PhD in Clinical Psychology, Fresno


Program Overview


The Fresno Clinical PhD program introduces you to the ethical values and orientation of the professional psychologist by exploring the psychological, biological and sociocultural factors that influence human behavior. In this rich and challenging program, you’ll develop clinical, research and teaching competencies and build the technical skills needed to work effectively with diverse populations in clinical settings.

The PhD program in Fresno takes a systemic approach to analysis and intervention, examining the role of eco-systemic contributions, such as family, ethnicity, religious practice, medical and legal issues, access to social privileges, and other factors. In addition to training you in the role of clinical psychologist, you’ll understand the important role you can play as a psychologist acting as a consultant, community advocate and contributor to social change.


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Profession-Wide Competencies

Throughout the program you’ll study in specific, profession-wide competency areas in order to acquire and demonstrate knowledge, understanding and skills. These competencies identify knowledge, attitudes, and skills you must achieve to graduate from the program. These include the following 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

You’ll demonstrate your competencies in these areas through the academic and training components of coursework, practicum and internship placements, along with supervised research and teaching experiences. Your progress in achieving these competencies is monitored regularly throughout the year across.


Program-Specific Competencies

As a student in the program you’ll also be expected to demonstrate competency in the area of teaching.

Discipline-Specific Knowledge

Students in the program must also acquire discipline-specific knowledge and demonstrate understanding in these areas:

  • History and systems of psychology
  • Foundational science domains of psychology including biological, cognitive-affective, development, and social aspects of behavior
  • Advanced integrative knowledge across foundational domains of psychology
  • Research methods, statistical analysis, and psychometrics.

Fresno Program Features

Doctoral students in the Fresno Clinical Psychology program also have the opportunity to gain practical skills by providing mental health services through the W. Gary Cannon Psychology Service Center, as well as through local psychology internships.

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The CSPP Fresno Clinical Psychology PhD program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), which requires that the school provide data on time to completion, program costs, internships, attrition, and licensure. Please follow the link below for that data. We hope this information will help you to make an informed decision regarding your graduate study.

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data – (.pdf)

The CSPP Clinical Psychology PhD and PsyD programs offered on the Fresno, Sacramento, 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


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School Performance Fact Sheet


The Fresno PhD in Clinical Psychology focuses on students achieving nine specific aims through the development of clinical, research, and teaching competencies. The aims are as follows:

  • To produce students/graduates who are competent in integrating the foundations of scientific psychology in all of their work as clinical psychologists.
  • To produce students/graduates who are competent in research and evaluation.
  • To produce students/graduates competent in developing and maintaining constructive professional relationships.
  • To produce students/graduates who demonstrate competence in understanding and engaging in diversity.
  • To produce students/graduates competent in assessment skills as an ongoing process that informs and guides professional practice.
  • To produce students/graduates competent in intervention skills.
  • To train students/graduates who will engage in lifelong learning and ongoing professional development.
  • To prepare students/graduates to be competent supervisors and consultants.
  • To produce students/graduates competent in being teachers of psychology at the university level.

Professional Clinical Training Opportunities

You’ll begin your professional clinical training in your second year at our on-site Psychological Services Center, which provides diverse therapeutic, testing and didactic training opportunities. In your third year, you’ll train in community mental health centers, clinics, inpatient mental health facilities, medical settings, specialized service centers, rehabilitation programs, residential or day programs, forensic/ correctional facilities, and educational programs. Students typically receive a minimum of 1,600 hours of clinical training prior to internship.

Teaching Practicum

Clinical PhD students also enter teaching practica in their fourth year of their program either through the university or at local colleges and universities such as Fresno State University and the North Centers of the State Center Community College District, as well as hospitals. You’ll be prepared for teaching through coursework in classroom and online pedagogy.

Research Training

In addition to clinical and teaching practica, you’ll be involved in research practica coordinated by our core faculty. Over the course of four semesters, you’ll learn how to apply skills you have learned in statistics and research design to actual research projects. These projects involve faculty expertise primarily in the areas of play therapy, cognition and affect, psychometrics, and health.

As a result of collaborative work in research practicum and methods courses, students and faculty have presentations at several professional conferences, including the meetings and annual conventions of the following professional associations:

  • American Psychological Association
  • Association for Play Therapy
  • National Academy of Neuropsychology
  • National Council of School and Programs of Professional Psychology
  • Western Psychological Association
  • International Summit on Preventing, Assessing & Treating Trauma across the Lifespan

The faculty prides itself on the quality and breadth of training its students receive. Through clinical work, teaching and research, Fresno PhD clinical graduates contribute significantly to the solutions for major mental health problems confronting communities today. If you want to find out more about how the program prepares you as a clinical psychologist, please contact Dr Debra Bekerian, Academic Director, 


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At Alliant, our mission is to prepare students for professional careers of service and leadership and promote the discovery and application of knowledge to improve the lives of people in diverse cultures and communities around the world. Our Vision is an inclusive world empowered by Alliant alumni.



The California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) is Alliant’s cornerstone school and was built on a legacy of thought leadership, multicultural competence, and quality of care. CSPP’s programs pair hands-on professional practice with academic rigor in order to prepare the next generation of psychologists and mental health care professionals.


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