Program Overview

The California School of Professional Psychology’s APA-accredited PsyD in Clinical Psychology program in Los Angeles provides advanced education and training for practitioners of health service psychology, with a focus in clinical psychology.

The Los Angeles Clinical PsyD program addresses the societal need for multiculturally competent psychology professional practitioners who effectively integrate scientific evidence with practice to respond to human problems of developmental deprivation, dysfunction, and trauma. The overarching goal of the program is to educate new generations of clinical psychologists who are able to intervene effectively, using multiple methods of evidence-based assessment and intervention with diverse populations, across many settings, in changing and evolving 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 (Health 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.

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Program Information

Nationally-Recognized Training in Multicultural Psychology

The Los Angeles Clinical Psychology PsyD program is proud of its national reputation for excellence in multiculturally relevant education and training. All core and elective course materials integrate multicultural perspectives, including areas of diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, socioeconomic status, family composition, religious practice, medical and health conditions, international issues, and inherent psychometric-intelligence variances, among others.

The rich diversity of the Los Angeles area also offers a wealth of clinical placement opportunities where students in the PsyD degree program develop multicultural competencies to enhance their clinical skills.

The Los Angeles Clinical Psychology PsyD program was the 2010 recipient of the Suinn Minority Achievement Program Award for excellence in recruitment, retention, and graduation of ethnic minority students, and for its overall commitment to cultural diversity in all department activities.

Immediate Hands-On Experience in the Real World

The four-year Los Angeles Clinical Psychology PsyD program is structured to provide students with significant clinical experience that is integrated with classroom learning. A required first-year practicum enables students to start applying research and theory to their clinical work from the beginning of their program. Practica continue in the second and third years. Students receive mentoring and guidance as they pursue an APA-accredited internship in the fourth year of the program, with modification options available for students who feel that they would benefit from an additional year of practicum prior to undertaking their pre-doctoral internship.

Los Angeles Program Features

The Los Angeles Clinical PsyD degree program offers three emphasis areas that provide a specialized learning focus:

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

Students who decide not to enter an emphasis area are considered Multi-Interest Option (MIO) students.


The California School of Professional Psychology’s Los Angeles PsyD in Clinical Psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association, which requires public disclosure of 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).

*Please direct program accredited status inquiries to the Commission on Accreditation.

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