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Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)

Student Studying Clinical Psychology

The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program (Psy.D.) at LIU Post trains students who want to practice as clinical psychologists with a strong interest in traditionally underserved populations. In addition to mastering a rigorous core curriculum, Psy.D. students gain special competencies in one of three areas: Applied Child, Family Violence, or Serious Mental Illness. Our highly experienced faculty provides clinical and theoretical training in the two major orientations in the field today: cognitive-behavioral and psychoanalytic. As a result, our graduates are prepared to practice with one or both models, affording considerable flexibility in a professional world of constantly changing demands and opportunities.

After the first year, students balance course work with clinical training as externs in approved patient-care institutions. Second-year students train at the LIU Post Psychological Services Center (PSC), which offers low-cost preventative and clinical mental health services to community members. Third- and fourth-year students complete closely supervised externships at one of more than 50 training sites in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area, including inpatient, outpatient and community mental health facilities.

The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. In 2009, the APA awarded the Program with accreditation until 2016, the longest possible period of accreditation. Approximately 20 students from across the United States and abroad are admitted each year; most have an undergraduate degree in psychology and some clinical experience. The program requires a full-time, year-round commitment in each of the four years of residency. At the end of their third year, students present a case presentation to a panel of clinical psychologists called a Clinical Competency Evaluation. The fifth year is spent in a full-time clinical internship. As a culminating experience, students design and conduct a significant research project, and write a doctoral dissertation under the direction of the Program faculty. The dissertation process begins in students’ second year of the program. The program is 115 credits, including the clinical practicum.

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

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Fall Lecture Series

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Important Dates

Applications Accepted Beginning November 15, 2013
Deadline for Fall online or paper application, must be submitted by January 2, 2014
All other credentials must be received by January 17, 2014
Final Decision Deadline: April 15, 2014
Classes Begin September 2014

Program News and Events

The Psy.D. Out Put
Debuting in fall 2012, the P.O.P. is the Research Newsletter of the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program.  The newsletter specifically highlights student accomplishments, including clinical placements, research, conference attendance, post-doctoral training, and student-led community projects.  Every academic year, two issues of the P.O.P. will be published.  
Fall 2012
Spring 2013

Fall 2013 Calendar of Events
* All events are 12:20-1:50 in Hillwood Commons, Pioneer Room unless otherwise noted


  • Open House – August 6th from 6:30-8:30 Tilles Center Patron’s Lounge with Program Director, Eva Feindler, Ph.D.


  • Wednesday, 11th - Gender Students Presentation: Girl Trouble: Film Screening
  • Wednesday, 25th – Faculty Research Showcase
  • Thursday, 26th – Concentration Presentation


  • Wednesday, 2nd – Psychologists for Social Responsibility Presentation
  • Thursday, 10th – Concentration Presentation: Serious Mental Illness: Jon Ronson, Ph.D. “Strange Answers to the Psychopath Test”
  • Wednesday, 28th – Students for Multicultural Awareness in Research & Training Presentation
  • Thursday, 29th – Colloquium


  • Wednesday, 6th - Students for Multicultural Awareness in Research & Training Presentation
  • Thursday, 7th – Concentration Presentation
  • Wednesday 13th – Gender Studies Presentation: Feminist Case Study
  • 21st – 24th Association of Behavioral-Cognitive Therapy Annual Conference (Nashville, TN) Student & Faculty Attendance & Presentations


  • Wednesday, 4th - Psychologists for Social Responsibility Presentation

LIU Post Trauma Team Named to President’s 2013 Community Service Honor Roll
Recognized for more than 27,000 hours of community service per year; highlighted efforts include L.I. Special Education Parents Center, clinical psychology student Trauma Team and nutrition programs for underserved communities.

The LIU Post Trauma Response Team, consisting of volunteer Doctoral Psychology graduate students who have provided dozens of off-site counseling responses following large and small disasters including trauma-informed outreach and intervention to vulnerable community members.

Program Highlights

  • The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at LIU Post is the only program in the nation that allows students to specialize in applied child, family violence, or serious mental illness.
  • We offer nationally recognized training in the treatment of trauma, with many students joining our “trauma team,” which offers rapid response to traumatic events around the world.
  • The program is also one of the few that trains its students in both Cognitive-Behavioral psychotherapy (including Dialectical Behavior therapy) and Psychodynamic psychotherapy.
  • The program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association, receiving the longest possible accreditation of seven years during the last site visit in 2009.
  • Our community-based Psychological Services Center provides clinical services to the public and serves as a training facility for doctoral candidates.
  • LIU Post has been selected as one of eight universities (the only Psy.D. program in the nation) to develop, evaluate, and disseminate a clinician-scientist training curriculum to increase clinical, research, and training competence in Dialectical Behavior Therapy. This program is called “DBT in a Box” and it is a novel curriculum that will involve an enhancement of existing graduate and professional training, with a focus on preparing clinician-scientists to (1) inspire the development of clinical research programs for untested applications of DBT; (2) translate empirical clinical findings to clinical practice and (3) disseminate DBT to treatment centers. The curriculum will involve the following domains: (1) didactic instruction in research and theory related to treatment and target populations; (2) focused instruction by recognized experts in topic areas of particular relevance to the target populations (e.g., suicide assessment; research ethics); and (3) supervised clinical practice in each modality of DBT.