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Carlos 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.
Carlos Albizu University established its Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology program in 1984. For the past four decades, CAU has trained doctoral students to provide psychological services, particularly to individuals from ethnically diverse populations. The program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1994.
Psy.D. students work closely with faculty dedicated to integrating theory with research, cultural competence, ethical considerations, and real-world clinical practice. Additionally, Albizu students have the opportunity to provide clinical services to the culturally diverse population of Puerto Rico at the Albizu Clinic and at different external practicum training sites in the Island.
Students work with faculty members who are highly committed and diverse, with proficiency in a wide range of specialties. The faculty brings to the classroom real-world expertise gained from their professional experiences as researchers, practitioners, consultants, and educators. Our students particularly value the faculty’s accessibility and availability in helping them navigate the challenges inherent in the pursuit of a graduate psychology degree.
Clinical practicums begin at the Albizu Clinic, CAU’s on-campus clinic. Further on in the program, doctoral students choose from a variety of practicum sites in the community, including hospitals, academic medical centers, community mental health centers, and schools. They complete an internship during the fifth year of training, selecting from sites such as medical schools, mental health centers, VA hospitals, university counseling centers, private hospitals, prisons, and state hospitals in the U.S. or Puerto Rico.
Our students have the opportunity to participate in faculty-led research groups, contributing to ongoing research studies by working closely with faculty members on data collection, data analysis, and dissemination of findings. Students are able to participate in assessing research questions and methodologies for new areas of study.
Carlos Albizu University Psy.D. graduates go on to secure gainful employment as psychologists, with our most recent alumni survey showing around 90% of respondents working within the field. The alumni work 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 private practice, psychiatric hospitals, community mental health programs, hospital facilities, and universities.
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.