• Clinical Psychology Health Emphasis Program, PhD

  • About 

    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. 



    In the Clinical Health Ph.D. program students develop research skills that will enable them to function in diverse settings. The later part of a student's career is devoted to developing advanced clinical and research skills in a particular area of interest. General areas covered by faculty include obesity, cardiovascular psychology, diabetes mellitus, asthma, HIV/AIDS, multiple sclerosis, neuropsychological disorders, neuroscience, cancer, public and international health, chronic pain and headache. 

    An important part of the laboratory experience is obtaining research supervision experience. Training is also provided in formal presentations at scientific meetings. Students are required to attend and present their work at the annual Behavioral Sciences Research Day at Yeshiva University each year. Students are also encouraged to present their research findings at local, national, and international meetings. Preparation for these meetings is done during laboratory meetings. Laboratories available include Asthma (Feldman), Neuropsychology (Holtzer), Multiple Sclerosis (Foley), Obesity (Swencionis), Diabetes (Gonzalez), Sensory Neuroscience (Zemon), and pain and migraines (Seng). 


    Clinical Training 

    Practicum Training at the Parnes Clinic 

    Clinical Psychology (Health Emphasis) Ph.D. students obtain practicum training at the Parnes Clinic as part of the Behavioral Medicine I and II sequence beginning the second semester of the first year. The Max and Celia Parnes Family Psychological and Psychoeducational Services Clinic of the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology is Ferkauf's in-house clinic. Parnes offers extremely low-cost, high quality psychological services to adults, adolescents and children. All services are provided by students pursuing their doctoral degrees in psychology, under the supervision of licensed psychologists. 

    The Behavioral Medicine (BMed) sequence provides an introduction to the practical experience of behavioral medicine. All students are assigned individual supervisors (licensed psychologists) and clinical case referrals through the Parnes Clinic. Clinical cases include patients preparing for bariatric surgery, patients with a variety of chronic diseases, and patients referred by their primary care physician for psychological assessment and treatment. 


    Clinical Externship 

    Clinical Externships are program-sanctioned clinical training experiences, usually taking place at one of the diverse placements available in the New York tri-state area. A Clinical Externship spreadsheet is available to students as they begin the externship process. Students start searching for an externship placement prior to the spring semester of their first year, with the goal of being placed for the fall and spring in the second year and possibly summer after their first year. As per New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA) guidelines, students are only allowed to have one primary clinical externship at a time, which should not exceed 2 days a week or 16 hours. Exceptions need to be approved. The externship process is done under the guidance and approval of the Clinical Training Directors. 


    Minor in Clinical Neuropsychology

    The minor in clinical neuropsychology is offered as an integral component of the APA Accredited Doctoral training program in clinical psychology at Ferkauf. Following the completion of core courses students enroll, typically in their third year of graduate studies, into a one-year sequence that is designed to integrate didactic and practical experiences in clinical neuropsychology. Concurrent with the coursework, students are required to complete a formal externship in clinical neuropsychology. Faculty who provide supervision at the externship sites also give guest lectures, which enhances the dialogue between theory and clinical practice. The trainingis consistent with the educational guidelines recommended in Division 40 of the American Psychological Association.


    Student Groups

    The Organization of Psychology Students (OPS) 

    The Organization of Psychology Students (OPS) is the student organization of Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. Each Ferkauf student is a member of the organization and "dues," called student activity fees, are collected automatically each semester with tuition. These dues constitute the budget of OPS. The purpose of the organization is to provide Ferkauf students with information relevant to their academic and professional careers.

    OPS is led by an executive board that consists of seven student members elected by students to represent each Ferkauf program. Students are encouraged to meet with the Clinical Psychology (Health Emphasis) executive board member to provide input and ideas and to ensure their wishes are conveyed to the administration. 

    What OPS does: 

    Provides Ferkauf students with information relevant to their academic and professional careers Rules for OPS Reimbursement 2014

    Serves as liaison between students and administration/faculty, student organizations, and alumni 

    Sponsors student socials 

    Offers educational seminars, professional workshops, and provides funding for research and conferences 

    OPS Representatives

    Jessica Sloan 

    Amina Benkhoukha 

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