A Practitioner Model

The APA-accredited PsyD in Clinical Psychology program at the San Francisco campus of Alliant International University 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.

Psychology Internships, Practicum and Professional Training

A hallmark of our Doctor of Psychology 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 program is designed to allow students to complete the dissertation in the third year prior to beginning the fourth year internship.

If You Need More Time…

The standard PsyD curriculum is four years, but students can elect to extend that time by one year to take additional psychology courses, supplemental practicum, or complete research work.

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)
  • Forensic Family Psychology Track (FFT) [on hiatus]
  • Social Justice Psychology

The following track is in development:

  • Integrative 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. 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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