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Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program

Who We Are and What We Value
The PhD program in Clinical Psychology at City College is one of the most prestigious psychodynamically-informed doctoral programs in the United States.

Our faculty, students, and alumni have been at the forefront of research, theory, and institutional leadership for 50 years. Our training emphasizes the reciprocal influence of scholarship and clinical practice, and generates cutting-edge research, theory, & novel modes of clinical work. With a strong commitment to psychodynamic thinking and social justice, we are curious about how individuals are shaped by family, community, & culture. Along with psychodynamic psychotherapy, our students are trained in a number of other evidenced-based treatments. Our on-site clinic affords students a rare opportunity to train in a 4+ year practicum with short-term and long-term psychotherapies with children & adults. Embedded within our program, The Psychological Center is a community-based mental health clinic that serves 300+ individuals each year, including CCNY students, the West Harlem community, & the broader metropolitan area.


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  • Application Deadline: December 1, 2024 11:59pm
News and Announcements

Congratulations to Prof. Elliot Jurist (Class of '97) for winning the 2024 APA Division 39 Leadership Award. This award is given to a person who has demonstrated outstanding leadership by service to SPPP and to activities
advancing psychoanalytic psychology and/or psychoanalysis. 

First-year student Tatianna Dugue will be presenting on “The Role of Religious & Spiritual Struggles in a Diverse Treatment-Seeking Population” at Princeton University and APA 36: Psychology of Religion & Spirituality Mid-Year Conference at the end of April 2024. Congrats Tatianna! 

Prof. Michael Tate (Yeshiva University Ferkauf, CCNY '22) presented at the 2024 Division 39 panel, "But How Do You Do It? Talking About Sex with Children and Adolescents."

Congratulations to Prof. Deidre Anglin, Stephanie M. Nuñez (Year 5), and Griffin Thayer (Year 5) for publishing "Ethnoracial Risk Variation Across the Psychosis Continuum in the US" in JAMA Psychiatry (Feb 21, 2024).

Congratulations to Simge Huyal Genco (Year 3), who won the Div 39 Research Committee Poster Award for her poster "Understanding the Relationship Between Mentalization Affectivity and Secondary Traumatic Stress Symptoms in Those Who Serve Survivors of Torture" and was selected to join the Division 39 Scholars Program for the 2024-2025 year. 

Congratulations Professor Eric Fertuck for publishing "Interpersonal Trust and Borderline Personality Disorder: Insights from Personal Pracitce and Research: Introduction" in a special issue of the Journal for Personality Disorders 37(5), 469–474, 2023. 

Tsering Yangdol (Year 1) will be participating in the 2024 Mind and Life Summer Research Institute as an emerging participant in June 2024. Congrats Tsering!

Alumnus Dr. Arielle Rubenstein is first author of “To expose or not to expose: A comprehensive perspective on treatment for posttraumatic stress disorder," published in American Psychology. Congratulations Arielle!

Congratulations to Professor Steve Tuber for being named Co- Editor in Chief of the Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and for his invitation to teach as Adjunct Guest Faculty at the Institute for Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (ICAAP), Sydney Australia, a 13-week lecture series on adolescence.

Professor Lisa Wallner Samstag (at Long Island University - Brooklyn; CUNY 1998) is the co-editor of a book on rupture-repair process in psychotherapy (APA, 2023).  The book collects the work of 12 teams of scholars and clinicians (including a chapter from Prof. Sasha Rudenstine, Prof. Paul Wachtel, 5th-year Talia Schulder, and Alum Benjamon Bernstein) who describe clinical challenges in resolving common therapeutic ruptures.  

Alum Dr. Jo Anne Sirey continues her research with older adults. Most recently, she was awarded a large grant from NIMH (R01 MH132757) to test a brief depression intervention (PROTECT) for English and Spanish speaking elder abuse victims in NYC. This is in addition to her current research testing a peer depression intervention (R01 MH124966) and her role as Director for the Weill Cornell ALACRITY Center for Mid and Late Life Depression (P50 MH113838). She also oversees delivery of mental health care to diverse older adults in 21 senior centers in Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Associate Professor Sarah O’Neill heads the Attention and Neuropsychological Development (ATTEND!) Lab. She is Site Principal Investigator on a NIMH-funded grant that examines the effectiveness of a group-based CBT program to treat executive functioning difficulties among CCNY students with ADHD (MPIs Solanto, PhD, and Rostain, MD). Over 12 weeks, students are taught strategies to better manage their time, organize, and plan. To date, four groups of students have completed the program and preliminary results suggest that the program is feasible and that students like it. Doctoral students Zeina Kamareddine (Year 3), Anna Workman (Year 2) and Kait Kearney (Year 5) are Research Assistants for the study.

We are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Questions related to accreditation can be directed to: President Vincent Boudreau, CCNY  Office of the Program of Accreditation and Consultation  American Psychological Association 750 1st Street, NE, Washington DC 20002 202-336-5979,
Clinical Training at The Psychological Center
All doctoral students in the Clinical Psychology PhD program train for four years at The Psychological Center, in addition to external externships, fellowships, and internship.

The Psychological Center is a community mental health clinic located on the campus of The City College of New York (CCNY). Our clinic is dedicated to delivering excellent and affordable psychological care to the West Harlem community and the broader metropolitan area.

✓ Unique among doctoral training sites in NYC, doctoral students at City have the opportunity to train on-site for four consecutive years with diverse populations of all ages

✓ Training & supervision in a broad range of modalities including: Psychodynamic Therapy, Integrative Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), Therapeutic Alliance Focused Therapy (TAAP), as well as adult, child, couples, & group therapy

✓ Outstanding supervision provided by licensed psychologists, including one hour of supervision per client per week in earlier stages of clinical training

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Program Director & Director of Clinical Training, Dr. Steven Tuber, PhD ABPP, NAC 8/110,, 212-650-5672.     Program Administration NAC 8/107, 160 Convent Avenue, NY, NY 10031,, 212-650-5439

Last Updated: 05/07/2024 21:07