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Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

  • New Orleans, LA
  • Full-Time
  • 5 Years

Graduates of The Chicago School’s Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program at Xavier University of Louisiana will have the education necessary to take the next steps toward licensure and address community-wide and individual behavioral health concerns as Clinical Psychologists. Graduates of the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program will be prepared to sit for Examination for Professional […]

Graduates of The Chicago School’s Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program at Xavier University of Louisiana will have the education necessary to take the next steps toward licensure and address community-wide and individual behavioral health concerns as Clinical Psychologists.

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

Guided by practitioner scholar faculty, students will have the opportunity to tailor their coursework to meet their professional goals while completing foundational coursework in four intervention orientations including:

  • Cognitive Behavioral
  • Systems
  • Psychodynamic
  • Humanistic Existential

Graduates of The Chicago School at Xavier University of Louisiana will follow in the tradition of the past 36 years of training in professional psychology at The Chicago School and can expect to serve the local, regional, and indeed global community as engaged scholar practitioners in their chosen field.

Potential opportunities for focused study

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

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology: The Chicago School at XULA student experience

The program is hosted by Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans. Xavier University of Louisiana, founded by Saint Katharine Drexel and the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, is Catholic and historically Black. The ultimate purpose of the University is to contribute to the promotion of a more just and humane society by preparing its students to assume roles of leadership and service in a global society.

Ethnically, culturally, and economically diverse, New Orleans offers tremendous opportunities for clinical psychology students to learn to become Health Service Psychologists working with underserved populations. While enrolled in the Clinical Psychology program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Xavier University of Louisiana, students are consistently educated in culturally competent service provision in diverse interprofessional mental health care settings.

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The Psy.D. Clinical Psychology program at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Xavier University of Louisiana aligns with degree, coursework, and supervised clinical experience requirements for eligibility for psychologist licensure in Louisiana. Prior to applying for licensure, students must complete a minimum number of hours of post-doctoral supervised professional experience. Licensure requires that students apply for and pass the national Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), along with the Louisiana State Oral Examination and the Louisiana State Jurisprudence examination. All candidates are also required to complete the licensure application process, which includes fees and/or background check. For further information about licensure, please visit the Louisiana State Board of Examiners of Psychologists.

The Psy.D. Clinical Psychology program may meet some or all of the requirements of other states, but additional coursework and/or practicum hours may be required beyond the program’s graduation requirements.  Some state licensing requirements include the following: post-graduate field work, additional didactic training, examination, and application for license. It is the student’s responsibility to determine the licensure requirements of states not listed above. Students should contact the specific state licensing board directly to verify information regarding professional licensure. A list of state board contact information is available via the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards.

The program requires four years of fieldwork (three years half-time practicum and one year fulltime internship)

At the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, we take great pride that our students represent a wide range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds as well as academic and professional experiences. We admit individuals with a record of outstanding academic achievement and personal maturity, as well as a commitment to service in the larger community.

Evaluation of Applications

The Admissions Committee evaluates applicants in a holistic manner, considering the following factors:

  • Prior academic performance & GRE scores
  • Content and clarity of written and verbal communication
  • Strength of recommendation letters
  • Personal and professional presentation throughout the admission process
  • Community service interest and/or experience
  • Research experience
  • Prior sustained professional work experience and/or substantial volunteer experience in a human services field
  • Evidence of integrity, motivation, and personal ethics
  • Motivation and fit with profession and The Chicago School mission

Admission Requirements

Applicants for admission to the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at Xavier University in New Orleans must meet the following requirements:

  • Submission of all required application materials.
  • Having earned a baccalaureate degree from a college or university that is regionally accredited or an equivalent academic degree from a foreign college or university by the official start of the applicant’s intended term.
  • Successful applicants must have an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) in psychology and liberal arts classes of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale OR a graduate degree in a related discipline with a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
  • Completion of the following prerequisite coursework, earning a grade of “C” or better prior to matriculation in the program. An offer may be extended with coursework pending however courses must be successfully completed prior to the start of the intended term and verified through the submission of an official transcript.

Required Courses*
At least 18 credit hours of psychology, including one course in each:

  • Abnormal psychology
  • Lifespan (human development)
  • Statistics

* Equivalent coursework in other social sciences may be considered to meet the requirements listed

Students may also wish to include the following among the 18 credits:

  • Theories of personality
  • Biopsychology
  • Tests and measurements
  • Research methods
  • Completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test within the past five years.
  • Interview with faculty.  Interviews are by invitation only and applicants will be notified by the Office of Admission should an interview be granted.
  • Have demonstrated through written statements and interview the interest in and basic interpersonal skills needed to begin training for professional human service work.
  • Students whose primary language is not English must submit proof they are able to communicate in English at the Graduate level.  Language proficiency must also be evident through writing submitted with the application and in the interview.  Acceptable proof of English ability include:
  • Official TOEFL score report (TOEFL Code: 7161). To be considered for admission, students must submit a minimum score of  79 on the internet-based test  or 550 on the paper-based test
  • Official IELTS score report with a minimum score of 6.5 on the IELTS test
  • Completion of ELS course 112
  • Bachelor Degree or Master’s Degree from the United States.

Admission to the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology is competitive and possession of the minimum requirements does not ensure admission.

Application

A complete application for the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at the Chicago campus, includes the following:

  • Application
    • Apply online
    • Download application
  • Application Fee
  • Essays – Please answer the following two questions in two separate documents (approximately 500 words each.
    • Many people choose Clinical Psychology as a career because they are interested in helping other people. Please tell us additional reasons, other than helping people, why you would like to be a clinical psychologist.
    • In your role as a clinical psychology student, you are likely to work and study with people from many backgrounds. Tell us what will be some of the challenges for you studying with people different from yourself and what you would contribute in your interactions with them.
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae(CV).  Include a brief résumé or CV that describes your professional experience both inside and outside the field of psychology (include current professional activities)
  • Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
    • You must arrange for your official GRE scores to be sent to the school.  Our school code is 1119.
    • To register for the exam or request scores taken within the past five years, visit www.GRE.org.
    • Test scores older than 5 years will not be considered
  • Students must submit official transcripts from all schools where degrees have been earned. Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official, sealed, and signed across the envelope flap when they arrive.
    • Official transcripts may be sent directly from the institution or with your application for admission as long as they are official copies in a sealed envelope with a signature across the seal when they arrive.
    • International transcripts must be evaluated by a transcript evaluation service such as wes.org or ece.org.
  • Three letters of recommendation.  Appropriate recommendations are from professors and/or supervisors from significant clinical, volunteer or work experience that can assess the potential for academic success at the doctoral level and/or ability to succeed in a human services profession. Letters should either be submitted through our online application system or must arrive in a sealed envelope with a signature across the seal.

International Application Requirements

The Chicago School is dedicated to keep our professional degree programs accessible to anyone regardless of financial status. In addition to the scholarships that may be available, our Financial Aid department will help provide you with information to determine what financial arrangements are right for you.

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