Doctoral Degree

Clinical Psychology (PsyD)

Partner with powerhouse faculty while you prepare to make a lasting impact as an outstanding clinician and leader.

PsyD Classroom

Program Overview

In the clinical psychology doctoral (PsyD) program, you’ll take the inside track to a future as a scholar-practitioner-psychologist. Not only will you delve into the science of psychology, you’ll also apply newfound knowledge in assessment, intervention, consultation, and supervision. Through a practicum placement, paid internship rotations, and rigorous dissertation research, you’ll gain on-the-job training to excel in the field of clinical psychology.

The doctor of psychology program and exclusively-affiliated internship are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002, 202-336-5979).

Program Options

View the Loading... for information regarding the doctoral program as well as certificate track and concentration requirements.

Biofeedback

Explore how to use biofeedback data such as heart rate, galvanic skin response, and brain waves to inform mental health intervention. This one-year, two-semester track pairs didactic learning with hands-on clinical application at Widener’s Biofeedback Clinic and leads to certification with the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America.

Neuropsychology

Become an expert in brain-behavior relationships as you prepare for certification in clinical neuropsychology. We provide the coursework, placement, and research experience you need to become certified in clinical neuropsychology after completion of our program and the required postdoctoral experience.

School Psychology

Interested in working in schools and obtaining child clinical training? This track integrates field experience that will lead you to becoming a certified Pennsylvania state school psychologist and can be applied to certification in other states. This program is approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy/Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (CBT/ACT)
  • Psychodynamic Psychology
  • Cross-Cultural & Diversity Psychology
  • Child, Adolescent, & Family Psychotherapy
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Health Psychology
  • Consulting Psychology

Detailed information about our concerntrations, including courses and requirements, can be found in the Concentrations Manual.

At Widener, a unique clinical and internship experience is embedded in the PsyD curriculum and you will begin your clinical training in your first year.

* Years 1-3: Practicum Training

The practicum-level placements are introductory experiences designed to familiarize the students with a variety of clinical settings. Each practicum offers progressively more responsibility and patient–staff interaction.

* Years 4 & 5: Internship Training Program with three day a week clinical rotations

Most doctoral students in clinical psychology enter the Association for Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) match process to find a pre-doctoral internship. In contrast, our doctoral program offers a unique and fully integrated internship that is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002, 202-336-5979).

This means that rather than enter the APPIC match to find an internship; our students are guaranteed a local internship placement through our in-house network of outstanding internship rotations.

Take an interdisciplinary approach to clinical psychology. A unique opportunity to obtain a Masters degree in a related area of psychology, expanding your marketability and professional network as you prepare for a well-rounded career.

This program is designed to afford an opportunity for doctoral level nonclinical psychologists to shift their career focus to the professional practice of clinical psychology. Students must have a PhD in psychology from an accredited university. The Loading... is typically 3 years of study, including the internship.

Admissions Requirements

  • Complete online application and pay application fee through PsyCAS.
  • Please also pay the supplemental Widener application fee
  • Applicants must hold a bachelor of arts or a bachelor of science degree from an accredited institution. A major in psychology is desirable, but not required.
  • Transcripts are required from all attended institutions. A minimum GPA of a 3.0 is required, competitive applicants have a 3.5 GPA or higher.
  • All entering students must have completed a course in statistics, abnormal psychology or psychopathology, and research design or experimental psychology by the time they matriculate in the fall.
  • All applicants are required to take the GRE or submit scores from within the last five years. Only the general GRE is required. Competitive applicants have scores in the verbal and quantitative sections at the 50th percentile or above on the exam. The submission code for the GRE is 7826.
  • Personal character and attributes of emotional maturity and stability, as well as a capacity for relating to and working with other people, are also major factors in reviewing the credentials of applicants. Evidence for these attributes is sought from records of past performance, letters of reference, autobiographical statement, and work history.
  • All applications are reviewed holistically and no strict cutoffs are utilized. We aim to understand your story, motivation, and passion for this career choice via the application process, and later via on campus interviews.

Deadline
The online application opens September 12, 2019. An online application, including all supporting credentials, must be received by 11:59 p.m. EST, December 7, 2019 to be considered for acceptance into the program. We encourage all applicants to submit their application as early as possible, especially as applications are only complete once verified by PSYCAS. All acceptance decisions are made by April 1.

