The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program has as its basic purpose the training of doctoral level clinical psychologists who will exhibit professional attitudes and apply current knowledge and practice skills for the prevention and alleviation of psychological problems. The program is also committed to training students who will provide services in public sector settings to traditionally underserved groups. While the mission is to broadly train clinical psychologists, the program also seeks to provide each student with special competencies in one of three areas: Family Violence, Applied Child Psychology, or Serious Mental Illness. The program also provides its graduates with clinical and theoretical training in two major orientations-psychoanalytic and cognitive-behavioral.
The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association, registered by the New York State Education Department and listed by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards and the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology as a designated institution offering a doctoral program in psychology. The program is based on the practitioner-scholar model of clinical training.