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Clinical Psychology

Department of - Counseling & Clinical Psychology

Contact Information

(212) 678-3267
(212) 678-8235

Program Description

The Clinical Psychology Program offers a course of scientist-practitioner education leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.). The Master of Science (M.S.) and Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) degrees are earned en passant.

Graduates from this program seek positions in teaching, research, policy, administration, and psychotherapy. Completing a 95-point doctoral degree, including an internship, typically takes five to seven years. Practicum work is done in the Teachers College Dean Hope Center for Psychological and Educational Services (Director: Dr. Dinelia Rosa).

Our scientist-practitioner model means that we are dedicated to training students to generate empirically-based knowledge in clinical psychology and to perform clinical work that is constantly informed by traditional and emerging scholarship in the field. We fully expect our students to learn to expertly produce, analyze, and present scientific material. We also expect our students to become proficient at providing clinical services to a diverse population. Furthermore, we expect our students to learn to integrate these goals. Finally, we are committed to the belief that training as a clinical psychologist must be deeply rooted in psychology itself, its body of knowledge, methods, and ethical principles that form the basis and context of clinical research and practice.

Thus, the primary goal of the Clinical Psychology Program is to provide rigorous training in both contemporary clinical science and clinical assessment and intervention. The research programs of our faculty span a wide range, including studies of clinical intervention in diverse sociocultural and geographic contexts; religious and spiritual development; altruism and caregiving; emotion and coping with trauma; suicidality; adolescence; and psychotherapy process and outcome (see individual faculty web pages). Our on-site clinic, The Dean Hope Center, now functions as both a research and clinical training center. The Center is currently participating in a nationwide study of client demographics, risk factors, and mental and physical health status.

Our clinical training has an ongoing psychodynamic tradition with increasing opportunities for additional specialization in the areas of CBT and IPT therapies, child and adolescent therapy, family systems, and neuropsychological assessment. This training emphasizes intervention and assessment across the lifespan within the context of schools, families, and communities. We are committed to an enhanced focus on ethnic, cultural, and theoretical diversity not only in our curriculum and clinical training but also among our students, faculty, and clinical supervisors. Numerous practica and externship opportunities are available throughout the New York area, and our students commonly secure placement at the most competitive internship sites.  It should be noted, however, that those students whose career goal is full-time private practice without a significant research commitment will find our program inappropriate for their needs.

All Clinical Psychology doctoral students are staff members in the Dean Hope Center after their first semester in the Program and carry a regular caseload of clients. The Center sponsors case conferences, at which students present and discuss cases. Clinical work is supervised by core faculty members or by adjunct faculty who are psychologists in private practice in New York. Students usually carry four clients as part of their psychotherapy practicum and receive two hours of supervision each week with two different supervisors.

Degree Summary

Clinical Psychology (CLIN) 

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
  • Master of Science (M.S.)- en passant

For a complete listing of degree requirements, please click the "Degrees" tab above

For a complete listing of degree requirements, please continue on to this program's "Degrees" section in this document

Degree Requirements

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Program requires the following:

  1. The completion of 95 points of academic credit during three to four years of residence at the College.
  2. A full-time, twelve-month clinical internship during the fourth or fifth year of study.
  3. An original piece of empirical research, which also serves as a qualifying paper, to be completed during the second year of study.
  4. A passing grade on the certification examination (on Research Methods) during the third year of study.
  5. A Clinical case presentation as well as a research presentation, during the third year, each demonstrating the student’s ability to integrate theory, research, and practice.
  6. A doctoral dissertation, which must be completed no later than the seventh year after matriculation.

First Year

During the first year of study, in addition to participating in a research lab, doctoral students typically take the following didactic courses: Ethical and professional issues in clinical psychology (CCPX 5030); Psychological measurement (HUDM 5059); courses on statistics and modeling; Research methods in social psychology (ORLJ 5040); Child psychopathology (CCPX 5034); Adult psychopathology (CCPX 5032); History and systems of psychology (CCPX 6020); and Dynamic psychotherapies (CCPX 5037). Students also take two semesters of psychological testing and diagnostic assessment (CCPX 5330, CCPX 5333) and a course in clinical interviewing (CCPX 5539).

