Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.)

The doctoral training program in clinical psychology is a single program that prepares students for and makes them eligible to take the New York State Licensing Examination in Psychology. Students can specialize in one of four areas through elective courses, selecting an appropriate externship, and by conducting either their MA or doctoral research in that area. 

Students are expected to be in residence for their first four years, typically taking three to four courses in addition to Clinical Topics Seminar and Research Colloquium per semester. Most students also take some courses over the summer, with up to two summer courses covered by their tuition scholarship. In total, students are required to complete 60 course credits. Externship , Research Practicum, Dissertation, and an APA-accredited internship brings the total to the 89 credits required for graduation. Courses taken over the summer or transferred from a prior institution may reduce the number of courses per semester or provide greater flexibility in selecting and scheduling electives.

Course Title Credits
PSYC 6066HISTORY AND SYSTEMS3
PSYC 6005ETHICS IN PSYCHOLOGY3
Three of the following:9
INTRO TO PSY STATISTICS W/ LAB
PSY RESEARCH METHODOLOGY
REGRESSION WITH LAB
INTRODUCTION TO MULTIVARIATE ANALYSIS
PSYC 6654INTRODUCTION TO NEUROSCIENCE3
PSYC 5710ISSUES IN SOCIAL PSY3 to 4
or PSYC 6510 SOCIAL INFLUENCES ON BEH
PSYC 6370COGNITION AND AFFECT3
PSYC 6225PERSONALITY THEO & RESEARCH3
One of the following:3
THEORIES &ASSESSMNT OF DVLPMNT
DEV PSY: FOUNDATIONS
COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT
PSYC 8015IDENT. OF CHILD ABUSE0
PSYC 8025RESEARCH COLLOQUIM (Taken six times)0
PSYC 8040INDEPENDENT RESEARCH3
or PSYC 8050 PRE-DOCTORAL THESIS
Dissertation, and Examination courses6
PROPOSAL ACCEPTANCE
Dissertation Mentoring-Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY DOCTORAL COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION
Clinical training
PSYC 8023CLINICAL TOPICS SEMINAR0
PSYC 6106COGNITIVE ASSESSMENT WITH LAB3
PSYC 6119PERSONALITY ASSESS WITH LAB3
PSYC 7111PSYCHOPATHOLOGY3
PSYC 7121CLINICAL DIAGNOSIS3
PSYC 6210PSYCHOTHERAPY THEORIES3 to 4
PSYC 6170MULTICULTURAL SEMINAR3 or 4
or PSGE 6603 MULTICULTURAL ISSUES IN PROFESSIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
One required elective in each of the following areas:9
Assessment electives
Intervention electives
Clinical electives
Externships courses 216
CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP I
CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP II
CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP III
CLINICAL EXTERNSHIP IV
CLINICAL SUPERVISION (Taken twice)
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY INTERNSHIP (Taken twice)
An additional internship
Total Credits82-85

Assessment electives

Courses in this group have the CPAE attribute.

Course Title Credits
PSYC 6137PERSONALITY ASSMNT II2
PSYC 6138PERS ASSMNT II LAB1
PSYC 6184BEHAVIORAL ASSESSMENT WITH LAB3
PSYC 6190FORENSIC ASSESSMENT3
PSYC 6251FOUNDATIONS OF NEUROPSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 6253NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT WITH LAB3
PSYC 6257CHILD NEUROPSYCHOLOGY3

Intervention electives

Courses in this group have the CPIE attribute.

Course Title Credits
PSGE 6630GROUP COUNSELING3
PSYC 6050BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE3
PSYC 6205CLINCAL GEROPSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 6245COGNITIVE BEHAVIOR THERAPY3
PSYC 6280BRIEF PSYCHOTHERAPY3
PSYC 6298PSYCHOANALYTIC THEORY3
PSYC 6380ANXIETY DISORDER SEMINAR3
PSYC 6390GLOBAL MENTAL HEALTH3
PSYC 7250TREATMENT OF SUB ABUSE3
PSYC 8271CHILD PSYCHOTHERAPY3

Clinical electives

Courses in this group have the CPCE attribute.

Course Title Credits
PSYC 6020HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 6030TRAUMA & FAMILY VIOLENCE3
PSYC 6050BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE3
PSYC 6137PERSONALITY ASSMNT II2
PSYC 6138PERS ASSMNT II LAB1
PSYC 6184BEHAVIORAL ASSESSMENT WITH LAB3
PSYC 6190FORENSIC ASSESSMENT3
PSYC 6205CLINCAL GEROPSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 6245COGNITIVE BEHAVIOR THERAPY3
PSYC 6251FOUNDATIONS OF NEUROPSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 6257CHILD NEUROPSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 6270FAMILY SYS: THEORY/PRAC3
PSYC 6280BRIEF PSYCHOTHERAPY3
PSYC 6298PSYCHOANALYTIC THEORY3
PSYC 6380ANXIETY DISORDER SEMINAR3
PSYC 6390GLOBAL MENTAL HEALTH3
PSYC 6670PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY I3
PSYC 7010PSYCHOLOGY AND CRIMINAL LAW3
PSYC 7020PSYCHOLOGY AND CIVIL LAW3
PSYC 7250TREATMENT OF SUB ABUSE3
PSYC 8271CHILD PSYCHOTHERAPY3

Child and Family area of study

Requirements of the area of study include completion of the clinical psychology core curriculum, along with a minimum of three courses within the child and family psychology area of study, one externship in a child or family therapy setting, and predoctoral or doctoral research in a topic related to child and family psychology.

