Offered through the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the psychodynamically-oriented Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Program in Clinical Psychology follows the "practitioner-scholar" model of education within the local clinical scientist tradition to prepare students for careers in Clinical Psychology. Students receive a breadth and depth of training in clinical psychology that combines the extensive practical experience they receive throughout the program with courses, and graduated and sequential writing requirements that integrate practice-based knowledge and skills with the scientific foundations of psychology. Courses are taught by seasoned clinicians, scholars, and researchers. Coursework is designed to be completed within three years of full-time study (fall, spring, and summer semesters). An alternative four-year plan (with a reduced course load each year) is also offered. Upon completion of coursework and prior to receiving the PsyD degree, students perform a one-year, full-time internship at a site approved by the faculty.

The GW Professional Psychology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association.

Questions related to accreditation status should be directed to:
American Psychological Association
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First St, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Telephone: (202) 336-5979

email: [email protected]


The mission of the Professional Psychology Program is to graduate practitioner-scholar professional psychologists who are exceptionally skilled as local clinical scientists in using a psychodynamic framework for the assessment and treatment of psychopathology. Our graduates know the clinical research methods necessary for new discoveries and base their professional practice in ongoing critical consumption of relevant research. We value openness, curiosity, diversity, tolerance, beneficence, humility, methodological ability, and professional ethics in the discovery and equitable provision of effective clinical services.

GW Professional Psychology Program Discipline Specific Knowledge and Profession-wide Competencies

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