Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD): Earn Your Doctorate to Become a Licensed Psychologist in New York State

Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD): Earn Your Doctorate to Become a Licensed Psychologist in New York State

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Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program (PsyD)

Prepare to engage in the ethical and diversity-sensitive practice of professional psychology through our doctoral program in clinical psychology and become a licensed psychologist in New York State. Meet our counseling and clinical psychology faculty.

We provide a stimulating learning environment where students can develop personally and professionally to become outstanding practitioners.

Lynn Horne-Moyer, Ph.D., PsyD Program Director

About the Program

Medaille's doctoral program in clinical psychology (PsyD) is a full-time, five-year, practitioner-oriented program that prepares you for a career as a licensed psychologist. Graduates are prepared to engage in the ethical and diversity-sensitive practice of professional psychology. We provide training in psychological assessment, psychotherapy, consultation and clinical leadership. Additionally, you will gain a firm grounding in the scientific and clinical underpinnings of psychology to deliver effective diagnostic and therapeutic services.


Admission Requirements

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What can you do with Medaille's PsyD degree?

The doctoral program in clinical psychology opens doors to professional practice with medical, forensic and mental health populations. PsyD holders typically go into private practice or work in a variety of government, private or nonprofit settings, including hospitals, clinics, prisons and corporate offices. Salaries are significantly higher than master's level practitioners and those with non-doctorate psychology degrees.


Program Specs

Credits: 99 credits; full-time

Program Length: Five years

Delivery: Classes meet twice per week on consecutive days

Practicum: Over 1,000 hours of supervised practicum experience in assessment and theory

Internship: One-year pre-doctoral internship under the supervision of qualified psychologists

Dissertation: Clinical dissertation in close consultation with your faculty advisor


What does the doctoral program in clinical psychology entail?

In Medaille's PsyD program, students work closely  with faculty mentors and supervisors who support their professional and personal development. Through completing extensive clinical training, students gain experience and confidence as they complete a degree needed for licensure. Training includes more than 1,000 hours of supervised practicum experience,  a one-year pre-doctoral internship and clinical dissertation. Students may develop their expertise by selecting one of our optional concentrations.


Optional Concentrations

General Adult Concentration
Students in the general adult concentration explore the diagnosis and treatment of problems across the adult lifespan.

Child and Family Concentration
Students choosing the child and family concentration explore the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and families within a variety of settings.


The sense of community and support is the first thing I think of when asked about the PsyD program. I have been able to develop what I feel is a professional "Medaille family," including peers, mentors, past supervisors and professors. Specifically, developing relationships with my cohort had a significant impact on my personal and professional life, which can be expected, considering you spend five or more years together!

Colleen Adams, PsyD, '10, '14, '18, Medaille College Adjunct Professor


The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology is right for you if ...


You aspire for a career as a professional psychologist and need a program that focuses on the practice of psychology and applied research, and meets the requirements for licensure in New York State. Yo aim to deliver effective diagnostic and therapeutic services to diverse populations of clients and yearn to learn how to exercise leadership and work effectively with other disciplines as part of a professional team.

You are prepared to undertake an intense, full-time program and have longed to move toward the doctoral level. When you acquire your Doctor of Psychology, you are on your way to becoming a professional, ethical, knowledgeable and successful partner.

You are interested in addressing health and mental health needs from a scientific point of view and you have a fascination with diagnosis and theory. You want a firm grounding in formal psychological testing and comprehensive assessment with children or adults, including neuropsychological, intelligence, cognitive and personality testing.



You want to practice independently as a licensed psychologist. Our graduates have obtained licensure/registration in New York, Rhode Island and Ontario.

You are interested in teaching and you want to immerse yourself in the theory and research basis of human behavior and behavioral change.

You desire to learn from licensed professionals with real-world experience. As experts in the field, Medaille College faculty will be mentors in your academic and professional development. Small, dynamic class settings appeal to you, and you like the idea of studying in weekly small-group sessions with other dedicated individuals who become a source of support, intellectual stimulation and professional contacts.


