Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.)

The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program (Psy.D.) at LIU Post trains students who want to practice as clinical psychologists with a strong interest in working with traditionally underserved populations. In addition to mastering a rigorous core curriculum, Psy.D. students chose two elective courses from several concentration areas: Interventions with High-Risk Families, Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders, and Synthesizing Psychotherapy (Integration). At the current time, these courses will be available as electives, but the “concentration” structure, as well as the specific concentrations, are under review. 

Our highly experienced faculty provide clinical and theoretical training in two of the major orientations in the field today: cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic. 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. This dual focus also provides a competitive advantage as our students apply for externships and internships, as well as post-graduate employment.

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 the community. 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. At the end of their third year, students present a case presentation to a panel of clinical psychologists called a Clinical Competency Evaluation (CCE). The fourth year is spent at externships and collecting data for empirical dissertations, as well as writing and defending a thesis. 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 fifth year is spent in a full-time clinical internship although students have the option of coming in to defend their thesis in the fifth year as well. The program is 115 credits, including the clinical practicum.

Approximately 30 students from across the United States and abroad will be admitted each year; most have an undergraduate degree in psychology and some clinical experience; some have advanced degrees. The program requires a full-time, year-round commitment in each of the four years of residency. The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. In 2017, the APA awarded the Program with accreditation until 2023, the longest possible period of accreditation possible. We are expecting our next site visit and review in early 2024.

We encourage prospective applicants to review our website for information about our curriculum, clinical placements, graduate outcomes, and the admission process.

Program Highlights

  • The program is also one of the few that trains its students in both Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapy.
  • Our core faculty includes 10 practicing clinical psychologists who are actively engaged in clinical research and outreach. Students have many opportunities to work with faculty during their five years in the program. Faculty labs and other research opportunities provide students with a variety of research experiences in the field of clinical psychology that serve as opportunities to publish, present, and collect data for dissertations.
  • Students do not have to pick a faculty member to work in their first years in the program, but rather can get to develop their research interests over the course of their first two years before picking a dissertation and advisor in year three.
  • Our community-based Psychological Services Center (PSC) provides clinical services to the public and serves as a training facility for doctoral candidates. In their second year, students receive a high-level of supervision from faculty supervisors, community supervisors, testing supervisors, and the directors of the clinic.
  • We offer a community of mentorship through our Peer Mentor Program, one-on-one advisement, and Alumni Mentors Program.
  • The program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association, receiving the longest possible accreditation of seven years during the last site visit in 2017.
Required First Year Courses (30 credits) 
 PSY 803  Cognitive and Neuropsychological Assessment
 PSY 803L  Cognitive and Neuropsychological Assessment Lab
 PSY 804  Personality Assessment 3.00 
 PSY 804L  Personality Assessment Lab
 PSY 806  Advanced Psychopathology 3.00 
 PSY 807  Behavioral Assessment 3.00 
 PSY 810  Preparation for Clinical Work
 PSY 820  Behavioral Analysis 3.00 
 PSY 824  Developmental Psychology: Lifespan 3.00 
 PSY 826  An Introduction to Interviewing 3.00 
 PSY 851  Assessment of Children 3.00 
 PSY 851L  Assessment of Children Lab 0
 PSY 861  Child and Adolescent Psychopathology 3.00 

Required Second Year Courses (44 Credits)
 PSY 801  Psychological Statistics I 3.00
 PSY 802  Psychological Statistics II 2.00 
 PSY 805  Integrating Test Findings/Report Writing 3.00 
 PSY 805L  Integrating Test Findings/Report Writing Lab
 PSY 811  Ethical Practice in Clinical Psychology I 3.00 
 PSY 821  Cognition, Perception, and Cognitive Therapy 3.00 
 PSY 822  Individual Intervention: Psychodynamic  3.00 
 PSY 830  Professional Development Seminar: Case Supervision I 3.00 
 PSY 837  Introduction to Clinical Research 3.00 
 PSY 840  Professional Development Seminar: Case Supervision II 3.00 
 PSY 865  Treatment of Children and Adolescents 3.00 
 PSY 878  Group Intervention Supervision I 3.00 
 PSY 879   Group Intervention Supervision II 3.00 
 PSY 891  Psychological Clinic Practicum I 3.00 
 PSY 892  Psychological Clinic Practicum II
 PSY 893  Psychological Clinic Practicum III

Required Third Year Courses (15 credits) 
 PSY 844  Biological Basis of Behavior 3.00
 PSY 850  Professional Development Seminar: Benefiting from Supervision 3.00 
 PSY 853  Group Psychotherapy 3.00 
 PSY 860  Professional Development Seminar:
 Preparation for the Clinical Competency Exam (CCE)
 PSY 894  Clinical Externship 1.00 
 PSY 895  Clinical Externship 1.00 
 PSY 896  Clinical Externship 1.00 

Required Fourth Year Courses (2 credits) 
 PSY 897  Clinical Externship 1.00
 PSY 898  Clinical Externship 1.00 

Required Third or Fourth Year Courses (12 credits)
 PSY 852  Social and Community Psychology 3.00           
 PSY 862  History and Systems of Psychology 3.00
 PSY 864  Cultural Issues in Psychotherapy 3.00
 PSY 880  Supervision and Management of Mental Health Professionals 3.00

Required Third or Fourth Year Clinical Psychology Concentration Electives (6 credits) 
Two of the following:
   Family Violence  6 Credits    

 Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse Disorders
   Synthesizing Psychotherapy (Concentration)


Required Capstone Courses (6 credits) 
3 Completions of PSY 841
 PSY 841  Full-Time Clinical Internship  0
 PSY 838  Doctoral Dissertation I 3.00 
 PSY 839  Doctoral Dissertation II 3.00 
 Milestone  Signed Thesis Cover Page 0


School of Health Professions
Margaret Stroehlein, Dean

(516) 299-4053