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Clinical Psychology
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Clinical Psychology
In the Counseling and Clinical Psychology Department

PhD Information > Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Ph.D. Degree Requirements

The Program requires:

  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 case presentation and accompanying paper during the third year, 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, doctoral students typically take the following didactic courses: Ethical and professional issues in clinical psychology (CCPX 5030); Psychological measurement (HUDM 5059); 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 (CCPX 5330, CCPX 5333), two semesters of statistical modeling (CCPX 4199), and a course in clinical interviewing (CCPX 5539). Most students begin working with faculty members on research during the first year (CCPX 4900). Additionally, students take Colloquium (CCPX 5610) and Case Conference (CCPX 5630).

Second Year

During their second year, students' didactic courses include: Brain and behavior I and II (BBS 5068, BBS 5069); Cognition, Emotion, & Culture (CCPX 5020); Psychotherapy with children (CCPX 5531); Cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal therapies (CCPX 5038); Clinical work with diverse populations (CCPX 5036); and Developmental Psychology (HUDK 4024). 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, dynamic, clinical practicum (CCPX 6335), and a full year practicum in either Psychotherapy with Children (CCPX 5531) or CBT/IPT/DBT (CCPX 6335). Students also take Colloquium (CCPX 5610) and Case Conference (CCPX 5630).

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 adult, dynamic, clinical practicum (CCPX 6336) and a one semester supervision practicum (CCPX 6333). Some students may elect to take a full-year clinical externship (CCPX 5230); and many also elect two full-year practicums, choosing between Family Therapy (CCPJ 6363); or Neurological Assessment (CCPX 6336); Psychodynamic/Existential Psychotherapy (CCPX 6336); Child/Adolescent Psychotherapy (CCPX 6336); or IPT/DBT (CCPX 6336). Additionally, students take Colloquium (CCPX 5610) and Case Conference (CCPX 5630).

Fourth and Fifth Year

Fourth-year features a practicum (CCPX 6338) focused on clinical work as well as a practicum (CCPX 6333) that offers additional opportunities to supervise beginning trainees. Fourth year is also devoted to extensive work on the dissertation. In fourth year, most students elect to take a full-year clinical externship (CCPX 5230). Year five is usually spent on a full-year clinical internship (CCPX 6430).

Elective courses are for all students and include Introduction to forensic psychology (CCPX 4150); Psychotherapy through fiction and film (CCPX 4120); Women and mental health (CCPX 4125); Psychology of loss and trauma (CCPX 4060); Psychotherapy, religious diversity, and spirituality (CCPX 5045).

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.