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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D) in Clinical Psychology

Program Overview

The mission of the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology Program Psychology at Carlos Albizu University, San Juan Campus, is to train culturally sensitive psychologists in a Hispanic/Latino cultural context who can master the required clinical and research skills to investigate mental health issues, particularly those associated with disadvantaged populations. Our educational philosophy is based on a holistic, dynamic and integrated perspective, which is carried out through a balanced and interconnected sequence of didactic offerings, research opportunities, and experiential training placements. CAU’s Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology subscribes to the scientist-practitioner model of training.  Based on this model, you will be trained in the application of scientific methodology to clinical practice and decision-making, how to evaluate and treat clients using evidence-based methods, tools, and techniques, how practice and approaches to clinical problems are informed by science, and how to conduct practice-based research.

Program Highlights

Our Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). This is a key feature not only for the prestige and employment opportunities it brings our graduates, but is also required in many states to secure internship and afterwards allows you to become a licensed clinical psychologist.

If you are selected to become a CAU Ph.D. student, you will have the singular experience to be part of a program that prides itself in the education and training of culturally competent psychologists. This will give you the ability to rise to the challenge of providing services to an increasingly complex and diverse world. In addition, you will have the required clinical and research skills to investigate mental health issues, particularly those associated with disadvantaged population. 


As a student in our program, you will be trained by a highly committed, diverse faculty with expertise in the areas they teach. Our faculty members are scientists as well as academicians and practitioners, who will bring to your classes their real life experiences in the field, thus enriching your learning experience while in the Program. 

We pride ourselves on small, personalized classroom settings that allow you the hands-on experience and direct participation and interaction with peers and faculty. Our students boast about the accessibility and availability of our faculty in helping them navigate the rewards and challenges consistent with any graduate career. We infuse diversity into all our courses and clinical experiences. We work with over 25 different external practicum sites in the community and are proud to be a strong presence in the San Juan area.

As a graduate of CAU‘s Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology Program you will be immediately eligible for licensure in Puerto Rico. You will also be eligible for licensure in the United States upon completion of a required one year of post-doctoral training.

Career Opportunities

CAU’s  Ph.D. graduates go on to secure gainful employment, with our most recent alumni survey showing 90% of respondents working within the field. Once our students become psychologists they work in a wide range of specialty areas, including research, treatment, testing, assessment, supervision, and consultation. The majority of our graduates are employed in private practice, medical centers, universities, research centers, community agencies,   and the military. The field of psychology has a promising job outlook. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov), employment for psychologists is expected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.

San Juan location
PO BOX 9023711 San Juan, PR 00902-3711 Tel: (787) 725-6500 Fax: (787) 721-7187
Miami location
2173 NW 99th Avenue Miami, Florida 33172 Phone: (305) 593-1223 Fax: (305) 592-7930
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Commission for Independent Education