Academic Catalog 2018-2019 
    Aug 07, 2020  
Academic Catalog 2018-2019 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Psychology with an emphasis in Clinical Psychology, PhD (with optional concentrations)

Earning our doctorate in Clinical Psychology includes online and in-person seminars and residential sessions, as well as research and clinical training experiences. Our PhD offers a master’s along the way , as well as the option to specialize in some of the most exciting growth areas of psychology:

  • Forensic Psychology Concentration
  • Health Psychology Concentration
  • Neuropsychology Concentration
  • Parent-Infant Mental Health Concentration *closed to new enrollments
  • Social Justice and Diversity Concentration

Required PhD Coursework:

Effective date: 09/01/2017

Theoretical Orientation Course

One 4cr theoretical orientation course, consistent with the Practicum Case Seminar series you select:

Practicum Case Seminar Tracks

8cr (four terms) of one of the following Practicum Case Seminar tracks, to include six training days and ten case presentations:

  • PSY-620  Practicum Case Presentations, 0 semester credits
  • PSY-621  Clinical Training Days, 0 semester credits
  • PSY-629A1 -A4 Practicum Case Seminar: Psychodynamic, 2 semester credits each
  • PSY-629B1 -B4 Practicum Case Seminar: Cognitive/Behavioral, 2 semester credits each
  • PSY-629C1 -C4 Practicum Case Seminar: Humanistic/Experiential Psychotherapy, 2 semester credits each

Clinical Practicum and Internship

Research Requirements

Other Requirements

  • Attendance at professional development seminar meetings for years one-three as follows:
    • a minimum of 5 days during the first year of the program
    • a minimum of 3 days during the second year of the program
    • a minimum of 2 days during the third year of the program
  • Attendance at a minimum of one week-long residential in each of your first two years

12cr of Electives

See this sample list, or electives listed as part of the optional concentrations further below. For a full listing of available electives, see the All Courses  section of this catalog and search on the PSY prefix and keyword “elective.” 

Residency Hours Completion

  • 0 semester credits
  • 600 clock hours at Fielding sessions and attendance
  • 2 days at local/state/regional/national/international professional psychology conferences


*Requirements must be successfully completed (i.e., with passing grades) within the specified time period (e.g., first year of program) or the student will be placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation must create a term-by-term progress plan and will have progress monitored each term; dismissal will occur if planned progress is not made each term.

Total Semester Credits: 179

Optional Concentrations

Forensic Psychology Concentration Requirements

  • (PhD only) A forensically oriented dissertation, with at least one committee member who is a member of the forensic concentration faculty.
  • 4 semester credits
  • 1 semester credits
  • 3 months of clinical experience in a forensically-oriented practicum or one internship rotation (may be substituted with 150 hours of forensic work in another setting)

One of the following:

Health Psychology Concentration Requirements


A minimum of 240 hours of practicum be completed in Health Psychology

PhD students:

Dissertation must be on a Health Psychology topic

RCP Students:

Publishable quality research paper

Neuropsychology Concentration Requirements


Concentration Meetings (attend 4)

Neuropsychology Concentration Meetings will take place at each of the 3 sessions: Winter, Summer and Fall. These evening meetings will involve a mix of discussion and presentations related to clinical issues, training and professional issues, Q&A about neuropsychology practice, guest presentations, etc. Students must attend and participate in 4 of these meetings.

Case Presentation (attend and present)

Attendance at one in-person Neuropsychology Case Presentation day at session. To complete the concentration, each student will present one case at one Case Presentation Day.

Additional Requirements (choose one option)

OPTION 1: Take one additional 4 credit term course in neuropsychology (e.g., PSY-774 Neuropsychological Care of TBI ) and complete 5 days of in-person session seminars that qualify for the neuropsychology concentration (see partial list below).

OPTION 2: Do not take an additional course, but complete a total of 9 days of in-person session neuropsychology offerings (see partial list below).

Parent-Infant Mental Health Concentration Requirements

*closed to new enrollments


Internship that includes at least one minor rotation or its equivalent in parent-infant mental health psychology. Sites could include a psychology service in a hospital with participation in consultation services or in an out-patient setting or clinic. A high risk follow up clinic or work on a neonatal intensive care unit would meet this requirement.

Psychological Assessment Labs

1 credit of psychological assessment labs training in parent-infant mental health assessment, to include: clinical assessment of parent-infant interactions, infant behavior, parental behavior, Brazelton Neonatal Assessment Scale and mother infant interactions.


4 additional courses (2 credits each) with a focus in parent-infant mental health psychology chosen from the following advanced courses:

Dissertation (PhD Only)

Dissertation on a parent-infant mental health psychology topic. It may focus upon the interface between biological, psychological and health psychology as it relates to infants and their parents.

Social Justice and Diversity Concentration Requirements


  • 4 semester credits
  • 150 hours (including both direct and indirect hours) of clinical experience or one internship rotation focused on serving an underserved population.  May be substituted with 150 hours of community service related activities with an underserved population.
  • Research via dissertation, research practicum, new publication, or new conference poster/paper presentation on a topic related to social justice and diversity in clinical practice. This topic could include, but is not limited to, issues pertaining to underserved populations, mental health disparities, prejudice, discrimination, stigma, and promoting equity.

8cr of Electives

Choose 8 credits from credit-bearing seminars occurring at national sessions and/or special topics courses (up to no more than 4 credits) chosen from topics linked to this concentration, including but not limited to: