Program in Clinical Psychology Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies Adelphi University

Program in Clinical Psychology Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies Adelphi University

Garden City, NY
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
Not Reported
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


Top-Ranking Graduate Programs in Clinical Psychology at Adelphi University

The Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University was the nation's first university-based professional school in clinical psychology. Today it is internationally recognized for the extensive range of degree programs that reflect its ongoing commitment to scholarship, research and practice.

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Clinical Psychology at Adelphi University prepares students who have primary career goals of community and clinical practice or who are interested in academic or research careers. The doctoral program in clinical psychology has been fully accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1957. Those who complete all requirements for the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology are eligible to apply for psychology licenses in New York State.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology is a full-time program consisting of 120 credits. Supervised clinical practice is a key component of the program, beginning in the first year and continuing through the fourth year. A second-year research project and a doctoral-level dissertation are also required. The average time to complete the program is six years.

The program uses the Vail training model, in which extensive clinical field experience complements the core academic curriculum. Students are placed either in externships or in the Derner Institute's Center for Psychological Services.

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology Curriculum

Required courses in the 120-credit curriculum focus on biological and social foundations for behavior, developmental psychology and history and systems of psychology. Students receive classroom and experiential training in assessment; intervention; diversity; relationship skills; professional ethics; and supervision, consultation and management.

Application Requirements Include Group Interview

Applicants to the doctoral program in clinical psychology at Adelphi University must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) results (including the General Exam and the Psychology Exam). The Miller Analogies Test is not required. Applicants are required to have completed undergraduate courses in general psychology, experimental psychology, statistics, developmental psychology and abnormal psychology. Adelphi University graduate candidates should also have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Top applicants for the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology are required to complete a group interview.

Clinical Practice Right from the Beginning

For the clinical psychology program, clinical training begins in the first year with supervised intakes in the program's outpatient clinic and diagnostic psychological testing labs. In the second year, diagnostic training continues; students are placed in an eight-hour externship in an inpatient psychiatry setting and have the option to begin psychotherapy training in our clinic. Psychotherapy training includes individual supervision throughout the program. Participation in an ongoing case conference also begins in the second year. In the third year, case conference and psychotherapy in our clinic continues; students are placed in a 16-hour externship in an outpatient setting. In the fourth year, psychotherapy training in our clinic continues, and students prepare to apply for a full-time internship for the remainder of their fifth year.

Research and scholarship are emphasized throughout the program, with special preparation for a scholarly presentation of a research project as a culminating academic/professional experience. This pre-dissertation project, consisting of a publishable research study performed under the guidance of a faculty mentor, is required of all students. The final outline for the dissertation is usually completed by early in the fourth year with completion of the dissertation within the fifth or sixth year.

Diverse Faculty Members Bring Range of Experiences

The Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies faculty members have diverse interests spanning clinical, cognitive, developmental, educational, experimental, industrial-organizational, personality, and social psychology. In addition to their teaching and research activities, these professors bring to the classroom a wide range of applied field consulting experiences.

Community Partnerships Enhance Clinical Training

The Gordon F. Derner Institute Center for Psychological Services serves as a practicum training facility for doctoral candidates in clinical psychology. The center's staff and Derner Institute faculty members provide professional oversight and supervision to students who offer assessment and psychotherapy services to Adelphi University students, staff, and community residents.

Since 1963, the Postgraduate Psychotherapy Center has provided affordable and effective psychoanalytic psychotherapy services to the University community, staffed by doctoral-level mental health professionals, including psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers affiliated with the postgraduate programs in psychoanalysis and psychotherapy.

Also, through Derner's ongoing partnerships with major mental health organizations in the community, students have clinical practice opportunities at Beth Israel Medical Center, Creedmor Psychiatric Center, Interfaith Medical Center, Kings County Hospital Center, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, South Oaks Hospital, St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center, Montefiore Medical Center, Nassau University Medical Center, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, and many other facilities.

Added Value

Established in 1896, Adelphi University is a fully accredited, private university with nearly 8,000 undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and returning-adult students in the arts and sciences, business, allied health, clinical psychology, education, nursing, and social work. Academic experts have chosen Adelphi University as the gold standard for northeastern colleges. Noted for high academic standards and reasonable tuition costs, the private liberal arts university has also been recognized as a best buy in the "Fiske Guide to Colleges" for eight straight years. Adelphi was also selected as a Best College in the Northeast by "The Princeton Review" and a Top College by "Forbes". ranked us in the top 15 percent of colleges and universities nationwide in return on investment.

Adelphi University

Adelphi University is a private university located in Garden City, New York--just 23 miles from Manhattan--where our students take advantage of numerous cultural and internship opportunities. Founded in 1896, it is the oldest coeducational institution of higher education on Long Island.

Tuition and Financial Assistance

Funding assistance for students in the Gordon F. Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies at Adelphi University is available in the form of loans; on- and off-campus employment; teaching, research, and assistantships; and paid field placements.

Financial assistance for graduate students is sometimes provided in the form of tuition remission and each student is assigned to a faculty member who supervises the student's work. In addition, some scholarship funds are available to New York State residents through the Tuition Assistance Program (TAP).

Location & Contact

Program in Clinical Psychology

Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies
Adelphi University

One South Avenue PO Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530-0701
United States

Dr. J. Muran

Associate Dean

Phone: 516-877-4803

Ms. Christine Murphy

Director of Admissions

Phone: 516-877-3050
Fax: 516-877-3039

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Clinical Psychology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees 22
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $50
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th January 15th Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, GRE Subject Test, interview; resume; undergraduate course work in psychology, experimental psychology, statistics, and developmental psychology, and abnormal psychology
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 15
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students96
    • Female Percentage78%
    • Male Percentage22%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students96
    • Part-time Percentage21%
    • Full-time Percentage79%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino5%
    • Black / African American3%
    • White / Caucasian70%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian8%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown13%




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