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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Clinical Psychology Graduate Program Overview

Due to the impact of COVID-19, the GRE (general) will NOT be required for the December 1, 2020 application.

The doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Syracuse University is dedicated to training outstanding students to become responsible, innovative, and scholarly clinical psychologists. Our program embraces the scientist-practitioner model, providing balanced training in the science and practice of clinical psychology. Our faculty view scholarly empirical research as the foundation of clinical psychology, and we seek to train students who are eager to embrace the research mission of the program. Graduates of our program are well-positioned to pursue a variety of career options, including academic appointments, clinical research, and the provision of clinical services. The doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Syracuse University has been fully accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1956. Please see below for more information.

Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data

Data on students’ time to completion, program costs, attrition, internships, and licensure are collected and reported in keeping with requirements of programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. These education and training outcomes can be found at this link: Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data. Please also see the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP) policy regarding Admissions Offers and Acceptances.

Promising applicants will be invited for personal interviews; telephone interviews may be conducted if travel to Syracuse is not possible. Applicants will be notified of their status by April 15th or earlier if possible. We encourage all admitted applicants to visit the campus and meet Clinical faculty and students before making a decision to accept an offer. The doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Syracuse University does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, ethnicity, religion, or physical handicap.

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Diversity in Clinical Psychology

The Syracuse University Clinical Psychology doctoral program is committed strongly to promoting diversity with respect to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status and age. Our doctoral program also seeks to prepare students to be sensitive to issues of inclusion and diversity in all aspects of their culturally competent work.

We strive to maintain a diverse student population and historically underrepresented students are especially encouraged to apply for our doctoral program. The Clinical Psychology program is dedicated to the active recruitment of a diverse group of students and faculty. Our diversity recruitment efforts include our Diversifying Psychology Visit Day as well as other departmental activities to promote diversity and inclusion in our classrooms, research, clinical practice, and programming.

We support strongly Syracuse University's institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Financial Aid

The Department of Psychology makes a determined effort to provide at least four years of financial support for all graduate students in good standing. Support is obtained from a variety of sources, including teaching and clinic assistantships, as well as graduate fellowships. In addition, students may be funded as research assistants on faculty grants. Assistantships for the 2019 - 2020 academic year carry a stipend of approximately $19,000 plus 24 hours of remitted tuition per year (at $1,620 per credit hour), which includes 6 credit hours to be used during the summer.

Program Information

Official program requirements include at least 90 credit hours, including a 6-credit master's thesis and an 18-credit dissertation. Prior to beginning the dissertation, students must pass a doctoral qualifying exam. A full-time, one-year internship is also required before the Ph.D. is awarded. 

Program of Study

The doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Syracuse University admits students to begin full-time study in the fall semester. Our curriculum has evolved in order to meet both responsibilities to the profession of Psychology as well as individual student needs. Doctoral students in Clinical Psychology typically follow a common core sequence in their first two years of study. The course content in the first two years is structured to ensure that all doctoral students receive comprehensive training in statistics and research design, theoretical underpinnings to Clinical Psychology as well as developing core foundational skills in evidence-based treatments. Students are also expected to complete their Master’s thesis in their second or third year of study.

This core sequence is then followed by an opportunity for students to tailor their training and study to match personal interests. These subsequent years of doctoral study include elective courses, additional research and dissertation work, clinical practica and a one-year predoctoral internship.

A typical sequence of courses is shown below. Consult the Course Catalog for specific requirements. For more complete information, please see the Clinical Psychology Graduate Student Handbook.






