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Dr. O'Shaughnessy, an Assistant Professor of CSPP Clinical Counseling

Dr. Tiffany O'Shaughnessy Works to Improve Counseling Services for the LGBTQ Community.



Wanyu Chang, PsyD CSPP t Clinical Psychology PhD Student

All three of the 2013 LACPA Convention Poster Award Winners are from the CSPP Clinical Psychology PhD and PsyD programs in Los Angeles. 



Jennifer Konkin

The Leadership Study: Interesting, understandable and practical research from San Diego Organizational Psychology graduate Dr. Jennifer Konkin.




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The Industrial and Organizational PhD program at CSPP provided me with the foundation to build a successful and fulfilling career in the United States military.



Jei Africa, 2003 CSPP Graduate

CSPP Graduate, Dr. Jei Africa

Dr. Africa supports CSPP student research in Filipino American Studies with the Jei Africa Dissertation Award.


Overview: Clinical Psychology PhD & PsyD

Customizable Curricula

The curricula for the Clinical Psychology PhD and PsyD programs feature four important areas of study:

  • Foundations of psychology
  • Clinical and professional theory and skills
  • Applied clinical research
  • Professional growth

Students can customize a curriculum to match their own interests and career goals by selecting specialized series of courses, research and field placements. Curricula are continually updated.

Browse through our course descriptions

Critical Competencies

Students in both clinical doctoral programs acquire mastery of knowledge-, research- and practice-based competencies in seven areas:

  • interpersonal/relational
  • assessment
  • multimodal intervention
  • research and evaluation
  • consultation/teaching
  • management/supervision/training
  • quality assurance

Read about the competencies in detail in our course catalog.

Real-World Experience

All students benefit from extensive fieldwork throughout their program. Our training sites offer invaluable real-world experience in a variety of settings with a wide range of patient populations.

Outstanding Internships

The culminating clinical training component is the pre-doctoral internship. CSPP students are encouraged to pursue a full-time, APA-accredited internship in the last year, but also have the option of pursuing or two half-time internships in the last two years. Clinical internship requirements meet and in some programs exceed the 1,500 hours of pre-doctoral internship required by the California Board of Psychology for licensure as a psychologist.

Dissertation or Doctoral Project

Doctoral students complete either a dissertation or a doctoral research project. To see dissertation samples, visit the Alliant Library Catalog.