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Clinical Psychology PsyD San Francisco

A Practitioner Model

The APA-accredited* Clinical Psychology PsyD program at the San Francisco campus of Alliant University is a practitioner program that was initiated in the fall of 1991. We educate and train students to use multiple methods of assessment and intervention, working with diverse populations across many settings and in changing contexts. 

Gain Real World Experience from the Start

A hallmark of our program is the integration of classroom learning and clinical training, and students benefit from this approach immediately. Professional training placements begin in the first year and continue throughout the program, advancing in intensity and scope.

Conduct Meaningful Research

In the second year students begin working on a clinical dissertation, a major research project that demonstrates the ability to think critically about clinical and social issues and to make appropriate use of scientific knowledge and psychological research in professional practice.

Types of clinical dissertations include:

  • Case studies
  • Surveys
  • Program evaluations
  • Educational or clinical interventions
  • Quantitative studies
  • Correlational studies on clinical variables

The San Francisco PsyD program is designed to allow students to complete the dissertation in the third year prior to beginning the fourth year internship. 

If You Need More Time...

The standard PsyD curriculum is four years, but students can elect to extend that time to take additional courses, supplemental practicum, or complete research work. 


The CSPP San Francisco Clinical Psychology PsyD 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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