Nadia L.

Doctor of Clinical Psychology (PsyD) Program

Nadia L.
Class of 2020
Brittnei P.

Make a Difference in the Mental Wellness of Diverse Communities

The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) at the John F. Kennedy School of Psychology at National University prepares you to make an impact in your community and in the lives of those in need. This program provides the highest level of training in the field of clinical psychology, equipping you with the necessary tools to serve communities in vital roles such as clinician, program administrator, evaluator, consultant, educator, and scholar.

Our mission is to train practitioner-scholars who will provide comprehensive and culturally sensitive services to a variety of communities. This mission is embraced by our diverse faculty, staff, and student community. Our focus on multicultural and diversity competence sets us apart from other PsyD programs.

In the PsyD program, you can choose from three unique concentrations: clinical sport psychology, neuropsychology, and integrated health. This program is typically delivered in person, on-site. However, due to the current pandemic, classes are fully online until further notice.

This program is currently unaccredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) for new students, but maintains its WSCUC accreditation. Given the program’s long history of accreditation under JFKU, full accreditation may be awarded in 2023. The program is working diligently to establish full accreditation under the JFK-SOP at NU in 2023. However, National University cannot guarantee that APA accreditation will be granted. There is a possibility that the program may not be accredited before you finish, and if you transfer to another institution before National University obtains this accreditation, your credits may not be transferable.

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Program Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of National University’s Doctor of Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the foundational concepts and guiding principles of scientific psychology
  • Develop, articulate, and maintain constructive and contextually sensitive working relationships with clients, colleagues, supervisors, and other professional contacts
  • Promote, restore, sustain, or enhance positive functioning and a sense of well-being in clients through preventive, developmental, or remedial services
  • Describe, conceptualize, characterize, predict, and present clinically relevant aspects of clients in sociopolitical and cultural contexts
  • Conduct problem identification, selection of appropriate methodology, analysis and interpretation of data, and clear and accurate communication of findings
  • Articulate, value, and work consciously with individual and contextual differences within intersecting systems, in accordance with professional standards, laws, and ethics

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At NU, our dedicated faculty are experts in working with diverse populations, as well as the specific subject matter of their courses. Our faculty members include leaders within APA and other professional organizations, pioneers in fields such as cultural, LGBTQ+, and disability psychology, and distinguished writers.

Our program maintains a 13-to-1 core faculty to student ratio, ensuring that our class sizes are small and that students establish relationships with mentors that continue throughout their doctoral program and beyond. All PsyD students have faculty advisors to help them navigate the program and develop their professional identities.

Earning a PsyD degree can help you further your psychology career and fulfill your desire to make an impact in your community and your field. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for psychologists was $82,180/yr. in May 2020.* Job prospects are best for those who have a doctoral degree in an applied specialty. Most psychologists also need a license.

This PsyD degree prepares students to serve their communities in a variety of vital roles, including:

  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Counseling Psychologists
  • Post-secondary Psychology Teachers
  • Consultant
  • Managers

*SOURCE: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Psychologists, at https://www.bls.gov/ooh/life-physical-and-social-science/psychologists.htm (visited August 23, 2021). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.

(180 quarter units)

To receive the PsyD degree, students must meet the following requirements:

  • The Comprehensive Written Examination and the Clinical Proficiency Examination must be passed
  • Fifty hours of personal psychotherapy must be completed
  • All training logs and supervisors’ evaluations must be submitted to the Training Office
  • The dissertation must be successfully defended
  • After admission to the PsyD program, all academic requirements must be completed in residence, except where transfer credit units have been awarded
  • A full-time load of 36 units must be carried for a minimum of one year, preferably in year one
  • A minimum grade of B is required in each course applied to meeting degree requirements
  • An overall grade-point average of 3.0 must be achieved in all work for the PsyD program
  • All program requirements must be completed within eight calendar years of matriculation
  • Candidates for doctoral degrees are required to file a Petition for Degree and pay the required fee by winter quarter of the year prior to beginning internship

Doctor of Psychology Program — Full-Time Plan for Students Matriculating in Fall 2020 and Beyond

