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Doctor of Psychology

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)

At the University of San Francisco, PsyD students are trained to translate thought to action, through practice-oriented training that emphasizes the mental, emotional and physical health needs of underserved communities around the world.

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Two grad students in classStressing practice in lieu of research, USF's PsyD program prepares doctoral students to work as professional psychologists in a variety of community health settings. Graduates are proficient in the empirical and theoretical underpinnings of integrated, behavioral health interventions while sensitive to contextual, cultural, spiritual, and socioeconomic environments of individuals and communities.

Licensure and Accreditation

The USF PsyD Program is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and has Associate Member status in the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP). Graduates of the PsyD program at USF are eligible for licensure in California (and other states) as psychologists.

  • The USF PsyD program will seek American Psychological Association (APA) accreditation as it is eligible. The program will make available ongoing updates regarding progress toward accreditation.
  • To attain licensure in most states, graduates must complete a program approved by the Commission of Accreditation of the APA. Since APA does not allow a program to apply for accreditation until the first cohort of students has completed four years of course work, we anticipate submitting our application for accreditation in 2017. If the program is granted accreditation before the Fall of 2017, our first cohort of students would graduate from an APA accredited program. While every effort is being taken to ensure we will meet the APA Commission on Accreditation standards, APA requires us to inform prospective students that there is no guarantee the program will be accredited.

More Information

For more information about the program, please contact Tamara White in the School of Nursing and Health Professions at (415) 422-3627 or twhite3@usfca.edu