Derner School of Psychology at Adelphi University is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association and has been continuously accredited since 04/01/1957 (American Psychological Association, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, Commission on Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242; 202-336-5979; Full information pertaining to the accreditation status of the Derner Institute PhD Program at Adelphi University is available at the APA’s website.

» 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
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Who are the Clinical Psychology faculty members?

  • More than 20 full-time professors provide coverage for our curriculum.
  • Three clinic faculty members
  • Five APA fellows
  • Seven board-certified psychologists
  • Ten certified psychoanalysts
  • Six faculty members trained in cognitive behavioral therapies
  • Five faculty members identified as integrationists.
  • Fourteen faculty members with book publications
  • Four faculty members with previous grant award from the National Institute 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 are the expected costs?

To find specific tuition and financial aid details please visit Adelphi’s Tuition site.

How do I apply to the Clinical Psychology PhD Program?

The application deadline for fall admission to the Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology program is December 1, 2019.

To be considered for the program, applicants are required to submit their application through PSYCAS.

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

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Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology
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