Course Title Credits
PSYC 6270FAMILY SYS: THEORY/PRAC3
PSYC 8271CHILD PSYCHOTHERAPY3
One elective course from below:3
TRAUMA & FAMILY VIOLENCE
BEHAVIORAL ASSESSMENT WITH LAB
PSYCHOLOGY & JUVENILE JUSTICE
CHILD NEUROPSYCHOLOGY
DEV PSYCHOPATHOLOGY

For more information on the Child and Family clinical major area of study, visit our page on the Fordham website.

Neuropsychology area of study

Requirements of the area of study include completion of the clinical psychology core curriculum, along with completion of a minimum of three courses within the neuropsychology area of study, one externship in Clinical Neuropsychology, and predoctoral or doctoral research in a topic related to neuropsychology.

Course Title Credits
PSYC 6253NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT WITH LAB3
PSYC 6257CHILD NEUROPSYCHOLOGY3
One elective course from below:3
HEALTH DISPARITIES AND SOCIAL INEQUITY
PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY I
PSYCHOLOGY AND CIVIL LAW

For more information on the Nueropsychology clinical major area of study, visit our page on the Fordham website.

Forensic area of study

Requirements of the area of study include completion of the clinical psychology core curriculum, along with a minimum of three courses within the forensic psychology area of study, one externship in a forensic setting, and predoctoral or doctoral research in a topic related to forensic psychology.

Course Title Credits
PSYC 6030TRAUMA & FAMILY VIOLENCE3
PSYC 6190FORENSIC ASSESSMENT3
PSYC 7010PSYCHOLOGY AND CRIMINAL LAW3
PSYC 7020PSYCHOLOGY AND CIVIL LAW3
PSYC 7030PSYCHOLOGY & JUVENILE JUSTICE3

For more information on the Forensic clinical major area of study, visit our page on the Fordham website.

Health area of study

Requirements of the area of study include completion of the clinical psychology core curriculum along with completion of a minimum of three courses within the Health Psychology area of study, one externship in health psychology and predoctoral or doctoral research in a topic related to health psychology.

Course Title Credits
PSYC 6020HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 6050BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE3
PSYC 6251FOUNDATIONS OF NEUROPSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 6257CHILD NEUROPSYCHOLOGY3
PSYC 6290HEALTH DISPARITIES AND SOCIAL INEQUITY3

For more information on the Health clinical major area of study, visit our page on the Fordham website.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
Clinical Topics Seminar  
Cognitive Assessment  
Psychopathology  
Research Methods  
Introduction to Neuroscience  
Research Colloquium  
 Credits0
Spring
Clinical Topics Seminar  
Personality Assessment  
Clinical Diagnosis  
Psychotherapy Theories  
Intro to Psychological Statistics  
Research Colloquium  
Identification of Child Abuse  
 Credits0
Summer
Regression Analysis (if offered)  
History and Systems in Psychology  
Work on M.A. Thesis  
 Credits0
Second Year
Fall
Clinical Topics Seminar  
Externship I  
Ethics in Psychology  
Regression (or Elective)  
Research Colloquium  
M.A. Thesis proposal due  
 Credits0
Spring
Clinical Topics Seminar  
Externship II  
Elective  
Elective  
Elective  
Research Colloguium  
 Credits0
Summer
Elective (optional)  
Elective (optional)  
Complete M.A. Thesis  
 Credits0
Third Year
Fall
Clinical Topics Seminar  
Externship III  
Multicultural Seminar  
Elective  
Elective (optional)  
Research Colloquium  
 Credits0
Spring
Clinical Topics Seminar  
Externship IV  
Cognition and Affect  
Elective  
Elective (optional)  
Research Colloquium  
Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (January)  
 Credits0
Summer
Teaching of Psychology  
Elective (optional)  
Begin Dissertation  
 Credits0
Fourth Year
Fall
Externship V  
Dissertation Proposal  
Internship Applications  
 Credits0
Spring
Externship VI  
Dissertation Data Collection  
Internship Interviews  
 Credits0
Summer
Begin Internship  
 Credits0
Fifth Year
Fall
Internship  
Dissertation Progress Report  
 Credits0
Spring
Internship  
Dissertation Oral Defense  
 Credits0
Summer
Complete Internship  
Graduate!  
 Credits0
 Total Credits0