Second Year

During their second year, students’ didactic courses include Brain and behavior (BBS 5068, 5069); Cognition, emotion, and culture (CCPX 5020); Psychotherapy with children (CCPX 5531); Cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal therapies (CCPX 5038); Clinical work with diverse populations (CCPX 5036); and Seminar on life course development (HUDK 6520). In addition, students sign up for a full year of research practicum with a faculty member (culminating in an empirical second-year project), a full-year adult psychodynamic psychotherapy practicum (CCPX 6335), and an additional elective full-year clinical rotation (e.g., on child and adolescent psychotherapy; on neuropsychological assessment).

Third Year

Third-year didactic courses include Group dynamics: A systems perspective (ORL 5362); and Dissertation seminar (CCPX 7500). There is also a full-year advanced psychodynamic clinical practicum (CCPX 6336) and a one-semester supervision and consultation practicum (CCPX 6333). Most students also elect a full-year family therapy practicum (CCPJ 6363).

Fourth and Fifth Year

Fourth year is typically focused on clinical externship (CCPX 5230) and extensive work on the dissertation. A full-year fourth year psychotherapy practicum (CCPX 6338) is recommended, though not required. Year five is usually spent on a full-year clinical internship (CCPX 6430).

The program allows only 12 points of graduate work from another institution to be transferred. No transfer credits are awarded for practica, workshops, or independent study.


Application Information

Doctor of Philosophy

  1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or its equivalent in another country is required. An applicant who applies while still an undergraduate can be accepted only on condition that the bachelor’s degree be received in time for enrollment. The undergraduate transcript must include a course in statistics and at least nine additional credits from among the following areas, at least one of which should include a laboratory experience: personality, social psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, physiological psychology, learning theory, psychology of perception, and experimental psychology. An applicant may be accepted with a deficiency in one of these areas on condition that the deficiency be remedied (either during the summer or without degree credit, during the first semester). Many, though not all of our accepted applicants have also received an M.A. degree in psychology.
  2. Clinical and Research Experience: Though not required, the Program values the additional evidence of maturity, competence, and capacity for responsibility that comes from a broad range of work and life experiences. Most students admitted to the program have engaged, after college, in some type of supervised work in a clinical setting, as well as research that is commensurate with the interest of a faculty member in the program.
  3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE): Applicants must submit the results of the GRE Aptitude tests taken no more than five years prior to the date of the application. Unless English is not the applicant’s first language, scores on the Verbal and Quantitative tests and the Advanced Test of less than 165 and 153 respectively (equivalent to 680 scores on the old format) will make acceptance less likely. On test retakes, the Admissions Committee will consider the higher scores. Applicants are urged to take the GRE no later than November.
  4. References: Applicants must submit at least two letters of recommendation from individuals able to comment on their scholarly and personal qualifications.
  5. Personal Statement: Applicants should try to say something about the range of their interests and experience, attempting to give the Admissions Committee a flavor of the person behind the application. Applicants whose qualifications appear most promising are invited to a personal interview, usually in late February or early March. As a rule, no applicant will be accepted on the basis of an application alone.  All material included in the admissions procedure is accorded professional confidentiality by the Committee. The fact that students submit their applications with this knowledge constitutes permission to have these materials read by both faculty and student members of the Committee.

Applicants for the doctoral program are considered for fall admission. For doctoral applicants, all admissions materials must be received by the final application deadline as advertised by the College. See the Admissions section of this catalog for more information.  

Financial Aid

Teachers College has three scholarship funds: General, Minority, and International Student. These scholarship sources allow the program to fully fund three to four "Doctoral Fellows" in each entering class. Each Doctoral Fellow receives tuition benefits plus a yearly stipend for three years.

Other accepted students (i.e., those not designated as Doctoral Fellows) may be eligible for partial scholarships through various sources.

The College also arranges a variety of student loans with banks, most of them repayment- and interest-deferred. Limited work study funds may also be available.

