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Los Angeles PsyD in Clinical Psychology Program

A Practitioner Model

The APA-accredited PsyD in Clinical Psychology program at the Los Angeles campus of Alliant International University's California School of Professional Psychology prepares professionals who deliver or facilitate the delivery of psychological services to diverse, underserved, and/or poorly-served populations. In addition to service delivery, we emphasize the important role of psychologists as consultants, program developers and administrators, clinicians, community advocates, and agents of social change. Students benefit from a mentoring model firmly integrated with the academic experience. Our program trains practitioners who are culturally aware, culturally sensitive, and responsive to human problems of developmental deprivation, dysfunction, and trauma.

Top Training in Multicultural Psychology

We enjoy a national reputation for excellence in multiculturally relevant education and training. The Los Angeles PsyD in Clinical Psychology program received the Suinn Minority Achievement Program Award in 2010 for excellence in recruitment, retention and graduation of ethnic minority students, and for its overall commitment to cultural diversity in all department activities. All core and elective course materials integrate multicultural perspectives, including areas of diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, socioeconomic status, family composition, religious practice, medical and health conditions, international issues, and inherent psychometric-intelligence variances, among others. Diversity is a major focus of faculty and student research in the CSPP-LA Clinical Psychology PsyD degree program. The rich diversity of the Los Angeles area also offers a wealth of clinical placement opportunities where students develop multicultural competencies to enhance their clinical skills.

Immediate Hands-On Experience in the Real World

Our four-year Doctor of Psychology program is structured to provide students with significant clinical experience that is integrated with classroom learning. Field placements start in the first year, which enables students to start applying research and theory to their clinical work from the beginning of their program. Practica continue in the second and third years. Our students pursue a full-time APPIC- or APA-accredited internship in the fourth year of the program, with modification options available for students who feel that they would benefit from an additional year of practicum prior to undertaking their pre-doctoral internship. For more information on training and fieldwork opportunities in LA, visit the Los Angeles Community Services and Placements page.

Academic Training and Applied Scholarship

The PsyD in Clinical Psychology program introduces students to the ethical values and orientation of the professional psychologist and provides a background in the psychological, biological, sociocultural, and systemic factors that influence human behavior. Students develop clinical and research competences and apply those competencies throughout the program. Scholarship with faculty is encouraged, and students are encouraged to think creatively about applying knowledge through their clinical dissertation process, which begins in the second year of the program. Options for conducting clinical dissertation scholarship include applications such as submitting scholarly articles for peer-reviewed publications; creating resources such as treatment manuals or training DVDs for professional audiences; developing programs to better serve an identified population or community, as well as data-driven scholarship focusing on archival data (with program approval).

Los Angeles Program Features

The CSPP-LA Clinical PsyD degree program has three emphasis areas:

  • Family/child and Couple Emphasis (FACE)
  • Clinical Health Psychology Emphasis (Health)
  • Multicultural Community-Clinical Psychology Emphasis (MCCP)

These specializations provide a learning focus and specialized training opportunities. At the time of application, all applicants to the CSPP-LA Clinical PsyD in Clinical Psychology program are required either to select an emphasis area or to opt-out of the emphasis area focus as a Multi-Interest Option (MIO) student. More information about emphasis areas can be found on our Emphasis Areas page. 


The California School of Professional Psychology’s Los Angeles PsyD in Clinical Psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), which requires that we provide data on time to completion, program costs, internships, attrition and licensure. Please follow the link below for that data. We hope this information will help you to make an informed decision regarding your graduate study.


Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, N.E., Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202)336-5979
Email: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

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