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Concentrations

All students must complete a general core of 18 credits, a research core of 7 credits, an assessment core of 15 credits, a clinical core of 21 credits and a professional development core of 18 credits. After completing most of the core courses, students choose one of three concentrations (6 credits): Applied Child, Family Violence or Serious Mental Illness.

Applied Child Concentration 

The Applied Child concentration at LIU Post is one of three concentrations within the clinical psychology doctoral program that address the needs of under-served, high-risk clinical populations. The concentration trains clinical psychologists as practitioners, scholars, and researchers, and teaches the knowledge and skills necessary for today’s practice of child psychology in diverse environments. While this concentration alone does not lead to certification as a school psychologist in New York State, graduates completing additional elective courses and third- and fourth-year externships in school settings may apply for provisional New York State Education (NYSED) certification as school psychologists. Provisionally-certified school psychologists may obtain permanent certification after two years of full-time employment as a school psychologist. Learn more....

Family Violence Concentration

The Family Violence Concentration aims to bridge the gap between the ample psychology literature on family violence and its application in community settings. The scope of the concentration has traditionally covered the theory, research and clinical applications to victims and perpetrators of family violence, including physical, sexual and emotional abuse; and neglect of children and adolescents; intimate partner violence; and elder abuse. In recent years, the scope of topics addressed has expanded to include school violence and bullying, teen dating violence, sibling violence, trauma, workplace violence, commercial sex work, adolescent sex offenders, terrorism and genocide. Learn more...

Serious Mental Illness

The Serious Mental Illness Concentration (SMI) addresses the needs of underserved, high-risk clinical populations. Students who select the SMI concentration should be interested in developing an expertise in understanding and treating severe psychopathology, which includes thought disorders such as schizophrenia; mood disorders such as bipolar disorder; and severe personality disorders such as borderline and antisocial personality disorders. Addictions and trauma (e.g., abuse, war trauma and terror-related trauma), as well as perversions and eating disorders are also examined. Learn more...