The mission of the Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology at Carlos Albizu University, San Juan Campus, is to train culturally sensitive Hispanic clinical psychologists with the necessary competencies to provide services to individuals, families, and other Hispanic groups The program focuses on a holistic, dynamic, and integrated perspective that is realized through a balanced and interconnected sequence of didactic coursework, experiential clinical training, and opportunities for research and scholarly work. CAU’s Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology subscribes to the professional- scholar model of training. Based on this model, the Program will train you for the practice of clinical psychology in a number of capacities. It will also train you to be a consumer of research and base your work on the foundations of the scientific evidence of psychology.
Our Psy.D. 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 student in our Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Program, 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.
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 academicians, as well as practitioners, who will bring to your classes their real life experiences in the field, thus enriching your learning experience while in the Program based on the Practitioner-Scholar Model.
We pride ourselves on 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 providing of mental health services both in the San Juan metropolitan area and in other cities and towns in Puerto Rico.
As a graduate of the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology Program at CAU 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.
CAU’s Psy.D. graduates go on to secure gainful employment, with our most recent alumni survey showing 92% of respondents were 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. In addition, our students can be found in an array of different settings, including hospitals, private practice, universities, research centers and the military. The majority of our graduates are employed in government agencies, private practice, medical centers, or community agencies, many of them holding high level positions. The field of psychology has a promising job outlook. In addition, the demand for bilingual, culturally competent Hispanic clinicians is an area of significant increment due to the demographic changes in the United States and the need for increased mental health services in Puerto Rico and other areas. 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.