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Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)

Psy.D. Program Highlights

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  • Accredited by the American Psychological Association
  • Requires 117 credits, including practica, internship, and dissertation. Students who enter with a bachelor's degree must also complete an additional 18 credits in the first two years of the program.
  • Students who enter at Year I receive the M.S. in Clinical Psychology en route to the doctoral degree in August of Year II.  
  • Qualified applicants with master's degrees may apply to enter with Advanced Standing and may apply to transfer up to 24 credits.
  • This is a full-time program designed to be completed in six years for students who enter with bachelor's degrees and five years for students who enter with Advanced Standing.
  • Classes are scheduled on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to enable students to complete practica or pursue other activities.
  • There are nine core doctoral faculty, four associated faculty, and three contributing faculty members. Of the core faculty members, eight teach in the doctoral program, and one is the full-time Clinic Director who supervises students in practicum and internship. 
  • Program follows a cohort model. Students who enter the program at the same time progress through the program as a cohort and take all of their classes together, thus facilitating cooperation, collaboration, and the development of personal bonds.
  • Optional concentrations available in Psychological Assessment or Couple and Family Therapy.
  • The Theoretical orientation of the program is a complementary blend of psychodynamic interpersonal and systems theories. Additionally, other evidence-based practices are included in course content.
  • Lab courses enable students to practice clinical skills under supervision of program faculty.
  • Chestnut Hill College Assessment and Psychotherapy Clinic provides supervised field placements for students on practica.
  • Chestnut Hill College Internship Consortium provides local internship placements for qualified students. In 2019-20, the Consortium provides placement for 8 students. The Consortium is an APA-Accredited internship site.
  • Structured sequence of dissertation mentoring and advising is designed to enable the student to complete the dissertation in a step-by-step manner prior to internship.
  • Assistantships provide partial tuition remission and are available for a limited number of qualified students.