Goals and Objectives

The APA-accredited PhD in Clinical Psychology program offered at the Fresno campus has a scholar-practitioner model, focusing on clinical training and research, with a strong additional focus on preparation for teaching psychology. It is designed to train students to be competent in nine broad areas:

  • Foundational Science of Psychology
  • Research and Evaluation
  • Relationship Skills
  • Diversity Competence
  • Assessment Skills
  • Intervention Skills
  • Professional Development
  • Supervision and Consultation
  • Teaching

Highly Developed Skills to Serve Highly Multicultural Populations

The Fresno Clinical PhD program introduces students to the ethical values and orientation of the professional psychologist and provides a background in the psychological, biological and sociocultural factors that influence human behavior. Students develop clinical, research and teaching competencies and build the technical skills to work effectively with diverse populations in clinical settings.

Treating Human Beings, Seeing Human Systems

Our program takes a systemic approach to analysis and intervention, examining the role of ecosystemic contributions such as familiy, ethnicity, religious practice, medical and legal issues and access to social privileges amongst others.  In addition to training students in the role of clinical psychologist, we emphasize the important role of psychologists as consultants, community advocates and contributors of social change.

Special Fresno Program Features

Students in the PhD in Clinical Psychology program in Fresno can choose between three areas of emphasis to direct their studies:

Doctoral students in the Fresno Clinical Psychology program also have the opportunity to gain practical skills by providing mental health services through the W. Gary Cannon Psychology Service Center, as well as through local psychology internships. For more information, visit the Fresno Area Community Services and Placements page.

Recent Accomplishments

  • Our Ecosystemic Play Therapy Training Center was approved (2012) as an Association for Play Therapy Approved Center of Play Therapy Education Program. Ours is one of only 15 such centers in the country and the only one housed in a clinical psychology doctoral program
  • Dr. Kevin O’Connor received a Lifetime’s Achievement award from the Association of Play Therapy, for his outstanding contribution to the field of child and adolescent therapy


The California School of Professional Psychology’s Fresno Clinical Psychology PhD 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.


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


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