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 conducting either their M.A. 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 bring the total to the 85 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.

Clinical Psychology Placement

Students are admitted to the clinical program within the psychology department rather than to a faculty member's lab. However, students interested in working with a particular faculty member are strongly encouraged to indicate this interest in their admission materials, as the vast majority of students enter the program with a clearly identified mentor.

The clinical program also admits students who do not declare which faculty member would be their academic and/or research adviser as part of the admissions process. These students are free to select the faculty members most able to direct the research interest they cultivate during their first year. Students are welcome to work with another faculty member on their doctoral dissertation should their research interests change during their time in the program.

Course Title Credits
Biological Bases of Behavior:3
Introduction to Neuroscience
Social Bases:3
Issues in Social Psychology
History and Systems:3
History and Systems
Cognitive-Affective Bases:3
Cognition and Affect
Individual Bases:3
Personality Theories and Research
Developmental Bases (one of the following courses)3
Developmental Psychology: Foundations
Cognitive Development
Statistics Courses:9
Introduction to Psychology Statistics w/ Lab
Psychology Research Methodology
Regression with Lab
Psychological Assessment:9
Cognitive Assessment with Lab
Personality Assessment with Lab
Elective Assessment Course (see below listing)
Diagnostic and Intervention Training: 12
Psychotherapy Theories
Psychopathology
Clinical Diagnosis
Elective Intervention Course (see below listing)
Diversity Training: 3
Multicultural Seminar
Professional Ethics and Standards: 3
Ethics in Psychology
Identification of Child Abuse
General Clinical Elective (see below listing)3
Teaching Skill Development: 3
The Teaching of Psychology
Externship Training: 14
Clinical Externship I
Clinical Externship II
Clinical Externship III
Clinical Externship IV
Clinical Externship V
Clinical Externship VI
Research Training 9
Pre-Doctoral Thesis
Independent Research
Proposal Acceptance
Dissertation Mentoring-Psychology
Clinical Topics Seminar
Clinical Topics Seminar (6 Semesters)
Research Colloquium
Research Colloquium (6 Semesters)
Ph.D. Comprehensive Exam0
Psychology Doctoral Comprehensive Examination
Internship Training: Taken Twice2
Clinical Psychology Internship
Total Credits85
1

For more information on the Comprehensive Examination, view the page on the Fordham website. 

2

For more information on Clinical Externships, view the page on the Fordham website. 

Assessment Electives

Courses in this group have the CPAE attribute.

Course Title Credits
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 6205Clinical Geropsychology3
PSYC 6245Cognitive Behavioral Therapy3
PSYC 6250Dialectical Behavior Therapy3
PSYC 6280Brief Psychotherapy3
PSYC 6285Evidence-Based Psychodynamic Therapy3
PSYC 6298Psychoanalytic Theory3
PSYC 6380Anxiety Disorder Seminar3
PSYC 6385Depression and Suicide3
PSYC 6390Global Mental Health3
PSYC 7250Treatment of Substance Abuse3
PSYC 8271Child Psychotherapy3

Clinical Electives

Courses in this group have the CPCE attribute.

Course Title Credits
PSGE 6630Group Counseling3
PSYC 6020Health Psychology3
PSYC 6030Trauma & Family Violence3
PSYC 6050Behavioral Medicine3
PSYC 6184Behavioral Assessment with Lab3
PSYC 6190Forensic Assessment3
PSYC 6205Clinical Geropsychology3
PSYC 6245Cognitive Behavioral Therapy3
PSYC 6251Foundations of Neuropsychology3
PSYC 6253Neuropsychological Assessment With Lab3
PSYC 6257Child Neuropsychology3
PSYC 6280Brief Psychotherapy3
PSYC 6290Health Disparities and Social Inequity3
PSYC 6298Psychoanalytic Theory3
PSYC 6380Anxiety Disorder Seminar3
PSYC 6385Depression and Suicide3
PSYC 6390Global Mental Health3
PSYC 6530Developmental Psychopathology3
PSYC 6670Psychopharmacology I3
PSYC 7010Psychology and Criminal Law3
PSYC 7020Psychology and Civil Law3
PSYC 7030Psychology and Juvenile Justice3
PSYC 7250Treatment of Substance Abuse3
PSYC 8271Child Psychotherapy3

Child and Adolescent 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 6530Developmental Psychopathology3
PSYC 8271Child Psychotherapy3
One elective course from below:3
Trauma & Family Violence
Behavioral Assessment with Lab
Psychology and Juvenile Justice
Child Neuropsychology

For more information on the Child and Adolescent 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 6251Foundations of Neuropsychology3
PSYC 6253Neuropsychological Assessment With Lab3
One elective course from below:3
Child Neuropsychology
Health Disparities and Social Inequity
Psychopharmacology I

For more information on the Neuropsychology 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
Three of the following:
PSYC 6030Trauma & Family Violence3
PSYC 6190Forensic Assessment3
PSYC 7010Psychology and Criminal Law3
PSYC 7020Psychology and Civil Law3
PSYC 7030Psychology and 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
Three of the following:
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.