For example, since 1993, the Clinical Psychology Program has granted partial scholarships via the James S. Scappaticcio Fellowship for Gay Men and Lesbian doctoral candidates in Clinical Psychology. Tuition grants are available for one or two “self-identified gay clinical doctoral candidates.” Since 2005, the program has also granted one to two partial scholarships for students via the Jodi Lane Scholarship Fund. Priority is given to those students studying psychological disorders in children. Some students also receive stipends from faculty research grants or work part-time to cover expenses.

Faculty List

Faculty

Lecturers

Visiting Faculty

Adjunct

Full-Time Instructors

Instructors

Instructor
Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology and Education
Professor of Clinical Psychology
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology
Instructional Staff
Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology and Education
Instructor
Professor of Psychology and Education
Instructional Staff
Adjunct Professor of Psychology and Education
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education
Adjunct Assist. Prof. Education & Psych
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education
Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology and Education
Adjunct Associate Professor
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education
Instructor
Professor of Clinical Psychology
Professor of Psychology and Education
Professor of Psychology and Education
Adjunct Associate Professor of Pyschology and Education
Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychology and Education
Director
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education
Instructional Staff
Adjunct Assistant Professor and Psychology and Education
Instructional Staff
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education
Instructor
Associate Professor of Psychology and Education
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education

For up to date information about course offerings including faculty information, please visit the online course schedule.

Course List

CCPX 4000 Introduction to applied psychology
This course is designed to provide an introduction to multidisciplinary approaches to mental health including clinical psychology, school psychology, and pediatric psychology.
CCPX 4010 Social problems for clinical psychologists
Psychological perspectives on social problems such as eating disorders, domestic violence, AIDS and HIV infection, and mental health in late life.
CCPX 4030 Psychology of adjustment
Healthy and pathological adjustment throughout the lifespan: stress, defense mechanisms, and coping.
CCPX 4032 Assessment and treatment of alcohol and chemical dependency
Overview of the clinical principles governing assessment and treatment of addictive disorders; stages of addiction; issues of comorbidity; resistances to treatment.
CCPX 4035 Personality and behavior change

Seminar covering the major theories of personality; mechanisms of behavioral change.This  course  will  provide  an  introduction  to  the  classic  psychological  theories  of  personality  by considering the contributions of some of the great creative thinkers in this field including Freud, Jung, Horney, Maslow, Rogers, Erikson, Allport, Cattell, and Skinner. 

CCPX 4036 Psychology of human sexuality

This course teaches issues related to human sexuality, emphasizing the psychological perspective, while including biological, social, and cultural factors. We will address how to apply information about human sexuality to education, counseling, and therapy. Some topics include sexual development from childhood to adulthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, sexual health, reproduction, sexual behaviors and lifestyles, sexual dysfunction, sexual victimization, and more.

CCPX 4037 Introduction to cognitive behavior therapy (CBT)
Overview of the essential principles and techniques of CBT for mood and anxiety disorders.
CCPX 4038 Comparative psychotherapies
Survey and analysis of representative psychotherapies in current practice: psychoanalytic, neo-Freudian, Gestalt, Jungian, client-centered, existential, behavior therapy, and others.
CCPX 4039 Critical perspectives on nontraditional psychotherapies
Overview and evaluation of nontraditional treatment approaches including existential, Jungian, spiritually-oriented, holistic, and transpersonal psychotherapies, Ericksonian hypnosis, and Eastern-oriented models.
CCPX 4060 The psychology of loss and trauma
Focus on how humans cope with significant losses and trauma: historical developments, recent empirical advances, cross-cultural variations, and clinical and social implications.
CCPX 4120 Psychotherapy through fiction and film
Psychotherapy, the therapist, and psychopathology as reflected in current fiction and film.
CCPX 4125 Women and mental health

Examination of a range of theories of women's psychological development, interpersonal experience and social roles, as well as the intersection of women's biology and health with psychological status.

