Clinical Psychology PsyD Program

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.

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 APA accredited on contingency 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.

PsyD Faculty Awarded Grant

Photo of 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 (2) year award is the recruitment and retention of qualified health professionals whose research focuses on minority health disparities or other health disparities.

Licensure and Accreditation

The Program is recognized as accredited, on contingency by the American Psychological Association (APA). This status, available to new doctoral programs, is effective beginning July 22 of 2018 and was granted for five years. In the spring of 2022, the program will submit a self-study of comprehensive outcome data for the program for the review by the APA's Commission on Accreditation (COA) for full accreditation.

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 / E-mail: Web:

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. View our PDF icon Program Aims.