Clinical Psychology

The Department of Psychology at the University at Albany, State University of New York, offers the opportunity for exceptional students to pursue graduate study in Clinical Psychology. The Clinical Psychology program is steeped in tradition as one of the best cognitive-behavioral training programs in the country.

The program was recognized with the 2009 Outstanding Training Program Award by the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).

Program OverviewClinical Program Area

Our program integrates scientific and professional training in a series of didactic, practicum, and research experiences. It focuses primarily on a social learning approach to behavior, with cognitive and more strictly behavioral approaches also represented.

The program is structured such that students are able to complete it with a Ph.D in hand in 5 years (four years on campus plus one year for the pre-doctoral internship). We are not a highly competitive program in the sense that students scramble for grades. A small number (6-8) of students are admitted each year. Once admitted, every effort is made to help students finish the program. This is not a program where students are "weeded out"!

Our goal is to educate students for eventual roles as research scientists, academics, clinicians, and problem solvers in the public and/or private sphere. In addition to general departmental requirements, the program consists of a core of courses in the clinical area which are described by following the links below. Beyond this, students consult with faculty advisers to tailor programs to meet their particular needs and goals. Most of our graduates eventually work in academic and/or research settings, and some chose career paths as practitioners.

Goal #1: Prepare students to become independent scholars and researchers in the field of clinical science.

Objectives for Goal #1:

A.  Learn to conduct independent research

B.  Become skilled in writing literature reviews

C.  Develop skills to disseminate research

D. Become good consumers of empirical work


Goal #2: Prepare students to implement empirically-informed assessments and interventions.

Objectives for Goal #2:

A. Learn fundamental theories and research on psychopathology and diagnosis

B. Learn how to conduct competent and appropriate clinical interviews

C. Learn about scientific bases of clinical assessment including strengths/limitations of specific approaches

D. Acquire the skills to answer assessment questions using empirically supported assessment methods in a clinically competent manner

E. Learn about empirically-supported interventions for psychological disorders and psychosocial problems

F.  Acquire skills to implement empirically-informed and empirically-supported interventions in specific populations and/or for specific psychological or psychosocial problems

G.  Demonstrate willingness and ability to use scientific data in clinical settings

H.  Seek and be responsive to feedback that expands and improves clinical skills


Goal #3: Promote students’ ethical professionalism as clinicians/interventionists, scholars/researchers, and teachers/supervisors and their professional identities in the wider professional community

Objectives for Goal #3:

A. Conduct clinical work consistent with professional standards, ethics, and legal regulations

B. Conduct research consistent with ethical standards and legal regulations

C. Demonstrate ethical, professional, and respectful behavior when teaching or supervising others


An important aspect of the program is the opportunity to participate in active clinical research programs conducted by the faculty (see links below). These programs provide the student with direct experience in the integration of scientific-practitioner skills. Typically students fulfill all of their clinical research requirements in these programs. Several clinical research projects exist within the program that help to provide the student with research training in the context of the delivery of clinical services.

The Clinical Psychology program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association. See Commission on Accreditation Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, N.E., Washington, DC 20002-4242, Ph: (202) 336-5979.

Links and Documents

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

American Psychological Association
Clinical Student Handbook