PhD in Clinical Psychology Program Palo Alto University

PhD in Clinical Psychology Program Palo Alto University

Palo Alto, CA
location
Private
type
Rural
setting
77%
23%
student ratio
436
total students
Tuition Cost $182,449
$182,449
average amount to complete degree
December 2
fall application deadline
Not Reported
acceptance rate
3 Degrees Offered
degrees offered

Overview

Palo Alto University (PAU) is a private university located in Palo Alto, California that offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs in psychology. Founded in 1975 as Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto University is dedicated to improving lives through education and research anchored in psychology, clinical training, and practice in a diversity of cultures, and service to communities around the world.

PhD Clinical Psychology at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology

The PhD Clinical Psychology Program at Palo Alto University (PAU), Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (PGSP) is deeply committed to educating well-rounded clinical psychologists who are capable and competent as both researchers and clinicians. Students are taught to be science minded while appreciating the larger role of psychology in alleviating suffering in the world. This balance includes learning to value evidence-based clinical models while maintaining the responsibilities psychologists have to their community, society, and profession. An outstanding faculty of clinicians and researchers provides rigorous classroom instruction, clinical supervision, and research mentoring to help students find the right balance for them. Working within a training model best described as "practitioner-scientist," students systematically move through five years of coursework and practica to acquire PhD-level competence and capability in areas of psychological theory, research, and practice. The PhD Clinical Psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

Emphasis Areas

The PhD Clinical Psychology program provides broad and general preparation through the integration of scholarship, professional experience, and research in accordance with our practitioner-scientist training model. In addition, the PhD Clinical Psychology program offers optional Areas of Emphasis for students to gain additional knowledge and experience within a more focused field of clinical psychology. Palo Alto University's PhD in Clinical Psychology program offers areas of emphasis in Child and Family, Diversity and Community Mental Health, Forensic Psychology, LGBTQ Psychology, Meditation and Psychology, Neuropsychology, and Trauma.

Opportunities for PhD Clinical Psychology Students

Students have access to specialized research groups and clinical training opportunities through the Gronowski Center, a community-based psychology training clinic and treatment center dedicated to providing high quality, evidence-based, clinical services to adults, older adults, adolescents, children, and families in the community.

Students who pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology are defined by their curiosity and dedication to using psychology to improve lives. Many graduates go on to have successful and rewarding careers as clinical psychologists or in research-focused academics. Still others find their calling in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Regardless of their specific career outcome, PAU's PhD candidates benefit from an outstanding faculty of clinicians and researchers who provide rigorous classroom instruction, clinical supervision, and research mentoring.


Location & Contact

PhD in Clinical Psychology Program

Palo Alto University

1791 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94304
United States

Dr. Rowena Gomez

Director of Clinical Training

Phone: 650-433-3823
Email: rgomez@paloaltou.edu

Eirian Williams

Vice President of Enrollment Management

Phone: 800-818-6136
Email: admissions@paloaltou.edu

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Clinical Psychology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Juris Doctor/Doctor of Philosophy (JD/PhD)
      Master of Business Administration/Doctor of Philosophy (MBA/PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees 62
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Comp Exam Required, Thesis Required and 2000-hour clinical internship
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Admissions

  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 251
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled 76
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 2nd December 2nd Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, undergraduate or graduate degree in psychology or related area; 4 course prerequisites: biopsychology, abnormal psychology, and developmental psychology, and statistics
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, IELTS required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$182,449
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsJanuary 15
    • Types of financial support availableFederal Work-Study, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students436
    • Female Percentage77%
    • Male Percentage23%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students436
    • Part-time Percentage2%
    • Full-time Percentage98%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino9%
    • Black / African American5%
    • White / Caucasian51%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian13%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races15%
    • Unknown or International Student7%

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty72
    • Full-time Percentage46%
    • Part-time Percentage54%
    • Female Percentage61%
    • Male Percentage39%

Research

  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchForensic psychology, LGBT psychology, trauma, diversity and community mental health, neuropsychology
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported


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