At the University of San Francisco, PsyD students are trained to translate thought into action, through practice-oriented training that emphasizes the mental, emotional, and physical health needs of underserved communities.

Stressing clinical practice, the program prepares doctoral students to work as health service psychologists in a variety of community health settings. Graduates will be proficient in the empirical and theoretical underpinnings of integrated, behavioral health interventions while sensitive to contextual, cultural, spiritual, and socioeconomic environments of individuals and communities.


Program Features

  • A practice-oriented Doctor of Psychology program grounded in scientific research; students are placed in real-world clinical scenarios for observation and experience
  • Work with marginalized populations and improve patient outcomes in integrated healthcare settings
  • Supportive faculty focused on student mentorship and a diverse, dynamic student body
  • Admission is based on the overall fit for each applicant. Applications are open for candidates from both Psychology backgrounds and other fields who have taken certain pre-requisite courses.

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Program Details

Based in Jesuit values, the USF PsyD program's mission is to offer a rigorous program of study that emphasizes clinical and scholarly work with underserved populations and focuses on training culturally responsive health service psychologists to work in interprofessional, integrated behavioral health settings.


Program Features & Delivery

  • The program consists of four (4) years of academic study, including three (3) years of practicum training (1500-2000 hours), a clinical dissertation, and a fifth-year internship (1500-2000 hours applied toward licensure).
  • Admission is for the fall semester only, with year-round study during fall, spring, and summer semesters.
  • Some courses may be taken jointly with students in the Master of Science in Behavioral Health, the Master of Public Health, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice in Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner programs, and occasionally with students in other USF schools and colleges.
  • Transfer credit may be given for courses taken at other accredited institutions that are substantially equivalent to those offered in the PsyD Program up to a maximum of 12 credit hours.


Residency Requirements

The length of the PsyD Program is four years of full-time academic coursework plus one year of full-time internship (or two years of part-time internship). The residency requirements of the program are as follows: Four years of full-time academic study plus one year full-time or two years part-time internship prior to receiving the doctoral degree. Three of the required four academic training years must be completed within the USF PsyD Program, a minimum of one year of which must be in full-time residence at the USF PsyD Program.


Clinical Psychology Curriculum | 98-103 credits (Minimum)

YEAR 1 (31 CREDITS)

Fall | 13 credits

  • PSYD 703: Culture and Mental Health | 3 credits
  • PSYD 704: Human Development | 3 credits
  • PSYD 708: Socialization to Clinical Psychology Seminar | 2 credit
  • PSYD 710: Advanced Psychopathology I: Children and Adolescents | 3 credits
  • PSYD 722: Professional Ethics, Law, and Standards | 2 credits

Spring | 13 credits

  • PSYD 711: Advanced Psychopathology II: Adults | 3 credits
  • PSYD 713: Biological Psychology | 2 credits
  • PSYD 714: Community Psychology and Community Mental Health | 2 credits
  • PSYD 718: Clinical Interviewing | 1 credit
  • PSYD 716: Intellectual Assessment | 3 credits

Summer | 5 credits

  • PSYD 702: History and Systems of Psychology | 2 credits
  • PSYD 732: Personality Assessment | 3 credits

YEAR 2 (31-32 CREDITS)

Fall | 14 credits

  • PSYD 717: Neuropsychological Screening | 3 credits
  • PSYD 721: Statistics for Social Sciences | 3 credits
  • PSYD 723: Quantitative Methods in Research Design | 3 credits
  • PSYD 725: Evidence-Based Practice I: Humanistic, Psychodynamic, Interpersonal Psychotherapy | 3 credits
  • PSYD 720: Practicum 2A | 2 credit

Spring | 11 credits

  • PSYD 724: Qualitative Research Design, Measurement and Analysis | 3 credits
  • PSYD 728: Integrated Behavioral Health Practice in Primary Care | 3 credits
  • PSYD 730: Evidence-Based Practice II: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy | 3 credits
  • PSYD 740: Practicum 2B | 1 credit

Summer | 6-7 credits

  • PSYD 733: Sociocultural Bases of Behavior | 3 credits
  • PSYD 735: Evidenced-Based Practice III: Relationships and Families | 3 credits
  • PSYD 799: Summer Placement* | 0-1 credit

*Required if the student has a practicum in summer

YEAR 3 (20-21 CREDITS)

Fall | 9 credits

  • PSYD 707: Clinical Dissertation Proposal Seminar | 1 credit
  • PSYD 726: Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior | 3 credits
  • PSYD 745: Evidenced Based Practice IV: Groups | 3 credits
  • PSYD 750: Practicum 3A | 2 credits

Spring | 11 credits

  • PSYD 707: Clinical Dissertation Proposal Seminar | 1 credit
  • PSYD 753: Team Leadership, Consultation, and Interprofessional Collaboration | 2 credits
  • PSYD 760: Practicum 3B | 2 credits
  • PSYD xxx: Internship Seminar | 1 credit
  • NURS 760: Psychopharmacology | 3 credits
  • PSYD xxx: Elective | 2 credits

Summer | 0-1 credits

  • PSYD 799: Summer Placement* | 0-1 credits.