CCPX 4126 The mother-child matrix: Developmental and clinical implications
The mother-child relationship: Implications for development and influence on clinical theory and practice, focus on theories of parenting, ruptures in the relationship and therapy with mothers and children.
CCPX 4150 Introduction to forensic psychology
The practice and application of forensic psychology to medical-legal problems and nomenclature in diagnosis, evaluation, assessment, treatment, and testimony regarding criminal behavior, psychopathology, and civil, family, and criminal law.
CCPX 4230 Fieldwork in applied psychology
Supervised practice in field placements for M.A. students in applied or general psychology.
CCPX 4542 Introduction to contemporary psychoanalytic thought
Examination of current psycho-dynamic ideas, including object relations theory, self-psychology, theories of narcissism, borderline pathology, and the nature of the therapeutic relationship.
CCPX 4900 Research and independent study
Permission required.
CCPX 5020 Cognition, Emotion, and Culture

This course covers the impact of overwhelming emotions on human health and self-regulatory responses. The role of culture in these responses is explored, as well as historical context and theoretical perspectives.

CCPX 5030 Ethical and professional issues in clinical psychology
Limited to doctoral students in clinical psychology. Orientation to program and field; ethical and professional issues.
CCPX 5032 Adult psychopathology
Major clinical disorders of adulthood viewed from clinical and research perspectives; current issues in diagnosis and treatment.
CCPX 5033 The evolution of Freud's psychological theories
Intensive examination of selected psychological works of Sigmund Freud from 1892 to 1940, focusing on theoretical innovations, modifications, and elaborations.
CCPX 5034 Child psychopathology

Major clinical syndromes of childhood and adolescence viewed within the context of normal development. Consideration of various theoretical, diagnostic, etiological, and therapeutic viewpoints.

CCPX 5036 Clinical work with diverse populations
Permission required. An experiential seminar for practicum students in Clinical and Counseling Psychology who are working with clients different from themselves.
CCPX 5037 Dynamic psychotherapies
Open to doctoral candidates in psychology; others by permission (prerequisite: CCPX 4542). Theories of psychoanalytic psychotherapy with emphasis on original sources: Freud, Winnicott, Kohut, ego psychology, and object relations theory.
CCPX 5038 Cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal therapies
Open to doctoral candidates in psychology, others by permission. Introduction to theory and technique underlying treatment within the following modalities: Cognitive, Behavioral, Interpersonal, and Short-Term Psychodynamic. The course will explore the application of these various treatment approaches to a range of disorders including depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, OCD, and schizophrenia.
CCPX 5039 Empirical bases of psychotherapy
Open to doctoral candidates in psychology; others by permission. (Prerequisite: CCPX 4038). Analysis of research efforts concerned with investigating the process and outcome of psychotherapy. Emphasis on client, therapist, and system variables that contribute to the probability of therapeutic success.
CCPX 5040 Development and psychopathology: Atypical contexts and populations
Using contemporary research as the basis, the focus is on the interface between classical developmental psychology theories and patterns of development identified in atypical contexts (e.g., poverty) and among atypical populations (e.g., resilient youth). Implications for interventions and policy are also discussed.
CCPX 5045 Psychotherapy, religious diversity, and spirituality
This course will focus on the role of religion and spirituality in psychotherapy. Research, theory and case material will be used to clarify healing dimensions of religion and spirituality. Discussion will focus on a re-examination of models of psyche and goals of treatment.
CCPX 5102 Research and clinical applications of DSM-IV
Diagnostic, clinical, and research applications of the DSM-IV; ethical, cultural, and gender issues in the diagnostic process.
CCPX 5110 Research apprenticeship
Permission required. Involvement as a research extern in community agencies or as a research assistant to departmental faculty.
CCPX 5230 Fieldwork in clinical psychology
Limited to doctoral candidates in clinical psychology. Supervised practice in field placements.
CCPX 5330 Principles and techniques of clinical assessment
Limited to doctoral candidates in clinical, counseling, and school psychology. Theory and practice of psychological testing; focus on cognitive assessment.
CCPX 5333 Practicum in Clinical Supervision and Consultation

Design, methodology, and artifact in research. Development of research proposals. Critical review of journal articles.

