PhD in Psychology - Clinical Psychology

Walden University

Program Description

PhD in Psychology - Clinical Psychology

Walden University

Prepare for independent psychological practice with a specialization in Clinical Psychology. Learn to diagnose, assess, and provide interventions for a wide array of emotional and behavioral disorders. Position yourself to work as a practitioner, researcher, or consultant with multidisciplinary teams in hospitals, clinics, community mental health centers, and group or private practice settings. Assist those who are contending with mental illness and experiencing problems coping with life issues. Work within diverse populations and provide services that are based on empirical evidence, are culturally competent, and are on the cutting edge of clinical psychology. Gain practical, hands-on experience through the Academic Year in Residence (AYR) as well as through supervised practicum and internship requirements.

Completion Requirements

  • 159 total quarter credits
    • Core courses (106 cr.)
    • Elective course (15 cr.)
    • Clinical practicum (6 cr.)
    • Dissertation (20 cr.)
    • Internship (12 cr.)
  • Academic Year in Residence
  • Ph.D. residencies (4 four-day sessions)

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion may vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.


  • Foundations of Graduate Study in Clinical Psychology
  • Psychopathology From a Clinical Perspective
  • Interventions I
  • Research, Theory, Design, and Methods
  • Social Psychology
  • Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Tests and Measurement
  • Lifespan Development
  • Biopsychology
  • Qualitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Ethics and Standards of Psychological Practice
  • Cognitive Assessment
  • Personality Assessment
  • Multicultural Psychology
  • Consultation and Supervision in Psychology
  • Interventions II
  • Writing a Quality Prospectus in Psychology
  • Clinical Psychopharmacology
  • Psychology and Social Change
  • Advanced Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis
  • Elective
  • Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior
  • History and Systems of Psychology
  • Elective
  • Clinical Practicum I
  • Elective
  • Clinical Practicum II
  • Dissertation I-IV
  • Clinical Psychology Internship I
  • Clinical Psychology Internship II
  • Clinical Psychology Internship III
  • Clinical Psychology Internship IV

Elective Courses

The Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Psychology requires you to take 15 credits (three courses) of electives. To meet this requirement, you may choose your elective courses either from one of the clusters below, allowing you to focus your studies on an area that most interests you, or from a mixture of cluster courses if you prefer a broad exposure to a variety of topic areas.

  • Child and Adolescent Psychology
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Community Psychology
  • Couples and Family
  • Disaster and Trauma
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Leadership and Coaching
  • Media and Professional Practice
  • Psychology as a Business

You may also choose elective courses from the other Ph.D. in Psychology specializations (Educational, Forensic, General, Health, Organizational, and Social Psychology) that are not included in these clusters.

  • Marriage, Couple, and Family Therapy
  • Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Child Clinical Neuropsychology
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Child Psychotherapy
  • Medical Crisis Counseling
  • Disaster, Crisis, and Trauma
  • Stress and Coping
  • Leadership Development
  • Leadership Coaching: Process and Practice
  • Leadership Coaching: Application
  • Psychology and the Media
  • The Psychological Impact of the Internet and Mobile Technologies
  • Psychological Consultation
  • Prevention: Research and Practice
  • Community Psychology
  • Contemporary Gerontology/Geriatric Psychology
  • Successful Practice Management
  • Psychology of Gender
  • Psychology of Sexuality
  • Mental Health Law

Career Options

The Ph.D. in Psychology program will prepare you to use current theory and research to make valuable contributions to government, nonprofit, and private organizations. With your degree, you will have the ability to work directly with individuals at varying developmental levels, from infants to older adults, as well as diverse groups ranging from families to universities.

Settings in which you may practice can include mental health centers, government agencies, healthcare organizations, corporations, community agencies, social services, and schools. Your career options, depending on your specialization, may include a role as a:

  • Researcher
  • Consultant
  • Teacher
  • Director of career services
  • Staff psychologist
  • Administrator
  • Political strategist
  • Marketing director
  • Human resources manager
This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated October 14, 2016
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