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Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, PsyD

Train to Become a Clinical Psychologist

Roosevelt University’s PsyD program trains clinical psychologists to diagnose and treat clients using a scientific, evidence-based approach. You’ll prepare to become an ethical and competent expert in clinical psychology.

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Why Roosevelt for your Doctorate

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Small, supportive classes

The doctorate in psychology program accepts only 25 new students per year. This means you’ll have personal contact with faculty and more opportunities for mentoring, support and guidance. You can work closely with faculty on research and doctoral projects, and have the opportunity to participate in conferences and publish your work.

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99% Internship Match Rate

In the last 10 years, Roosevelt graduates had a 99% internship match rate in diverse clinical settings and roles. Since 2013, all of our students who matched have found APA-accredited internships.

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Diverse Training Sites

Starting your second year, you’ll apply to clinical training sites across Chicago and the suburbs. Our students work with individuals and families from diverse backgrounds.

Our location gives you a wide range of opportunities in general or specialized clinical training:

  • Outpatient or inpatient hospital settings
  • Community mental health centers
  • Clinical neuropsychology
  • Child, adolescent and family psychotherapy
  • Military/VA populations
  • Forensic populations
  • College counseling centers
  • Centers for people with disabilities
  • School-based mental health
  • LGBTQ health
The first Roosevelt students to be named as Al Golin fellows include (From L to R): Karina Herrera, Alondra Ibarra, Abisola Ajayi and Darryl Langston, Jr.

Wide-Ranging Curriculum

Our curriculum and required coursework focus on conducting psychotherapy and psychological testing with a diverse adult general population. Sample courses include:

  • Community Psychology and Social Justice
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Multicultural Psychology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Clinical Supervision and Consultation


The graduate catalog has more information about our program competency model and standards, required course work, clinical training and other program expectations.

Our PsyD Student Manual covers program policies, advising, recommended course plans and resources.

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Specialized Clinical Training

In addition to our required courses in both basic and applied psychology, you will have the opportunity to seek specialized clinical training in settings that focus primarily in either neuropsychology or psychotherapy with children, adolescents, and families

Neuropsychology-focused students can elect to gain specialized clinical training in clinical neuropsychology in their clinical, and can take neuropsychology related elective courses. Typically, students who wish to obtain competitive neuropsychology-focused internships will do an additional year of clinical training in the program before applying to internship.  Many graduates from our program have successfully obtained prestigious neuropsychology-focused pre-doctoral internships and post-doctoral placements across the country, and have become board-certified in clinical neuropsychology.   

Child and family-focused courses include human development, child psychopathology, child and adolescent therapy, and family and couples therapy.  Students who complete at least three clinical child courses and obtain at least one year of child, adolescent, and family clinical training can apply for recognition of their expertise in clinical child and family through participation in the Clinical Child and Family Graduate Concentration, a recognition of such work that is provided on your academic transcript.

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Fully Accredited

Roosevelt University's PsyD program in clinical psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association. See Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data required by the APA.

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
Email: apaaccred@apa.org