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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 incorporates the values of the practitioner model of graduate education for professional clinical psychologists.

The Clinical PsyD program addresses the societal need for professional practitioners who are culturally aware, culturally sensitive, and responsive to human problems of developmental deprivation, dysfunction, and trauma. The overarching goal of the program is to educate new generations of clinical psychologists who are able to intervene effectively, using multiple methods of evidence-based assessment and intervention with diverse populations, across many settings, in changing and evolving contexts

Nationally-Recognized 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 was the 2010 recipient of the Suinn Minority Achievement Program Award 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. The rich diversity of the Los Angeles area also offers a wealth of clinical placement opportunities where students in the PsyD degree program 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. A required first-year practicum 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 receive mentoring and guidance as they pursue an 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. 

Academic Training and Applied Scholarship

The education students receive in the PsyD in Clinical Psychology program gives them a strong generalist foundations in clinical psychology, emphasizing the applications of theory and research to evidence-based practice within a multicultural society. We provide training in multiple domains, including, the ethical values and orientation of the professional psychologist, the psychological, biological, sociocultural, and systemic factors that influence human behavior, and population-based intervention strategies from a variety of theoretical frameworks. Students are taught to be critical consumers of research, as the program frames scholarship as fundamental to effective psychological practice, professional engagement, and advocacy. Students have opportunities for collaborative scholarship with faculty and are encouraged to think creatively about applying knowledge through their clinical dissertation process, which begins in the second year of the program.

Los Angeles Program Features

The CSPP-LA Clinical PsyD degree program has three emphasis areas that provide a specialized learning focus:

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

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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