• Clinical Psychology Program, PsyD

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    The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association as a Clinical Psychology Program. The program was accredited in 2008 for the maximum seven-year period, and the next site visit will be conducted in 2015.

    Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
    American Psychological Association
    750 First Street NE, Washington, DC, 20002-4242
    Telephone: 202.336.5979

    The program is registered with the New York State Education Department and its graduates are eligible for licensure for clinical psychology in New York and other states. It is a member of the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology Programs (CUDCP) and the National Councils for Professional Schools of Psychology.

    Program Overview

    The Clinical Psychology PsyD Program at Yeshiva University’s (YU) Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology was established in 1979 and has been fully accredited by the American psychological Association (APA) since 1985. The program was established and has been maintained in the Scholar-Practitioner tradition and is designed to educate students in the conceptual and empirical foundations of clinical psychology. Students receive extensive training in a variety of assessment, research, and therapeutic approaches. Students are exposed to a curriculum that integrates relevant research and the theoretical foundations of psychology with practical experiences and a wide range of psychological services. The program includes a strong research emphasis. Students receive a broad understanding of the scientific foundations of psychology, which enables them to understand, critically evaluate, and conduct research.

    The clinical program prides itself on the broad scope of its clinical training, including two to three years of practicum experiences at variety of the New York area’s most prestigious sites, as well as four years of training at the Parnes Clinic (PDF), our on-site university clinic. Students also have access to YU's Albert Einstein College of Medicine's extensive network of educational and research facilities. Students are trained comprehensively in both the cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic traditions and have the option of honing their skills in either or both orientations, which is a unique aspect of the training at the clinical program at Ferkauf. The clinical program also offers specialized training in couples and family therapy, and in the treatment of older adults through our Gero-psychology track. Other areas of specialization (either through research, clinical training, or both) are also available to students and include couple and family therapy, anxiety and depressive disorders, emotional regulation, positive psychology, stigma, psychotherapy process, trauma and neuropsychology.

    A unique aspect of our program is that every assessment, therapy, and research didactic course, across all four academic years, offers an adjunctive weekly, two-hour intensive lab. These labs constitute extensive additional training in each area and offer the opportunity to review and apply the knowledge and skills gained in didactic coursework. Each lab group consists of no more than five students and meets weekly for two hours. Hands-on practice and direct supervision of intakes and assessments are provided in assessment labs. In research labs, students learn and apply basic and advanced research skills and develop their doctoral research projects. Finally, psychotherapy labs include group supervision of therapy sessions conducted at the university clinic and build on the weekly, individual therapy supervisions.

    To learn more about our program, please review our Overview of Program Curriculum, as well more in-depth information about our assessment, research, and therapy training.

    Study Alongside Tomorrow's Leaders

    There are now more than 600 alumni of the Clinical Program. The Clinical Program has an ever increasing number of applications (293 applicants for the 2011 incoming class) and an increasing percentage of accepted applicants who enroll each year. Our applicants are among the most competitive in the country, representing the top universities in the country. Our students have a median combined total GRE score of 1200 and a GPA of 3.5. Our internship rates have consistently been higher than the national match rate average. For example, the match rate for the 2011 Class was 96%, compared to a national average rate of 77%. 

    Multiculturalism and Diversity

    The program is committed to the goal of diversity. We value diversity in all forms, including, but not limited to, culture, race, sexual orientation, theoretical orientation, geography, socioeconomic status, disability and age. The program's focus on multiculturalism and diversity is embedded throughout all course work and practica. Several required courses specifically focus on these issues and other electives may be taken to strengthen students' knowledge and skills. We have been successful in attracting diverse students, and 64 countries are currently represented in the student body of the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. 

    Student-Centered Training

    The Clinical Psychology Program is committed to providing a supportive, student-centered training environment to ensure that students are able to smoothly navigate their graduate experience. There are a variety of formal structures and processes in place to guide students as they proceed through the program, including one-on-one academic advisement, clinical advisement (assessment and therapy), and research advisement. Students also receive one-on-one and group mentorship from senior students. The director of externship and internship training also provides extensive guidance and mentorship (one-on-one and in a weekly professional seminar) on externship and internship placement and training. Finally, the program director oversees the advisement and mentorship process and also offers one-on-one advisement to students and the clinical program provides a number of ways for students to become involved and provide feedback including class representative, the Organization of Psychology Students (OPS), and teaching assistant positions. Read more about these opportunities.

    Program Statistics

    Here are the latest figures (PDF) for our program, including internship statistics, licensure data, and tuition figures. 

    If you have any questions, please contact Program Director Lata K. McGinn at lata.mcginn@einstein.yu.edu; 718.430.3965.

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