Assessment I (647)
Statistics II (655)
Psychopathology (843)


Res. Methods Clin Psy (624)
Assessment II (648)
Statistics III (756)


Elective or NY State Corse course




NY State Core Course
NY State Corse Course
Practicum (847)

Research: Thesis proposal

Thesis (997)
Psychotherapy (745)
Practicum (847)


Thesis (997)
Elective or APA Core course



Elective or NY State Core course
Clinical Therapy Experience Practicum (851)

Research: Thesis defense

Elective or NY State Core course
Clinical Therapy Experience Practicum (851)

Research: Qualifying Exam

Elective or NY State Core course




Elective or NY State Core course

Research: Qualifying Exam

Elective or NY State Core course

Research: Qualifying Exam

Dissertation (999), 6 credits


Dissertation (999), 6 credits

Research: Dissertation Proposal

Dissertation (999, 6 credits)

Research: Dissertation
Research: Dissertation


Predoctoral Internship
(Enroll for PSY 996)

Predoctoral Internship
(Enroll for PSY 996)
Predoctoral Internship
(Enroll for PSY 996)

Our APA accredited Clinical Psychology doctoral program is also identified as New York State licensure-qualifying. This ensures that the education of program graduates will be accepted for licensure immediately in New York. The core courses that our doctoral students must complete are those require by New York State for licensure.

In addition to completing the degree requirements for the doctorate in Clinical Psychology, students in good academic standing can also enroll in the Neuroscience Concentration, which appears as a graduate specialization on a student’s transcript. The Concentration is a 4-course sequence that spans broad areas of Neuroscience, including biological and psychological processes, and is meant to provide students with a breadth of knowledge across core disciplines. Students are admitted to the Clinical Psychology doctoral program, and then complete interdisciplinary neuroscience coursework. Your Ph.D. will be awarded from the Psychology department with the "Neuroscience Concentration" listed as an area of specialization on your degree. More information about the concentration can be found here

Application Information

The Clinical faculty considers the mentoring of graduate students to be an integral part of our professional endeavors. Graduate students are carefully selected from a pool of applicants and work closely with a major advisor in a research apprentice training model. Although admissions decisions are made by the faculty as a committee, major advisors and students are matched based on shared research interests at the time an offer of admission is made. The following is intended to provide a quick reference for potential applicants. Please see the rest of this page for more detailed information about the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Syracuse University.

  1. Applications are due no later than December 1.

2. Application requirements include but are not limited to:

  • GRE® General Test (the Psychology subject test is optional and NOT required)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement of Purpose (indicate at least one faculty member you are interested in working with)

3. All application materials must be submitted via the online application for graduate study.

  • To begin the application process visit
  • Click the online application link and create a New User account with Embark
  • When queried as “to which program and degree do you intend to apply?” select “Clinical Psychology, Ph.D.”

4. Each of the Clinical Psychology faculty listed below will be reviewing applications for Fall admission:

5. Please direct questions about our program to (preferred) or 315.443.3087.

Additional Resources

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

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336 5979 / E-mail:

Clinical Psychology Faculty

The doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Syracuse University is dedicated to training outstanding students to become responsible, innovative, and scholarly clinical psychologists. Our program embraces the scientist-practitioner model, providing balanced training in the science and practice of clinical psychology. Our faculty view scholarly empirical research as the foundation of clinical psychology, and we seek to train students who are eager to embrace the research mission of the program.

Kevin Antshel, Ph.D.
Dr. Antshel's research and clinical interests focus on developmental psychopathology, with specific emphasis on attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) across the lifespan. Dr. Antshel is particularly interested in further investigating and understanding the heterogeneity of ADHD (e.g., ADHD in the context of autism spectrum disorder, ADHD in medical disorders such as 22q11.2 deletion syndrome). His goal is to use information about the heterogeneity of ADHD to further explore and predict mediators and moderators of treatment outcomes. Dr. Antshel directs the ADHD Lifespan Treatment, Education and Research (ALTER) program at Syracuse University. For more information, please visit Dr. Antshel's faculty page.

Joseph W. Ditre, Ph.D.
Dr. Joseph W. Ditre is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at Syracuse University. He is also Director of the Pain and Addiction Research (PAR) Lab, which operates out of the Central New York Medical Center in Syracuse NY. Dr. Ditre’s research cuts across basic and applied work in the areas of health psychology and behavioral medicine, with an emphasis on the intersection of addictive behaviors and comorbid medical disorders. At the broadest level, this research examines how the use of substances may influence the onset and progression of comorbid medical disorders, and how the symptoms and sequelae of medical disorders may influence the use of addictive substances. More specifically, he has established a programmatic line of research that applies a multi-method approach to the study of complex interrelations between pain, affect, comorbid psychopathology, and the maintenance of addiction. For more information, please visit Dr. Ditre's faculty page.

