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Clinical Psychology

The doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Syracuse University is dedicated to training outstanding students to become responsible, innovative, and scholarly clinical psychologists. Our program embraces the scientist-practitioner model, providing balanced training in the science and practice of clinical psychology. Our faculty view scholarly empirical research as the foundation of clinical psychology, and we seek to train students who are eager to embrace the research mission of the program. Graduates of our program are well-positioned to pursue a variety of career options, including academic appointments, clinical research, and the provision of clinical services. The doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Syracuse University has been fully accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1956. Please see below for more information.

Application Information

The Clinical faculty considers the mentoring of graduate students to be an integral part of our professional endeavors. Graduate students are carefully selected from a large pool of applicants, and work closely with a major advisor in a research apprentice training model. Although admissions decisions are made by the faculty as a committee, major advisors and students are matched based on shared research interests at the time an offer of admission is made. The following is intended to provide a quick reference for potential applicants. Please see the rest of this page for more detailed information about the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Syracuse University.

1.  Applications are due no later than December 1, 2015.

2.  Application requirements include but are not be limited to:

  • GRE® General Test (the Psychology subject test is optional and NOT required)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal Statement of Purpose (indicate at least one faculty member you are interested in working with)

3.  All application materials must be submitted via the online application for graduate study.

4.  Each of the Clinical Psychology faculty listed below will be reviewing applications for Fall 2016 admission.

5.  Please direct questions about our program to psychology@syr.edu (preferred) or 315-443-1050.

Clinical Faculty

Brief descriptions of research and clinical interests for each of our full-time Clinical Psychology faculty are listed below.  Please click on the links below and/or email individual faculty members for more information.

Dr. Kevin Antshel (Director of Clinical Training)

  • Developmental psychopathology with particular emphasis on attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Dr. Joseph Ditre

  • Health psychology and behavioral medicine with a focus on bi-directional relations between pain and substance use (nicotine/tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, opioids).  Mechanisms of interest include comorbid psychopathology (anxiety, depression), cognitive-affective factors (expectancies, coping, and catastrophizing), pain pathophysiology, and neurobiological/genetic correlates.  Scientific approaches include human experimental models, epidemiological studies/meta-analyses, and randomized clinical trials of novel treatments for individuals with chronic pain, cancer, and HIV.

Dr. Craig Ewart

  • Health psychology: How nonconscious motives, interpersonal relationships, and emotion regulation capabilities affect cardiovascular physiology and disease risk.

Dr. Randall Jorgensen

  • Psychophysiological, cognitive, attentive, and behavioral linkages to health and well-being, with special reference to cardiovascular disorders.

Dr. Stephen Maisto

  • Substance use disorders; mechanisms of risk perception and risk taking, especially as it relates to substance use; HIV prevention and intervention in psychiatric and other populations; Integration of the treatment of behavioral health problems in primary care.

Dr. Aesoon Park

  • Interplay between person and environment as it affects substance use and related risky behaviors within developmental contexts; statistical techniques (e.g., SEM, multilevel and latent mixture models).

Dr. Peter Vanable

  • Psychological aspects of health and illness, with an emphasis on behavioral aspects of HIV/AIDS; interests also include the prevention and treatment of addictive behaviors.

Affiliated Faculty

Affiliated faculty are Syracuse University Department of Psychology faculty members that contribute in meaningful ways to the research, teaching and clinical supervision of Clinical doctoral students.  The following is a list of current Affiliated Faculty members:


Les Gellis, Ph.D.

Afton Kapucinski, Ph.D.

CHILD (School Psychology Faculty)

Larry Lewandowski, Ph.D.

Natalie Russo, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty

Adjunct faculty extend the breadth of our program via their teaching and clinical supervision of Clinical doctoral students. Therapeutic orientations of adjunct faculty include cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and interpersonal.  The following is a list of current Adjunct Faculty members:

Jessica Costosa-Umina, Ph.D.

Stephen Faraone, Ph.D.

Jennifer Funderburk, Ph.D.

Roger Greenberg, Ph.D.

Joseph Himmelsbach, Ph.D.

Amy Olszewski, Ph.D.

Deborah Pollack, Ph.D.

Robbi Saletsky, Ph.D.

Nina Stoeckel, Ph.D.

Program Information

Official program requirements include at least 90 credit hours, including a 6-credit master's thesis and an 18-credit dissertation. Prior to beginning the dissertation, students must pass a doctoral qualifying exam, which consists of preparation of a critical review of a substantive area in Clinical Psychology. A full-time, one-year internship is also required before the Ph.D. is awarded.

Program of Study

The doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Syracuse University admits students to begin full-time study in the fall semester. Our curriculum has evolved in order to meet both responsibilities to the profession of Psychology as well as individual student needs. Doctoral students in Clinical Psychology typically follow a common core sequence in their first two years of study. The course content in the first two years is structured to ensure that all doctoral students receive comprehensive training in statistics and research design, theoretical underpinnings to Clinical Psychology as well as developing core foundational skills in evidence-based treatments. Students are also expected to complete their Master’s thesis in their first two years of study.

