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Clinical Psychology

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All courses, faculty listings, and curricular and degree requirements described herein are subject to change or deletion without notice.

The Joint Doctoral Program

The interdisciplinary partnership of the Department of Psychiatry at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and the Department of Psychology at San Diego State University greatly extends the opportunities for graduate study leading to the PhD degree in clinical psychology. The Joint Doctoral Program in clinical psychology currently consists of faculty from the UC San Diego Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, and the Departments of Neurosciences, Cognitive Science, Family Medicine and Public Health, and Psychology, and the SDSU Department of Psychology and School of Public Health.

Information regarding admission is found in the current edition of the Bulletin of the Graduate Division of San Diego State University and at our website:

The program goal is to provide outstanding education and training to scientifically oriented research professionals, who will subsequently make significant contributions to the field of clinical psychology in their areas of specialization, in clinical psychological concepts, methods, theories, and data, together with intensive concentrations in specialized areas of clinical psychology. Currently our program has three major areas of study: behavioral medicine, neuropsychology, and experimental psychopathology.

The joint doctoral program is a clinical science program emphasizing the integration of research and practice in training, activities, and experience. Students are actively involved in clinical research activities throughout their stay in the program. We regard the development of research skills and attitudes as a basic feature in the training of clinical psychologists who will have duties encompassing teaching, research, diagnosis, treatment, consultation, and program evaluation and design, and who will need to apply research skills and knowledge to varied content areas and settings. Students are expected to be actively involved in all these activities throughout their tenure in the program.

The program is designed as a five-year curriculum, including a one-year clinical internship. The curriculum is based on a twelve-month academic year. The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.

Specific courses currently required as part of the core at UC San Diego include: Clinical Psychology 227A-B and Clinical Psychology 294A-B-C (required for neuropsychology track majors only); Clinical Psychology 228 (required for non-neuropsychology track majors only); and Clinical Psychology 296 (independent study, lab practicum).

PhD Time Limit Policies

Students must be advanced to candidacy by the end of five years. Total university support cannot exceed six years. Total registered time at UC San Diego cannot exceed seven years.