Re-specialization Program in Clinical Psychology

The Respecialization Program in Clinical Psychology offered by the School of Psychology at Fairleigh Dickinson University is designed for the psychologist who holds a Ph.D. in another academic area within the field (e.g., Industrial, Social, or Measurement) and who wishes to respecialize as a Clinical Psychologist. After completing the clinical training portions of the Ph.D. Program at Fairleigh Dickinson University, the candidate receives a Certificate of Respecialization.

Admission Requirements & Information

Psychologists wishing to apply must complete the same materials as applicants to the Ph.D. Program, including a personal statement, CV, letters of reference, Graduate Record Examination scores, and transcripts. Applicants are evaluated as to their performance in their doctoral training, the rigor of the training provided in the traditional academic areas by their program, and indications of clinical ability and motivation. Applicants granted an interview are interviewed at the same time and in the same manner as standard applicants to the doctoral program.


Program Requirements

The student must satisfactorily complete the clinical course work of the doctoral program: all the clinical practica, the ethics and clinical case sections of the Comprehensive Examination, and an approved doctoral internship. Rules and regulations of the Ph.D. Program regarding grade point averages, termination from the program, etc. apply to respecialization students.

When the student enters the program, the Director of the Ph.D. Program and student will review the student's transcripts to determine which courses are needed. While the courses will be almost entirely clinical, in some cases a deficiency in another area may need to be made up. Clinical courses may transfer from the student's former training, as long as the faculty members teaching the courses at FDU agree that the content was comparable. The Program Director will develop a contract as to the specific requirements for the student, which both the student and Program Director will sign.