Take Your Psychology Degree, and Your Future, to the Next Level
The California School of Professional Psychology offers nine of the top APA-accredited clinical psychology graduate programs in California. These programs are offered on-campus at locations across California and fall under two clinical psychology doctoral degree types:
These programs are offered on-campus at locations across California and fall under two clinical psychology doctoral degree types:
- PhD in Clinical Psychology
- PsyD in Clinical Psychology
PhD and PsyD Programs by California Campus
Learn more about each campus’ clinical psychology graduate programs below. Each campus program page also provides links to student outcome data, including time to completion, program costs, internships, and attrition and licensure, as required by the APA Commission on Accreditation. Questions related to each CSPP Program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation.
Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology (PhD)
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)
Clinical Psychology PhD and PsyD Programs Areas of Emphasis
A forward-thinking school produces forward-thinking professionals. As clinical psychology research, theories, and methods continue to evolve, CSPP stays on the forefront of the field by offering highly-specialized emphasis areas:
Reflecting the modern standard in training philosophy, curriculum, and applied experiences to multiculturally competent clinical psychologists, this emphasis area is centered on the cultural and sociopolitical context of the individuals, families, and communities we serve. Field settings include hospitals, mental health clinics, community-based agencies, and university counseling centers.
The underserved and underrepresented are the focus of the Social Justice Psychology Track. Students in this track are armed with knowledge of the concepts of power and oppression, and learn how these systemic pillars of modern society affect entire populations as well as individuals. Graduates will be well equipped to effectively assess, diagnose and treat individuals within these populations.
Students in this specialization study the processes of gender role socialization and cultural norms for males and females across the lifespan, as well as topics of LGBT identity development and relationships. Work in this area focus on the behavioral and mental health consequences in areas such as eating disorders, depression, substance abuse, intimate partner violence, health-related behaviors, and division of household tasks and childcare between parents in families.
While traditional psychology examines certain psychological factors often through the lens of modern western society, multicultural psychology instead targets how cultural and societal influences on the individual can be best understood by incorporating societal systemic variables and cultural contexts. Thus, rather than centering on traditional western viewpoints, students go beyond and focus instead on cultural and international encounters in professional psychology. Students’ dissertations must concentrate on an aspect of the multicultural and international emphasis, and at least one of their practicum or internships placements must serve a diverse population.
The knowledge, research and intervention skills necessary for working with multicultural groups and community organizations are woven throughout the curriculum of this impactful emphasis area. Students will have multiple opportunities to receive influential experience during their San Francisco field placements and from faculty with specialized expertise ranging from juvenile justice, HIV prevention and other community settings.
Investigating the relationship and interdependency of law, social science, and clinical practice, the Forensic Psychology emphasis area prepares you for careers in this varied field. Clinical psychologists serve throughout the legal system, putting into play a refined skillset which includes preparing testimony that encompasses presenting psychological science to a judge or jury, and the ability to confidently withstand cross-examination.
This is a specialization for students who want a career working with criminal populations and in criminal and civil legal settings. You will be armed with the skills you need to work in the areas including divorce, custody mediation, worker’s compensation, child abuse, and adoption. You can learn how to utilize assessment and diagnostic tools to apply therapy; research and communicate federal and state mental health laws; and interaction techniques with criminal populations and professionals.
The Emphasis in Correctional Psychology applies the foundations of clinical psychology to work with offender populations in a variety of contexts. It is designed for students who plan to work as members of treatment teams in challenging environments such as correctional settings, parole clinics and community-based offender treatment settings as well as forensic units in inpatient settings such as state hospitals.
Correctional psychology has changed significantly over the past two decades, mainly as a result of increased awareness of mental health needs of offenders with major mental illness, attention of federal and state courts, and support of multiple professional organizations and advocacy groups committed to improved rehabilitation efforts for this population. This focus has led to a high demand for clinical psychologists in these settings, with highly competitive salaries and compensation packages. Many of these settings also qualify for participation in federal loan repayment programs. In addition, correctional settings offer a number of APA and APPIC pre-doctoral internships, as well as less formal opportunities to complete post-doctoral supervised professional experience. The Emphasis in Correctional Psychology on our Sacramento campus is one of only a few educational programs prepare students specifically for these challenging opportunities.
