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Program Overview

La Salle University’s Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology strives to educate and train students in the science and practice of clinical psychology so that they may function effectively in a variety of professional psychology roles including, but not limited to, psychotherapy, psychological assessment, and clinical research. The program is based on the practitioner-scholar model of professional training and emphasizes a cognitive-behavioral theoretical orientation. Evidence-based practice, psychological science, psychological theory, ethics and professional standards, and sensitivity to and awareness of diversity and individual differences are embedded throughout the curriculum.

The program is intended for students who have completed a bachelor's degree in psychology or a related field or who hold a master's degree in a mental health discipline. The curriculum is designed as a five-year full-time program, however, students may take courses on a part-time basis for up to two years. Please note that all graduate degrees must be completed within seven years from entry to degree completion.

Learn more about our goals, objectives, and competencies.

Other program strengths:

  • On-campus training clinic utilized by all Psy.D. students for a minimum of two years
  • Internship match rate consistently at or above the national average
  • Three areas of concentrated study: General Practice, Child Clinical, and Clinical Health
  • Multiple training opportunities in behavioral medicine, neuropsychology, weight/eating, anxiety, forensic psychology, suicide prevention, depression, emotion regulation, mindfulness, child psychology and autism
  • Annual Diversity Forum
  • Annual Showcase for the Science of Psychology and its Application
  • Two-year practicum progression (with an optional third year)
  • Full-year clinical internship
  • Clinical dissertation
  • Alumni employment rate of 98% (22 different types of settings, most common are community mental health, veterans administration medical centers, private practice and correctional facilities)
  • Commitment to service
  • Psychology licensing exam pass rate of 91%

The Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. For general information about APA accreditation or specific information about the accreditation status of the Psy.D. Program at La Salle University, please contact:

Susan Zlotlow, Ph.D.
Director, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Visit the Web site at:

This program also meets the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards/National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology "Guidelines for Defining 'Doctoral Degree in Psychology.'" Therefore, a graduate of this designated program who decides to apply for licensing as a psychologist typically will meet the educational requirements for licensing. However, in each jurisdiction there may be additional requirements that must be satisfied. For exact information, please contact the state or provincial licensing board in the jurisdiction to which you plan to apply.

Randy Fingerhut, Ph.D.
Randy Fingerhut, Ph.D.

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology
La Salle University
1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141 USA
Phone: 215.951.1350
Fax 215.951.5140

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