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Clinical Psychology Program

Students have been receiving doctoral training at the Clinical Program at Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology for more than 50 years. The program (PsyD) was established in 1979 and has been fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1985.

Our mission is to provide students with doctoral-level training in the conceptual and empirical foundations of clinical psychology, to enable them to become knowledgeable and thoughtful academic scholars, and to train them intensively in a variety of assessment, research, and therapeutic approaches. Students are exposed to a curriculum that integrates relevant research and the scientific foundations of psychology, applied theories, field training, and practical experiences within a wide range of psychological services.

The Clinical Psychology Program, PsyD (five-year program; 116 credits), provides students with the knowledge and skills to assume the role of professional psychologist in diverse settings. The program provides a full-time sequence of training that consists of four years of coursework, practica, and supervised experiences, culminating a full-time internship in the fifth year.

Program Director
Lata K. McGinn

Student-Centered Training

The Clinical Psychology PsyD Program is committed to providing a supportive training environment. Formal structures and processes are in place to guide students as they proceed through the program and to provide opportunities for engagement, including advisement for clinical placements, research advisement, teaching assistant positions and more. Read more about these opportunities.  

beck mcginn meeting(Founder of Cognitive Therapy, Dr. Aaron T. Beck gave a lecture to Dr. Lata McGinn' s students on Sunday, May 31, 2015. Students learned about his work on CT for Psychoses and had the opportunity to pose questions to Dr. Beck.) 

 Psychodynamic Students  (Dr. Shelly Goldklank's Advanced Psychodynamic students visited Dr. Edgar Levenson, winner of the Sigourney Award for significant advances in Psychoanalysis. The students went to Dr. Levenson's practice office where they discussed his game-changing theory in Interpersonal Psychoanalysis.)


Study Alongside Tomorrow's Leaders
There are now more than 600 alumni of the Clinical Psychology PsyD Program, and the program has an ever-increasing number of applications. Read more

Program Statistics 
Find the latest figures about Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data (PDF) for our program, including internship statistics and licensure data. Ferkauf's Clinical PsyD. Program had a 100% match rate in 2016, a first in the school's history. This is compared to the national rate of 87%. Learn more about 2016's match results.

Clinical PsyD Ferkauf Older Adult Program Filmed by APA
Ferkauf Older Adult Program (FOAP) was recently filmed as part of an APA video series promoting psychologists' roles in delivering behavioral health interventions to geriatric patients seen in primary care. Read about FOAP.

Ferkauf Faculty Receives Recognition

Various faculty members have been recognized in the psychological community. Shelly Goldklank, Ph.D., is the Founding Director of Couples Therapy Training and Education at William Alanson White training program. Michael Wheaton, Ph.D., presented in a research roundtable at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America conference in Philadelphia, where he discussed new research findings on vulnerability factors for hoarding disorder. Anna Van Meter, Ph.D., was selected for the Kavli Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience, which is intended to train “the next generation of researchers” in the theoretical perspectives and methodology of mind-brain science.

Clinical PsyD Program's Match Rate Average of 93 Percent Shines

The Clinical PsyD program's 93 percent match rate was recognized as one of the highest in the country over the last four years, according to APPIC. Read more. In 2016, the Clinical PsyD program had a match rate of 100 percent. 

Students Receive Accolades for Research

Sara Rothschild '18 and Shira Kelin '18 received $2000 grants from the Society for Psychotherapy Research for their research dissertation projects. Brittney Silvestri '17 and Jenny Merkin '17 were recognized by Division 39 Section VIII Couple and Family Therapy and Psychoanalysis. Brittney Silvestri '17 was awarded $1000 for her qualitative study on the experiences of non-cisgender or trans-identified individuals in couples therapy. Jenny Merkin '17 won a Scholar Travel Award to the Division 39 Spring meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, in April 2016.

Grants Awarded to the Clinical PsyD Program

The Affiliated Internship Program at Bronx Psychiatric Center and the Clinical PsyD program at Yeshiva was just awarded 7 years accreditation by the American Psychological Association. The affiliated internship training program was created in 2013 through a training grant by Health and Human Services. Read more about this exciting opportunityRead the official university press release 

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