Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Xavier University of Louisiana



Program Description

Hosted at Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA) in New Orleans, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Doctor of Clinical Psychology Program offers 106 credit hours of rigorous training in culturally competent service provision while exposing students to a variety of professional training opportunities. 

The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology is the highest degree for practitioners in the field who wish to apply their knowledge as practicing clinicians. Students will experience extensive clinical training with community partners such as clinics, hospitals, mental health centers, and governmental agencies.

Clinical Psy.D. students at XULA will complete foundational coursework in four intervention orientations including: Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodynamic, Humanistic Existential, and Systems and have the opportunity to tailor their coursework with focused study to meet individual educational and professional goals. 

A unique feature of this clinical psychology program is the Research Clerkship model through which students are paired with core faculty to receive mentorship in research and scholarship, and obtain important support and preparation for their dissertation. All students complete three years of practicum experiences, allowing them to be well prepared for internship placement.

Potential opportunities for focused study include:

  • Clinical Psychology in a Diverse and Multicultural Context
  • Behavioral Medicine / Health Psychology

Graduates of the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology program at XULA will be equipped with expert knowledge in theory, research, and practice in clinical psychology, preparing them to serve as practitioners in clinical settings. 

Upon completion of the program and following additional post-graduate study, graduates will be prepared to sit for the state licensing exam administered by the Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, as well as the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology, the national psychology licensing exam administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.

The Chicago School’s Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology at Xavier University of Louisiana is not accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), however, the curriculum is aligned with APA standards.


Department

Clinical Psychology

Concentrations

Licensure

Graduates will be prepared to sit for the state licensing exam administered by the Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, as well as the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology, the national psychology licensing exam administered by the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.

Total Credits

106

Fieldwork Requirements

Requires four years of fieldwork (three years half time practicum and one year full time internship)

Program Time to Completion

5 years
Degree
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent degree from a foreign college or university by the start of the term
Coursework
  • 18 semester hours of psychology credit with grades earned of C or better including three specific courses; 
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Child/Human Development or Lifespan
    • Statistics
  • Remaining prerequisite credits may include courses similar to the following:
    • Biopsychology
    • Research Methods
    • Tests and Measurements
    • Theories of Personality
    Additional
    • N/A
    Admission Requirements

GRE Requirements

Sample Courses

Advanced Psychopathology

Advanced Psychopathology builds on students’ understanding of concepts and diagnostic issues presented in Basic Psychopathology as they have gained clinical and training experiences throughout their first year and a half of doctoral studies. Advanced Psychopathology will explore psychopathology and diagnostic issues from applied, multi-dimensional perspectives, adding layers of treatment planning and critical considerations to clinical case material. Students in Advanced Psychopathology will be expected to discuss diagnostic and treatment planning aspects of cases introduced by the instructor (e.g., via written material, oral presentation and other media) and by students themselves. Students will also learn to conceptualize client’s concerns from biopsychological, empirically supported, and theory-specific approaches, with particular attention to the theory students identify as their curricular track.

Diversity in Clinical Psychology

This course lays a theoretical and experiential foundation for students in multicultural psychology. The course blends exposure to theory and literature, cross-cultural immersion, and personal introspection. It provides a basic framework for understanding privilege and power, systems of oppression and domination, worldview, cultural competency, and identity. It will explore the impact and social construction of culture, gender, ethnicity, religion/spirituality, class, race, abledness, and immigrant status. Students will address the intersection of multiple identities and will explore the impact of their own culture and held personal stereotypes, beliefs and assumptions.

Gender Identity: Development, Expression and Clinical Considerations

This course begins with an overview of the biological and physiological underpinnings of gender. Students will then examine the development of gender identity expectations and the systems that reinforce traditional presentations. Social contexts and issues impacting the gender roles of females, males, and transgender and intersex individuals will be explored. Gender development theories will be examined and integrated with clinical perspectives. The unique challenges encountered when working with clients for whom gender identity and/or gender expression do not fit into a binary system will be discussed.

Jennifer Stripe-Portillo

“In Student Affairs, we understand that diverse learning environments are strongly tied to positive student outcomes, namely persistence and success. At TCSPP, the Division of Student Affairs is committed to supporting our institutional commitment to diversity through including on our team individuals who bring diversity – professional and personal – to the table. Our efforts to be inclusive have led to the creation of a strong, multifaceted team that we know impacts the student experience at our institution.” -Jennifer Stripe-Portillo, Vice President, Student Affairs

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Dr. Bianka Hardin

“Ask questions. Push yourself to learn. It's ok to be uncomfortable, that's when you are at your learning edge.” -Dr. Bianka Hardin, associate professor, Clinical Psychology, Chicago Campus

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Dr. Michele Nealon-Woods

“Students need more than just technical tools; they need to be guided in understanding how their own belief systems and their level of psychological self-awareness influence their current and future competencies.” -Michele Nealon-Woods, National President, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

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