Full-Time Year 1 (2021-2022): 45 Total Credit Hours

Fall Quarter

  • IPS I – Integrated Professional Seminar:
    • PSD7035 Ethnographic Placement I (2)
    • PSD7046 Group Dynamics (1)
    • PSD7047 Multicultural Awareness in Professional Psychology (2)
  • PSD7035 Ethnographic Placement I (2)
  • PSD7046 Group Dynamics (1)
  • PSD7047 Multicultural Awareness in Professional Psychology (2)
  • PSD7011 Clinical Interviewing Skills (4)
  • PSD7227 Human Development (4)
  • Total Credit Hours: 13

Winter Quarter

  • IPS I – Integrated Professional Seminar:
    • PSD7035 Ethnographic Placement I (2)
    • PSD7046 Group Dynamics (1)
    • PSD7047 Multicultural Awareness in Professional Psychology (2)
  • PSD7015 Psychopathology I and Lab (3)
  • PSD7141 Ethical and Legal Issues in Professional Psychology (3)
  • APPLY FOR BEGINNING PRACTICUM
  • Total Credit Hours: 11

Spring Quarter

  • IPS I – Integrated Professional Seminar:
    • PSD7035 Ethnographic Placement I (2)
    • PSD7046 Group Dynamics (1)
    • PSD7047 Multicultural Awareness in Professional Psychology (2)
  • PSD7016 Psychopathology II and Lab (3)
  • PSD7122 Psychodynamic Theory and Applications to Diverse Populations (3)
  • Total Credit Hours: 11

Summer Quarter

  • PSD7114 Psychometrics: The Basics of Assessment (2)
  • PSD7009 Group Clinical Skills (2)
  • PSD7151 Research Methods and Statistics I (3)
  • PSD7123 Cognitive-Behavioral Theory and Applications to Diverse Populations (3)
  • CLINICAL READINESS EXAM
  • Total Credit Hours: 10

Full-Time Year 2 (2022-2023): 46+1 Total Credit Hours

Fall Quarter

  • IPS II – Integrated Professional Seminar:
    • PSD7135 Practicum II (2)
    • PSD7271 Applied Diagnosis (1)
    • PSD7147 Multicultural Proficiency in Professional Psychology (1)
  • PSD7115 Assessment I and Lab (4)
  • PSD7250 Research Methods and Statistics II (3)
  • PSD7124 Family Systems Theory and Applications to Diverse Populations (3)
  • Total Credit Hours: 14

Winter Quarter

  • IPS II – Integrated Professional Seminar:
    • PSD7135 Practicum II (2)
    • PSD7272 Case Formulation (1)
    • PSD7147 Multicultural Proficiency in Professional Psychology (1)
  • PSD7116 Assessment II and Lab (4)
  • PSD7251 Qualitative Research (3)
  • APPLY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICUM
  • Total Credit Hours: 11

Spring Quarter

  • IPS II – Integrated Professional Seminar:
    • PSD7135 Practicum II (2)
    • PSD7273 Informed Treatment Planning (1)
    • PSD7147 Multicultural Proficiency in Professional Psychology (1)
  • PSD7117 Assessment III and Lab (4)
  • PSD7107 Biological Bases of Behavior (3)
  • PSD7252 Dissertation Proposal I (2)
  • Total Credit Hours: 13

Summer Quarter

  • PSD7131 Psychology and Treatment of Substance Abuse (3)
  • PSD7180 Psychology of Trauma (3)
  • PSD7253 Dissertation Proposal II (2)
  • Electives (1)
  • Total Credit Hours: 8+1

Full-Time Year 3 (2023-2024): 28+8 Total Credit Hours

Fall Quarter

  • IPS III – Integrated Professional Seminar:
    • PSD7235 Practicum III (3)
    • PSD7371 Integrative Case Conceptualization and Treatment Planning (1)
  • PSD7160 Psychopharmacology (3)
  • Electives (2)
  • DISSERTATION — WORK WITH COMMITTEE
  • Total Credit Hours: 7+2

Winter Quarter

  • IPS III – Integrated Professional Seminar:
    • PSD7235 Practicum III (3)
    • PSD7372 Clinical Communication (1)
  • PSD7108 Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior (3)
  • PSD7254 Dissertation Proposal III (1)
  • Electives (1)
  • APPLY FOR EXTERNSHIP
  • Total Credit Hours: 8+1

