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, USF's PsyD 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.
Licensure and Accreditation
The USF PsyD Program is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and has Associate Member status in the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP). Graduates of the PsyD program at USF are eligible for licensure in California (and other states) as psychologists.
The USF PsyD program's mission is to offer a rigorous program of study based in Jesuit values that emphasize 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 years of academic study, including three years of practica (1500-2000 hours), a professional project, and a fifth-year internship (1500-2000 hours applied toward licensure), typically completed at another institution. The level of complexity and the number of hours of practica increases each year. Each practicum placement takes place in the community and includes a course on campus.
- Admission is in the fall 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.
Clinical Training & Research
Clinical training complements academic coursework and provides a wealth of experiences through which clinical competence is developed. Clinical training takes place on campus or off-campus in various community mental health settings.
Second and third-year clinical rotations are completed in community settings, including placement in major medical centers, community mental health agencies, university counseling centers, children's hospitals, and in-patient treatment programs. The clinical component of the program is comprehensive and includes rotations providing a psychological assessment (cognitive, personality, neuropsychological testing) and treatment to children, families, and adults.
There are opportunities to receive generalist and specialist training in a range of diverse practicum and internship sites at nationally recognized clinical practicum sites and internships.
To complete the practica requirements, students are placed in a variety of settings including major medical centers, community mental health agencies, university counseling centers, children's hospitals, and in-patient treatment programs. The practicum component of the program is comprehensive and allows students to provide psychological assessment and treatment to children, families, and adults with a focus on underserved communities. Additionally, students may gain both generalist and specialist training from a diversity of nationally recognized clinical settings in the Bay Area.
Graduates of the PsyD in Clinical Psychology will acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills to function in diverse settings to provide culturally competent, contextually sensitive, integrated behavioral health consultation to individuals and health professionals.
As a graduate of the PsyD in Clinical Psychology program, you will:
- 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.
- Have a broad scientific knowledge base and employ scientific principles to consume, produce, and disseminate psychological research, with an emphasis on underserved populations.
- Possess professional values and attitudes; strong communication, collaboration, and consultation abilities; and self-awareness and reflective practice skills.
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Last updated January 15, 2018