• School-Clinical Child Psychology Program, PsyD

  • Academic Requirements

    This is a five-year program for full-time students. The course of study includes didactic courses, extensive practica and approximately 3,500 hours of externship and internship experiences. Students develop foundational and functional competencies to be able to work with children, adolescents and adults in schooling environments, medical centers, hospitals, community mental health centers and other settings.

    Students must complete 114 credits: 96 credits of required courses and 18 credits of elective courses.

    Course requirements are listed below. (r=required; e=elective; f=foundation)

    Treatment: Theory and Interventions (r= 36 credits)

    PSS 6118 Psychodynamic Theory and Practice with Children and

          Families Psychotherapy I (r)

    PSS 6119 Psychodynamic Theory and Practice with Children and

          Families Psychotherapy II (r)

    PSS 6213 Evidenced Based Intervention for Youth I (r)

    PSS 6220 Psychoeducational Practices (r)

    PSS 6221 School Consultation and Supervision (r)

    PSS 6467 Family Systems Theory (r)

    PSS 6449 Evidence-based Intervention for Youth II (r)

    PSS 6611 Practicum in Child Therapy I: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

    PSS 6612 Practicum in Child Therapy II: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (r)                                                        

    PSS 6618 Introduction to Child Therapy (r)

    PSS 6625 Practicum in Child Therapy I: Cognitive Behavior Therapy

    PSS 6626 Practicum in Child Therapy II: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (r)

    Assessment (r= 15 credits)

    PSS 6131 Cognitive Assessment I (r)                                         

    PSS 6132 Psychoeducational Assessment (r)                                         

    PSS 6153 Appraisal of Personality 

    PSS 6191 Child Assessment with Practicum I

    PSS 6192 Child Assessment with Practicum II (r)                                         

    PSS 6402 Neuropsychological Assessment (e)


    Typical and Atypical Development (r= 15 credits)

    PSA 6066 Affective and Cognitive Bases of Behavior 

    PSS 6216 Early Childhood Seminar (e)

    PSS 6250 Developmental Psychopathology 

    PSA 6518 Lifespan Development 

    PSS XXXX Neurodevelopmental Disorders (r,f)

    PSS 68XX Adult Psychopathology and Assessment (r,f)

    Research (r= 12 credits)

    PSA 6280 Statistics I (r,f)

    PSS 6286 Research Methods in Professional Psychology (r,f)  

    PSS 6289 Introduction to Qualitative Research (e)

    PSS 8915 Research Project I (r)

    PSS 8916 Research Project II (r)

    PSS 6216 Early Childhood Research Seminar (e)

    Research Labs are also available:

    Leveraging evidence and advancing practice; (e)

    Ferkauf Anxiety Research Laboratory; (e)

    Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Religion/Spirituality (e)

                Qualitative Methods (e)

    Other Foundation courses (r= 18 credits)

    PSS 6071 Psychopharmacology

    PSS 6199 Integrating Gender and Race/Ethnicity in Multiculturalism (r,f)

    PSS 6405 Social Psychology (r,f)

    PSA 6601 History and Systems (r,f)

    PSS 6801 Professional and Ethical Issues in School-Clinical Child

                      Psychology (r,f)                                                                  

    PSA XXX Biological bases of Behavior (r,f)                                                                                                                      

    Elective Courses:

    Students may select elective course from the following program courses or others offered in the school provided they meet program conditions:

    PSS 6161 Advanced Seminar in Assessment: Assessment of Bilingual and Multicultural Populations

    PSS 6198 Contemporary Issues in School Psychology

    PSS 6200 Advanced Seminar in Assessment: Projectives

    PSS 6204 Advanced Issues in Clinical Child Psychology

    PSS 6212 Working with Families of Children in Psychotherapy

    PSS 6224 Integrating Multiculturalism into Psychotherapy Practice

    PSS XXXX Childhood Trauma

    PSS 6451 Evidence Based Practice: Dissemination and Implementation for Youth in Mental Health Settings

    PSS 6483 Substance Abuse and Treatment 

    PSS 8949 Bilingual and Multicultural School Psychology Internship Seminar 

    PSS XXXX Psychodynamic Psychotherapy and Religion/Spirituality

    Bilingual Extension to the School Psychology Certificate

    Students may apply for NYS Certification as a Bilingual School Psychologist if they meet the following program requirements:

    Completion of degree requirements for the Masters of Science degree in School Psychology and the following courses:

    Integrating Gender and Race/Ethnicity in Multiculturalism

    Contemporary Issues in School Psychology

    Assessment of Bilingual and Multicultural Populations or Integrating Multiculturalism into Psychotherapy Practice

    Practice of School Psychology with Bilingual and Multicultural Populations


    Students are required to take School-Clinical Child Psychology Externship Seminars I-VI (0 credit) each semester they are on externship. Typically, a student will complete three, year-long (600-750 hours) experiences in schools, mental health facilities, hospitals or infancy/early childhood centers. Each experience is supervised by a licensed psychologist and will continue for 10-12 months, two or three days a week. At the end of the fourth year, the student will have accumulated approximately 1,750 hours of supervised externship experiences. 

    View the placements  where our students have obtained externship training between 2010-2014.


    The culminating educational experience is the internship that occurs after all course work has been completed and Research Project I and the proposal for Research Project II have been signed. All students are required to complete a full-time internship in a school, mental health facility or hospital setting, lasting between 1,500 and 1,750 hours (the equivalent of one full year). Supervision must be conducted by a licensed psychologist and meet state regulations.

    View the internship sites where our students obtained internship training between 2010-2014.


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