Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology

The Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA) and is a program member of the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP). The program adheres to the scientist/practitioner model of training, and requires a number of clinical and research practica in addition to an extensive course curriculum. This is a four-year plus internship, full-time program designed to prepare skilled psychologists who are capable of serving as clinicians, appreciative of the relationship between science and clinical practice, and capable of conducting sound research.

The scientist-practitioner orientation emphasizes academic content areas of psychology and views clinical training as growing directly out of foundations in psychological theory and research. It reflects the program’s position that a competent and effective clinician is a scientist-practitioner, well-versed not only in clinical techniques and methods, but also in the theoretical and research-based underpinnings of various approaches.

As an expression of the scientist-practitioner model, the sequence of courses in the program emphasizes a thorough preparation in theoretical psychology and methodology. The sequence becomes the matrix against which students receive applied training in clinical psychology. For example, the first year of the program exposes students to a course in the theory of measurement prior to course work in intellectual assessment. Theoretical foundations in personality and psychopathology are explored prior to behavioral and personality assessment.

Concurrent with the work in assessment, students begin study of the theory, research, and practice of psychotherapy. The second year of course work expands students' knowledge of treatment procedures, specialized populations, and related topics. In addition, the student completes two semesters of statistics (research design and analysis) in the second year.

By the end of the third year, students are prepared to begin their dissertation research under the mentorship of the faculty.

An optional forensic track is available to students in the Ph.D. program who fulfill the following additional requirements:

  • Completion of at least one of the required clinical practica in a forensic setting.
  • Completion of at least two additional courses, PSYC6230 Introduction to Forensic Psychology and PSYC7230 Forensic Assessment and Prediction, as additional electives (a third elective independent study is recommended).
  • Completion of a dissertation on a forensic topic.

Completion of the forensic track will be noted on the student’s transcript.

Research Practicum

All first, second- and third-year students participate in a research practicum of ongoing projects supervised by doctoral faculty members. The practicum requires approximately 8-10 hours a week. Research projects frequently culminate in the publication of articles in psychological journals and paper and poster presentations at various professional meetings, with students in the doctoral program participating as authors and presenters.

Clinical Practica

All students participate in clinical practica while carrying a full load of course work. The practica are cumulative, sequential, and graded in complexity across the years of the program. First-year students begin their training at the school-affiliated Center for Psychological Services. They are supervised by full-time members of the doctoral faculty. Students in the second and third year spend one year at the Center for Psychological Services under FDU faculty supervision, and one year at one of over 200 potential practicum sites in the New York metropolitan and New Jersey areas, where they conduct inpatient and/or outpatient testing and treatment under the supervision of a licensed doctoral-level clinical psychologist. Clinical practica require approximately 16 hours each week. The following is a partial sampling of practicum sites for FDU's Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology:

American Institute for Cognitive Therapy; NY, NY

Barnard College Furman Counseling; NY, NY

Behavior Therapy Associates; Somerset, NJ

Behavioral Associates; NY, NY

Bellevue Hospital Center; NY, NY

Bergen County Division fo Family Guidance - Forensic Unit; Hackensack, NJ

Beth Israel Medical Center; NY, NY

Bronx Children's Psychiatric Center; Bronx, NY

Center for Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy; NY, NY

Children's Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CCPEP); NY, NY

City College CUNY; NY, NY

Columbia University Medical Center Neuropsychology Service; NY, NY

Columbia-Presbyterian's Children's Hospital; NY, NY

Community Mental Health Services, St. Marys Hospital; Hoboken, NJ

Connecticut Children's Medical Center School; Wethersfield, CT

Division of Family Guidance; Hackensack, NJ

Elmhurst Hospital Center - Mt. Sinai Services; Elmhurst, NY

Essex County Hospital Center; Cedar Grove, NJ

Fay J Linder Center for Autism; Long Island, NY

FDU Center for Psychological Services - Assessment emphasis; Hackensack, NJ

FDU Center for Psychological Services - Therapy emphasis; Hackensack, NJ

Four Winds Hospital; Katonah, NY

Hackensack Univ. Medical Center, Audrey Hepburn's Children's House; Hackensack, NJ

