Welcome to the Ph.D. Program
Welcome to the doctoral
program in Clinical Psychology Program at Teachers College, Columbia
University. The Clinical Psychology Program was founded in 1947-1948. It was
APA-accredited in the first group of programs that were reviewed for
accreditation in 1948 and that status has been uninterrupted. Our most recent
site visit from the APA occurred in 2008. Based upon this review, in May,
2009 we were awarded by the APA Office of Program Consultation and
Accreditation “full and seven year accreditation.” Our next site visit, then,
is scheduled for the fall of 2015.
Our program operates
according to a scientist-practitioner
model. We are, thus, 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 expect our students to learn to expertly produce, analyze, and
discuss scientific material. We also expect our students to become proficient
at providing clinical services to a diverse population. And, most importantly,
we expect our students to learn to integrate these two goals. As our mission
statement in the TC catalog notes, “The driving goal of our Clinical Psychology
Program is to provide rigorous training in both contemporary clinical science
and clinical assessment and intervention.”
A good deal of the training, especially that related to research, occurs
through intensive participation in a research lab directed by a specific
faculty mentor. It is this context, through this lab, that students develop
their scientific skills and begin presenting their work at professional
conferences and publishing in professional journals. Each student, of course, is also part of a
cohort of doctoral students with whom they learn, collaborate, and socialize.
In recent years, graduates of our doctoral program have gained
employed in tenure-track academic positions, as research scientists in medical
schools, and as clinical researchers in a broad range of treatment settings. In
addition, many of our graduates practice independently as well as in community
settings for under-served populations.
you are interested in applying, please address all questions to the
If you are interested in applying, please address all questions to the admissions office.
Barry A. Farber, Ph.D.
Professor; Director of Clinical Training