Doctoral Degree (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology
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Doctoral Degree (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology

The primary mission of the doctoral program in clinical psychology is to prepare students to become competent, self-aware, and compassionate clinical psychologists who are able to function effectively in multiple roles. A commitment to diversity in both the faculty and student body, as well as strong student involvement in program management and curriculum feedback, are key to the growth and development of our program. The PsyD program consists of three years of full-time study, plus an internship and a dissertation. Full-time study includes fall, spring and six-week summer terms.

The program also offers a child and adolescent proficiency track.

The University of Hartford PsyD program identifies itself as a practitioner-scholar program and adheres to the model developed and articulated by the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP). It is accredited by the American Psychological Association. For further information on accreditation status, contact the APA office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First St., NE Washington, DC 20002-4242 or 202.336.5979.

In support of the development of clinical skills, the program requires two years of half-time practicum courses, beginning in the student’s second year. These courses are integrated with academic learning in professional practice seminars (second year) and case conference seminars (third year). Students receive excellent professional training, with an emphasis on diversity, through exposure to different clinical populations in a variety of clinical and community settings. Students train under the supervision of doctoral-level psychologists with a variety of theoretical orientations.

The clinical internship, obtained through a competitive application process, is the capstone experience of the program’s practitioner component. Students may either continue to pursue generalist training through the internships or focus on an area of specialization, such as neuropsychology or forensic psychology, or on a population, such as children and adolescents, under the supervision of licensed psychologists.

Our program of practicum training combined with academic course work produces advanced graduate students who are well prepared for their clinical internships. Students may pursue internships either on a one-year, full-time basis, or in some cases, on a two-year, half-time basis. Before beginning internships, students must obtain approval of their dissertation proposals.

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