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Clinical Psychology Health Emphasis Ph.D. Program

Mission Statement 

The overarching mission of the program is to train qualified clinicians, academic scholars, and applied researchers in clinical psychology. Embedded in this mission statement are core values of Yeshiva University that include: (1) bringing wisdom to life; (2) love of knowledge for its own sake; (3) a commitment to excellence in teaching and research; and (4) the view that liberal arts and social sciences are compatible with high ethical and moral standards. At the graduate level of training, this mission is manifested through an emphasis on the ethical and moral principles that govern professional scientist-practitioners' search for knowledge.

The Program's training philosophy is aimed at training psychologists who are both clinically and academically prepared to work as clinicians and researchers in diverse settings. This program design is based on the premise that psychologists working in mental and physical health settings need a strong foundation of clinical and research skills, to enable graduates to provide superior clinical services and make meaningful research contributions.  The foundations of psychology represent the primary base, with in-depth training in general clinical psychology. This training base is complemented by training in health psychology, physiological bases of behavior, and public health systems.  In addition to broad-based training in clinical psychology, the primary goals of our program are briefly described below. 

Goal 1:  Train effective providers of psychological/healthcare services who are able to evaluate processes and outcomes.

Goal 2: To produce independent researchers capable of contributing to the scientific body of knowledge in the field of clinical psychology applied to diverse health issues and healthcare settings, and able to educate and mentor future researchers in the field.

Goal 3: Provide comprehensive training in the professional standards and ethics of clinical work and research.

Goal  4: Develop awareness and capability to assess, evaluate, and provide appropriate clinical services and conduct research accounting for membership in culturally, ethnically, socioeconomically, geographically, and otherwise diverse groups.    

Goal 5: Provide sequential and comprehensive training in clinical practice, theory, and research emphasizing the intersection between clinical psychology and health.

Goal 6: Enhanced awareness of diverse levels of analyses of health ranging from physiological bases of behavior to public health and translation from one level to another.

Our teaching and training philosophy is consistent with the Boulder model of the scientist-practitioner. Furthermore, in our view and interpretation of the Boulder model the integration of the functions of the scientist and practitioner is critical in advancing the science and practice of clinical psychology; and in translating empirically based assessment and treatment approaches to diverse settings.


The clinical psychology PhD health emphasis program was awarded APA Accreditation effective October 2005 and again in 2009 for the following 7 years. The next accreditation review is scheduled for 2016.

The APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation supports the APA Commission on Accreditation (CoA) in carrying out its responsibilities as the nationally recognized accrediting body for education and training programs in professional psychology. Contact information for the CoA as follows:

APA Accreditation
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202.336.5979, 202.336.5979
TDD/TTY: 202.336.6123
Fax: 202.336.5978

Program Director

Roee Holtzer, Ph.D.


CHP in the Media
Dr. Jeffrey Gonzalez
Dr. Jeffrey Gonzalez, associate professor at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and Albert Einstein College of Medicine, was recently awarded a five-year R01 grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases at the National Institute of Health to conduct an ancillary trial on depression and treatment outcomes of diabetes. This is a sub-study of “Glycemia Reduction Approaches in Diabetes: A Comparative Effectiveness Study” (GRADE), which is coordinated by George Washington University.  Through the study of 2,500 participants with four different diabetes treatment combinations, prospective data will provide a unique opportunity to examine the relationships between emotional distress, diabetes treatment, and outcomes in an experimental design. 
Described as first of its kind, this study involves a much larger sample than typical for this kind of research, examines changes over time, and because of the random assignments of individuals to different diabetes medication regimens, it allows researchers to control for the effects of medication in a very powerful way. Findings will inform practice decisions regarding screening and treatment for emotional distress as part of diabetes care. 
Ultimately, the strength of the design will allow researchers to examine whether depression and emotional distress predict worsening control of diabetes over time and, conversely, whether certain diabetes treatment regimens contribute to increases in depression and emotional distress in patients with diabetes. Both of these hypotheses have been tested by numerous other studies but their results have been inconclusive due to methodological limitations.

“Being able to address those limitations in the context of a landmark trial like GRADE is a really exciting opportunity,” said Gonzalez. “We know that depression is more common among individuals receiving treatment for diabetes but we don’t know why. The results of this study will have real world implications beyond advancing science – doctors need to know whether individuals experiencing emotional distress and depression are less likely to benefit from treatment.  We hope to be able to provide data that can answer these important questions.” 

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Useful Contact Information
Psychology Office
Phone: (718) 430-3850
Dean’s Office
(718) 430-3941
Parnes Clinic
(718) 430-3852
Office of Student Accounts
(212) 960-5400 ext 5767
Ferkauf Financial Aid
Damien Jackson
(718) 862-1810

Alumni News 

Dr. Chi-Ming Chen    Dr. Chi-Ming Chen received his PhD in Clinical Psychology with Health Emphasis from Yeshiva University in 2007.  His post-doctoral research (at Yale University and Columbia University) focused on advancing the state of science in brain and behavior research through interdisciplinary research, ranging from basic to clinical topics.  His expertise in the neurophysiology of human and non-human primates, motor and sensory processing, and brain stimulation techniques sets the stage for his Translational Research and Neural Stimulation Laboratory (TRANSLab) at the University of Connecticut ("    

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