Clinical Psychology PsyD – Hong Kong

The CSPP Clinical Psychology PsyD program in Hong Kong, offered in association with the School of Continuing and Professional Education (SCOPE), City University of Hong Kong, is designed to train doctoral level psychologists to provide psychotherapy and other applications of clinical psychology to individuals seeking such services in Hong Kong and its region. The program uses a Practitioner Scholar approach and focuses on both the Clinical Researcher and Scholar components.

The Hong Kong program aims to provide a truly international and culturally competent approach to education, drawing on the worldwide work being done in psychology and interpreting that work to benefit psychological service provision in Hong Kong and its region. The program curriculum integrates Western and Asian psychological theory, research, and application pertaining to clinical assessment and intervention with adults, children, and families. The program also provides a model of education and training for psychologists in Hong Kong that emphasizes practice, as well as the application of research to this practice, in order to prepare individuals to work within the Hong Kong mental health delivery system. This training is meant to address the gaps in mental health service delivery in Hong Kong and its region, particularly those pertaining to the treatment of marital problems, child-rearing difficulties, substance abuse, domestic violence, and child abuse.

Curriculum – Learning Outcomes – Practica and Internships

The curriculum provides training in the scientific foundations of psychology, research, clinical theory, and the hands-on skills a practitioner needs. The PsyD dissertation is meant to demonstrate the student’s ability to think critically about clinical and social issues and to make appropriate use of scientific knowledge and psychological research in professional practice.

The Clinical Psychology PsyD program is designed to be completed in four years, with a combination of semester-long face to face courses, intensive face to face courses, semester-long online courses, semester-long blended courses (some instruction face to face and some instruction online), and supervised field work. Schedules are designed to accommodate working professionals. Teaching staff are drawn from both CSPP faculty in the U.S. and Hong Kong and the professional psychological community in Hong Kong.

Read more about this program in the University Catalog.

Special Notes

This program is governed by the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance (ref no. 461589). It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this program may lead.

This program is not accredited by APA. APA does not grant accreditation to any academic program outside of the US. Students who complete the program successfully will be eligible for individual APA membership. They will also be eligible for taking the licensure examination if the required hours for both pre and post-doctoral are fulfilled.

This program meets the “Guidelines for Defining ‘Doctoral Degree in Psychology’” as implemented by the ASPPB/National Register Designation Project. Therefore, a graduate of this designated program who decides to apply for licensure as a psychologist typically will meet the jurisdictional educational requirements for licensing. However, individual circumstances vary, and, there are additional requirements that must be satisfied prior to becoming licensed as a psychologist. Please contact the state / provincial / territorial licensing board in the jurisdiction in which you plan to apply for exact information. Additional information including links to jurisdictions is available on the ASPPB’s web site:

Once licensed, a graduate of a designated program is eligible to apply for credentialing as a Health Service Provider in Psychology by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. Graduation from a designated program typically ensures that the program completed meets the educational requirements for the National Register credential. However, individual circumstances vary, and, there are additional requirements that must be satisfied prior to being credentialed by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology and listed on the database. Doctoral students may apply to have their credentials banked and reviewed prior to licensure. For further information about the National Psychologist’s Trainee Register and the National Register application process, consult the National Register’s web site:

For More Information

School of Continuing and Professional Education, City University of Hong Kong
LG/F, Academic Exchange Building, Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon
Tel: 2788 7423