Clinical Psychology @ John Jay College


The Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center prepares students to become scholars, experts and leaders in (1) providing an array of psychological services in various professional clinical settings including those that crosscut with forensic psychology; (2) conducting cutting edge research relevant to the application of psychological knowledge with an emphasis on that focusing on social justice and forensic psychology; (3) teaching psychological principles and practices in academic and professional institutions and settings; and (4) contributing broadly to the development and application of knowledge in the specialty of clinical psychology and the broader field of applied psychology. The program requires a minimum of 90 credits of coursework (including practicum), an in-depth scholarly dissertation, and a one-year internship in clinical psychology. Upon completion, students will be eligible to apply for New York State licensure as psychologists. The program is based on the scientist-practitioner (Boulder) model of doctoral training where equal emphasis is placed on the development of competencies for both research and professional practice. In addition, in keeping with the mission of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the program also requires completion of a special proficiency in clinical forensic applications and scholarship.

Diversity is a key focus of the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.  The program is committed to creating and sustaining a productive learning environment for students who represent a broad array of backgrounds and experiences. The curriculum incorporates relevant information about the impact that cultural and individual differences and diversity have on the practice and science of professional psychology. The curriculum also focuses on the intersections between clinical psychology, forensic psychology, and social justice. This information is infused throughout the curriculum and is further emphasized in the Diversity and Ethics courses that are required early in students’ academic and clinical training. The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at John Jay is committed to attracting and retaining diverse faculty and students who represent various aspects of cultural and individual differences and diversity, including racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, gender, sexual identity, religious, disability, and life experiences.


The program was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA) for 7 years in 2015, which was extended to 2024 due to pandemic related delays, and will seek renewal of accreditation in 2024. Questions related to the program's accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979


Contact Us

For questions or to learn more about our alumni events and activities, contact:

William H. Gottdiener, Ph.D., ABPP, FIPA
Director of Clinical Training
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Psychology Department
The City University of New York
524 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
Telephone: 646-557-4685