The William Paterson University's 96-credit doctor of psychology (Psy.D.) in clinical psychology is a practitioner-scholar program that provides a direct route for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology to pursue advanced studies. The program is accredited, on contingency by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. The effective dates of accreditation are April 15, 2018 until April 15, 2023.
The mission of the William Paterson University Psy.D. program in clinical psychology is to prepare students to become competent and highly-skilled psychologists in the delivery and evaluation of psychological services. Graduates are trained to critically evaluate research, contribute to psychological knowledge, and develop innovations in treatment and service delivery. The program is grounded in a practitioner-scholar model that emphasizes evidence-based theories and practice in psychological assessment, interventions, consultation, and supervision. Academic course work, supervised clinical training, and research experience are integrated at each stage of the student’s development within an ethical, culturally sensitive, and supportive context. The program promotes lifelong learning and continual self-improvement.
The program seeks to prepare students to understand, prevent, and treat mental health problems and psychiatric disorders across the lifespan using evidence-based approaches. It includes training and course work in both clinical practice and research methods, based on the premise that these mutually inform and strengthen each other. Because the Psy.D. is a practice-oriented degree, emphasis is placed on the development of the knowledge, skills, and competencies that psychologists use in clinical practice. Graduates may pursue clinical positions in the community, hospitals, health care organizations, government, and industry; clinical research positions in private and public institutions and industry; and academic positions in university settings. Graduates who wish to become licensed clinical psychologists must additionally pass a national examination and fulfill all state licensing requirements.
William Paterson University
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Wayne, New Jersey 07470