A Scholar-Practitioner Model

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

Relevant Methods Serving Diverse Populations

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.

A Uniquely Diverse Community

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. Such an environment offers students rich and unique opportunities for research, practice and advocacy efforts.

Special Los Angeles Program Features

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

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

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

Doctoral students in the LA Clinical Psychology program also have the opportunity to gain practical skills through real-world training and fieldwork experiences. As one of the nation’s most culturally and ethnically varied cities, Los Angeles provides CSPP doctoral students with unique opportunities to work with a diverse population through both the Los Angeles Psychology Services Center (PSC) and the Center for Innovation and Change (CIC). For more information, visit the Los Angeles Community Services and Placements page.

Fifth-Year Clinical Psychology Internships

We strongly encourage students to pursue a fifth-year, full-time APA-accredited internship. If personal circumstances make this impossible, a two-year, half-time internship training model in the fourth and fifth years is acceptable.

Career Paths

An exciting range of career paths are open to those with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, including:

  • Clinical and forensic therapy practice
  • Clinical and forensic psychological assessment
  • 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


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.


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

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