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Clinical Psychology Psy.D. Program

Address:
Peoples Building
690 S. Church Street
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 Psy.D. program in clinical psychology follows a practitioner-scholar model that prepares students for leadership roles as culturally competent psychologists. Graduates of WCU's program will be able to:

  • Employ evidence-based interventions to assess, treat, and prevent mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders particularly among individuals who are at greatest risk and demonstrate the greatest need.
  • Prepare students to be critical consumers of research, and to develop and evaluate interventions for the purpose of quality improvement and clinical decision-making.
  • Provide accurate and precise expertise in assessment and therapeutic interventions through the didactic coursework and supervised clinical training experiences beginning in the first year of the program.

Graduates of WCU's program will be adaptive to new knowledge in the field and responsive to emerging needs in an increasingly diverse society. Read more about the curriculum.

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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.