APA Recognizes Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program for Excellence in Training

The Clinical Psychology Training Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Graduate Center was honored with the 2020 President’s Excellence in Training Award from the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Division 18, Psychologists in Public Service, Section on Serious Mental Illness/Severe Emotional Disturbance. The award recognizes the program’s success at readying students for roles treating individuals with severe mental illness.

The Ph.D. program specializes in forensic psychology and emphasizes social justice in both its research and clinical training. The prevalence of severe mental illness among prisoners and others in the criminal justice system has led the program to focus on preparing students to treat people with serious mental illness. 

“That’s become an additional competency that our students are strong in, and it’s one that’s underrepresented in clinical psychology,” said Professor Philip T. Yanos (GC/John Jay, Psychology), the program’s director of clincal training. 

The award is a “validation of what we’ve been doing for years now, which is giving our students excellent training in this work,” said Yanos. “It’s always good to have acknowledgement of what you’re doing and that it’s making a difference.”

Students in the program benefit from extensive experience working in hospitals, jails, and mental health centers so that by the time they graduate they are ready to work in such settings. The program also emphasizes research, and students learn how to apply research findings to clinical practice, which makes them highly qualified for a range of positions, from scholarly roles to executive leadership to clinicians.

Every student in the program receives tuition remission and many receive stipends. As a result, they graduate largely debt free and in a better position to pursue public sector positions.

Alumni of the program include the director of psychological services at Rikers Island prison, the director of training for early psychosis services at the New York State Psychiatric Institute, and faculty members at Adelphi University’s Gordon F. Derner School of Psychology and the University of Alabama. 

Submitted on: AUG 14, 2020

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