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PhD in Clinical Psychology

Walden’s PhD in Clinical Psychology program can prepare students to practice, teach, or research to positively impact the mental health of diverse clientele.

In this blended doctoral program, featuring online and in-person participation, students can gain the skills to assess mental wellness and provide interventions as a practitioner, educator, researcher, or consultant. Taught by respected psychology faculty, coursework explores current theories and empirically supported practice. Students can combine scholarly research with practical experience to build the skills and knowledge to work with people who are struggling with mental illness or general life issues.

Note on Licensure

The PhD in Clinical Psychology program is designed to prepare graduates to qualify to sit for psychology licensing exams in some states. This program is designed to meet the academic licensure requirements of some state psychology boards. However, Walden University’s PhD in Clinical Psychology is not accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and has not received designation by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards/National Register (ASPPB/NR), which are requirements for licensure in many states.

Walden enrollment specialists can provide guidance on licensure issues, state-by-state educational requirements, and internship and practicum requirements; however, it remains the student’s responsibility to evaluate and understand the licensure requirements for the state in which he or she resides, as requirements vary widely. Walden University enrollment specialists can provide general guidance on licensure requirements; however, it is the responsibility of each student to understand and comply with the most current psychology licensure information for his or her individual state. Walden makes no guarantee that its PhD in Clinical Psychology program will meet the licensure requirements in any state.

Prospective students should review the specific, detailed licensure requirements applicable to their state(s) of residency to see if the Walden program meets all of the requirements to sit for licensure as set forth in the state regulations. Additionally, some states have additional coursework, residency, or fieldwork requirements that students will need in order to be eligible for licensure as a psychologist in that state.

Prospective students enrolling in licensure-leading programs are advised that relocation to another state may impact the student’s ability to complete field experiences and/or to obtain professional licensure, certification, or other credential in another state. Prospective students are advised to carefully review, evaluate, and understand the requirements of the applicable licensure board in the state in which they intend to relocate.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Evaluate the origins and development of major ideas in the discipline of psychology, as well as major theories of psychology.
  2. Critique the basic content areas of scientific psychology including the breadth, range, and depth of the affective, biological, cognitive, developmental, and social aspects of behavior. 
  3. Apply integrative knowledge in scientific psychology including the ability to integrate, evaluate, analyze, and conceptualize multiple discipline specific content areas. 
  4. Integrate advanced knowledge and applied skills in psychometrics, research, quantitative, and qualitative methods. 
  5. Synthesize the principles of research methods in order to independently formulate, conduct, and disseminate research and related scholarly activities. 
  6. Critique and apply relevant research in the development and implementation of evidence-based interventions in clinical decision making, as well as evaluate treatment effectiveness, goals, and methods consistent with ongoing evaluation. 
  7. Communicate competency in the application of APA ethics and codes, as well as the relevant laws, regulations, policies, rules, professional standards, and guidelines in the practice of clinical psychology. 
  8. Model professional values and attitudes including integrity, comportment, identity, accountability, lifelong learning, self-reflection and care, and concern for others welfare in all relationships. 
  9. Demonstrate professional competence, including professionalism, respect for diversity, and relational competency
  10. Demonstrate competence in the profession specific clinical competencies, including diagnosis, assessment, and psychotherapeutic interventions.
  11. Integrate knowledge of individual and cultural diversity in professional practice.

Minimum Degree Requirements

  • Doctoral Writing Assessment
  • Professional Development Plan and Program of Study
  • Foundation course (1 credits)
  • Core courses (54 credits)
  • Research courses (25 credits)
  • Electives courses (5 credits)
  • Research Skills Labs (0 credit per term for a minimum of 5 terms)
  • Professional Development Series (0 credit per term for a minimum of 12 terms)
  • Clinical practicum (6 credits)
  • Internship (12 credits)
  • Blended Academic Year in Residence (40 credits; 45 credits for Illinois students)
  • Completion of the Doctoral Dissertation
    • Dissertation writing courses (20 credits; taken continuously until completion)
    • Completion of a beginning-of-quarter, mid-quarter, and end-of quarter plan for each term
  • Four PhD residencies

Curriculum

Foundation Course (1 credit)

Core Courses (45 credits)

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Research Courses (25 credits)

  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
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Elective Courses (5 credits)*

For the General program, select one course from any of the PhD in Clinical Psychology specialization courses as an electives. 

* 5 credit Elective course is not required for Illinois students

Specializations Not Currently Accepting New Students

Research Skills Labs (0 credits)

Professional Development Series (0 credits)

Clinical Practicum (6 credits)

Internship (12 credits)

Blended Academic Year in Residence (40 credits; 45 credits for Illinois)

The courses associated with the Blended Academic Year in Residence (BAYR) must be completed consecutively within a 12-month calendar year. Students that stop the course sequence and do not complete in a consecutive calendar year will need to resume the BAYR course sequence again from the beginning.

* PSRI courses are for Illinois students only

Residency Requirements

  • Residency 1 – Complete in term 2. Required alongside CPSY 8401 Doctoral Research Seminar 1 and CPSY 8781 Psychopathology From a Clinical Perspective.
  • Residency 2 – Complete in term 5.
  • Residency 3 – Complete in term 8. Residency 3 required in term 8. Required alongside CPSY 8403 Doctoral Research Seminar 2 and CPSY 8209 Ethics and Standards of Psychological Practice.
  • Residency 4 – Complete in term 15. Required alongside CPSY 8405 Doctoral Research Seminar 3 and CPSY 8110 Research Skills Lab.

