Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Program

State
Puerto Rico
Academic Level
Graduate
Issue Area
Academic Program
Key Personnel
Program Focus
Health

Overview

The Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Program at the Carlos Albizu University (CAU), San Juan Campus offers doctoral education and training in clinical psychology. The Ph.D. Program was founded in 1992. It was first accredited by the American Psychological Association in 1994. We train around 150 graduate students per year that fluctuates between first and fifth year. We provide mentorship, and academic trainings in Clinical Psychology to mainly Hispanic/Latino students.

Program Description

One of its major goals is to increase the number of Latinos/as students trained in Clinical Psychology who master the required clinical and research skills to investigate mental health issues, particularly those associated with disadvantaged population. Moreover, the Program is unique in its mission of training culturally sensitive psychologists in a Hispanic/Latino cultural context. Our educational philosophy is based on a holistic, dynamic and integrated perspective, which is carried out through a balanced and interconnected sequence of didactic offerings, research opportunities, and experiential training placements. These activities are developed within a context of awareness and sensitivity towards culturally diverse constituencies, with special attention to the Puerto Rican society.

Outcome

A total of 147 doctoral students have graduated from 2001 to 2008. Ninety eight percent of their students are Latinos.

  • The program's retention rate between 2001 and 2010 has been an average of 80 percent.
  • Ninety four percent of their graduates from 2000 to 2008 are licensed in clinical psychology.

Their Latino students have demonstrated leadership and achievements in their engagement in Professional Activities: such as  memberships in professional societies, presentations or workshops at professional meetings, published in books/articles in professional or scientific journals,  participating in grant supported research, involved in teaching, and involved in part-time supervised practicum training off campus.