Hackensack University Medical Center; Hackensack, NJ

Henry Ittleson Center; Bronx, NY

Hoboken University Medical Center; Hoboken, NJ

Holliswood Hospital; Holliswood, NY

Jacobi Medical Center; Bronx, NY

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center; Jamaica, NY

Jewish Board of Family & Children's Services (JBFCS); Douglaston, NY

Jewish Board of Family & Children's Services (JBFCS); Riverdale, NY

JFK Medical Center-The Center for Behavioral Health; Edison, NJ

Karen Horney Clinic; NY, NY

Kings County Hospital Center; Brooklyn, NY

Kirby Forensic Psychiatric Center; Ward's Island, NY

Leake and Watts Services, Inc.; Yonkers, NY

Lenox Hill Hospital; NY, NY

Lincoln Hospital; Bronx, NY

Long Island Jewish Medical Center, The Zucker Hillside Hospital; North Shore, Long Island NY

Maimonides Medical Center; Brooklyn, NY

Manhattan Psychiatric Center; Randall's Island, NY

Memorial Sloan Kettering; NY, NY

Metropolitan Correctional Center; NY, NY

Montclair State University Counseling Center; Montclair, NJ

Montefiore Medical Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Bronx, NY

Mt. Sinai Adult Inpatient Unit; NY, NY

Mt. Sinai Child & Family Support Program; NY, NY

Mt. Sinai Eating and Weight Disorders Program; NY, NY

Mt. Sinai Medical Center Department of Neurology; NY, NY

Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Dept of Rehabilitation Medicine; NY, NY

Mt. Sinai Obsessive Compulsive Disorders Treatment Center; NY, NY

Nassau University Medical Center; East Meadow, NY

New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College - Manhattan Division; NY, NY

New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College - Manhattan Division; NY, NY

North Central Bronx Hospital; Bronx, NY

Northeast Epilepsy group; NY, NY & Hackensack, NJ

NYSPI at Columbia Presbyterian; NY, NY

NYU Child Study Center; Hackensack, NJ

NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center; NY, NY

NYU Counseling Center; NY, NY

Phipps Community Development Corporation; Bronx, NY

Princeton House Behavioral Health; Princeton, NJ

Queens Hospital Center; Jamaica, Queens

Regional Diagnostic &Treatment Center at Children's Hospital of NJ; Newark, NJ

Rehabilitation Specialists; Fair Lawn, NJ

Rockland Children's Psychiatric Center; Orangeburg, NY

Seton Hall University - Counseling Services; South Orange, NJ

South Beach Psychiatric Center; Staten Island, NY

St. Barnabas Hospital; Bronx, NY

St. Dominics Home; Bronx, NY

St. Luke's - Roosevelt Hospitals; NY, NY

Staten Island University Hospital; Staten Island, NJ

The Addiction Institute of New York; NY, NY

The Center of Alcohol Studies at Rutgers; Piscataway, NJ

The Women’s Health Project Treatment and Research Center - St Luke's Hosp.; NY, NY

Tomorrow's Children Institute at Hackensack Hospital; Hackensack, NJ

Trinitas Hospital Child and Adolescent Outpatient Unit; Elizabeth, NJ

Uconn; Farmington, CT

UMDNJ-UBHC; Piscataway, NJ

Washington Heights Community Center at Columbia-Presbyterian/NYSPI; NY, NY

Weill Cornell Medical College/New York-Presbyterian Hospital, White Plains, NY

Westchester Jewish Community Services; Hartsdale, NY

William Paterson University – Counseling Center; Wayne, NJ

Yale Young Adult Services; New Haven, CT

YCS Institute for Infant and Preschool Mental health; East Orange, NJ

Youth Development Clinic; Newark, NJ