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Xavier University of Louisiana welcomes first Clinical Psy.D. class in New Orleans

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Xavier University of Louisiana’s ([email protected]) Doctor of Clinical Psychology program is officially underway in New Orleans, boasting an inaugural class of 16 students for the 2015 fall semester. The program is the first of its kind offered in the state of Louisiana, and the only Clinical Doctoral Program in the New Orleans Metro Area. The Chicago School is a nonprofit university, and one of the leading institutions devoted to psychology, and related behavioral and health sciences.

In 2013, Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA) and TCSPP reached a formal agreement to launch the program on the XULA Campus in New Orleans—a city still rebuilding its mental health infrastructure post Hurricane Katrina, but lacking mental health professionals and training.

The Chicago School’s programs have been recognized for excellent training in culturally competent service provision. Students will experience extensive clinical training with community partners, including outpatient clinics, hospitals, mental health centers, and governmental agencies. The Chicago School at Xavier’s Clinical Psy.D. Program offers the highest degree for practitioners in the field, and helps prepare individuals for professional practice as licensed psychologists.

The most exciting aspect of developing this program over the past few years has been the enthusiastic support from our local consortium partner, XULA, local psychological service providers, our newly hired faculty and staff, and from the 16 outstandingly well-qualified students who will be participating in this program,” said Department Chair and Professor of the Clinical Psy.D. Program at XULA, Christoph Leonhard, Ph.D. ABPP.

While students in the program will spend the entire first year in the classroom, in years two, three and four, they will complete their practicum at community clinics. In the fifth year of the program, students will complete a full-time year-long internship. Students will also have the opportunity to tailor their coursework with focused study to meet individual educational and professional goals.

“I have been waiting for a clinical psychology program in New Orleans for a very long time. This program is a blessing for me because I feel as though I am finally on the path to do what I’ve always wanted to do,” said Clinical Psy.D. Student Jill Boutte. “I hope to do as much as I can to assist the people of New Orleans who are still very much so suffering from Hurricane Katrina. I am confident that my peers and I will be those professionals who will be able to restore the mental health infrastructure in New Orleans. The people of this city are special and deserve quality educated professionals as a part of their care providers.”

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About The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Founded in 1979, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP) is a nonprofit, private university devoted exclusively to psychology, and related behavioral and health sciences. The university serves nearly 4,500 students across campuses in Chicago; Southern California (Los Angeles and Irvine); and Washington, D.C., as well as through online programs. The Chicago School is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, (WSCUC), and its Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program in Chicago is accredited by the American Psychological Association. TCSPP is recognized for its distinguished service and outstanding contributions to cultural diversity and advocacy. The community service initiatives on the Chicago Campus have also earned recognition on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for six consecutive years. The Los Angeles Campus gained its second recognition in 2014, and its Washington, D.C. Campus received its first award in 2014. With more than 20 graduate degree programs, thousands of hours of real-world training, and a wealth of international opportunities, TCSPP is the leader in professional psychology education. To learn more, visit

About Xavier University of Louisiana

Xavier University of Louisiana is a private, liberal arts co-educational institution offering over 40 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs as well as a doctor of pharmacy degree. Xavier is the only historically Black, Catholic university in the United States and draws students from 39 states, Washington, D.C., Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands and  eight (8) foreign countries. The University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Its respective programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, the National Association of Schools of Music, the Louisiana State Department of Education, the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Also, Xavier’s chemistry program is approved by the American Chemical Society.  For more information, visit

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