Ph.D. Clinical Psychology



The Ph.D. Program at PAU is deeply committed to educating well rounded clinical psychologists who are capable and competent as both researchers and clinicians. Students are taught to be science minded while appreciating the larger role of psychology in alleviating suffering in the world. This balance includes learning to value evidence-based clinical models while maintaining the responsibilities psychologists have to their community, society, and profession. An outstanding faculty of clinicians and researchers provides rigorous classroom instruction, clinical supervision, and research mentoring to help students find the right balance for them. Working within a training model best described as "practitioner-scientist," students systematically move through five years of coursework and practica to acquire Ph.D.-level competence and capability in areas of psychological theory, research, and practice. The Ph.D. Clinical Psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Our goals are:

  • To produce students and graduates who are critically reflective and informed consumers and producers of psychological knowledge and associated clinical sciences.
  • To produce clinicians with the requisite clinical knowledge, skills, and attitudes to successfully practice as entry PhD-level clinical psychologists in a variety of clinical settings and with a variety of clinical problems;
  • To produce researchers with the requisite scientific knowledge, skills, and attitudes to both consume and generate research;
  • To produce culturally competent clinical psychologists;
  • To produce clinical psychologists whose conduct exemplifies the excellence in professionalism and ethics.

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1791 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Phone: (800) 818-6136 Fax: (650) 433-3888