Spring Quarter

  • IPS III – Integrated Professional Seminar:
    • PSD7235 Practicum III (3)
    • PSD7373 Professional Development and Lifelong Learning (1)
  • PSD7104 Social and Cultural Bases of Behavior (3)
  • PSD7303 Dissertation Completion (0)
  • Electives (2)
  • CLINICAL PROFICIENCY EXAM (April)
  • DISSERTATION PROPOSAL DEFENSE
  • Total Credit Hours: 7+2

Summer Quarter

  • PSD7126 Applied Clinical Theory (3)
  • PSD7110 Integrative Foundational Science (2)
  • PSD7601 Internship Application Workshop (1)
  • Electives (3)
  • INTERNSHIP APPLICATION AND INTERVIEW PROCESS
  • Total Credit Hours: 6+3

Full-Time Year 4 (2024-2025): 9+7 Credit Hours

Fall Quarter

  • Externship (1 elective credit)
  • PSD7215 Foundations of Professional Consultation and Advocacy (3)
  • Electives (2)
  • INTERNSHIP APPLICATION and INTERVIEW PROCESS
  • Total Credit Hours: 3+3

Winter Quarter

  • Externship (1 elective credit)
  • PSD7230 Fundamentals of Clinical Supervision (3)
  • Electives (1)
  • PETITION TO GRADUATE (Feb)
  • INTERNSHIP INTERVIEW PROCESS
  • Total Credit Hours: 3+2

Spring Quarter

  • Externship (1 elective credit)
  • PSD7003 History and Systems (3)
  • Electives (1)
  • FINAL DEADLINE – FINAL DISSERTATION DEFENSE
  • Total Credit Hours: 3+2

Summer Quarter
PSD7400 or PSD7401 Internship (4.5 or 9)

  • Core coursework: 128 units
  • Electives: 16 units minimum: May be taken any time after Spring Quarter of Year 1.
  • Total Units for years 1-4 must equal or exceed 144
  • Internship = 36 units
  • Total program units = 180

Full-Time Year 5 (2025-2026): 36 Credit Hours

Fall Quarter

  • PSD7400 Internship (9)

Winter Quarter

  • PSD7400 Internship (9)
  • APPLY FOR GRADUATION

Spring Quarter

  • PSD7400 Internship (9)
  • Commencement, Sash Bash, and Graduation (if dissertation defended by May 15 and at least 36 units of internship completed by end of summer quarter)

Summer Quarter

  • CPSD7400 or PSD7401 Internship (4.5 or 9) If you began internship with 4.5 units.
  • Degree posts to transcript at the end of the quarter in which all three requirements have been completed:
  1. Final logs and evaluations from internship submitted to Training Office
  2. Psychotherapy form submitted

Full-Time Year 1 (2021-2022): 45 Total Credit Hours

Fall Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter Summer Quarter
IPS I – Integrated Professional Seminar:

  • PSD7035 Ethnographic Placement I (2)
  • PSD7046 Group Dynamics (1)
  • PSD7047 Multicultural Awareness in Professional Psychology (2)
IPS I – Integrated Professional Seminar:

  • PSD7035 Ethnographic Placement I (2)
  • PSD7046 Group Dynamics (1)
  • PSD7047 Multicultural Awareness in Professional Psychology (2)
IPS I – Integrated Professional Seminar:

  • PSD7035 Ethnographic Placement I (2)
  • PSD7046 Group Dynamics (1)
  • PSD7047 Multicultural Awareness in Professional Psychology (2)
PSD7114 Psychometrics: The Basics of Assessment (2)
PSD7011 Clinical Interviewing Skills (4) PSD7015 Psychopathology I and Lab (3) PSD7016 Psychopathology II and Lab (3) PSD7009 Group Clinical Skills (2)
PSD7227 Human Development (4) PSD7141 Ethical and Legal Issues in Professional Psychology (3) PSD7122 Psychodynamic Theory and Applications to Diverse Populations (3) PSD7151 Research Methods and Statistics I (3)
APPLY FOR BEGINNING PRACTICUM PSD7123 Cognitive-Behavioral Theory and Applications to Diverse Populations (3)
CLINICAL READINESS EXAM
Total Credit Hours: 13 Total Credit Hours: 11 Total Credit Hours: 11 Total Credit Hours: 10

