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San Francisco PhD in Clinical Psychology Program

A Scholar-Practitioner Model

The APA-accredited PhD in Clinical Psychology program on the San Francisco campus of Alliant International University features a scholar-practitioner model that educates students both to become broadly trained practitioners and to conduct a broad range of psychological research such that they are capable of being productive scholars who contribute to the body of psychological literature.

By infusing social justice concerns and multicultural perspectives throughout the curriculum, the San Diego Clinical Psychology program provides students with the knowledge, skills and professional attitudes necessary to evaluate psychological functioning and provide effective interventions with diverse clients across a range of settings.

San Francisco Program Features

Our APA-accredited Clinical Psychology program emphasizes research and clinical training equally, with special strengths in:

  • Multicultural Psychology, Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Psychology, and Gender Studies
  • Community Psychology, Substance Abuse, Program Evaluation, and Social Justice
  • Trauma, Stress, Resilience, and Health Psychology
  • Family/Child/Adolescent Psychology 

Because of the extensive Clinical Psychology courses offered at the San Francisco PhD in Clinical Psychology program, students are able to develop in-depth expertise in one or more of these orientations by selecting sections of required courses, elective courses, clinical practica (field placements), and supervisors that emphasize a specific theoretical orientation in therapy.

Students in the PhD in Clinical Psychology program at the San Francisco campus also have the unique opportunity to gain real-world experience through a variety of field placements. At the Oakland Psychological Services Center, Organizational Consulting Center and the CSPP Psychological Assessment Clinic, Clinical Psychology doctoral students can develop practical skills by providing real-world mental health services to under-served populations. For more information, visit the San Francisco Bay Area Community Services and Placements page.

Career Paths

An exciting range of career paths are open to those with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, including:

  • Clinical practice
  • Applied research
  • Teaching
  • Consulting
  • Administration

The California School of Professional Psychology’s San Francisco Clinical Psychology PhD program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of 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 information. We hope this information will help you to make an informed decision regarding your graduate study.

Research Seminars

All students enroll in a research seminar during their first year and continue for at least three years, and until they complete a dissertation proposal. This intimate, small-group setting, with groups comprised of students in all years of the program, gives students a chance to work with faculty members on areas of shared interest and faculty expertise.

Training Opportunities

Our program, which is infused with social justice concerns, educates students both to conduct a broad range of psychological research and to become broadly trained practitioners. We provide training for clinical psychologists in all aspects of conducting psychological research such that they are capable of being productive scholars who contribute to the body of psychological literature. We provide students with the knowledge, skills, and professional attitudes necessary to evaluate psychological functioning and provide effective interventions with diverse clients across a range of settings. We infuse multicultural perspectives throughout our curriculum, offer courses focusing on diverse populations, and provide clinical practica (field placements) that offer exposure to a range of client populations.

Applied Research Fellow Opportunities

We have special applied research Fellowship opportunities with the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) allowing students in this special Fellows program to have access and work with the research division of the SFDPH who has a unique integrated database system as well as independently funded projects.
Additionally, there are several core faculty who have their own funded projects where students can engage in the research and program evaluation activities of these projects while being mentored by our core faculty. We are currently developing more research opportunities with VA Facilities that should be formalized by Fall of 2016.

Professional Clinical Training

Students begin their professional clinical training in their second year in community mental health centers, clinics, inpatient mental health facilities, medical settings, specialized service centers, rehabilitation programs, residential or day programs, forensic/ correctional facilities, and educational programs. In their third year and often fourth year, students continue clinical training or a clinical research practicum experiences. Students typically receive a minimum of 1600 hours of clinical training prior to internship.

The Bay Area offers an enormous range of training opportunities, in service of individuals representing diverse populations. Students have conducted field placements in many diverse agencies, including: Veteran's Affairs, Kaiser Permanente, and community mental health clinics.

Unique Research Training

In addition to clinical and teaching practica, students are involved in research practica that are coordinated by our core faculty. Over the course of four years, via two student-led and student-designed research projects students learn how to apply skills they have learned in statistics and research design to actual research projects. These projects involve faculty expertise primarily in the areas of multicultural and community psychology, LGBT psychology, gender studies, program evaluation, social justice, trauma, stress and resilience, and child and family development.

Collaborative Agreements with Teachers College and Fordham University

We have special collaborative agreements with Teachers College of Columbia University and Fordham University-Lincoln Center Campus for graduates of their masters program to obtain pre-approved credit for previous work upon being accepted into the San Francisco program.

Accreditation

The California School of Professional Psychology’s San Francisco Clinical Psychology PhD program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of 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 information. We hope this information will help you to make an informed decision regarding your graduate study.

STUDENT ADMISSIONS, OUTCOMES AND OTHER DATA   - (PDF)

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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Explore the San Francisco Clinical Psychology PhD program in more detail in the university catalog.

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