PhD in Clinical Psychology Curriculum, San Diego

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Curriculum Plan


Please note that there may be other requirements for completion or options for elective and specialized courses. Please see the academic catalog for the full curriculum. Course offerings and sequence are subject to change.

Academic Year 1

Semester 1

  • PSY6021 - Advanced Statistics I (3 units)
  • PSY6105 - Biological Aspects of Behavior (3 units)
  • PSY6523 - Advanced Psychopathology (3 units)
  • PSY6524 - Theories of Personality, Pathology and Psychotherapy: Psychoanalytic (3 units) (All emphasis areas, except Health Emphasis students.)
  • PSY6622 - Clinical Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (3 units) (Health Emphasis students)
  • PSY6045 - Research Practicum (1.5 units)

Semester 2

  • PSY6003 - History and Systems of Psychology (1 unit)
  • PSY6022 - Advanced Statistics II (3 units)
  • PSY6501 - Intellectual Assessment (3 units)
  • PSY6520 - Introduction to Psychotherapy (2 units)
  • PSY6525 - Theories of Personality, Pathology and Psychotherapy: Behavioral/Social Learning (3 units)
  • PSY7010 - Foundations of Measurement (2 units)
  • PSY6045 - Research Practicum (1.5 units)

Academic Year 2 

Semester 1

  • PSY6023 - Principles of Research Design (3 units)
  • PSY6116 - Issues in Chemical Dependency and Treatment (2 units)
  • PSY6503 - Personality Assessment I (Objective) (3 units) (All emphasis areas, except Health Emphasis students.)
  • PSY6524 - Theories of Personality, Pathology and Psychotherapy: Psychoanalytic (3 units) (Health Emphasis students)
  • PSY6129 - Multicultural Competency Development (3 units)
  • PSY7525 - PhD Practicum I (2 to 3 units)
  • PSY7556 - Practicum Consultation and Ethics (1.5 units)
  • PSY7045 - Dissertation Proposal Development (1.5 units)

Semester 2

  • PSY6101 - Cognitive & Affective Bases of Behavior (2 to 3 units)
  • PSY6112 - Social Basis of Behavior (2 to 3 units)
  • PSY6140 - Developmental Psychology/Lifespan Development (2 to 3 units)
  • PSY7501 - Theory and Practice of Psychotherapy: Individual (3 units)
  • PSY7526 - PhD Practicum I (2 to 3 units)
  • PSY7556 - Practicum Consultation and Ethics (1.5 units)
  • PSY7045 - Dissertation Proposal Development (1.5 units)

Academic Year 3

Semester 1

  • PSY7156 - Psychopharmacology (1 to 3 units)
  • PSY8555 - Neuropsychology: Foundations (3 units)
  • PSY8535 - PhD Practicum II (3 units)
  • PSY8552 - Clinical Consultation Group (1.5 units)
  • PSY7045 - Dissertation Proposal Development (1.5 units)

Semester 2

  • PSY6620 - Health Service Psychology (3 units)
  • PSY8400 - Third Wave Therapies (3 units) (All emphasis areas, except Health Emphasis students.)
  • PSY6503 - Personality Assessment I (Objective) (3 units) (Health Emphasis students)
  • PSY8556 - Neuropsychology: Advanced (3 units) (All emphasis areas)
  • PSY6504 - Personality Assessment II (Projective) (3 units) (Option for all emphasis areas except Health Emphasis)
  • PSY8524 - Assessment in Neurophysiology: Theory and Clinical Applications (3 units) (Health Emphasis students) 
  • PSY8536 - PhD Practicum II (3 units)
  • PSY8552 - Clinical Consultation Group (1.5 units)
  • PSY7045 - Dissertation Proposal Development (1.5 units)

Academic Year 4

Semester 1

  • PSY7565 - Advanced Ethics and Professional Issues (2 units)
  • PSY8510 - Supervision Seminar (1 to 3 units)
  • PSY8500 - Clinical Elective (0 to 3 units)
  • PSY7625 - Intro to Clinical Medicine I (3 units) (Health Emphasis students)
  • PSY8990 - PhD Doctoral Dissertation Research Design and Research Seminar (1 to 6 units)

Semester 2

  • PSY8500 - Clinical Elective (3 units)
  • PSY7610 - Cultural Seminar (3 units) (All emphasis areas must take a cultural elective related to their emphasis area.)
  • PSY7633 - Health Psychology Intervention: Research and Practice Addressing Health Disparities (3 units) (Health Emphasis students)
  • PSY8500 - Clinical Elective (0 to 3 units)
  • PSY8400 - Third Wave Therapies (3 units) (Health Emphasis students)
  • PSY8990 - PhD Doctoral Dissertation Research Design and Research Seminar (1 to 6 units)

Academic Year 5

Semester 1

  • PSY8990 - PhD Doctoral Dissertation Research Design and Research Seminar (1 to 6 units)
  • PSY9531 - Full-Time Pre Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology (11 units)

Semester 2

  • PSY8990 - PhD Doctoral Dissertation Research Design and Research Seminar (1 to 6 units)
  • PSY9532 - Full-Time Pre Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology (11 units)

Semester 3

  • PSY9533 - Full-Time Pre Doctoral Internship in Clinical Psychology (8 units)

Half-Time Internship Option

  • PSY8990 - PhD Doctoral Dissertation Research Design and Research Seminar (1 to 6 units)
  • PSY9561 - Half-Time Predoctoral Internship (5 units)
  • PSY8990 - PhD Doctoral Dissertation Research Design and Research Seminar (1 to 6 units)
  • PSY9562 - Half-Time Predoctoral Internship (5 units)
  • PSY9563 - Half-Time Predoctoral Internship (5 units)
  • PSY8990 - PhD Doctoral Dissertation Research Design and Research Seminar (1 to 6 units)
  • PSY9564 - Half-Time Predoctoral Internship (5 units)
  • PSY8990 - PhD Doctoral Dissertation Research Design and Research Seminar (1 to 6 units)
  • PSY9565 - Half-Time Predoctoral Internship (5 units)
  • PSY9566 - Half-Time Predoctoral Internship (5 units)

Instruction may be provided on-ground, online or in hybrid modalities, and varies by program. For on-ground and hybrid programs, instruction is primarily provided at an Alliant campus; however, some instructional activities may take place off campus at a location appropriate for the particular activity, including, but not limited to, online courses or online portion of courses, internships, practicums, or field placement activities.

For online programs, instruction is provided online; however, some programs may include an in-person residency requirement at one of Alliant’s campuses. Additional instructional activities, including, but not limited to internships, practicums, or field placement activities may take place at a location appropriate for the particular activity.

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