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Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology

The Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology at LIU Brooklyn offers a full-time course of professional and scholarly study, which leads to the degree Doctor of Philosophy. The program emphasizes the integration of sophisticated skills in psychological assessment, intervention techniques, and scholarly research. These skills prepare the future clinical psychologist to diagnose, treat, and study a broad range of psychological phenomena. Graduates of the program have the scholarly credentials for academic, research, and clinical positions. The training model follows a "scholar-practitioner" model in which dual emphasis is placed on both clinical training and scholarly research, and the training offered is in full accordance with APA guidelines. The clinical faculty believes that the science of psychology provides the foundation from which the clinical psychologist's skills develop. Consistent with this belief, the program provides students with a firm grounding in both the basic theories and empirical findings in psychology and the fundamentals of psychological research design and methodology.

In clinical work, the theoretical orientation of the program is strongly influenced by psychodynamic approaches to psychotherapy but with an emphasis on integrating this orientation with other theoretical points of view such as cognitive-behavioral and family systems theory. Consistent with the Program's tradition of training highly competent clinical practitioners, students begin clinical training in the first year of the program for eight to twelve hours a week at one of a few carefully selected externship sites. At the same time, academic coursework introduces them to short-term psychodynamic approaches as well as short-term cognitive-behavioral therapies. In the second year, students train in the LIU Brooklyn Psychological Services Center where they provide treatment to students on the Brooklyn campus. They are supervised in this facility by doctoral clinical faculty, all of whom have completed postdoctoral training. The diversity of the LIU student community provides doctoral students with expertise in working therapeutically with a broadly multicultural clinical population. In the third year, doctoral students complete closely supervised externships at a number of the best training sites in the New York Metropolitan area. Fourth year students often elect to add to their clinical training by completing a fourth year externship placement prior to their fifth year clinical internship. Our doctoral students are regarded by these training sites as among the best in the New York area.

The Ph.D. Program in clinical Psychology is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association and has received glowing reports from both the American Psychological Association and New York State. The most recent site visit from APA in 2007 resulted in full accreditation until 2014, the longest possible period of accreditation. Each year 15 to 17 students are accepted from among the finest universities and colleges across the United States and it is not unusual for each class to contain at least one international student who has completed their academic training at a foreign university. In addition to their undergraduate degrees, many of these students have completed some work at the graduate level and all have some research and clinical work experience.

Program Requirements: The Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology requires three years of academic work in residence. The fourth year is typically spent in additional clinical experience and independent work on the doctoral dissertation, while the fifth year regularly involves completion of the 12-month clinical internship at an APA approved facility. Program requirements include:

1. The completion of 90 credits of graduate courses
2. Successful completion of three years of practicum training.
3. The development, completion and presentation of an independent research project (Second Year Research Project), which is initiated in the first year of training and completed no later than the middle of the third year.
4. Completion of the Clinical Qualifying Examinations, which assesses the student's mastery of the theoretical and empirical literature related to a patient they have treated. This requirement is typically completed towards the end of the third year of training.
5. A full-time, twelve-month clinical internship at an APA-accredited institution such as a hospital or community mental health center, usually during the fifth year.
6. Completion of an empirically based doctoral dissertation under the supervision of a committee of three doctoral faculty members.

Admission Requirements:

  • A minimum combined score of 302 (new system) or 1100 (old system) on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination.
  • A minimum score of 550 on the GRE subject test in Psychology.
  • A grade point average of 3.2 with no less than 15 credits in psychology. Included among these undergraduate courses should be statistics and experimental psychology/ research methods.
  • Applicants should note that the average student admitted to the program over the past ten years has achieved a grade point average of 3.49, combined scores over 1250 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination, and over 550 on the Psychology Subject test, and has acquired some research and clinical experience past their bachelor's degree. These applicants have also demonstrated their interpersonal and intellectual competencies in an interview with the doctoral faculty. Applications typically number 250 each year with 90 of these applicants interviewed. Final offers are made until an entering class of 15 to 17 is reached.

Important Dates:

  • Completed Applications Reviewed Beginning December 1.
  • Deadline for applications is January 5.
  • Admissions interviews take place at the end of January and beginning of February.
  • All candidates will be notified of their admission status by April 1.
  • Final Decision deadline is April 15.
  • Fall Classes begin in September.

To apply for the Ph.D. Program click on the "Download Ph.D. Application Instructions" button.

Inquiries related to the Ph.D. program should be addressed to:
Nicholas Papouchis, Ph.D., ABPPDirector, Ph.D. Program 718-488-1164,