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  • Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology

    • Bruce Hall, Suite 201
    • tel: 610-499-1206
    • fax: 610-499-4625
  • Lauren Naylor

    • Graduate Admission Support Specialist
    • Kapelski Learning Center Room 120
    • tel: 610-499-4188


Doctoral Degree, Clinical Psychology (PsyD)

Certificate Tracks

  • Biofeedback

    We offer a unique opportunity to become trained in how to use biofeedback data to inform intervention via measures such as heart rate, galvanic skin response, and brain waves. This opportunity includes hands-on training in our clinic.

  • Neuropsychology

    We provide both the coursework and accompanying placement and research experience so that students may become certified in clinical neuropsychology after completion of our program and the required postdoctoral experience.

  • School Psychology

    Our school psychology classes are integrated with field experience that allows students to become certified school psychologists. This track is of interest to those who want to work in schools and those interested in child clinical training.

See curriculum page for more information about certificate tracks and concentrations.


  • Child, adolescent, and family therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy/acceptance and commitment therapy
  • Consulting psychology
  • Cross-cultural and diversity psychology
  • Forensic psychology
  • Health psychology
  • Psychoanalytic psychology

Why Widener?

student at graduation

Proven Track Record

Due to our structured program and our integrated internship, more than 90% of our students are able to complete doctoral training in five years without geographically relocating. In addition, our PsyD program has some of the highest average scores on the licensure examination compared with similar programs. Our alumni find themselves well trained to practice psychology and excel at obtaining prestigious jobs and postdoctoral fellowships upon graduation. 

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Community Service

As a student and a member of the Widener community, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in many service activities that go beyond formal training in the practice of psychology. We have a pro bono distinction program as well as a service corps of graduate assistants who are engaged in community-based service, such as working with local neighborhood groups, schools, and nonprofits. Under appropriate supervision, our students also provide services through a variety of university-based clinical services.

clinical experience

Clinical Experience From the Beginning

Our students begin clinical training and placement from their very first semester in the program. Our network of practicum and internship rotations is extensive and calibrated to the level of experience and training plans of our students. As a long-running program, we have a strong reputation and relationships with sites in the tri-state (Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey) area.

  • jonathan french '10
  • michelle gagliano '11
  • jennifer davey '07
jonathan french '10

Jonathan E. French


I chose Widener University to pursue my graduate degree in psychology because of the excellent reputation the program has in the field. The program also offered specialties of interest to me including neuropsychology and forensic psychology....I knew I would be in optimal position to further my career with a degree from Widener.

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michelle gagliano '11

Michelle Gagliano


I wanted a program with strong generalist training in psychology, with the ability to also specialize in school psychology. Widener offered five years of clinical training at various sites in the surrounding area. Each year I had the opportunity to gain different experiences in each setting.

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jennifer davey '07

Jennifer I. Davey


The most rewarding aspect of my career is being in a position to make a difference in the lives of others. There is nothing more fulfilling for me than to share the knowledge and experience I have gained to help others heal, change, grow, and thrive.

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Neubauer Scholar Leah Hull Rawson PsyD ’15 talks about her experience working with area Chester residents to set up a community garden at the Word Walking Empowerment Church. Learn more about the Neubauer Family Scholarship Award

Recent Postdoctoral Placements and Employers

  • Mass General for Children at North Shore Medical Center
  • University of Pennsylvania Counseling Center
  • South Woods State Prison
  • Sheppard-Pratt Trauma Disorders Unit
  • Temple University Counseling Center
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • Kennedy Krieger Hospital
  • The Renfrew Center
  • Survivors of Abuse and Rape

The Institute for Graduate Clinical Psychology at Widener University is a doctor of psychology (PsyD) program that is accredited by the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, 202-336-5979).


The program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1979. Our captive internship, which is embedded in the five-year program, is also currently accredited by the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, 202-336-5979).