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PhD in Clinical Psychology

Develop your expertise and leadership in clinical psychology.



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PhD in Clinical Psychology Program Overview in California

A PhD in Clinical Psychology is a great way to expand your knowledge and skills and increase your career options in the field of clinical science. The clinical psychology PhD program trains clinical students to conduct psychological assessment and research. With a focus on mental health and human behavior, the PhD program in clinical psychology prepares you to understand the psychological processes underlying human behavior and the tools used to apply this knowledge in clinical practice, resulting in improving the health and well-being of communities.

Whether you’re helping patients with anxiety disorders or studying new advancements in cognitive-behavioral therapy, our APA-accredited Clinical Psychology PhD programs will help you gain the clinical skills needed to get to where you want to be in the mental healthcare industry. You will explore deeper into developmental psychology, community psychology, health psychology, social psychology, and cognitive psychology to name a few in the broad spectrum of psychological science. The California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) offers four PhD degree programs in Clinical Psychology: Fresno, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco Bay Area, each accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Our experienced faculty members in the PhD Clinical Psychology program teach challenging courses that meet a variety of guidelines outlined by the APA and offer unparalleled education within the mental health field. Explore our programs below.

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Program Highlights


All CSPP clinical Psychology PhD degree programs are accredited by the American Psychological Association and taught by experienced faculty members.

Research Opportunities

Our Clinical PhD programs are unique in their focus on psychological clinical science research through rich and varied opportunities within the community to help you become a clinical psychologist.

Scholarship Paired with Practice

In our Clinical PhD programs, you will receive clinical training practicum opportunities and will be required to complete a doctoral internship. Depending on the doctoral program you choose, you may also pursue teaching assistantships. All programs provide opportunities to prepare you for licensure and a successful career as a health service clinical psychologist upon graduation.



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Degree Information


The clinical psychology programs’ emphasis and experience areas include:

  • Clinical health psychology 
  • Family/child and couple 
  • Multicultural community-clinical psychology 
  • Forensic psychology 
  • Psychodynamic 
  • Clinical health 
  • Integrative psychology 
  • Multicultural and international 
  • Trauma, stress, resilience

Each campus-based APA-accredited clinical psychology program is unique, as are its emphases, specializations, and track offerings. Our clinical psychology program teaches the basic skills needed to work in the field of psychology. In the programs, you'll gain clinical practice experience, which helps to prepare you for entering the workforce as a clinical psychologist. Graduate students of the clinical program will be qualified to give psychological assessment in a clinical setting.

If you're looking for PhD and PsyD programs in California, please see the doctoral program pages for specifics on emphasis area offerings in the field of psychology.


Both the clinical psychology PhD program and PsyD programs are individually accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA).

Financial Assistance

Alliant has created a comprehensive program that helps facilitate access and affordability. Financing is available in the form of scholarships, grants, part-time employment, and loans. The federal government, state government, Alliant, and private sources finance these programs. Explore the ways to finance your education here.




What are the benefits of earning this degree?

Graduates from our psychology department at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) go on to pursue careers in various fields, leaving a positive impact in both the private and public sectors.

  • Your acquired skills qualify you to work in hospitals and medical centers, community mental health clinics, private practice, and universities. 
  • You will be equipped to pursue careers in clinical work, research, teaching, or a combination of all three. 
  • With a specialization area, you can pursue higher positions in your psychology career

What's the difference between a PhD and PsyD in Clinical Psychology?

PhD-based psychology programs are designed to provide students with a strong foundation in research, making it an ideal option for those interested both in clinical practice and in academia. Graduates of the program have a wide range of career options, from conducting clinical research methods to administration and consulting. 

On the other hand, a PsyD program is typically the preferred choice for individuals who are solely interested in the practical application of psychology. It prepares students for a career in clinical practice and provides them with the necessary skills to work in a variety of clinical settings. While a PsyD program places less emphasis on research and academia than a PhD program, it still offers a comprehensive education in the field of psychology.



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Clinical Psychopharmacology

"I couldn’t have asked for more of CSPP—the training opportunities, the practicum, the number of sites that you are given access to— it really delivers in terms of the clinical training…it’s spectacular."

Anna Jacques
CSPP Alumna

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Founded in 1969, CSPP was one of the nation’s first independent schools of professional psychology. Today, CSPP continues its commitment to preparing the next generation of mental health professionals through graduate-level degree programs in clinical psychology, marriage and family therapy, clinical counseling, organizational psychology, psychopharmacology, and more.


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