Courses, Requirements & Policies

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Clinical Psychology Program Data: Enrollment & Outcomes


Outcome 2009-2019
Total number of program graduates (doctoral degrees conferred on transcript) between two and ten years ago


The number of these graduates (between two and ten years ago) who became licensed psychologists in the past ten years 8
Licensure percentage 47%



Variable Year of First Enrollment
2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students for whom this is the first year of enrollment (i.e. new students)   -   -   - 12 - 14 - 10 - 11 - 14 - 9 - 5 -
Students whose doctoral degrees were conferred on their transcripts   -   -   - 9 75 6 43 3 30 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Student still enrolled in program   -   -   - 3 25 4 29 6 60 8 73 13 93 6 67 4 80
Students no longer enrolled for any reason other than conferral of doctoral degree   -   -   -   0 4 29 1 10 3 27 1 7 3 33 1 20


Program Costs

Description 2019-20 First Year Cohort Cost
Tuition for full-time students (in-state) $35,100
Tuition for full-time students (out-of-state) $35,100
Tuition per credit hour for part-time students $1,170
University/institution fees or costs $150
Additional estimated fees or costs to students (e.g. books, travel, etc.) $4,400


Time to Completion for All Students Entering the Program

Outcome Year in which Degrees were Conferred
2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 Total
Total number of students with doctoral degree conferred on transcript 5 8 5


Mean number of years to complete the program 5 5.6 5.6 5.333
Median number of years to complete the program 5 5 5 5
Time to Degree Ranges N % N % N % N %
Students in less than 5 years 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students in 5 years 5 100 5 63 3 60 13 72
Students in 6 years   0 3 38 1 20 4 22
Students in 7 years   0   0 1 20 1 6
Students in more than 7 years   0   0   0   0


Transfer Credits

Medaille College's transfer policy permits acceptance of up to nine (9) graduate credits earned at other accredited colleges and institutions of higher learning. Students must be in good standing with a letter grade of B or above, and must choose a major before being accepted into a graduate program. Students who wish to have credit(s) from previous institutions counted toward a Medaille College graduate degree may petition the appropriate program director or department chair for transfer credit, in writing, at the beginning of their program. The program director/department chair will determine if graduate coursework completed at another institution can transfer into the program as an equivalency for an existing graduate course. Upon review of the transfer request, the program director/department chair will inform the Office of the Registrar, in writing, of the decision, and will specify which course is to be allowed as transfer credit for a specific Medaille course. The provost makes final approval. This documentation will be placed in the student's permanent file. Only credit is transferable; grades, quality points and cumulative averages do not transfer. Information, including admission requirements, program deadlines and necessary documentation required for the admission process is available on our post-traditional, graduate and online student admissions page. Admission into graduate study is granted by Medaille College upon the recommendation of the department chair or program director of the graduate program, or in some cases, by a graduate admissions committee.


Internship Placement: Table 1

Outcome Year Applied for Internship
2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
N % N % N % N %
Students who obtained APA/CPA-accredited internships 0 0 1 13 1 9 2 25
Students who obtained APPIC member internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited 0 0 4 50 5 45 2 25
Students who obtained other membership organization internships (e.g. CAPIC) that were not APA/CPA-accredited 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained internships conforming to CDSPP guidelines that were not APA/CPA-accredited 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained other internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited 11 92 3 38 4 36 4 50
Students who obtained any internship 11 92 8 100 10 91 8 100
Students who sought or applied to internships including those who withdrew from the application process 12 - 8 - 11 - 8 -


Internship Placement: Table 2

Outcome 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19
N % N % N % N %
Students who sought or applied to internships including those who withdrew from the application process 12 - 8 - 11 - 8 -
Students who obtained paid internships 9 75 8 100 11 100 6 75
Students who obtained half-time internships* 1 8 1 13 1 9 0 0

*Only includes students who applied for internship and are included in applied cell count from "Internship Placement - Table 1"



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Program News

Medaille Associate Professor & PsyD Student Collaborate With Local Psychologist for an Article in The Journal of Addiction Research and Adolescent Behaviour

Associate Professor Keith Klostermann, Ph.D., LMFT, LMHC, recently co-authored a manuscript entitled “Deliberate Practice Makes Perfect: Improving Therapist Effectiveness,” in collaboration with clinical mental health counseling alumna and clinical psychology doctoral program student Emma Papagni ’17 and local psychologist Theresa Mignone, Ph.D.

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