Full-Time Year 2 (2022-2023): 46+1 Total Credit Hours

Fall Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter Summer Quarter
IPS II – Integrated Professional Seminar:

  • PSD7135 Practicum II (2)
  • PSD7271 Applied Diagnosis (1)
  • PSD7147 Multicultural Proficiency in Professional Psychology (1)
IPS II – Integrated Professional Seminar:

  • PSD7135 Practicum II (2)
  • PSD7272 Case Formulation (1)
  • PSD7147 Multicultural Proficiency in Professional Psychology (1)
IPS II – Integrated Professional Seminar:

  • PSD7135 Practicum II (2)
  • PSD7273 Informed Treatment Planning (1)
  • PSD7147 Multicultural Proficiency in Professional Psychology (1)
PSD7131 Psychology and Treatment of Substance Abuse (3)
PSD7115 Assessment I and Lab (4) PSD7116 Assessment II and Lab (4) PSD7117 Assessment III and Lab (4) PSD7180 Psychology of Trauma (3)
PSD7250 Research Methods and Statistics II (3) PSD7251 Qualitative Research (3) PSD7107 Biological Bases of Behavior (3) PSD7253 Dissertation Proposal II (2)
PSD7124 Family Systems Theory and Applications to Diverse Populations (3) APPLY FOR ADVANCED PRACTICUM PSD7252 Dissertation Proposal I (2) Electives (1)
Total Credit Hours: 14 Total Credit Hours: 11 Total Credit Hours: 13 Total Credit Hours: 8+1

Full-Time Year 3 (2023-2024): 28+8 Total Credit Hours

Fall Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter Summer Quarter
IPS III – Integrated Professional Seminar:

  • PSD7235 Practicum III (3)
  • PSD7371 Integrative Case Conceptualization and Treatment Planning (1)
IPS III – Integrated Professional Seminar:

  • PSD7235 Practicum III (3)
  • PSD7372 Clinical Communication (1)
IPS III – Integrated Professional Seminar:

  • PSD7235 Practicum III (3)
  • PSD7373 Professional Development and Lifelong Learning (1)
PSD7126 Applied Clinical Theory (3)
PSD7160 Psychopharmacology (3) PSD7108 Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior (3) PSD7104 Social and Cultural Bases of Behavior (3) PSD7110 Integrative Foundational Science (2)
Electives (2) PSD7254 Dissertation Proposal III (1) PSD7303 Dissertation Completion (0) PSD7601 Internship Application Workshop (1)
DISSERTATION — WORK WITH COMMITTEE Electives (1) Electives (2) Electives (3)
APPLY FOR EXTERNSHIP CLINICAL PROFICIENCY EXAM (April) INTERNSHIP APPLICATION AND INTERVIEW PROCESS
DISSERTATION PROPOSAL DEFENSE
Total Credit Hours: 7+2 Total Credit Hours: 8+1 Total Credit Hours: 7+2 Total Credit Hours: 6+3

Full-Time Year 4 (2024-2025): 9+7 Credit Hours

Fall Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter Summer Quarter
Externship (1 elective credit) Externship (1 elective credit) Externship (1 elective credit) PSD7400 or PSD7401 Internship (4.5 or 9)

  • Core coursework: 128 units
  • Electives: 16 units minimum: May be taken any time after Spring Quarter of Year 1.
  • Total Units for years 1-4 must equal or exceed 144
  • Internship = 36 units
  • Total program units = 180
PSD7215 Foundations of Professional Consultation and Advocacy (3) PSD7230 Fundamentals of Clinical Supervision (3) PSD7003 History and Systems (3)
Electives (2) Electives (1) Electives (1)
INTERNSHIP APPLICATION and INTERVIEW PROCESS PETITION TO GRADUATE (Feb) FINAL DEADLINE – FINAL DISSERTATION DEFENSE
INTERNSHIP INTERVIEW PROCESS
Total Credit Hours: 3+3 Total Credit Hours: 3+2 Total Credit Hours: 3+2

Full-Time Year 5 (2025-2026): 36 Credit Hours

Fall Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter Summer Quarter
PSD7400 Internship (9) PSD7400 Internship (9) PSD7400 Internship (9) PSD7400 or PSD7401 Internship (4.5 or 9) If you began internship with 4.5 units
APPLY FOR GRADUATION Commencement, Sash Bash, and Graduation (if dissertation defended by May 15 and at least 36 units of internship completed by end of summer quarter) Degree posts to transcript at the end of the quarter in which all three requirements have been completed:
  1. Final logs and evaluations from internship submitted to Training Office
  2. Psychotherapy form submitted

Dr. Doug Haldeman

Program Chair, Doctor of Clinical Psychology (PsyD)

“We don’t just train people to focus on the individuals or the groups, we train people to focus on the systems and communities where real change can be effective.”

