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

You’ll find our mantra lives in every aspect of the Clinical Psychology PsyD Program and the experiential nature of this doctoral degree. At a 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.

And you have options for how to get it all done.

Full-time Internship: APA-accredited or APPIC-member internships, many of which offer stipends, are part of the full-time placement options. Additional options include CAPIC-accredited internships offered as either full or part-time.

Part-time Internship: While we recommend students apply for the full-time APA or APPIC internships, other part-time internship options are accepted with approval by the program.

Critical Core Competencies

Every endeavor in life demands that you master a set of skills. Skills that are essential to successful continuity. Our Clinical Psychology PsyD Program is offered at a number of our California campuses including San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Fresno, and Sacramento. Alliant’s program requires knowledge, understanding, and experience in the following areas:

  • Interpersonal/Relational
  • Assessment
  • Multimodal Intervention
  • Research and Evaluation
  • Consultation/Teaching
  • Management/Supervision/Training
  • Quality Assurance

These areas of expertise are required of graduates because they are also requirements for success in the field. Each of these topics is covered throughout the 5-year program, ensuring you not only learn them but learn how you can apply them.

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 PsyD 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.

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.

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

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.

Learn More

Contact an admissions counselor today to learn more about CSPP’s Clinical Psychology PsyD program or call 1-866-825-5426.