Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program
The Clinical Psychology PhD Program and its Psychological Center express our profound grief and outrage in response to the recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and indeed the multiple murders of Black men and women throughout these past 400 years in America. We stand united in our commitment to eradicating individual, institutional and systemic racism in our country and more specifically in our own community here at City College. Our social justice mission underlies our pledge to support the Black members of our community and to work assiduously in confronting and eradicating anti-Black racism. As a training program, we also remain committed to caring for those most deeply affected by the endemic racism and oppression that has permeated every aspect of life in our nation. No single act or even set of actions can ever fully remove the stain of racism from the fabric of our culture, but we remain committed to treating each and every one of our patients, students and faculty with the dignity and integrity they deserve.
Since the mid-1960’s, the doctoral program in clinical psychology at City College has been a leader in applying a psychodynamic understanding in the study of the human personality. In keeping with the mission of the College itself, we have provided high quality psychotherapeutic treatment and assessment to persons from diverse communities and well as to persons who experience challenges in accessing psychological services. We train our students to immerse themselves in a nuanced and complex approach to diagnosing individuals, an approach that promotes eschew simplistic, one size fits all diagnostic labels for the understanding of the whole person.
The Program is based on a scholar practitioner model. This model emphasizes the mutual and reciprocal influence of scholarship and practice and aims to generate integrative theories, research, and modes of clinical work. Our program has a strong commitment to psychodynamic thinking and social justice, although many other theoretical points of view are represented and studied carefully. We have our own Psychological Center, a community psychology training clinic that provides our students with a seamless link between scholarship and practice and where students are trained to work with children, adolescents, and adults. We have become a cutting-edge psychotherapy research program as well, as all our patients, both child and adult, are rigorously assessed throughout the course of their treatment. Interdisciplinary thinking is valued in our program, and the faculty and students have notably broad and wide-ranging interests. We emphasize and value the selection of a diverse student body and are committed to accepting, retaining and graduating BIPOC, first generation and minoritized students.
Located in West Harlem, New York City, we provide psychological services to children and adolescents from our surrounding catchment area, adults and families from our community and are the major treatment provider for City College undergraduates. Our classrooms, therapy rooms and faculty offices are located on the 8th floor of the North Academic Center at City College, where most program activities take place. The Program is part of the Department of Psychology at the College, as well as part of the Colin Powell School for Global Leadership. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are continuing all our academic and clinical work remotely.
For information on 2021-2022 admissions, come see us at our online open houses this fall!
Tuesday, October 5th, 2021 from 6:30-8:00pm (General)
Tuesday, October 12th, 2021 from 6:30-8:00pm (AEMI and Q&A-focused)*
Thursday, October 21st, 2021 from 6:30-8:00pm (General)
*This open house will be hosted by two of our student groups, AEMI and Q&A. More information on our doctoral student organizations can be found here.
Our program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA). Questions related to the program's accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of the Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002