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HandbooksPlease refer to the Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) Doctoral Student Handbook for more information.
The Department of Clinical Psychology
Our program strives to give you hands-on experience in supervised clinical settings, provide you with a curriculum based on a developmental, experiential training model that includes understanding theory, assessment, intervention, and evaluation skills. We prepare you to work with individuals, families, groups, schools, organizations, and agencies as well as offer courses delivered through a combination of in-person, online, hybrid, and supervised practice.
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Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)
Accreditation Status Accordion Closed
Thank you for your interest in our Clinical Psychology PsyD program.
The Clinical Psychology PsyD program is not currently accredited by the American Psychological Association, but will be applying for “Accreditation, on contingency” status through the APA Commission on Accreditation in the 2020 Academic year.
“Accredited, on contingency” is granted if and only if the program meets all standards except for the inclusion of all required outcome data on students in the program and after program completion. To move from “accredited, on contingency” status to fully accredited, the program must provide the required data within three (3) years of receiving “accredited, on contingency” status. If you complete a program that is recognized as “Accredited on contingency” effective before your completion date you will have completed an APA accredited program.
To view the program’s accreditation status, please visit the APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation’s program search site. Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
The American Psychological Association
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002-4242
Program of Study Accordion Closed
The program of study (POS) is the agreed-upon plan for completing program requirements. Current and previous programs of study may be downloaded from the NAU Graduate College Programs of Study webpage. Students complete the POS with their advisers during the first semester of graduate work. The POS is used as a verification document when students apply for graduation. The original, signed POS, is submitted to the Clinical Psychology department office and placed in the student’s file. In most cases, amendments to your POS can be made with your adviser’s approval.
Please be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. Course prerequisites are listed on the Program of Study form. Students may also review the online catalog for selected courses where prerequisites are required. Please check with the department or a faculty adviser if you have questions regarding prerequisites.
Related Forms and Websites
When completing or revising the POS, the Clinical Psychology Academic Catalog Listing may be useful for translating the program of studies into a semester by semester plan.
Academic Catalog Policies – transfer credit, timelines, doctoral requirements, residency, and other policies
Diversity Accordion Closed
The Clinical Psychology PhD Program is strongly committed to promoting appreciation for and skills in working within the intersections of cultural and individual diversity. The program’s emphasis on the diversity including indigenous peoples and Latinas/os and integrated healthcare, trains students to consider the role of culture and environment in mental and emotional health in assessment and intervention. Towards that end, the program offers a “Diversity Engagement Forum” open to the community as a safe arena to discuss and learn more about issues/events impacting diversity. Respect for diverse backgrounds highlights the culture of the program.
Northern Arizona University promotes global engagement and the College of Education and Department of Clinical Psychology collaborate with the University Center for International Education to develop graduate and undergraduate experiences in global cultures and host international faculty and graduate students. Recent foci of the international programs have included China, Italy, and Western Europe.
The program’s commitment to diversity and international engagement is incorporated into the PsyD curriculum in terms of class readings, assignments, and clinical training across courses at various levels of knowledge and skill development. Diversity issues are infused throughout the courses in the curriculum; the syllabi document coverage of this topic within courses. Comprehensive coverage of this issue is provided in the diversity course (CPP740). Issues in the Assessment and Treatment of Diverse Populations (CPP740) provides an in-depth review and reinforcement of how personal history/biases affect relations with others and requires that students integrate this understanding into professional roles. PP7340 also offers a comprehensive and detailed study of the current theoretical and empirical knowledge base as it relates to addressing diversity in all professional activities including research, training, supervision/consultation, and service. In the practicum seminars, relevant diversity issues are discussed in the presentation of clinical cases. Intervention and Assessment courses require students to account for and integrate diversity knowledge and skill in developing and treating individuals and interpreting their test results. Practicum and internship supervisors facilitate students’ diversity competence in applied clinical work. All students complete practicum which involve providing psychological services to underserved and under- represented populations.
NAU has implemented a coherent plan to ensure that all students are taught the necessary skills and competencies with an emphasis on valuing diversity and exploring the cultural context of behavior in most courses. Specifically, the following diversity objectives are integrated in most courses across the curriculum: a) Self-awareness and sensitivity to the diversity of others; b) Acquisition of knowledge about diversity including but not limited to racial/ethnic, sociocultural/socioeconomic, gender, national origin/immigrant status, affectional orientation, religious/spiritual, and physical ability groups; c) Development of inquiry skills and methods of understanding diversity issues within their socio-historical contexts; d) Student consideration and evaluation of the limitations and applicability of different theoretical orientations as they pertain to diverse groups; e) Development of treatment approaches that are culturally responsive and incorporate the clients’ worldview; and f) Awareness of applicability and limitations of standardized testing instruments with diverse groups.
Student Admission, Outcomes, and Other Data Accordion Closed
2022 Student Admission Outcomes and Other Data – PsyD
NOTE: The first cohort of students begin the program in Spring 2020. No students have completed the program, to this point.
Professional code of ethics and licensure guidelines Accordion Closed
Students in this doctoral program should follow the professional code of ethics and licensure guidelines established by the following organizations:
American Psychological Association, Inc.
Arizona: State of Arizona Board of Psychologists Examiners
Other States and General Licensing Information: Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards