Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program (Psy.D.): Curriculum

About the Psy.D. Curriculum

The Psy.D. program is designed as post-baccalaureate training, with 117 total credits. This is a full-time program, requiring 4 years on campus for post-bachelor's admission (2 years on campus for post-master's admission)and a 1-year predoctoral internship which occurs at an off-campus site. Prerequisite requirements and the Psy.D. curriculum have been designed to assure that course and supervised training requirements are met for Pennsylvania licensure.

The Psy.D. curriculum includes significant training in both assessment and intervention strategies. The curriculum builds from foundation courses to more specific application courses and experiences. There are opportunities for coursework and applied practice with children, adolescents, and adults.

Required courses allow for training as a generalist, with elective selection providing the opportunity for focus on child or adult populations. The Psy.D. program primarily is cognitive-behavioral in focus, with additional training provided in interpersonal psychotherapy and exposure to other therapeutic approaches.

The Marywood Psy.D. program follows the guidelines for clinical training as set forth by the American Psychological Association and the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology. Curriculum and practicum experience are designed to be consistent with eligibility criteria for licensure as a psychologist.

All Courses

Students are required to complete a one-year, full-time or a two-year, half-time internship, in addition to taking the following required courses and practicum experience.

Psy 503 Research Methods and Statistics I
Psy 504 Research Methods and Statistics II
Psy 508 Biological Bases of Behavior
Psy 517 Personality Psychology
Psy 518 Advanced Human Development
Psy 521 Social Psychology
Psy 522 Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior
Psy 524 History and Systems
Psy 531 Psychopathology
Psy 532 Child Psychopathology
Psy 555 Professional Contribution
Psy 559A Prepracticum
Psy 561 Intro to Psychological Testing
Psy 562 Cognitive Assessment
Psy 564 Introductory Practicum
Psy 564A Summer PSC Practicum
Psy 564B Summer PSC Practicum
Psy 571 Introduction to Individual Psychotherapy
Psy 574 Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
Psy 577 Practicum
Psy 580 Assessment of Adult Personality and Psychopathology
Psy 587 Practicum II
Psy 611 Advanced Statistical Analysis
Psy 700A Professional Ethics Part 1
Psy 700B Professional Ethics Part 2
Psy 704 Multicultural Issues in Psychology
Psy 706 Supervision and Consultation Seminar
Psy 801 Advanced Psychopharmacology
Psy 802 Marital and Family Therapy
Psy 803 Advanced Group Psychotherapy
Psy 805 Interpersonal Intervention Strategies
Psy 815 Child Psychotherapy
Psy 851 Geriatric Assessment Practicum
Psy 870 Supervision Training Practicum I
Psy 871 Supervision Training Practicum II
Psy 880A Community Practicum I
Psy 880B Community Practicum I
Psy 881A Community Practicum II
Psy 881B Community Practicum II
Psy 895 Dissertation (required 6 credits)
Psy 897A Internship 
Psy 897B Internship