CCPX 5334 Practicum: Clinical work with children and adolescents
Limited to doctoral candidates in Clinical, Counseling, and School psychology. Psychological assessment of children and adolescents, including interviewing techniques, observational methods, and psychodiagnostic testing.
CCPX 5531 Psychotherapy with children
Open to doctoral students in psychology; others by permission. Introduction to contemporary models of child psychotherapy. Emphasis will be upon a comparison of the theoretical foundations and techniques across paradigms.
CCPX 5532 Clinical issues: Children from Diverse Backgrounds
Focus on current research on risk and resiliency factors developed from within epidemiological, social, and intra-psychic perspectives. Research findings are considered within the context of theories of development.
CCPX 5533 Research methods in clinical psychology

Design, methodology, and artifact in research. Development of research proposals. Critical review of journal articles.

CCPX 5534 Research Methods in Clinical Psychology

Design, methodology, and artifact in research. Development of research proposals. Critical review of journal articles.

CCPX 5535 Research practicum in clinical psychology
Permission required. Supervised research in clinical psychology.
CCPX 5539 Clinical assessment: The interview
Doctoral students in Clinical, Counseling, School Psychology, speech and hearing, learning disabilities, special education, and pre-doctoral students providing intake services at the Dean Hope Center. Introductory didactic and practice seminar in clinical interviewing.
CCPX 5544 Cross-cultural issues in psychopathology, resilience and coping
Examination of pathology and resilience in the context of cultural patterns of coping with developmental lifetasks and reactions to stress.
CCPX 5546 Research perspectives on critical social problems

Open to master's and doctoral students. Exploration of research based upon the interface of social and clinical psychology and development projects. Topics include eating disorders across the lifespan, altruism and mental health, coping with the aftermath of genocide, terror, personal growth in the wake of trauma, and effects of disability on the individual and family.

CCPX 5610 Clinical psychology colloquium

Clinical faculty and guest speakers. Permission required.

CCPX 5630 Case conference
Permission required. Corequisite: CCPX 5333, CCPX 6335, CCPX 6336, CCPJ 5360, CCPJ 6360, or CCPJ 6364. For practicum students in the Dean Hope Center. All trainees must attend at least five conferences each term.
CCPX 6020 History and systems of psychology
Survey of the history of psychology from the ancient Greeks to the present. Discussion of theoretical systems including Associationism, Structuralism, Behaviorism, Psychoanalysis, and Existentialism.
CCPX 6333 Practicum in clinical supervision
Permission required. Seminar and supervised practice in the teaching and supervision of clinical assessment and intake.
CCPX 6335 Practicum in clinical intervention
Permission required. For second-year doctoral students in clinical psychology, two semesters, 3-4 points each semester. Supervised practice in psychotherapy as staff members of the Dean Hope Center.
CCPX 6336 Advanced practicum in clinical intervention
Permission required. Prerequisite: CCPX 6335. For third-year doctoral students in Clinical Psychology.
CCPX 6338 Fourth-year practicum in clinical intervention
Permission required. Prerequisite: CCPX 6336. For fourth-year students in clinical psychology, two semesters, (1 point each semester).
CCPX 6430 Internship in clinical psychology
For advanced doctoral students in clinical psychology. Experience under supervision in approved mental health agency. One year full-time or part-time equivalent.
CCPX 6530 Experiential and short-term dynamic psycho-therapy
Permission required. For doctoral students in clinical, counseling, and school psychology. Focus on theoretical and technical aspects of short-term therapy; key concepts illustrated by clinical material presented by instructor and students.
CCPX 6531 Psychological assessment and clinical practice
Permission required. Prerequisites: CCPX 5330, CCPX 5333. Emphasis on the interpretation of projective tests, and on the integration and reporting of multiple sources of assessment data.
CCPX 6900 Advanced research and independent study
Permission required.
CCPX 7500 Dissertation seminar
Permission required. Development of doctoral dissertations and presentation of plans for approval. Registration limited to two terms.
CCPX 8900 Dissertation advisement
Individual advisement on doctoral dissertations. Fee to equal 3 points at current tuition rate of each term.