Using the Practitioner-Scholar model, the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology trains professionals to provide clinical services and to implement and evaluate innovative treatment programs. This program is normally accomplished in five years and requires the completion of at least 214 units in the School of Psychology, and, as part of our commitment to deep theological integration, at least 28 units in Fuller’s School of Theology. In the PsyD in Clinical Psychology program, students are awarded a Master of Arts in Psychology after completing 88 selected units.

Course work is divided into the following categories:

General Psychology 40 units
Dissertation Research 8 units
Integration of Psychology and Theology 20 units
Clinical Psychology 48 units
Field Training 82 units
Electives 16 units
Theology 28 units
Total 242 units

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All students who complete their doctoral training at the Fuller School of Psychology will develop certain competencies as part of their preparation for practice in health service psychology. However, the emphasis placed within each competency area will differ, depending upon whether one pursues a PsyD or a PhD. Students who complete the PsyD in Clinical Psychology will develop the following competencies:


Engage in scholarly activities (e.g., critical literature reviews, clinical case studies, theoretical papers, program evaluations, program development) to inform clinical practice

Disseminate the results of scholarly activities primarily to local and/or regional audiences


Recognize and respond appropriately to legal and ethical situations and dilemmas, with enhanced competency in knowing and applying legal and ethical statutes governing assessment and intervention


Understand how one’s own individual, cultural, and religious history, attitudes, and biases affect one’s work, with an enhanced understanding of the impact of those factors on clients and colleagues

Demonstrate enhanced knowledge, application, and awareness of current theory and research as they apply to addressing diversity in the provision of clinical services


Engage in self-reflection, pursue self-improvement, and seek supervision to enable behavior that reflects the profession’s values and attitudes (e.g., integrity, deportment, professional identity, accountability, lifelong learning, and compassion)

Across training, grow in the ability to respond effectively and independently to increasingly complex professional challenges, with enhanced competence in the domain of clinical work


Develop and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of individuals and groups, including colleagues, organizations, communities, supervisors, supervisees, and clients

Demonstrate excellent oral, nonverbal, and written receptive and expressive communication skills, with enhanced competence in clinical settings


Demonstrate an enhanced ability to use assessment tools to answer increasingly complex and varied clinical questions, interpret results to draw informed conclusions, and make treatment recommendations

Communicate assessment findings and implications clearly, accurately, sensitively, and at an appropriate level to clients and colleagues


Demonstrate an enhanced ability to select and provide interventions informed by the current scientific literature, considering assessment findings, diversity characteristics, and contextual factors

When the literature does not provide a clear evidence base, effectively modify and adapt evidence-based approaches, continually evaluating intervention effectiveness and making adaptations as indicated


Demonstrate knowledge of supervision models and practices


Demonstrate knowledge of and respect for the roles and perspectives of other professions, working effectively in interdisciplinary field training settings and consulting when appropriate

Compare the PsyD and PhD

How do the PsyD in Clinical Psychology and PhD in Clinical Psychology programs differ? Download this chart detailing the differences in emphasis within each competency area.
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Field Training

Fuller places a high emphasis on field training. Eight local community programs are operated by Fuller’s Psychological Center and students gain supervised training in these programs and through a variety of placements in the Greater Los Angeles area. Two years of practica, one year of clerkship (to develop assessment skills), and a final one-year internship are integral to the program.


The PsyD program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail:

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