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Clinical Psychology, PsyD

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

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Jada Carter

PsyD '22

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I started my PsyD at USF thinking I was going to change the world and change my community. Today, I am completing my program committed to changing the world one person at a time and believing in the pay-it-forward effect."

Jada Carter

PsyD '22

Leading Location, Leading Program

  • The PsyD program at USF was granted accredited, on contingency status by the American Psychological Association. It is an innovative, practice-based program focused on training students to work with marginalized populations in an interprofessional context.
  • USF offers a rich academic and campus experience in the heart of San Francisco with a mission to prepare students to be leaders and change-makers.

Program Features

  • The program is located in the School of Nursing and Health Professions within a traditional, comprehensive university setting centrally located in the diverse and innovative city of San Francisco.
  • This is a practice-oriented Doctor of Psychology program grounded on scientific research; students are placed in real-world clinical scenarios for observation and experience.
  • Supportive faculty focused on student mentorship and a diverse, dynamic student body.
  • Graduates are proficient in the empirical and theoretical underpinnings of integrated, behavioral health interventions while being sensitive to contextual, cultural, spiritual, and socioeconomic environments of individuals and communities.
  • Admission is based on the overall fit for each applicant. Applications are open for candidates from both Psychology backgrounds and other fields who have taken certain pre-requisite courses.
  • Additional details are provided in our Student Handbook and Clinical Training Manual.

Diversity Scholars Program

The Clinical Psychology PsyD program is founded on values of social justice, health equity, and cultural responsiveness in teaching, clinical work, and research endeavors. Additional information about the Diversity Scholars program will be provided to applicants who are invited to interview as part of the admissions process.

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Licensure and Accreditation

The program is recognized as accredited, on contingency by the American Psychological Association (APA). This status, available to new doctoral programs, went into effect on July 22, 2018, and was granted for five years. On June 1, 2022, the program submitted a self-study application inclusive of comprehensive program outcome data to be reviewed by the APA's Commission on Accreditation (COA) for full accreditation. The program will maintain its status as accredited, on contingency throughout the period that the program is being reviewed for full accreditation. All graduates of our program to date are considered to have attended an APA-accredited program.

Questions related to the program’s accreditation 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 / E-mail: / Website

The Program is also accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and has Associate Member status in the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP).

Graduates of the PsyD program at USF, once they have completed required postdoctoral hours, are eligible for licensure in California (and other states) as psychologists.

View our Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data for recent information on time to completion, internship placements, attrition, and more.

Clinical Psychology, PsyD

2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117

8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.