Program Overview

The California School of Professional Psychology’s APA-accredited PsyD in Clinical Psychology program in San Francisco is a practitioner program that was initiated in the fall of 1991.

We educate and train students to use multiple methods of assessment and intervention, working with diverse populations across many settings and in changing contexts. Our local clinical scientist-practitioner model focuses on applying empirically derived knowledge to work with individuals, families, groups, and local communities, as well as using practice-based evidence to enhance assessments and interventions.

Additionally, diversity is not just a buzzword—it’s our philosophy. We, the faculty of the PsyD program in San Francisco, believe in:

  • Enriching our community with diverse identities and perspectives.
  • Students and faculty all learning from each other.
  • Processing microaggressions if and when they happen.
  • Including cultural considerations in all of our courses.
  • Preparing students for a multicultural world.
  • Faculty embodying diversity.
  • Diversity and social justice as core paradigms across the curriculum.


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Academic Tracks

The PsyD program requires a solid foundation in the theory and practice of clinical psychology for all students. Therefore, the initial phases of the curriculum address the basic areas of clinical psychology consistent with the guidelines of the American Psychological Association. Building upon this strong foundation, students may select coursework from tracks to begin preparation for their future professional roles. Tracks focus on one or more of the following variables: special populations, specific problems, identified theories and techniques, and special settings. As described below, Tracks involve a greater commitment and more specialized training than do Emphasis Areas. Students are considered for admittance into tracks after being admitted into the PsyD program. Track acceptance does not impact admissions decisions. Students do not need to select a track. Non-track students are welcome to take classes designated for track students if space allows.

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Psychology Internships, Practicum and Professional Training

A hallmark of our Clinical Psychology PsyD program is the integration of classroom learning and clinical training, and students benefit from this approach immediately. Beginning in the first year and continuing throughout the program, field training placements are paired with a required course. By the end of the PsyD degree program, doctoral students will have a minimum of one year of clerkship (year 1), two years or practicum (years 2 and 3), and one full-time or two half-time internships (final years).

The San Francisco PsyD program offers unique community engagement opportunities for doctoral students to develop their skills. Students in the San Francisco PsyD degree program are placed in agencies throughout Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Solano counties.

To learn more about some of the community placements available to students at the San Francisco campus, visit the San Francisco Bay Area Community Services and Placements page.

Conduct Meaningful Research

In the second year, students begin working on a clinical dissertation, a major research project that demonstrates the ability to think critically about clinical and social issues and to make appropriate use of scientific knowledge and psychological research in professional practice.

Types of clinical dissertations include:

  • Conceptual-analytic investigation with content analysis
  • Case studies
  • Surveys and epidemiological questionnaires
  • Program evaluations
  • Educational or clinical interventions
  • Quantitative studies
  • Qualitative studies

The San Francisco PsyD clinical psychology program is designed to allow students to complete the dissertation in the third year prior to beginning the fourth year internship.

San Francisco Program Features

The PsyD degree program in San Francisco offers three academic tracks. These academic tracks build upon the foundational elements of the program, allow students to focus their studies in an area that interests them, and helps students to better prepare for their future professional roles.

The three academic tracks offered at the San Francisco PsyD program are:

  • Child and Family Psychology (C/FT)
  • Integrated Health Psychology


The California School of Professional Psychology’s San Francisco Clinical Psychology PsyD 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.

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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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