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PGSP - Stanford Psy.D. Consortium


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The PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium's 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. The curriculum emphasizes three years of core coursework that prepares the student in empirically supported psychological interventions, psychological assessment, ethics, the impact of diversity and culture, psychopathology, and evaluating research, along with a solid foundation of coursework in psychological science.

The PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium training program is a full-time, five-year training program: three years of academic coursework, one year for the clinical dissertation project, and one year for a full-time pre-doctoral internship. The nine-month academic year runs on a quarter system, with elective classes, professional seminars and practicum activities offered during summer quarter.  The program integrates academic coursework, supervised clinical training, and research experience at every stage of the student’s progress. The goal of the Psy.D. Consortium training model is to prepare students for a career as a clinical psychologist. As a practitioner-scholar program, intended for individuals seeking careers devoted primarily to the direct delivery of clinical psychological services, the program emphasizes evidence-based practice and seeks to graduate competent consumers of science.

Goals of the PGSP-Stanford Psy.D. Consortium

  • Behavioral Science Competency: To produce students and graduates who are critically reflective, informed consumers of psychology and associated clinical sciences
  • Clinical Competency: To produce highly skilled students and graduates whose clinical practice is grounded on an informed appreciation of the scientific literature.
  • Cultural Competency: To produce students and graduates who are culturally competent clinical psychologists
  • Collaborative Competency: To produce students and graduates who are proficient in psychological consultation, supervision, and multidisciplinary collaboration
  • Professional Competency: To produce students and graduates whose conduct exemplifies high levels of professionalism and who eventually obtain and maintain employment as psychologists


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.



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