Randall S. Jorgensen, Ph.D.
Dr. Jorgensen's research interests relate to investigating the psychophysiological, cognitive, attentive, and behavioral linkages to health and well-being, with special reference to cardiovascular disorders. For more information, please visit Dr. Jorgensen's faculty page.

Stephen A. Maisto, Ph.D.
Dr. Maisto's research involves the assessment and treatment of substance use disorders; mechanisms of risk perception and risk taking, especially as it relates to substance use; HIV prevention and intervention in psychiatric and other populations; integration of behavioral healthcare in the primary care setting. For more information, please visit Dr. Maisto's faculty page.

Aesoon Park, Ph.D.
Dr. Park's research interests focus on individual risk pathways of the development and escalation of alcohol use/misuse involving and co-occurring high-risk health behaviors within developmental contexts. I am also interested in statistical techniques that account for the time-varying and multi-level nature of human development (e.g., structural equation model, multilevel model, latent mixture model). For more information, please visit Dr. Park's faculty page.

Peter A. Vanable, Ph.D.
Dr. Vanable's research focuses on psychological aspects of health and illness, with an emphasis on behavioral aspects of HIV/AIDS. Current projects include studies designed to characterize the coping challenges and experiences of men and women who are living with HIV disease, as well as studies that evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to reduce high risk sexual behavior. Dr. Vanable's interests also include the prevention and treatment of addictive behaviors. For more information, please visit Dr. Vanable's faculty page.

Sarah Woolf-King, Ph.D.
Dr. Woolf-King is a licensed clinical psychologist with a combined interest in health psychology, epidemiology, and behavioral medicine. The overarching goal of her work is to inform the development of behavioral and psychological interventions that can enhance the wellbeing of patients and families coping with chronic medical conditions. For more information, please visit Dr. Woolf-King's faculty page.

Research Training

Research training is a primary mission in the Clinical Psychology training program. Through both coursework and supervised apprenticeship, doctoral students learn skills that will enable independent research upon graduation. Skills that provide the basis for our research training model include how to critically evaluate the existing knowledge base, formulate new hypotheses that can be empirically tested and disseminate research findings. Training in manuscript preparation, grant writing and presenting data orally are all core components of our research apprenticeship model.

Members of the Clinical faculty collaborate with each other and with colleagues within the Syracuse area and across the country. There are ongoing collaborative research projects at the Syracuse V.A. Medical Center and the State University of New York - Upstate Medical University. Both of these institutions are within easy walking distance of the Psychology Department and provide valuable research and clinical experiences for our students.

Clinical Training

Our clinical training is centered on providing doctoral students with a thorough grounding in evidence-based practice. Our goal is to equip students with core skills in assessment and intervention so that the student is fully prepared for the predoctoral internship training experience.

Students begin their formal clinical training by completing an assessment course sequence during the first year, followed by a year-long therapy practicum course in the second year. Students then spend the third year training in the Department's Psychological Services Center (PSC), which provides psychotherapy and assessment services to university students and to members of the greater Syracuse community. Upon completion of the year-long PSC practicum, students are able to complete advanced practica at several local sites in the broader Syracuse community.

Clinical supervisors vary in their conceptual approaches to understanding and modifying behavior, which promotes lively discussion of clinical topics and the development of flexibility in clinical skills. Supervision is complemented by seminars in multicultural issues, ethics and psychopathology, as well as by regular case conferences.

Teaching Training

Many students also obtain teaching experience to help prepare them for academic careers.  Initially, students may work as a teaching assistant, usually during the first year, in the undergraduate Introduction to Psychology course (PSY 205). Subsequent to this initial teaching experience, students may serve as a course instructor and have full responsibility for an undergraduate course.  Doctoral students interested in pursuing an academic career can be confident that they will receive significant teaching opportunities and mentoring on the essential skills of college instruction. Students frequently rank teaching among the most rewarding experiences of their graduate training. Many of our students also obtain additional training in teaching and career development experiences through the Future Professoriate Program.

Contact Us

For more information about the program, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.
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