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Program Disclosure

The Doctor of Clinical Psychology (PsyD) Program had been American Psychological Association (APA)-accredited since 2003, and moved to “accredited, inactive” status in 2021. Meaning that while it remains APA-accredited for all students enrolled prior to 2021, new students will be admitted to an identical program (same curriculum and faculty), the JFK School of Psychology at National University Psy.D. program, which will seek APA accreditation on an accelerated timeline. Until accreditation is achieved, the program will be unaccredited by APA.

National University cannot guarantee that APA accreditation will be granted. There is a possibility that the program may not be accredited before you finish the Program, and if you transfer to another institution before National University obtains this accreditation, your credits may not be transferable. If the JFK School of Psychology at National University Psy.D. program becomes APA-accredited in the future, all students admitted will receive all the benefits of attending an APA-accredited doctoral program.

Doctor of Clinical Psychology (PsyD) Program continues to be regionally accredited by WSCUC. Questions about WSCUC accreditation can be addressed at:

985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100
Alameda, CA 94501

Phone: 510-748-9001

As a program seeking APA-accredited program, our students are strongly encouraged to complete their internship at an APA-accredited site. Students are required to use the APPIC (Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers) system for application to internships and a minimum of 80% of student applications must be submitted to APA-accredited sites.

In the United States, each state makes its own rules regarding the educational requirements for licensure of psychologists. As such, requirements for professional licensure and certification can vary markedly by state. The JFK School of Psychology at National University, Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) meets the educational degree completion requirements for licensure in the state of California as a Licensed Psychologist.

Since many states have unique licensing requirements, the JFK School of Psychology at National University, Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) cannot confirm whether its Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) degree meets all the educational, licensure, and certification requirements in any state other than California. Further, these requirements can change frequently and often without notice.

It is important to know that some states require that students have a degree from an APA-accredited program. In addition, some agencies of the federal government only hire graduates of APA-accredited programs. If you wish to work for such an agency, please contact them directly for further information on hiring requirements.

We advise you to contact your state licensing and certification body to ensure the degree will meet requirements for licensure in the state in which you seek to be licensed. For licensing board contact information and approval status, please see the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards website. For all students, applicants, or prospective students seeking licensure in any state, please review the chart below outlining the University’s determination about the program’s curriculum and how it relates to the state educational requirements for licensure or certification in that respective state.

PROGRAM MEETS EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS PROGRAM DOES NOT MEET EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS CANNOT BE CONFIRMED IF PROGRAM MEETS EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
California All other states, including the District of Columbia and the US protectorates, as defined in 34 CFR §600.2.

It is strongly encouraged that students, applicants, and prospective students determine any additional (i.e., non-educational) requirements for licensure in the state in which they seek to be licensed. Many licensure boards require more than successful degree completion to obtain a license, such as completion of an examination(s), test(s), background check(s), internship/practicum hours, and other requirements determined by the respective state board. It is the responsibility of the student completing the licensure program to check with the respective state licensing board(s) for the most recent information, rules and requirements.

Accreditation

The program is working diligently to establish full accreditation under the JFK-SOP at NU in 2023. Given the program’s long history of accreditation under JFKU, full accreditation may be awarded in 2023. However, National University cannot guarantee that APA accreditation will be granted. There is a possibility that the program may not be accredited before you finish, and if you transfer to another institution before National University obtains this accreditation, your credits may not be transferable.

This program is fully campus-based in California. National University transitioned courses online to proactively respond to novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect the health and well-being of our campus community. To ensure the continuity of education for our students and as a practical matter, please be prepared to conduct coursework online until July 2021, and until further notice. The University continues to monitor national, state, and local health authorities, programmatic accreditors, and licensure agencies.

Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336 – 5979
Email: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

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