Become a Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology

Breadth and Depth.

These words we live by. A mantra that permeates every aspect of the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Clinical Psychology Program at Alliant International University. The words can be heard throughout every hallway and classroom of the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP).

Breadth and Depth. Two simple words but with such massive implications.

“Breadth” embodies the core of our approach: A scholar-practitioner model that covers the pillars of psychology. Foundations, theory and skills, applied clinical research, diversity competence, and professional growth. Fieldwork, coursework, and self-work; nothing is left untouched.

“Depth” embodies the complex and profound nature of our scholarship. Within each course, every internship, and in the field, we challenge you to think. To profoundly examine yourself, your fellow students, and your community – so you learn to assess, consult, evaluate, supervise, teach, and treat. You learn to look at the complex variables in mental health and illness in a sociocultural and sociopolitical context.

The breadth and depth of the PhD in Clinical Psychology Program at Alliant ensures that you leave prepared to contribute. To your patients, your community, and to the sociologically-vital field of psychology.

A Breadth of Hands-On Training

You’ll find our mantra lives in every aspect of the Clinical Psychology PhD Program and the experiential nature of this doctoral degree. At minimum, 1,500 hours of supervised internship are required by this program and the California Board of Psychology.

From evidence-based treatment modalities to theoretical orientations, your training will arm you with a breadth of experience. You’ll be exposed to various treatment settings as well as diverse patient populations. New yearly placements are encouraged so that you are equipped for an even wider array of experiences.

Psychology Internships

The culminating clinical training component of the clinical psychology doctoral degree is the doctoral internship. Beginning with the first year and continuing throughout the degree program, CSPP doctoral students are provided with education about the internship process. The Offices of Professional Training faculty and staff provide continuous support as students build their clinical training experiences, and they provide guidance to students across all phases of the internship application, interview, and acceptance process. Throughout the degree program, faculty actively work with students to develop competitive applications for APA-accredited internships and obtain internships that are a good fit for their career goals. For additional information about a program’s specific internship application requirements, please refer to the program’s webpage.

Critical Core Competencies

Accredited by the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Accreditation, our Clinical Psychology programs require all students to acquire and demonstrate substantial understanding of and competence in the following nine profession-wide competency areas:

  • Research
  • Ethical and Legal Standards
  • Individual and Cultural Diversity
  • Professional Values and Attitudes
  • Communication and Interpersonal Skills
  • Assessment
  • Intervention
  • Supervision
  • Consultation and Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary Skills

In addition, students are expected to possess discipline-specific knowledge in the following four areas:

  • History and Systems of Psychology
  • The basic content areas of scientific psychology, including affective, biological cognitive, developmental, and social aspects of behavior
  • Advanced integrative knowledge in scientific psychology
  • Research Methods, Statistical Analysis, and Psychometrics

Clinical Psychology PhD Emphasis Options

In addition to the core curriculum, PhD students may specialize in an emphasis area of their choice.

      • Health Track
      • Family/Child Psychology
      • Clinical Forensic
      • Psychodynamic Psychology

Read more on the San Diego Clinical Psychology PhD Program.

      • Clinical Health Psychology
      • Family and Couple Emphasis
      • Multicultural Community

Read more on the Los Angeles Clinical Psychology PhD Program.

      • Family/Child/Adolescent Psychology
      • Gender Studies and LGBT Psychology
      • Multicultural Community Psychology and Program Evaluation

Read more on the San Francisco Clinical Psychology PhD Program.

      • Clinical Forensic Psychology
      • Ecosystemic Child Psychology

Read more on the Fresno Clinical Psychology PhD Program.

Contact an admissions counselor today to learn more about CSPP’s Clinical Psychology PhD program.

*Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to:

Commission on Accreditation
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, N.E., Washington DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979