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Clinical Psychology (Doctor of Psychology - PsyD)

Psychology Office

Roosevelt University
Gage Building, Suite GB400
18 South Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL

Psychology Department Mailing Address:

Roosevelt University
Department of Psychology
430 South Michigan Avenue, Suite GB400
Chicago, IL 60605-1394

PsyD Program Director: Kimberly Dienes-Williams, PhD
GB 405-F

PsyD Program Assistant: Diana Zak-Beaton

Please send all non-electronic official transcripts, the $25 fee, and the three completed RU letter of recommendation forms to: Roosevelt University, Office of Admission, 1400 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Schaumburg, IL 60173-4377.

Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

Based on a practitioner-scholar model, the overall goal of the PsyD Program at Roosevelt University is to train clinical psychologists who are able to diagnose and treat psychological problems. We expect that 1) graduates demonstrate the requisite general knowledge and skills of intervention and assessment necessary for the ethical and competent practice of psychology, 2) students address psychological problems and disorders using critical inquiry, and 3) students engage in productive and professional relationships with others.

To reach these goals, we use a competency-based model (Fouad et al., 2009) that focuses on the following objectives that students achieve:

  • Assessment: a) Accurately assess client problems by combining knowledge of psychopathology with the ability to establish rapport and work with clients of diverse backgrounds and b) Recognize the influences of individual and cultural differences in assessment, case conceptualization, treatment planning and implementation.
  • Intervention: Select, implement, and evaluate appropriate psychological interventions using a variety of theoretical perspectives and therapeutic modalities.
  • Ethics: Conduct clinical and academic work in a manner consistent with rules of ethics, standards of practice, and legal requirements.
  • Reflective Practice: Practice with knowledge of one's own competencies, with self-reflection and with appropriate self-care.
  • Individual and Cultural Diversity: a) Conceptualize ways in which developmental processes, personality, and environment contribute to clients' psychological health and distress and b) Demonstrate an awareness and sensitivity to working with diverse individuals and communities.
  • Scientific Knowledge and Methods: a) Demonstrate the capacity to critique, design, and execute research focused on clinical problems and services and to articulately present the results of their scholarship to others and b) Base their knowledge and practice on the historical and scientific traditions of psychology.
  • Professionalism and Relationships: Work productively and professionally with others.

In addition, interested and qualified students, after completing a master's degree, may teach undergraduate psychology courses with the guidance of the Instructor Development course. Our university home also allows students to enhance their psychological training with relevant experiences from other disciplines.


Candidates for admission to the PsyD program must have either a bachelor's or a master's degree in psychology or in a closely related field and must have completed the following courses with at least a 3.0 (B) average: General Psychology, either a Statistics or Research Methods course, and Abnormal Psychology. Deficiencies in prerequisite courses may be completed at Roosevelt University but will not count toward the PsyD degree. Students entering with a bachelor's degree will earn a master's degree (modified from the terminal MA offered by the Department of Psychology) during their progress through the doctoral program.

Apply online here. A personal statement, a vita, three letters of recommendation, and official GRE scores (only the general GRE exam is required; i.e., the verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing sections) need to be uploaded into the RU Connect system. The official transcripts, if not submitted electronically directly from the applicant's prior undergraduate and/or graduate institutions, and the $25 application fee (you can also call Admissions to give your credit card information over the phone at 1-877-ApplyRU) should be mailed to the Schaumburg address above. An RU letter of recommendation form should be completed by each of your recommenders and mailed separately to the Schaumburg address. A vita is the academic equivalent of a resume. The personal statement should provide information about your interest in clinical psychology, your career goals, and your interest in our program. Letters of recommendation should be from persons familiar with your academic work; letters from clinical supervisors are also appropriate for applicants who are engaged in such activities. Select applicants are invited to an interview that is required before admission is granted.

The deadline for receipt of all application materials, including GRE scores, is December 15th for students seeking admission to the Program in the subsequent fall term (we accept students into the program only once a year).

Roosevelt considers each applicant on an individual basis and seeks diversity in ethnic and cultural background, education and life experience, and sexual orientation. Although GPA or test cutoffs are not strictly adhered to, a GPA of at least 3.25 for undergraduate work and above average scores (50th percentile) on each section of the GRE are typical expectations.

To receive information about the PsyD program, please send an email to with your name, preferred mailing address, and request for PsyD information. Additional information about the application process is available at


Upon admission to the PsyD program, students meet with the Director of the PsyD Program to develop a program completion plan covering all courses required for the doctoral degree, clinical training experiences, the comprehensive exam, and the doctoral project.



Roosevelt University's PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association. The Commission on Accreditation of the APA can be reached at 202-336-5979, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242.