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The Doctor of Psychology Professional Psychology (PSYD)

The Doctor of Psychology Professional Psychology Program in Clinical Psychology was established in 1996. The Program is an APA-Accredited practitioner-scholar psychodynamic program. The Mission of the Doctor of Psychology Program at the George Washington University 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.

We admit approximately 30 students per year for three years of year-round intensive pre-internship education and training. Following completion of the internship in the fourth year, students are awarded the PsyD degree. Students are required to train in the program’s in house clinic for the first two of their three years in residence, and may continue in the clinic in their third year or choose an extramural externship. The clinic serves a diverse patient population with emphasis on the underserved. Training in assessment as well as various modalities of treatment is offered.

The clinic’s patient population provides the subjects for active, ongoing clinical research conducted by our faculty, students, and postdoctoral fellows.

Postdoctoral fellows will have ample opportunity to develop advanced clinical skills through supervised direct service in the clinic (assessment and treatment), and to develop a full course of additional advanced skills training opportunities in research, teaching, supervision, and clinic administration, and to develop an emphasis in child and adolescent work or work with adults.

Students and postdoctoral fellows have more than 200 contact hours per week with patients. Regular team meetings and practica offer a rich teaching-learning environment for the achievement of competence in clinical skills, as do the ongoing didactic curriculum, colloquia and numerous research activities being conducted in the program’s clinic. Grand Rounds and other teaching conferences within the university and the Washington, DC area provide additional learning opportunities.