YEAR 4 (14-16 CREDITS)

Fall | 7 credits

  • PSYD 756: Theory and Practice of Clinical Supervision | 2 credits
  • PSYD 770: Practicum 4A | 2 credits
  • PSYD 788: Clinical Dissertation Seminar | 1 credit
  • PSYD xxx: Elective | 2 credits

Spring | 7 credits

  • PSYD 739: Assessment and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders | 2 credits
  • PSYD 780: Practicum 4B | 2 credits
  • PSYD 788: Clinical Dissertation Seminar | 1 credit
  • PSYD xxx: Elective | 2 credits

Summer | 0-2 credits

  • PSYD 789: Full-Time Clinical Internship (starts July 1 or September 1) | 0-1 credits.
  • PSYD 799: Summer Placement* | 0-1 credits.

YEAR 5 (2-3 CREDITS)

Fall | 1 credit

  • PSYD 789: Full-Time Clinical Internship | 1 credit

Spring | 1 credit

  • PSYD 789: Full-Time Clinical Internship | 1 credit

Summer | 0-1 credits

  • PSYD 789: Full-Time Clinical Internship (ends June 30 or August 31) | 0-1 credits

*Required if the student has practicum is summer.


ELECTIVE OPTIONS | 2 CREDITS EACH

  • PSYD 706: Clinical Applications of East Asian Meditation Practices
  • PSYD 738: Infant Mental Health: Clinical Implications and Practice Principles
  • PSYD 754: Human Sexuality
  • PSYD 752: Attachment Theory: Parent Bonding and the Clinical Implications of Essential Relationships

The course list is a sample curriculum pattern and is subject to change.


Admission

The PsyD Program builds upon the foundation of coursework obtained during undergraduate and/or graduate education as well as relevant prior experiences.

Admission decisions are based on the overall fit of each applicant to the mission and aims of the USF PsyD program. The Admissions Committee conducts a comprehensive review of all application materials with particular regard for the breadth and depth of an applicant's background based on the personal statement, prior clinical and research experiences, and letters of recommendation. Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Psychology Subject Test, and a review of the undergraduate, and where relevant, graduate transcripts provide an indication of an applicant's general knowledge and ability to succeed in the program.

To contact current students in the PsyD Program with general inquiries related to the student experience, please e-mail: sonhpstudentambassadors@office.usfca.edu.


Application Materials

All application materials should be uploaded through the online application form. Neither the Office of Admissions nor the School of Nursing and Health Professions accepts mailed materials.


Admission Requirements

Admission requirements, including prerequisites, may be in-progress at the time of application, but if applicants are admitted, they must show evidence of completing all requirements prior to enrolling in the program. We encourage you to contact us as early as possible with any questions regarding the admission requirements.

Admission decisions are based on the overall fit of each applicant to the mission and aims of the USF PsyD program. The Admissions Committee conducts a comprehensive review of all application materials with particular regard for the breadth and depth of an applicant's background based on the personal statement, prior clinical and research experiences, and letters of recommendation.

Scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Psychology Subject Test, and a review of the undergraduate transcript, and where relevant, graduate transcripts provide an indication of an applicant's general knowledge and ability to succeed in the program.

Applications that successfully pass the initial Admissions Committee review are invited to attend the PsyD Program Interview Day. The next interview day is slated for February 27th, 2018.


THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS ARE CONSIDERED IN THE REVIEW OF APPLICATIONS FOR FALL 2018 ENTRY:

  1. Completed Online application and fee.
  2. Completion of a bachelor's or master's degree in psychology from an accredited institution, within the last seven (7) years. —OR—
    Completion of a bachelor's degree in any field from an accredited institution, and completion of at least three (3) of the following undergraduate or graduate courses with a grade of B or better, within the last seven (7) years:
    • Research methods (required)
      —and at least two (2) of the following courses:—
    • Abnormal Psychology/Psychopathology
    • Lifespan Development (this course must cover the entire lifespan, or multiple courses may be considered to satisfy this requirement)
    • Theories of Personality/Theories of Psychotherapy
    • Note: Prerequisite courses may be taken at a variety of institutions. We strongly recommend that you contact graduate admissions in advance of submitting your application to ensure that the courses you have taken, or in which you are planning to enroll, will satisfy the prerequisite coursework requirements for your application.
  3. Recommended grade point average of 3.0 or higher (undergraduate major and overall)
    • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
    • Note that missing transcripts will delay review of your application, even if other application materials have been submitted.
    • Please upload electronic copies of unofficial transcripts through the online application and ensure that they include your name, the name of the institution, degree earned, grades earned, and GPA.
    • Transcripts that are not legible or that are copied and pasted onto Word documents will not be accepted.
    • Transcripts that are from non-English speaking institutions should be translated into English.
    • Official transcripts will be required of applicants who are admitted to the program.
  4. GRE General Test and Psychology Subject Test Scores Reports
    • core reports should reflect exam dates from within the last five (5) years. If you have not yet taken the exam(s) at the time of application, please indicate the anticipated date(s) of the exam(s) on your application. These dates must be before the beginning of the Fall semester in which you intend to enroll if admitted.
    • Please note the GRE General Test and the Psychology Subject Test may be waived if the student is transferring from another doctoral program. The Psychology Subject Test may be waived if the student has a Master's in Psychology.
    • The USF school code for the GRE is 4850. The GRE General Test is offered many times throughout the year, the Psychology Subject Test is typically only offered three (3) times a year in September, October, and April, so we recommend that you plan accordingly.
  5. Three (3) letters of recommendation:
    • At least two (2) of which are from faculty members and/or individuals who have evaluated your academic performance and ability to successfully complete a doctoral program in psychology.
    • Strong letters will address the applicant's academic strengths, personal character, and potential for professional growth in the field of clinical psychology.
    • Enter the names and e-mail addresses of your recommenders on the online application form; they will receive an e-mail from USF with instructions for uploading their letter. Letters sent through e-mail or by the applicant will not be accepted.
    • Please provide ample notice to your letter writers to ensure that they submit their letter prior to the application deadline. Applications will be considered incomplete and will not be reviewed until all letters of recommendation are received.
  6. A curriculum vitae (a professional resume may be submitted instead, as long as relevant experiences supporting your application are highlighted).
  7. A personal statement of interest: The profession of clinical psychology requires individual and interpersonal competencies in addition to academic preparation. Interpersonal attributes and skills are taken into consideration in assessing an individual's qualifications for admission. The admissions committee gives careful attention to an applicant's personal statement both in terms of content (e.g. past experiences, future goals), as well as writing style, clarity, grammar, and conciseness.
    • Personal statement prompt: In 1000 words or less, please write a self-reflective essay describing your ultimate goals as a licensed psychologist, including how your personal and professional experiences have contributed to your decision to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology. In addition, please specifically address how your background, interests, and goals align with the University of San Francisco's PsyD program and its overall mission.
    • Note: You are encouraged to talk about any unique experiences you have had in serving underrepresented populations or any life experience that has influenced your decision to become a psychologist focused on serving underrepresented populations.
  8. For international students only:
    • Certification of Finances form or Letter of Support
    • Bank statement(s) that indicate funds for the total costs
    • A copy of passport copy
    • English Language Exam: Official TOEFL, IELTS or PTE scores
    • International Transcripts: Your transcripts need to be in the original language of your university, AND in English translation.
    • Refer to the International Graduate Student Admission page for test score requirements and additional information.
    • Please note: The PsyD program is considered a STEM program. International students apply for CPT (Curricular Practical Training) during the academic year for their practicum assignment. International graduates typically apply for OPT (Optional Practical Training) after they graduate. Please direct all further questions regarding CPT, OPT, or STEM to the Office of International Student and Scholar Services.


Program Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of the PsyD in Clinical Psychology program, you will:

  1. Have a broad knowledge of scientific psychology; engage in evidence-based conceptualization, assessment, and treatment of human problems using individual, developmental, contextual, and sociocultural perspectives; and focus on the delivery of interprofessional, integrated healthcare with underserved populations.
  2. Have a broad scientific knowledge base and employ scientific principles to consume, produce, and disseminate psychological research, with an emphasis on underserved populations.
  3. Possess professional values and attitudes; strong communication, collaboration, and consultation abilities; and self-awareness and reflective practice skills.
Program taught in:
  • English

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