Students complete four practica totaling 1,200 to 2,000 hours over the course of the program. The practicum training is completed in combination with academic coursework during the first four years of study. In the fifth and final year of study, students dedicate 1,500 to 2,000 hours to an internship in a clinical setting.
To complete the practica requirements, students are placed in a variety of settings including major medical centers, community mental health agencies, university counseling centers, children's hospitals, and in-patient treatment programs. The practicum component of the program is comprehensive and allows students to provide psychological assessment and treatment to children, families, and adults with a focus on underserved communities. Additionally, students may gain both generalist and specialist training from a diversity of nationally recognized clinical settings in the Bay Area.
Current students work in the following Bay Area organizations:
- San Francisco California Pacific Medical Center
- University of San Francisco Health Promotion Services
- Oakland Children's Hospital
Research and Scholarship
In addition to guided clinical practice, an essential feature of the program is its commitment to scholarship. Students have the opportunity to study a clinically relevant topic in depth using a variety of methods. Coursework in research methods, workshops in experimental design and analysis, dissertation seminars, and faculty supervision support students in their research studies.
Additionally, PsyD program faculty actively conduct research and publish in the field of clinical psychology. Students have the opportunity to work with research teams led by program faculty, collaborate with ongoing research programs, or conduct research on a topic of their choice. Like the diversity of clinical experience offered by the practicum, the opportunities for academic research and collaboration in the field are great.