Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) 

The field of Clinical Psychology is one of the most important domains of study and service in understanding human experience and meeting the mental health needs of society.  A Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology affords an opportunity to work intimately with people at the core of personal challenges, to create and direct human service centers, and to train, to teach and to treat individuals, families, groups and systems.

Program Overview

This program prepares practicing clinicians through coordinated ongoing academic and applied experience. Throughout the five-year program coursework is coordinated with field placement experiences in practica and internships, providing a strong academic and experiential base for understanding and treating human problems. The curriculum is designed to provide broad and rigorous training in clinical knowledge and skills and is constructed in keeping with the requirements of the American Psychological Association (APA), the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP), and state licensing requirements.

“One of the many unique components of the Clinical Psychology, PsyD program, is the Clinical Seminar experience in which small groups of students come together each week of the semester, for  3 years of the program, to discuss and explore the intersection of their academic course content and how they are applying this knowledge in their field placement practica and internships.  As students share examples from their clinical cases, they learn from their peers and evolve both personally and professionally as clinicians.”

—Stacey Lambert, PsyD
    Chair, Clinical Psychology Department
    Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs

Program Philosophy

The integration of applied experience and knowledge is at the core of our education model. We actively engage the development of the “professional self” through integration at all levels—in the classroom, at practica and internships, and through self-observation and awareness. These are the essential elements that are necessary to cultivate and nurture thoughtful, sensitive, culturally competent and effective professional psychologists.

Several characteristics differentiate William James College’s Clinical Training from the traditional Ph.D. model:

  • Courses content is designed to provide a foundation for professional practice,
  • Courses are taught by practicing professionals.
  • Students are in field placements at each level of the program, with most courses designed to integrate classroom work with clinical experience.
  • The science of psychology is taught in the service of applied clinical skills.
  • Students choose among a broad and creative range of research designs for their doctoral research projects, including quantitative analysis, phenomenological research, survey research, demonstration projects, theoretical analysis, or case studies.

“I fell in love with William James College when I first visited for an Open House.  It was the warmth of the community that initially drew me in and my decision to attend William James College is one of the best decisions I have ever made, certainly the best academic decision.  Staff, faculty and students care about your personal and professional development and it makes a difference.” 

–Larry Kelly, PsyD
    Clinical Psychology Program Graduate

A Letter from the Department Chair

Stacey LambertIf you are interested in a career in Professional Psychology and wish to work at the highest and most responsible level of professional practice, you have chosen well in considering the Doctoral Clinical Program at William James College for your graduate training.  For over forty years the Doctoral Program has been renowned as a unique integrative training program. As  one of the earliest professional school programs in the country, and a flagship clinical training program in the region, William James College has been preparing practitioner scholars to become successful and effective clinicians, teachers, supervisors, administrators and scholars throughout the country.

Integration at William James College is more than concomitant course and field experience.  It is the experience of an active and personal participation in the building of a “professional self” in the midst of rigorous course work and challenging direct service.   Moreover, through our program’s commitment to meeting social need, respect for diversity, and multicultural perspective we help students develop professional competence at the highest level of training in applied psychology.  Our practitioner-faculty, a mature, talented and diverse student body and the opportunity for practicum and internship training in a region noted for it is training and health services ensure a rich and thorough preparation for career satisfaction and achievement as a Professional Psychologist in an increasingly complex world.

If you are the kind of individual who is committed to the “common good”, interested in active,  applied learning, able to bring self-awareness and personal self-exploration to the domain of professional growth, William James College may be the program for you.  We welcome your interest in our program and in a career that meets the human need.

Please feel free to contact me directly if I can assist you in considering William James College as part of your career preparation and aspirations.

Sincerely yours,

Stacey Lambert, PsyD
Chair, Clinical Psychology Department
Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs

Stacey_lambert@williamjames.edu

Who This Program is For

Every Fall William James College enrolls a class of approximately 100 students into the PsyD program. In educational achievement, life experience, age, interest, and cultural and socio-economic background, William James College students are a varied group. They range in age from early twenties to late fifties, from people holding masters degrees in psychology and related fields with years of professional experience to recent BA's. Some have made well-considered career changes from fields such as business or law. In the process of making these career changes, they have obtained relevant experience and have taken courses in preparation for the doctoral program. William James College prepares students from across the country and around the world. International students constitute  approximately 13% of the student population, representing over 25 countries.

The wealth of professional and life experience is reflected in the students' work in the classroom and in their fieldwork, enriching both in the process. Classroom interactions reflect this diversity with spirited, challenging, and supportive discussions. William James College students are mature, introspective, and dedicated to their own personal/professional development and to the amelioration of human problems, and to the application of psychological knowledge in a variety of settings and in a diverse and complex world.

In addition to excellence in academic preparation and self-awareness, William James College values the candidate who has shown a commitment to community service. Individuals who, throughout their formative years in high school, college and beyond, have demonstrated an interest in and a service to the community will already have created a foundation for further contributions as professionals in the field of Psychology. Training at William James College involves integrated supervised formal field training along with academic coursework. Through practica and internships, students at William James College in all programs provide professional services to individuals, agencies and communities in need. William James College's institutional commitment to community service goes beyond those clinical services rendered through training alone and includes consultation, education, assessment, and interventions generated by William James College service program initiatives: The Leon O. Brenner Assessment Center, The Richard and Joan Freedman Child Study Center, and the Dr. Cynthia Lucero Latino Mental Health Training Program, among others. Students who through personal commitment and social awareness prior to graduate training, have provided service to others will have evolved an even broader understanding of how to assess and meet the needs of others through a career in professional psychology. William James College has also made a commitment to improve access to Mental Health care for Veterans through Train Vets to Treat Vets ® (TVTV) and to Families and Children of Adversity and Resilience (CFAR).

William James College values  a diverse student body reflecting the school's dedication to non-discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, Vietnam era veteran status, political belief, or disability unrelated to job requirements.

Alumni Data

82.76% Pass Rate on EPPP Exam

Graduates of our Clinical Doctorate Program are skilled in:

  • Evaluating, ameliorating, and helping to prevent human psychosocial problems;
  • Helping individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities function effectively and creatively
  • Practical application of existing psychosocial knowledge with respect for diversity and with cultural competence.
  • Developing new professional roles, service models, and service delivery systems capable of meeting the changing needs of society.

Graduates from our Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology are treating clinicians, supervisors, program directors, consultants, teachers and administrators in major health and mental health agencies throughout New England and throughout the country.  Doctors of Psychology with the PsyD degree from William James College are well represented in hospitals, community mental health centers, specialized treatment and service agencies, schools, independent practices, and in public service.

"The students from William James College are truly engaged learners, who value their profession and want to give their clients the best possible care."

-Robin Cook-Nobles, EdD
Field Site Supervisor at The Stone Center


Program Concentrations

Candidates for the Clinical PsyD degree can choose to specialize in one of seven concentration areas:

Children & Families of Adversity & Resilience

CFAR Concentration

Clinical Health Psychology

Clinical Health Psychology Concentration

Forensic Psychology

Concentration in Forensic Psychology

Geropsychology

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Latino Mental Health

Latino Mental Health Concentration

Military & Veterans Psychology

Military and Veterans Psychology (MVP) Concentration

Neuropsychology

Neuropsychology Concentration

Latino Mental Health Program

Latino Mental Health Program

Military & Veterans Psychology

MVP