Clinical Psychology PsyD

Offered In

USF at Presidio

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.

Stressing 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.
    Update as of November 2015: The APA recently approved an "Accreditation, on contingency" policy, which will allow our program to submit an application for accreditation one year earlier than anticipated, in Fall 2016. The APA will review applications beginning in January 2017 and notify us of whether we have been granted "Accreditation, on contingency." If our program is granted accreditation prior to Fall 2017, our first cohort and all subsequent cohorts will 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.

PsyD Faculty Awarded Grant

Dellanira GarciaDellanira Garcia, PhD, Assistant Professor, was awarded ​a National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program Award for her continued work on health disparities among Latino populations. The objective of this two-year award is the recruitment and retention of qualified health professionals whose research focuses on minority health disparities or other health disparities.