About

about

The William Paterson University 96-credit doctoral program (Psy.D) in clinical psychology is a practitioner-scholar oriented program that provides a direct route for students who hold a bachelor’s degree in psychology to pursue advanced studies and obtain a master’s in clinical and counseling and a doctorate in clinical psychology. The program seeks to prepare students to understand, prevent, and treat mental health issues across the lifespan. It includes training and course work in both clinical practice and research based on the premise that these mutually inform and strengthen each other. Because the Psy.D is a practice-oriented degree, emphasis is placed on the development of the knowledge, skills, and competencies that psychologists use in clinical practice. Graduates of the doctoral program may pursue clinical positions in the community, government, industry, and academia, as well as clinical research positions in private and public labs. The doctoral-level training that our program provides will help students who wish to become licensed clinical psychologists by preparing them to pass a national exam and helping them to fulfill state licensing requirements.

Mission

The mission of the William Paterson University Psy.D. clinical psychology doctoral program is to prepare students to become competent and highly-skilled psychologists in the delivery and evaluation of psychological services. Graduates are trained to critically evaluate research, contribute to psychological knowledge, and develop innovations in treatment and service delivery. The program is grounded in a practitioner-scholar model that emphasizes evidence-based theories and practice in psychological assessment, interventions, consultation, and supervision. Academic course work, supervised clinical training, and research experience are integrated at each stage of the student’s development within an ethical, culturally sensitive, and supportive context. The program promotes lifelong learning and continual self-improvement.

Purpose

The program seeks to prepare students to understand, prevent, and treat mental health problems and psychiatric disorders across the lifespan using evidence-based approaches. It includes training and course work in both clinical practice and research methods, based on the premise that these mutually inform and strengthen each other. Because the Psy.D. is a practice-oriented degree, emphasis is placed on the development of the knowledge, skills, and competencies that psychologists use in clinical practice. The program is designed to meet American Psychological Association (APA) accrediting standards and our goal is to seek such accreditation.

Highlights

  1. Emphasizes the ethical responsibility of practitioners to be knowledgeable and up-to-date in their understanding of behavior, psychopathology, health-related behaviors, therapeutic applications, and research on new or evolving intervention and techniques; to continually improve and re-examine their multicultural competency with a diverse population and to know their limitations and seek consultation, supervision or referral as appropriate.
  2. Gives priority to the highest level of program and course content in teaching, clinical supervision, and research and in helping to provide and support quality internship experiences in order to enhance student training.
  3. Enhances knowledge and skills and emphasizes the importance of research, continuing education and informed interpretation of new findings, techniques, and approaches. Courses stress the value of critical thinking, reflection, intellectual independence, scholarship and an appreciation for staying current with research and appropriately evaluating research relevance for everyday life activities.