Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology

Program Overview

Albizu University established its Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology program in 1980.  Albizu University was founded on the premise that the needs of a multicultural society are best served by professionals who are culturally competent and inclusive. In accordance with this mission, the Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program provides in-depth exposure to diverse populations to prepare students to offer culturally sensitive clinical psychology services to an increasingly complex world. In all areas of the program, students work with faculty members who are highly committed and diverse, with proficiency in a wide range of specialties. The faculty bring to the classroom real-world expertise gained from their professional experiences as researchers, practitioners, consultants, and educators. 

Program Highlights

  • Located in a socioeconomically and culturally diverse area of the country that continues to grow at an exciting pace 
  • Students may choose a generalist training in psychology or focus their academic work on one of four specialty areas: neuropsychology, health psychology, child psychology, and forensic psychology 
  • On-campus training clinic that hosts an APA-accredited internship program
  • Over 30 external practicum sites across three counties in South FL 
  • Many faculty currently maintain clinical practices and bring expertise in neuropsychology, child and family therapy, behavioral medicine, forensic psychology, treatment of substance use disorders, and bilingual assessment and treatment  
  • Students have the opportunity to contribute to ongoing research or initiate projects of their own interest
  • Small cohort and class sizes
  • Accessible staff and faculty 
  • Current students have obtained APA-accredited internships at prestigious institutions such as Harvard Medical School, New York University-Rusk Institute, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, and Federal Bureau of Prisons, among others
  • Over 90% of students matched at APA-accredited internship sites in recent years

Career Opportunities

Albizu University Psy.D. graduates go on to secure gainful employment as psychologists,  working in a wide range of specialty areas, including research, treatment, testing, assessment, supervision, and consultation. They can be found in an array of settings, including hospitals, private practice, universities, research centers, and the military. 

The field of psychology has a promising job outlook. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for psychologists is expected to grow 19 percent from 2014 to 2024, a rate that is much faster than the average for all occupations. In addition, the demand for bilingual, culturally competent Hispanic clinicians has significantly increased due to the demographic changes in the United States and the need for increased mental health services in Puerto Rico and other countries throughout the hemisphere.

Accreditation

The Psy.D. program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1991. 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 20002-4242
Phone: 202-336-5979; 202-336-6123 TDD
Email: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation 


San Juan location
151 Calle Tanca San Juan, PR 00901
Phone: (787) 725-6500 Fax: (787) 721-7187
Miami location
2173 NW 99th Avenue Miami, Florida 33172 Phone: (305) 593-1223 Fax: (305) 592-7930
Centro Mayaguez
56 Calle José De Diego, Mayagüez, P.R. 00680 Phone: (787) 838-7272 Fax: (787) 721-7187
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Commission for Independent Education