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Address:
Wayne Hall
125 West Rosedale Ave.
West Chester, PA 19383


Angela T. Clarke
Associate Professor
Director of Clinical Training, Clinical Psychology PsyD Program
Phone: 610-436-2532
Email: AClarke@wcupa.edu

Description, Scope, and Purpose of the Program

The West Chester University PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology follows a practitioner-scholar model that prepares students for leadership roles as culturally competent psychologists. Through the didactic coursework and supervised clinical training experiences beginning in the first year of the PsyD program, graduates of WCU's program will:

  • Be prepared to implement evidence-based practice to assess, treat, and prevent mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders, particularly among individuals who are at greatest risk and demonstrate the greatest need.
  • Be critical consumers of research, equipped to develop and evaluate interventions for the purpose of quality improvement and clinical decision-making.
  • Be adaptive to new knowledge in the field and responsive to emerging needs in an increasingly diverse society.

Read more about the curriculum.

In the News

Ferlin Charles, LCSW, a second year doctoral candidate, is the recipient of the 2018 Patricia M. Bricklin Student Ethics Award, given by the Pennsylvania Psychological Association Ethics Committee to a student for "meritorious work...dealing with ethics or law in psychology." Read more information about the award.

Felin Charles

West Chester Named America's Best College Town of 2018 - vista.today
West Chester tops the list of the Five Best College Towns of 2018, beating out the homes of the University of Michigan, BYU, Texas A&M, and Santa Monica College. Read more.

Town of West Chester, PA

Dr. Jasmin Tahmaseb-McConatha's collaborative work with the Mayor of West Chester, the West Chester Borough Council, West Chester University, and the West Chester Senior Center is featured in the World Health Organization Age-friendly Community Global Network. Read more.

Dr. Jasmine Tahmaseb-McConatha

Additional News
  • West Chester is #17 on U.S. News Best Public Schools List - West Chester University. Read more. 
  • Ariana Zahn, MA, a third year doctoral candidate, recently earned a Mamie Phipps Clark Research Grant in the amount of $1,500 from the Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology.  The grant is being used to reimburse families and teachers for their time to complete interviews for her dissertation research on dispositional mindfulness and emotion coaching in low-income families with children transitioning to kindergarten.  For more information about the grant mechanism,  More information about the grant mechanism.
  • Commissioners honor WCU for mental health efforts
  • Dr. Dan Gottlieb explores outrage fatigue on this Voices in the Family special with WCU psychologists Dr. Ellie Brown and Dr. Michael Gawrysaik. Listen to the podcast.
  • Dr. Ellie Brown's research is featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Accreditation

The WCU PsyD Program is not currently accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) because doctoral programs are not immediately eligible to apply for APA accreditation. We initiated the accreditation process in the 2017-2018 academic year when our second cohort entered the program, which was the earliest point possible, based on APA Commission on Accreditation operating procedures. We believe that we are well prepared for the doctoral program accreditation process, given that we have structured the program to be aligned with APA standards for accreditation and developed the program in partnership with an external reviewer who is also an APA site visitor. Every effort is being made to ensure that we will ultimately secure APA accreditation by the time our first cohort graduates. However, APA requires applicant programs to inform prospective students that there is no guarantee that the program will be APA accredited. Questions related to the PsyD program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First St, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, Telephone: (202) 336-5979, TDD/TTY: (202) 336-6123, Fax: (202) 336-5978.

Additional Information

Individuals with questions about the new Clinical Psychology PsyD program are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment with the Director of Clinical Training, Clinical Psychology PsyD Program, Dr. Angela Clarke. You may schedule a telephone meeting or an in-person meeting; if you choose to schedule a telephone meeting, please indicate in the "Notes" section that you plan to call my office at the scheduled time.

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