A commitment to helping children and adolescents is a commitment to bettering the future. Enhance your focus on child and adolescent issues in observation, interviewing, assessment, and advanced psychopathology. Over 50 percent of the clients you serve during your internship will be children, adolescents or families.
Multiple variables must be assessed when addressing a child or adolescent’s behavior, including biological, developmental, intrapsychic, systemic, sociocultural, and historical. Oftentimes, play therapy is suggested to clinically observe these aforementioned variables. This emphasis area is offered at the Ecosystemic Play Therapy Training Center at our Fresno campus, which offers all coursework required by the Association for Play Therapy to become a Registered Play Therapist.
oursework and fieldwork from the FACE emphasis area builds the skillset you will need to assess, diagnose, and practice family and couple psychology in clinical settings. FACE students graduate with a professional identity, confidence, and unique skill set in treating families from a systemic perspective.
This track will allow you to develop proficiencies for evaluation, treatment, and research with children and families. Coursework focuses on the study of ethnic and cultural issues within individuals and families from a variety of theoretical viewpoints including cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, family-systems, and lifespan development. Additional topics that our students explore include domestic violence, child abuse and neglect.
With just three courses required to complete the Health Track, students can quickly develop practical knowledge and skills that integrate the medical and biological domains and the psychological and social domains in order to provide a theoretical foundation to serve in a variety of health care settings.
This holistic emphasis area integrates the fields of clinical psychology, behavioral medicine, public health, social psychology, disease prevention, and health promotion into an applied discipline that examines the dynamic interaction between the mind and body, and its effect on physical and mental health.
One person needs multiple health providers in order to get the best possible health care. Integrative health focuses on the collaboration between these health practitioners so they can all better understand and treat clients’ physical and mental health issues.
Integrative psychology postulates that social context, body, mind and emotions all contribute to an individual’s physical and psychological wellbeing. While integrative psychology still values mainstream psychology models and research, it also emphasizes the use of spirituality, consciousness, imagery, somatic practices and more into clinical settings.
Psychodynamic psychology examines the subconscious processes of the mind and the dynamic relationship of the id, ego, and superego. Students in this track will learn to integrate object relations, self-psychology, analytic psychology, existential psychology, and cognitive, science-based approaches to unconscious processes. This emphasis prepares students to practice general psychology in a variety of settings with children and adults, for further professional development, and for specialization beyond the doctorate.
Rooted in psychometric theory, this program is designed for students who want to specialize in diagnostic assessments in clinical psychology. These students go beyond the basic assessment courses to master advanced methods of test interpretation and test-material integration into comprehensive test reports.
Additional PhD and PsyD Programs at California School of Professional Psychology
Finally, CSPP offers several additional PhD and PsyD programs at our California campuses, including:
- PsyD in Marriage and Family Therapy
- PsyD in Organization Development
- PhD in Organizational Psychology
- PhD in Leadership
- Doctoral Respecialization in Clinical Psychology
PhD or PsyD: Which is Right for You?
Can’t decide which doctorate degree fits your educational goals? Click the following to learn more about the differences, and similarities, between Clinical Psychology PhD and PsyD degrees.
Make Your Doctorate Degree Yours
CSPP isn’t just a psychology school. CSPP is a psychology school where students can tailor their PhD or PsyD education specifically to their goals.
Interested in becoming a Clinical Psychologist with an Emphasis in Social Justice? Check. Seeking to practice psychodynamic therapy to multicultural communities? We have you covered there too.
If you have a specific career path in mind, or if you need assistance determining which PhD or PsyD program or area of emphasis is right for you, our admission counselors can help. Contact us for more information about our PhD and PsyD programs.
The California School of Professional Psychology’s Clinical Psychology PhD and PsyD programs offered on the Fresno, Los Angeles, San Diego, Sacramento, and San Francisco campuses are individually accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA).
*Questions related to a program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979