Research course

Psychology: Clinical

St John's University · St John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Entry requirements

The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology requires four years of full-time course work and practicum experience in addition to successful completion of a Master's Thesis, comprehensive examination, clinical internship, and dissertation (PSY 950, Doctoral Research).

Months of entry


Course content

The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology offers two tracks of study: a general course of study in clinical psychology and a subspecialty track in clinical child psychology. The program prepares broadly trained, competent, psychological professionals in a variety of psychodiagnostic and intervention procedures as well as in research. Students are required to demonstrate their ability to understand and interpret the research of others as well as to design and execute relevant research of their own. The program prepares students to function in the diverse professional, academic, and research roles performed by clinical psychologists. It does so by offering a broad exposure to the theoretical and empirical underpinnings of general psychology while also providing extensive training in strategies and techniques of assessment and intervention.

Fees and funding

A limited number of Doctoral Fellowship awards are offered to incoming students in the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at the time of admission. Doctoral fellows receive full tuition remission for the academic year (Fall and Spring semesters) and a stipend currently set at $16,000 (2014-2015 academic year).

Doctoral fellows are assigned as research assistants to faculty members for a maximum of 20 hours per week during the academic year. Fellowship awards are extended through at least a second year of study, depending on satisfactory academic and work performance. Depending on funding availability, fellowship awards may be extended on a half-time basis through a third year of study. There may also be additional sources of support available for advanced students, including teaching fellowships, grant-supported research, and work in other units of the university. In addition, some incoming students at the time of admission receive a University Doctoral Fellowship award for their first year of study, which offers the same level of support and carries the same work responsibilities as the Doctoral Fellowship award, but provides an additional 6 credits of tuition remission in the summer following the first year of study. The University Doctoral Fellowship award converts to a Doctoral Fellowship award in the second year of study.

There are also a limited number of additional summer fellowship awards that provide upwards of six credits of tuition remission and a small stipend for continued work as a research assistant during the summer months.

Qualification and course duration


full time
4 years months

Course contact details

Robert Medrano