Doctor of Psychology

To be the one person who can reach that single soul. To be the rock of support for the group. Or to be an agent of change for all of society. However you choose to practice, your role as a psychologist makes a lasting impact. Your path to practice starts with the American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited Doctor of Psychology PsyD in Clinical Psychology Program at Alliant International University.

It starts with an education best described by our mantra: breadth and depth. The breadth of topics covered, including statistical analysis, cultural systems, theory and assessment of personalities, and cultural and integrative psychology is vast. The depth of understanding gained through extensive fieldwork, internships, research projects, and dissertation is profound. The wide array of emphasis options, from family to forensic psychology, is unique.

Following a practitioner model, you engage the community through agency placements. You develop the multicultural skills needed to provide quality clinical psychological services to a diverse population. You will both help patients and keep the system working for them.

All of this so you are prepared to go out and improve the world by leading and serving, because we believe that advanced degrees and expertise are meaningless unless they are used as an instrument for creating a lasting impact and advancing the greater good.

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

Clinical Psychology PsyD Emphasis Options

In addition to the core curriculum, PsyD 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 PsyD Program.

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

Read more on the Los Angeles Clinical Psychology PsyD Program.

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

Read more on the San Francisco Clinical Psychology PsyD Program.

  • Clinical Forensic Psychology

Read more on the Fresno Clinical Psychology PsyD Program.

  • Correctional Psychology

Read more on the Sacramento Clinical Psychology PsyD Program.

Contact an admissions counselor today to learn more about CSPP’s Clinical Psychology PsyD 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