Clinical Psychology

Degree Granted
Degree Level
Garden City

Our highly ranked program built on the scholar-practitioner model continues to set the pace for doctoral-level training.

Why Earn a PhD in Clinical Psychology?

With a PhD in clinical psychology, you can work at a clinic or hospital, or you can establish a private practice for consultation, evaluation and psychotherapy. You may also pursue a career in academia, focusing on research and teaching.

Why Earn Your PhD in Clinical Psychology at Adelphi?

The Derner School of Psychology set the pace in clinical psychology training as the first university-based professional school, accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1957.

You will pursue research and clinical training with faculty members who are known nationally and internationally for their expertise in a broad range of areas, including:

  • Personality and interpersonal relations
  • Psychopathology, especially anxiety, depression and trauma
  • Psychodynamics—from classical to contemporary
  • Psychotherapy integration, primarily cognitive behavioral, within a dynamic framework
  • Cultural diversity and individual difference studies

Derner students have the opportunity to gain clinical experience at urban and suburban clinics in Manhattan and Long Island (Garden City and Hempstead).

Derner students can take advantage of a number of affiliated externships and internships on Long Island and throughout the New York Metro Area.

Accreditation Status

The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at The Derner School of Psychology at Adelphi University is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association and has been continuously accredited since 04/01/1957 (American Psychological Association, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, Commission on Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242; 202-336-5979; Full information pertaining to the accreditation status of the Derner School of Psychology PhD Program at Adelphi University is available at the APA’s website.

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

Psychology, at its heart, is about changing lives. That is the driving force of our work at Derner and has been since our inception.

Jacques P. Barber, PhD Dean of the Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology

Exceptional Hands-On Learning

As part of our doctoral psychology practicum training, you will have the opportunity to gain clinical and research training in each of your four years of residence. The primary clinical training facility is the onsite Center for Psychological Services, under the supervision of the doctoral faculty. Then beginning in your second year, training is more extensive and includes externships in various off-campus inpatient and outpatient psychiatric settings in urban and suburban clinics in Manhattan and Long Island.

Our students take advantage of a number of affiliated externships and internships on Long Island and throughout the New York Metro Area including the following hospital systems:

The training and mentorship I received at Derner allowed me to shape my identity as a clinician and an academic. It has provided me with the skills I needed to pursue an independent career and pursue my professional goals. I am thankful for the continued support and guidance of my graduate mentor and the faculty at Derner.

Nili Dahan Solomonov, MA ‘15, PhD ‘18

Program Info

  • Foundational academics in psychology, including advanced studies in diversity and difference
  • Clinical and research sequences, including:
    • Psychodynamics and psychoanalysis
    • Cognitive theories and therapies
    • Psychotherapy integration
    • Cognitive and personality diagnostics
    • Child and family theories and therapies
  • Practicum training in:
    • Clinic and research labs
    • Affiliated externships and internships

Application Requirements & Deadlines

The application deadline for fall admission is December 15.

Applicants for this program must have a completed undergraduate degree with prerequisite courses in:

  • Introductory or general psychology
  • Experimental psychology or research methods
  • Statistics
  • Abnormal psychology
  • Developmental psychology

Applicants for this program should submit:

  • Application submitted through PSYCAS and $60 Adelphi application fee
  • Essay (please see prompt below)
  • Letters of recommendation: two or three professional or academic references
  • Official transcripts from all prior institutions
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores for international candidates  if in the United States for less than three years
  • GRE general exam scores required
  • GRE Subject Test in Psychology (WAIVED for FALL 2023 APPLICATION)

Note that an interview may also be required.

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Program Essay Prompt

In a minimum of 500 words, please address each prompt listed below within your essay. 

1.   Describe yourself in a way that would give us more of an opportunity to know you as a person.

2.   Why do you wish to study at the Derner School of Psychology?

3.   Please submit a brief statement describing how your personal and/or professional characteristics, experiences, and interests will advance our program’s deep commitment to diversity and social justice. You are invited to address whichever aspects of diversity or difference are most meaningful to you.  

4.   What are your career goals and reasons for undertaking doctoral studies?

Awards & Recognition

Francis Mandracchia (He/Him)
Executive Assistant To the Dean
Phone Number
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