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Psychology Programs in Fresno


Are you interested in earning a psychology degree in Fresno? Our Fresno campus is located in the epicenter of the San Joaquin Valley. This mid-sized city of 500,000 residents lies in the center of California, which makes it an attractive location for nature lovers.The Fresno campus is uniquely situated and within easy traveling distance of a variety of national parks and major recreation areas, including Yosemite National Park, Sierra National Forest, Kings Canyon National Park, and Sequoia National Park. The city itself is a medical and correctional hub, which provides plenty of career and experience opportunities for students who attend Alliant’s Fresno city college campus.

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Fresno boasts some of the most affordable housing options in the state with a comparatively low cost of living. Naturally, that's an important factor for many young professionals and graduate students choosing to settle down in the area.

Each year, approximately 400 psychology students are enrolled in our Fresno masters programs and doctoral studies. Our Fresno campus offers a variety of graduate programs in psychology, including clinical counseling, clinical psychology, organizational behavior, organizational development, organizational psychology and more. The graduate school is home to multiple classrooms, including a computer lab, videoconferencing center, a teaching computer classroom, and a variety of amenities and resources that our students need to succeed.

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Fresno Campus Graduate Programs

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MA in Clinical Counseling

The master's in clinical counseling degree program helps you master the skills you need to be able to diagnose, treat, and guide patients to overcome diverse issues. You'll graduate from this masters program equipped to touch hearts and minds as a clinical counselor.

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MA in Organizational Psychology

This master's degree focuses on industrial/organizational psychology. The masters program offers the practices and tools you need to be a success in the business world, from communication to leadership.

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PhD in Clinical Psychology

A research-centric APA-accredited doctoral program program created for academics who wish to gain a better understanding of the psychological, biological and sociocultural factors that influence human behavior.

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PsyD in Clinical Psychology

An APA-accredited doctoral program that combines hands-on training with contemporary psychological theory. Once finished with the graduate program, you'll be prepared to handle the rigors of a career as a clinical psychologist.

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PsyD in Organizational Development

This organizational development program teaches business leaders to navigate the changing world with solid leadership knowledge and skills that will help them to be changemakers in corporations across the country.

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Our Faculty


Alliant educators are among the best in the country. Some of the Fresno campus faculty include:

Debra Bekerian PhD, Professor and Academic Director

BIO: An alumnus of Berkeley with a PhD in experimental psychology, Dr. Bekerian serves as both a professor and the Fresno campus’ academic director. Dr. Bekerian teaches several courses, including basic foundations of clinical diagnosis and intervention, group psychotherapy, and PsyD proposal development. 

She has spent decades as a senior research scientist with an emphasis on applied memory and trauma. Professionally, her research has focused primarily on adult and child event memory, child development, and the impacts of abuse on development and attachment. 

Merle Canfield PhD, Professor

BIO: A known researcher and professor, Dr. Canfield is one of the very best teachers on the Fresno campus. He teaches and leads student research teams, which present at national and regional conferences. His classes include data analysis and program evaluation, research design, multivariate analyses, and psychometrics, amongst others. 

The early focus of Dr. Canfield’s academic pursuits centered on chronic schizophrenia. From there, he moved on to analytics and statistics, human systems, and psychotherapy research. Over the years, he has worked on the National Institution Mental health (NIMH) grants, consulted with Community Mental Health Centers (CMHCs), and sat on the national council to support and develop program evaluation for CMHCs.

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Gabriel Prendez
Campus Director
gabriel.prendez@alliant.edu
559-253-2227

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How to Get to Alliant Fresno


Alliant International University of Fresno is located at:

5130 E. Clinton Way
Fresno, CA 93727

Our campus is off East McKinley Avenue and close to several major freeways and highways, including the 180, 168, 41, and 99.

Our hours are:

9AM – 5PM Monday through Friday

Contact our Fresno Campus via phone at: (559) 795-4987

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