Completion of the Doctoral Dissertation

Students are continuously enrolled until completion of their dissertation with final chief academic officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the chief academic officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

Course Sequence

Quarter

Course

Credits

Quarter 1

CPSY 8002 - Foundations of Graduate Studies in Clinical Psychology

1 credit

CPSY 8215 - Lifespan Development

5 credits

CPSY 8100 - Professional Development Series

0 credits

Quarter 2

CPSY 8247 - Social Psychology

5 credits

CPSY 8100 - Professional Development Series

0 credits

CPSY 8401 - Doctoral Research Seminar 1

1 credit

RESC 8401 - PhD Clinical Psychology Residency 1
Complete in Quarter 2. Required alongside CPSY 8401 Doctoral Research Seminar 1 and CPSY 8781 Psychopathology from a Clinical Perspective.

Quarter 3

CPSY 8781 - Psychopathology from a Clinical Perspective

5 credits

CPSY 8110 - Research Skills Lab

0 credits

CPSY 8100 - Professional Development Series

0 credits

Quarter 4

CPSY 8225 - Theories of Personality

4 credits

CPSY 8110 - Research Skills Lab

0 credits

RSCH 8110 - Research Theory, Design, and Methods

5 credits

CPSY 8100 - Professional Development Series

0 credits

Quarter 5

CPSY 8205 - Introduction to Psychotherapy

4 credits

CPSY 8100 - Professional Development Series

0 credits

CPSY 8316 - Tests and Measurements

5 credits

RESC 8402 - PhD Clinical Psychology Residency 2
Complete in Quarter 5

Quarter 6

RSCH 8210 - Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

5 credits

CPSY 8100 - Professional Development Series

0 credits

CPSY 8110 - Research Skills Lab

0 credits

CPSY 8226 - Biopsychology

5 credits

Quarter 7

RSCH 8310 - Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

5 credits

CPSY 8100 - Professional Development Series

0 credits

CPSY 8110 - Research Skill Lab

0 credits

CPSY 8421 - Multicultural Psychology

5 credits

Quarter 8

CPSY 8209 - Ethics and Standards of Psychological Practice

5 credits

CPSY 8100 - Professional Development Series

0 credits

CPSY 8110 - Research Skill Lab

0 credits

RSCH 8360 Advanced Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis

5 credits

CPSY 8403 - Doctoral Research Seminar 2

2 credits

RESC 8403 - PhD Clinical Psychology Residency 3
Complete in Quarter 8. Residency 3 required in term 8. Required alongside CPSY 8403 Doctoral Research Seminar 2 and CPSY 8209 Ethics and Standards of Psychological Practice.

Quarter 9

PSYR 8210 - Psychotherapeutic Interventions: Psychoanalytic and Humanistic

5 credits

PSYR 8232 - Consultation and Supervision in Psychology

5 credits

CPSY 8100 - Professional Development Series

0 credits

Quarter 10

PSYR 8220 - Projective Personality Assessment

5 credits

CPSY 8100 - Professional Development Series

0 credits

PSYR 8230 - Psychotherapeutic Interventions: Behavioral and Gestalt

5 credits

Quarter 11

PSYR 8240 - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

5 credits

CPSY 8100 - Professional Development Series

0 credits

PSYR 8250 - Objective Personality Assessment

5 credits

Quarter 12

PSYR 8260 - Cognitive Assessment: Learning & Achievement Testing

5 credits

PSYR 8270 - Cognitive Assessment: Intelligence Testing

5 credits

Quarter 13

CPSY 8280 - Field Readiness Assessment

1 credit

CPSY 8100 - Professional Development Series

0 credits

CPSY 8207 - History and Systems of Psychology

5 credits

Quarter 14

CPSY 8238 - Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior

5 credits

CPSY 8290 - Psychology Practicum I

3 credits

Quarter 15

RSCH 8260 - Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis

5 credits

CPSY 8291 - Psychology Practicum II

3 credits

CPSY 8405 - Doctoral Research Seminar 3

2 credits

RESC 8404 PhD Residency 4 General
Complete in Quarter 15. Required alongside CPSY 8405 Doctoral Research Seminar 3 and CPSY 8110 Research Skills Lab.

Quarter 16

CPSY 8292 - Psychology Internship I

3 credits

CPSY XXXX Elective 1

5 credits

Quarter 17

CPSY 8293 - Psychology Internship II

3 credits

CPSY 9005 - Dissertation Prospectus

5 credits

Quarter 18

CPSY 8294 - Psychology Internship III

3 credits

CPSY 9010 - Dissertation Proposal

5 credits

Quarter 19+

CPSY 8295 - Psychology Internship IV

3 credits

*CPSY 9015 - Dissertation Data Collection/Write Up/Oral Defense

5 credits per term

*Students are continuously enrolled until completion of their dissertation with final chief academic officer (CAO) approval.

To complete a doctoral study, students must obtain the academic approval of several independent evaluators including their committee and the Institutional Review Board; pass the Form and Style Review; gain approval at the oral defense stage; and gain final approval by the chief academic officer. Students must also publish their dissertation on ProQuest before their degree is conferred. Learn more about the dissertation process in the Dissertation Guidebook.

9-year Maximum Time Frame

Students have up to 9 years to complete their doctoral degree requirements (see Enrollment Requirements). Students may petition to extend the 9-year maximum time frame, but an extension is not guaranteed.