Palo Alto University
Palo Alto University (PAU) is a private university located in Palo Alto, California that offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs in psychology. Founded in 1975 as Pacific Graduate School of Psychology, Palo Alto University is dedicated to improving lives through education and research anchored in psychology, clinical training, and practice in a diversity of cultures, and service to communities around the world.
PhD Clinical Psychology at Pacific Graduate School of Psychology
The PhD Clinical Psychology Program at Palo Alto University (PAU), Pacific Graduate School of Psychology (PGSP) is deeply committed to educating well-rounded clinical psychologists who are capable and competent as both researchers and clinicians. Students are taught to be science minded while appreciating the larger role of psychology in alleviating suffering in the world. This balance includes learning to value evidence-based clinical models while maintaining the responsibilities psychologists have to their community, society, and profession. An outstanding faculty of clinicians and researchers provides rigorous classroom instruction, clinical supervision, and research mentoring to help students find the right balance for them. Working within a training model best described as "practitioner-scientist," students systematically move through five years of coursework and practica to acquire PhD-level competence and capability in areas of psychological theory, research, and practice. The PhD Clinical Psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
The PhD Clinical Psychology program provides broad and general preparation through the integration of scholarship, professional experience, and research in accordance with our practitioner-scientist training model. In addition, the PhD Clinical Psychology program offers optional Areas of Emphasis for students to gain additional knowledge and experience within a more focused field of clinical psychology. Palo Alto University's PhD in Clinical Psychology program offers areas of emphasis in Child and Family, Diversity and Community Mental Health, Forensic Psychology, LGBTQ Psychology, Meditation and Psychology, Neuropsychology, and Trauma.
Opportunities for PhD Clinical Psychology Students
Students have access to specialized research groups and clinical training opportunities through the Gronowski Center, a community-based psychology training clinic and treatment center dedicated to providing high quality, evidence-based, clinical services to adults, older adults, adolescents, children, and families in the community.
Students who pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology are defined by their curiosity and dedication to using psychology to improve lives. Many graduates go on to have successful and rewarding careers as clinical psychologists or in research-focused academics. Still others find their calling in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Regardless of their specific career outcome, PAU's PhD candidates benefit from an outstanding faculty of clinicians and researchers who provide rigorous classroom instruction, clinical supervision, and research mentoring.
Degrees & Awards
Entrance Exam GRE General Test
Comp Exam Required
2000-hour clinical internship
|Doctoral Degree Exam||GRE General Test|
|Doctoral Degree Requirements||Undergraduate or graduate degree in psychology or related area; 4 course prerequisites: biopsychology, abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, and statistics|
Tuition & Fees
|Financial award applicants must submit:||FAFSA|
|Types of financial support available||
Scholarship and/or loans
|Black or African American||5.3%|
|White or Caucasian||52%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0.22%|
|Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander||0.44%|
|Two or more races||8.61%|
|Focus of faculty research:||Forensic psychology, LGBT psychology, trauma, diversity and community mental health, neuropsychology|
|Externally sponsored research expenditures last year:||0|