Program Overview

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

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

An exciting range of career paths working with these populations are open to graduates of the Los Angeles Clinical Psychology PhD program, including:

  • Clinical and forensic therapy practice
  • 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


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Emphasis Areas

Applicants to the CSPP-LA Clinical PhD and PsyD programs select one of three emphasis areas:

  • Clinical Health Psychology Emphasis (CHP)
  • Family/Child and Couple Emphasis (FACE)
  • Multicultural Community-Clinical Psychology Emphasis (MCCP)

Students can also choose to opt-out of emphasis area specializations; these students are Multi-Interest Option (MIO). All students receive a general education in clinical psychology.

Learn more about these Emphasis Areas here.

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Program Competencies

All students are expected to acquire and demonstrate substantial understanding of and competence in the following nine profession-wide competency areas:

  • Research
  • Ethical and Legal Standards
  • Individual and Cultural Diversity
  • Professional Values and Attitudes
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Assessment
  • Intervention
  • Supervision
  • Consultation and Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Skills

The competencies are met operationally through various academic and training activities that include courses, practicum and internship placements, and supervised research experiences. Multiple data sources are used to assess outcomes relative to these competencies. These competencies specify knowledge, attitudes, and skills that students are expected to achieve by the time they graduate from the program.

Discipline-Specific Knowledge

In addition, all students are expected to possess discipline-specific knowledge in the following four categories:

  • History and Systems of Psychology
  • The basic content areas of scientific psychology, including affective, biological cognitive, developmental, and social aspects of behavior.
  • Advanced integrative knowledge in scientific psychology.
  • Research Methods, Statistical Analysis, and Psychometrics.

Special Los Angeles Program Features

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

  • Clinical Health Psychology (CHP) – Students gain a thorough understanding and theoretical knowledge to serve various roles across community-based, medical and behavioral healthcare settings. Clinical health psychologists integrate psychological, biomedical, social and spiritual modalities to identify and offer treatment to promote psychological health.
  • Family/Child and Couple (FACE) – Learn how to work with diverse families, couples, adults, and children from a systematic perspective by assessing, diagnosing, and treating relationship systems.
  • Multicultural Community-Clinical Psychology (MCCP) – Specialized training intended to foster understanding, prevention, and reduction of psychological and community distress to historically underserved populations.

The Clinical Psychology PhD program places equal emphasis on training in practical clinical skills (like therapy and diagnostic assessment) and clinical research.Thus, our students are equipped to pursue careers in clinical practice, research, teaching, and administration. Doctoral students in the LA Clinical PhD program have the opportunity to complete three separate, year-long practicum training experiences in therapy and diagnostic assessment. Los Angeles provides the backdrop for CSPP students to work with diverse populations at over 100 clinical placements, spanning from community mental health centers to veterans hospitals, substance use treatment facilities, and inpatient psychiatric units. Students receive mentoring and guidance to pursue an APA-accredited internship in the 5th year of the program.


The California School of Professional Psychology’s Los Angeles PhD in Clinical Psychology 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.

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The California School of Professional Psychology’s Clinical Psychology PhD and PsyD programs offered on the Fresno, Sacramento, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco campuses are individually accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA).

*Questions related to a program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation.

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The California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) is Alliant’s cornerstone school and was built on a legacy of thought leadership, multicultural competence, and quality of care. CSPP’s programs pair hands-on professional practice with academic rigor in order to prepare the next generation of psychologists and mental health care professionals.

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