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Clinical Psychology PhD Los Angeles

A Scholar-Practioner Model

The APA-accredited Clinical Psychology PhD program at the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles follows a scholar-practitioner model, an integrative framework that builds upon the philosophy that scholarship and practice must occur concurrently and interdependently.

Relevant Methods Serving Diverse Populations

Underlying the program are two core principles:

  • A commitment to seeing mental health and mental illness in sociocultural and sociopolitical contexts
  • Our belief that methods of psychological research and intervention must be relevant to the multiple cultures in which they are conducted.

A Uniquely Diverse Community

The Clinical Psychology PhD program in Los Angeles prides itself on the diversity of the learning community. Our location in Los Angeles, not only one of the most exciting and dynamic American cities but also a unique global hub in the Pacific Rim, offers a rich urban environment. Such an environment offers students rich and unique opportunities for research, practice and advocacy efforts.

Special Los Angeles Program Features

Emphasis Areas: Students in the Clinical Psychology PhD program in LA are required to select one of four emphasis areas:

  • Clinical health psychology (CH)
  • Family and couple (FACE)
  • Multicultural-community clinical psychology (MCCP)
  • Multi-interest option (MIO)

Fifth-Year Internship

We strongly encourage students to pursue a fifth-year, full-time APA-accredited internship. If personal circumstances make this impossible, a two-year, half-time internship training model in the fourth and fifth years is acceptable.

Career Paths

An exciting range of career paths is open to Clinical PhDs, including:

  • Clinical and forensic therapy practice
  • Clinical and forensic psychological assessment
  • Applied clinical research
  • Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses
  • Consulting
  • Administration
  • Clinical supervision
  • Advocacy and social justice work in a variety of sociocultural and political contexts


The CSPP Los Angeles Clinical Psychology PhD program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), which requires that we provide data on time to completion, program costs, internships, attrition and licensure. Please follow the link below for that data. We hope this information will help you to make an informed decision regarding your graduate study.


Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, N.E., Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202)336-5979
Email: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

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