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PhD in Clinical Psychology

Program Overview

The mission of the PhD program is to prepare students to become competent and highly skilled in the research and practice of clinical psychology. In emphasizing the integration of science and practice, the program adheres to a training approach consistent with the scientist-practitioner model. Students can seek advanced training in clinical child psychology or forensic psychology. Please see the Training Philosophy section for additional information about the program’s model of training.

To learn more about the program, please visit pages providing information about the program’s Admissions, Requirements, Faculty, Current Students, Alumni, Student Successes, and Field Placements.

Clinical Training Facilities

Many of the PhD program’s activities take place in two buildings. The first is Dickson Hall, the home of the Psychology Department and research labs for many of the faculty who train students in the program. The second is the Montclair State University Center for Clinical Services (CCS), which opened in January 2016 and serves as the primary clinical training faculty for our students and the home of the department’s clinic. CCS features 24 assessment/treatment rooms with state-of-the-art technology that allows faculty and students to directly observe sessions in real time and record them for feedback and supervision.

Financial Support

We make every effort to fund all students through their first four years of study, unless otherwise agreed to at the time of admission. Support is provided through doctoral fellowships, teaching assistantships, graduate assistantships, grants, and clinical or research contracts and fellowships. Please see the Financial Support section for additional information about funding opportunities for students.

APA Accreditation

The PhD Program in Clinical Psychology is accredited, on contingency by the American Psychological Association (APA), with an initial date of accreditation of April 5, 2020. The program is accredited, on contingency through April 5, 2025. Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979 / E-mail:

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

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Program Handbook

Additional information about the PhD program can be found in the Program Handbook.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about the PhD program, please email the Director of Clinical Training, Dr. Chris King, at