Doctor of Philosophy

Breadth and Depth.

These words we live by. A mantra that permeates every aspect of the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Clinical Psychology degree 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.

The word “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.

The word “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

At minimum, 1,500 hours of supervised internship are required for our clinical psychology programs.

From evidence-based treatment modalities to theoretical orientations, your training will provide 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.

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

Depth of Diversity

Race. Ethnicity. Gender. Orientation. Age. Class. Physical Ability. Religion. The ways in which we define ourselves and others are numerous and complex. You simply can’t help those who struggle within these defining aspects unless you have been given just as diverse an education.

That education starts with your surroundings. Peers. Mentors. Teachers. Staff. They are all from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. This offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in different perspectives.

That education grows from within. Coursework focuses on self-awareness as it applies to multicultural concerns, awareness of group dynamics within society, and how all of this impacts psychotherapy. Students will challenge themselves, learning to leave their stereotypes or prejudices at the door. It takes honesty, self-reflection and a willingness to disclose from everyone.

That education continues throughout every course in the Clinical Psychology Degree Program. Theory, research, and clinical applications focus on diverse populations. Electives are designed with multiculturalism in mind. Field training with a wide range of groups develops the skills and experience needed to move forward into the field. Because while our training begins with self-reflection, if you are to become an effective practitioner you must learn to empathize with those you will be serving. In an increasingly interconnected society, we must be able to understand each other if we are to truly help each other.

The Alliant Choice

We don’t take it lightly when a student chooses us for their education. Making Alliant International University your home means choosing more than just a school. It means choosing quality, from faculty to finish.

Learning at Alliant is not just about coursework, though that’s paramount. It’s not just about internships, though they’re vital. The greatness of an institution of higher education can be found in the harmonious balance of both scholarship and hands-on training. It’s also found in those you are learning with, learning from, and how you will transform your education into impact.

In our interconnected world, homogeny has been replaced with heterogeneity. At Alliant, it’s not about “fitting in,” because there is no one way to be. Our student body is uniquely diverse, they come from a world of backgrounds and they’ve all had a unique experience. Your exposure to this wealth of diverse experiences will help shape you into a more culturally- refined individual, while still sharing the one thing that all of our students have in common: A desire to better the world.

Helpful. Supportive. Open. These are just some of the ways our staff has been described by students. From application to graduation, we are here to help you succeed. And our faculty? They’re some of the best in their field, working professionals who are not only intimately familiar with changing trends but are often the ones making change happen.

We know that everyone has a unique story and situation. That is why we tailor our programs to fit the needs of first-time freshmen and transfer students alike. We firmly believe that education should be accessible to all. Alliant will meet you right where you are. Right when you need us.

Clinical Psychology PhD Emphasis Options

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

  • Assessment
  • Family/Child Psychology
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Integrative Psychology
  • Multicultural and International
  • Psychodynamic Psychology

Read more on the San Diego Clinical Psychology PhD Program.

  • Family/Child and Couple
  • Health Psychology
  • Multicultural Community

Read more on the Los Angeles Clinical Psychology PhD Program.

  • Child and Family Psychology
  • Integrated Health Psychology
  • Social Justice Psychology

Read more on the San Francisco Clinical Psychology PhD Program.

  • Clinical Forensic 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.

The California School of Professional Psychology’s Clinical Psychology PhD and PsyD programs offered on the Fresno, Los Angeles, San Diego, 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