The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program (Psy.D.) at LIU Post trains students who want to practice as clinical psychologists with a strong interest in traditionally underserved populations. In addition to mastering a rigorous core curriculum, Psy.D. students choose two courses from our four concentration areas: Serious Mental Illnesses, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Interventions with High-Risk Families, and Substance Use Disorders. Our highly experienced faculty provides clinical and theoretical training in the two major orientations in the field today: cognitive-behavioral and psychoanalytic. As a result, our graduates are prepared to practice with one or both models, affording considerable flexibility in a professional world of constantly changing demands and opportunities.
After the first year, students balance course work with clinical training as externs in approved patient-care institutions. Second-year students train at the LIU Post Psychological Services Center (PSC), which offers low-cost preventative and clinical mental health services to community members. Third- and fourth-year students complete closely supervised externships at one of more than 50 training sites in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area, including inpatient, outpatient and community mental health facilities.
At the end of their third year, students present a case presentation to a panel of clinical psychologists called a Clinical Competency Evaluation. The fifth year is spent in a full-time clinical internship. As a culminating experience, students design and conduct a significant research project, and write a doctoral dissertation under the direction of the Program faculty. The dissertation process begins in students’ second year of the program. The program is 115 credits, including the clinical practicum.
Approximately 20 students from across the United States and abroad are admitted each year; most have an undergraduate degree in psychology and some clinical experience. The program requires a full-time, year-round commitment in each of the four years of residency. The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. In 2009, the APA awarded the Program with accreditation until 2016, the longest possible period of accreditation.
Linehan Institute Luncheon April 2014 Back row (l. to r.): Ruth DeRosa, Ph.D.; Gus Cutz, M.S. (5th Year student, Cognitive Behavior Associates (CBA) Extern); Marsha Linehan, Ph.D. (Linehan Institute Founder); Steven Schalger, Psy.D. (LIU-Post Alum, CBA Post-Doctoral Fellow); Lisa Gettings, M.S. (4th Year student & CBA Extern); Kristin Wyatt (CBA Extern)
Front row (l. to r.): Nira Nafisi, Ph.D.; Michelle Chung, Psy.D. (LIU-Post Alum); Jill Rathus, Ph.D.; Esther Pearl, M.S. (5th Year student & CBA Extern)