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

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

Psy.D. Program Highlights

  • 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 Psy.D. 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.
  • Psy.D. Program may 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.
  • 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. 
  • Psy.D. 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 Psychology.
  • Theoretical orientation of the Psy.D. program is a complementary blend of psychodynamic interpersonal and systems theories. Within the Psychological Assessment Concentration, students may select the optional Neuropsychology focus.
  • 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 2020-21, the Consortium provided placement for ten students. The Consortium is an APA-Accredited internship site.
  • Structured sequence of 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.
  • Psy.D. Program Affiliation with the Center for Concussion Education and Research. 

Professor talking to students in the doctor psychology program

Chair Cheryll Rothery, PsyD, ABPP with students.


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