Supplemental Materials
All supplemental materials must be submitted through the online PSYCAS (Psychology Centralized Application Service) system:

  • Essays
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Transcripts
  • GRE scores (use code 7826)
  • Optional scholarship essays (to be considered for service-related tuition scholarships)

If you are selected as a top candidate, you will receive an invite to one of four Admissions Interview Days, which will include an individual interview, tour and information sessions.

Admissions Interview Days:

  • Wednesday, January 15, 2020 (make-up day: January 22, 2020)
  • Wednesday, January 29, 2020 (make-up day: February 5, 2020)
  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020 (make-up day: February 19, 2020)
  • Wednesday, February 26, 2020 (make-up day: February 28, 2020)

Various types of financial support are available to graduate students, like you, through university-based scholarship and graduate assistantship programs and the generosity of our university donors.

More about Graduate Admissions Financial Aid

Scholarships

Admissions & merit based scholarships are available upon application. Additional scholarships may be available for matriculated students. 

Graduate Assistantships

You can participate in research projects or assist faculty in executing teaching assignments for a semester as part of a graduate assistantship.

Program Highlights

With a PsyD degree from Widener, you’ll leverage classroom and clinical experiences as you embark on an applied career in clinical psychology.

#6

ranked clinical psychology program in Pennsylvania

#9

Our PsyD program ranked 9th among the nation's 50 best programs.

100%

of students are placed in our guaranteed internship program

97.1%

of students who took the licensing exam in 2016 passed

90%+

PsyD students graduate in 5 years

97%

of students who took the licensing exam passed on the first attempt. Alumni Survey (N=240)

Clinical Experience from Day One

You’ll hit the ground running. In your first year, you’ll dive into clinical rotations, followed by a guaranteed placement in our exclusively-affiliated internship in years four and five. 

PsyD Classroom

Next-Level Research

Through your rigorous research and dissertation experience, you’ll enhance your approach and understanding of scholarly literature and theory as you anticipate new innovations and developments in psychology. When you graduate, you’ll excel as a scholar-practitioner who asks the right questions and uses creative problem-solving solutions.

Biofeedback Clinic Testing

Opportunities to Serve

You’ll encounter countless opportunities to serve. Whether you engage in service projects with local organizations or serve community members in one of our on-campus clinics, you’ll go beyond your formal training in psychology as you meet the needs of your new neighbors.

Faculty

As insiders in the field of clinical psychology, our faculty infuse their research and clinical experience into every class they teach.

Sanjay R. Nath
Professor

“I identify as a psychodynamic therapist, with an active private practice, who utilizes these experiences to infuse my teaching and research interests with relevance for the practitioner of tomorrow. I have a keen interest in how to best train students to work with diversity across multiple dimensions (age, disability status, race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, etc.), particularly as it impacts both the treatment alliance and treatment process.”

Your Inside Track to Success

Your Inside Track to Success

Our graduates are ready to practice psychology and obtain prestigious jobs and postdoctoral fellowships. As a top-notch program with an excellent track record, we maintain a strong national reputation.

Recent Employers & Industry Connections

  • University of Pennsylvania
  • North Shore Medical Center
  • South Woods State Prison
  • Sheppard-Pratt Health System
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Kennedy Krieger Hospital
  • The Renfrew Center
  • Survivors of Abuse & Rape

Outlook & Outcomes

Employment Growth

Employment of psychologists is projected to grow 14% from 2016 to 2026 – faster than the average for most occupations.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

 

Practicum and Internships

  • Inpatient/outpatient clinics & hospitals
  • School counseling centers
  • Private practice settings
  • Forensic-related placements

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Financial Aid

At Widener, opportunities for financial aid extend to graduate students. Discover how scholarships, assistantships, fellowships, and other sources of aid can make obtaining your degree possible.

Next steps to apply

We’re glad you made the decision to apply. All applications and supplemental materials are submitted through the PSYCAS system, the centralized application service for graduate psychology programs. There is a $25 application fee to apply to Widener, in addition to the PSYCAS fee. This application will open September 2019.

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