Program Overview

Choose Excellence with a PsyD in Clinical Psychology

The PsyD in Clinical Psychology at William James College is a 5-year, 134-credit  program accredited by the American Psychological Association. All courses are offered on campus, and your education is complemented throughout your five-year program with hands-on, supervised field training in sites around Greater Boston.  

The practical, hands-on experience you’ll gain while you’re studying is one of the unique aspects of our doctorate in clinical psychology. This work begins in your first semester. As a student, you’ll work in a supervised clinical setting with clients, patients, and students, gaining knowledge and skills to enhance what you’re learning in the classroom, and equipping you for a dynamic career post-graduation. 

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What is Clinical Psychology?

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 doctorate in clinical psychology affords you an opportunity to work intimately with people at the core of personal challenges to treat individuals, families, groups, and systems; to create and direct human service centers; to teach, supervise, and consult. 

Choose Real-World Learning with Experiential Education

Field placement is a transformational aspect of our educational model. As a Clinical Psychology PsyD student, you’ll graduate with five years of supervised clinical training experience. During each year of your program, you’ll work with our Field Education Office to find a placement opportunity tailored to suit your career interests and goals. 

We partner with more than 350 sites—including hospitals, community health agencies, prisons, forensic settings, colleges, universities, K12 schools, and more—throughout Greater Boston. These sites, and the supervisors you’ll work with, are evaluated regularly to ensure the training and supervision meets our high standards for your education, and our field education staff are here to support you throughout the entire process.

APA Internship Consortium

Our APA-accredited Internship Consortium is exclusively affiliated with William James College. The consortium includes diverse sites across Massachusetts, RI, NH and ME. This is a unique and rare opportunity for our Clinical PsyD students.

In addition, the William James College APA-accredited Internship Consortium presents a unique and exclusive APA training opportunity for our students. APA consortium internship sites are located across New England.

“Our pedagogical process of social justice, experiential education, and attention to personal growth allows the professional within our students to emerge.” 
President Nicholas Covino, 41st Commencement Address

Choose Impact with a Commitment to Social Responsibility

Our Clinical Psychology PsyD program is rooted in social justice, respect for diversity, and a multicultural perspective. This approach is woven through our entire curriculum and training model. We recruit, train, mentor, and prepare professionals who are committed to delivering culturally responsive care to meet a growing need in an increasingly diverse society. 

Our students also have the option to choose to participate in a co-curricular, college-wide concentration to enhance their studies and expand their learning. Available concentrations include African and Caribbean Mental Health, Asian Mental Health, Latino Mental Health, LGBTQIA+ Studies, or Military and Veterans Psychology. 

In addition to the college-wide concentrations, we offer in-depth, focused study opportunities specifically for Clinical Psychology PsyD students through our program concentrations in Children and Families of Adversity and Resilience, Clinical Health Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Geropsychology, and Neuropsychology.

Concentrations afford students the opportunity to dedicate part of their academic training to working with a particular population while also connecting with students and faculty across the college who share similar academic interests. Many of the areas of study represent unserved and underserved populations.


Choose Community Connectivity, Support and Student Life

The William James College community is supportive and connected. Our Dean of Students Office offers regular programming, in person and online, for all students, and oversees our Academic Resource Center. Student leadership and student groups create more opportunities for engagement, and we are proud to be home to the William James College Black Mental Health Graduate Academy, a community for Black students enrolled in our doctoral and master’s degree programs, that provides mentorship and networking opportunities.

Robert DiGiammarino“I began at MassGeneral Brigham as an intern during my third year in the PsyD program. I then returned for my postdoctoral fellowship and joined the staff once licensed. Since that time I have taken on multiple administrative positions, including directing the current student training program (including WJC interns!) as well as leading the outpatient psychiatry department. I also own and operate a private practice.”

Dr. Robert DiGiammarino, Child Psychologist, Director of Training, Clinic Coordinator at MassGeneral Brigham—Salem Hospital, Clinical Psychology PsyD graduate

Choose Mentorship and Personal Growth 

As a student, you will engage with faculty through education, research, mentorship, and training. All students work closely with an advisor on course planning, personal and professional development, and career goals. 

Our Clinical Psychology faculty members collectively represent expertise across many domains of psychology, including forensics, neuropsychology, health psychology, child, family, and adolescent psychology, geropsychology, multicultural and global mental health, assessment, and more. 

William James College faculty are practicing professionals who bring their clinical expertise and real-world examples into the classroom. They pair this experience with empirically based research, teaching you nuances, protocols, and interventions, that prepare you for your field work as a student and for your career as a future clinical psychologist.

12:1

Student:Faculty Ratio

APA Accrediation

The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at William James College is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA), demonstrating their compliance with the APA Standards of Accreditation.

Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE
Washington DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979
Email: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

William James College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (formerly the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.). For a full listing, please visit our William James College Accreditation/Approval page.

For questions, please contact our Admissions Office at 617-327-6777 x1506 or x1507 or email info@williamjames.edu.