Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology

School of Psychology

Using the Practitioner-Scholar model, the Fuller Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) trains professionals to provide psychotherapy and assessment services and to develop, implement, and evaluate innovative treatment programs. Working with diverse populations is a feature of our program.

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DURATION OF PROGRAM

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Study with faculty like these:

Siang-Yang Tan

PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY

Anne Nolty

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY

Tina Armstrong

DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL TRAINING AND ASSISTANT  PROFESSOR OF CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY

Explore other members of our renowned School of Psychology faculty here.

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Admissions

Admission Requirements

To be considered for the PsyD program, applicants must submit an online application, essay responses, a CV, four recommendations, official transcripts from a bachelor's degree, and GRE scores (taken within the last five years), and must have sufficiently completed psychology coursework in preparation for a doctoral program. You can find specific requirements here.

Admission Deadlines

Online application opens August 1
Early application and file completion deadline: November 1
Final application and file completion deadline: December 1 

You can find additional information regarding deadlines, suggested dates to take the GRE, and interview dates here.

Tuition and Affordability

The full tuition for Fuller’s PsyD degree is $129,100. Attending this program is an investment in your future. Learn more about the kinds of support available to you to potentially offset this cost below, or by visiting our scholarships page.

Scholarships and Fellowships

If eligible, PsyD students may receive a need-based scholarship covering up to 15% of tuition, as well as federal loans. A variety of merit-based scholarships are available, ranging from $1,000 to $45,000. Incoming students must apply for need-based aid, but will automatically be considered for merit scholarships based on their application for admission. Returning students will have the opportunity to apply for additional merit-based scholarships each subsequent academic year.

Transfer Policy

Applicants to the PsyD program may have already completed a master's degree (or related courses) in clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy, theology, or another closely associated degree. Requests to transfer these degrees and/or courses for credit toward the PsyD will be evaluated on an individual basis. These transfer requests must be petitioned after matriculation. The sole exception is that requests that may affect Fall Quarter course enrollment may be addressed by contacting the Associate Director of Admissions prior to matriculation.

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Accreditation

The PsyD program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / Email: apaaccred@apa.org

Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

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"Fuller's PsyD program has given me the opportunity to embark on a journey of integrating my faith with my practice of psychology. This process has not only shaped my theology and how I work with clients, but has also fostered my spiritual development and sense of identity and purpose."
– Lisa Kau, PsyD student

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Clinical Training

Year 1

You will see two client actors for at least ten sessions each, using person-centered therapy interventions. These sessions are videotaped and reviewed with your supervisor  weekly. You will also attend class weekly to cultivate introductory psychotherapy skills. This training experience is overseen by two faculty members working closely with our director of clinical training and the chairs of both the PsyD and PhD programs.

Year 2

You will carry a caseload of around ten real clients at our in-house clinic. This practicum will be fully integrated into your classroom activities—which, through the year, will include advanced CBT and psychodynamic training—enabling you to implement what you are learning with the clients you are seeing. Licensed psychologists teach the courses and are intimately involved in supervision and consultation throughout the year.

Year 3

You will be assigned to one of 80 training sites throughout the greater Los Angeles County area to spend a full year doing neuropsychological and/or personality assessments on clients from a diversity of backgrounds. This clerkship builds upon classroom and field training you will have received in psychological assessment during your first and second years.

Year 4

You will move into a year-long, pre-internship practicum, where you will experience greater challenges in terms of the problems your clients are facing and the interventions you will utilize.

Year 5

You will complete a one-year internship at an APA-accredited internship site.

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Fuller Psychological and Family Services

For over 50 years, Fuller Psychological and Family Services (FPFS) has provided affordable mental health care to individuals and families in Pasadena and its surrounding communities. FPFS offers a comprehensive array of psychotherapy and assessment services in five languages.

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Ted Cosse on Spiritual Practices

The PsyD program chair and FPFS executive director reflects on ways therapists can create a judgment-free space for people to become fully human

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Research

Dissertation Requirements

PsyD students must complete a dissertation that (1) is an original scholarly work (not based on previous work) completed by the student under the supervision and guidance of the student’s dissertation chair and committee, and (2) demonstrates the student’s abilities to use research literature and a sound scholarly process to analyze, evaluate, and/or provide new information relevant to the practice of psychology.

Click here for more information on the different types of dissertations you may consider.

Research Labs

Each PsyD student is placed in a research lab where they will work cooperatively with a faculty member to complete their dissertation. Visit our faculty members’ bio pages to learn more about their current areas of research.

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Curriculum

In the PsyD program, students are awarded a Master of Arts in Psychology after completing 88 selected units.

Coursework is divided into the following categories:

General Psychology 40 units
Clinical Psychology 48 units
Psychology Electives 12 units
Dissertation Research 8 units
Theology 28 units
Integration of Psychology and Theology 20 units
Field Training 86 units
Total 242 units

 

Click here for a detailed, year-by-year curriculum.

Customize your degree program to your career goals by choosing from two tracks: Neuropsychology or Culture and Community.

The Neuropsychology Track emphasizes coursework in topics including neuropsychology, pharmapsychology, and physiological psychology, and provides clinical training and research experiences in the area of neuropsychology. Find out more.

The Culture and Community Track emphasizes in-depth coursework, cultural training experiences, and research opportunities addressing particular ethnocultural and community groups. Find out more.

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THE 2019 INTEGRATION SYMPOSIUM

Peter Hill, PhD
Professor of Psychology
Rosemead School of Psychology
BIOLA University

February 20-22, 2019
Pasadena, California

ntegration: With What and With Whom?

Integration of Psychology and Theology

No other PsyD program does integration like Fuller. Our PsyD program features theology classes taught by world-class theologians from Fuller’s School of Theology. You will also learn how to integrate your theology with psychology through courses and training led by experts in integrative thought and practice.

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Aims & Competencies

All School of Psychology doctoral students develop certain competencies as preparation for practice in health service psychology, although the emphasis on each competency area may differ between the PhD and PsyD programs. Read more about the Program Aims and Competencies.

Compare the PhD and PsyD

How do the PhD in Clinical Psychology and PsyD in Clinical Psychology programs differ? Download this chart detailing the differences in emphasis within each competency area.

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