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PGSP - Stanford Psy.D. Consortium


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Training Model

The PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium is a practitioner-scholar program intended for those seeking careers devoted to the direct delivery of clinical psychological services. The program provides a generalist
education in clinical psychology, emphasizing evidenced-based practice. The priority we assign to evidence-based practice is matched by our commitment to promote students’ broad and general understanding of science and to foster students’ ability to critically evaluate scientific theories, methods, and conclusions.

The academic program is taught by an outstanding faculty drawn from Palo Alto University and the Stanford University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Students are provided a series of academic and applied experiences via coursework and practicum placements that build upon each other over the four-year training period. The goals of these didactic and experiential trainings are to prepare students for a pre-doctoral clinical internship and a career in clinical psychology.

The PGSP-Stanford Psy.D Consortium requires a minimum of four full-time academic years in residence plus a 2000-hour, program-approved external, APA-Accredited doctoral internship in clinical psychology.  All four academic training years prior to the 5th year internship occur in the PGSP-Stanford PsyD Consortium at Palo Alto University from which the Psy.D. is granted.

Program Competencies:  effectiveness in training students on the nine Health Service Psychology Profession-wide Competencies outlined in the Standards of Accreditation for Health Service psychology approved by the American Psychological Association in 2015. These areas include:

  1. Research
  2. Ethical and legal standards
  3. Individual and cultural diversity
  4. Professional values, attitudes, and behaviors
  5. Communication and interpersonal skills
  6. Assessment
  7. Intervention
  8. Supervision
  9. Consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills.


The PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 2006.


Many students who pursue a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology are defined by their curiosity and dedication to using psychology to improve lives. Graduates go on to pursue successful careers as clinical psychologists in hospitals, mental health centers, schools, universities, youth centers, private healthcare organizations, private practice, the armed services, business, the justice system, and government. Many also choose careers in the non-profit and profit sector as researchers, administrators, and consultants.



1791 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304

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





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