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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); Applied regression analysis (HUDM 5122); Research methods in social psychology (ORLJ 5040); Child psychopathology (CCPX 5034); Adult psychopathology (CCPX 5032); Research and clinical applications of DSM-IV (CCPX 5102); History and systems of psychology (CCPX 6020); and Dynamic psychotherapies (CCPX 5037). Students also take three semesters of psychological testing (CCPX 5330, CCPX 5333, CCPX 6531) and a course in clinical interviewing (CCPX 5539). Most students begin working with faculty members on research during the first year (CCPX 4900).

Second Year

During their second year, students' didactic courses include: Brain and behavior I: Com-munication in the nervous system (BBS 5068); Linear models and experimental design (HUDM 5123); Emotion, culture, and health (CCPX 5020); Psychotherapy with children (CCPX 5531); Cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal therapies (CCPX 5038); Clinical work with diverse populations (CCPX 5036); and Short-term dynamic experiential psychotherapy (CCPX 6530). 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 clinical practicum (CCPX 6335), and a one-semester child practicum (CCPX 5334).

Third Year

Third-year didactic courses include Group dynamics: A systems perspective (ORL 5362); Empirical bases of psychotherapy (CCPX 5039); and Dissertation seminar (CCPX 7500). There is also a full-year advanced clinical practicum (CCPX 6336). Most students  elect to take a full-year clinical externship (CCPX 5230); and many also elect a full-year family therapy practicum (CCPJ 6363).

Fourth and Fifth Year

Fourth-year features a practicum (CCPX 6338) focused on clinical work as well as a practicum (CCPX 6332-6333) that offers opportunities to supervise beginning trainees. Fourth year is also devoted to extensive work on the dissertation. 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.