This core sequence is then followed by an opportunity for students to tailor their training and study to match personal interests. These subsequent years of doctoral study include elective courses, additional research and dissertation work, clinical practica, and a one-year predoctoral internship.

A typical sequence of courses is shown below. For more complete information, please see the Clinical Psychology Graduate Student Handbook.






Assessment I (647)

Statistics II (655)

Psychopathology (843)


Res. Methods Clin Psy (624)

Assessment II (600)

Statistics III (756)


Thesis (997)

Elective or APA Core course



APA Core Course

APA Core Course

Practicum (847)


Thesis (997)

Psychotherapy (745)

Practicum (847)


Elective or APA Core course



APA Core course


APA Core course

Clinical Therapy Experience Practicum (851)

Research: Qualifying Exam


APA Core course

APA Core course or Elective

Clinical Therapy Experience Practicum (851)

Research: Qualifying Exam

Elective or APA Core course

Dissertation (999)



Elective or APA Core course

Dissertation (999), 6 credits

Elective or APA Core course

Dissertation (999)

Dissertation (999), 6 credits


APA-Accredited Clinical Internship (Enroll for Psy 996)

Our APA accredited Clinical Psychology doctoral program is also identified as New York State licensure-qualifying. This ensures that the education of program graduates will be accepted for licensure immediately in New York. The core courses that our doctoral students must complete are those require by New York State for licensure

In addition to completing the degree requirements for the doctorate in Clinical Psychology, students in good academic standing can also enroll in the Neuroscience Concentration, which appears as a graduate specialization on a student’s transcript. The Concentration is a 4-course sequence that spans broad areas of Neuroscience, including biological and psychological processes, and is meant to provide students with a breadth of knowledge across core disciplines. Students are admitted to the Clinical Psychology doctoral program, and then complete interdisciplinary neuroscience coursework. Your Ph.D. will be awarded from the Psychology department with the "Neuroscience Concentration" listed as an area of specialization on your degree. More information about the concentration can be found here: http://neuroscience.syr.edu/Curricula/Graduate%20Programs%20with%20Neuroscience%20Affiliated%20Faculty.html .

Research Training

Research training is a primary mission in the Clinical Psychology training program. Through both coursework and supervised apprenticeship, doctoral students learn skills that will enable independent research upon graduation. Skills that provide the basis for our research training model include how to critically evaluate the existing knowledge base, formulate new hypotheses that can be empirically tested and disseminate research findings. Training in manuscript preparation, grant writing and presenting data orally are all core components of our research apprenticeship model.

Members of the Clinical faculty collaborate with each other and with colleagues within the Syracuse areas and across the country. There are ongoing collaborative research projects at the Syracuse V.A. Medical Center and the State University of New York - Upstate Medical University.  Both of these institutions are within easy walking distance of the Psychology Department and provide valuable research and clinical experiences for our students.

Clinical Training

Our clinical training is centered on providing doctoral students with a thorough grounding in evidence-based practice. Our goal is to equip students with core skills in assessment and intervention so that the student is fully prepared for the predoctoral internship training experience.

Students begin their formal clinical training by taking the year-long practicum course in the second year, and they spend the third year by working in the Department's Psychological Services Center (PSC).  The PSC provides psychotherapy and assessment services to university students and to members of the greater Syracuse community.   Upon completion of the year-long PSC practicum, students are able to complete advanced practica at several local sites in the broader Syracuse community.

Clinical supervisors vary in their conceptual approaches to understanding and modifying behavior that provides a rich perspective and lively discussion of clinical topics.  Supervision is complemented by seminars in assessment and psychopathology, as well as by regular case conferences.

Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data

Data on students’ time to completion, program costs, attrition, internships, and licensure are collected and reported in keeping with requirements of programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. These education and training outcomes can be found at this link: Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data.  Please also see the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP) policy regarding Admissions Offers and Acceptances.

Promising applicants will be invited for personal interviews; telephone interviews may be conducted if travel to Syracuse is not possible. Applicants will be notified of their status by April 15th or earlier if possible. We encourage all admitted applicants to visit the campus and meet Clinical faculty and students before making a decision to accept an offer.  The doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Syracuse University does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, ethnicity, religion, or physical handicap.

Teaching and Training

Many students also obtain teaching experience to help prepare them for academic careers.  Initially, students may work as a teaching assistant, usually during the first year, in the undergraduate Introduction to Psychology course (PSY 205). Subsequent to this initial teaching experience, students may serve as a course instructor and have full responsibility for an undergraduate course.  Doctoral students interested in pursuing an academic career can be confident that they will receive significant teaching opportunities and mentoring on the essential skills of college instruction. Students frequently rank teaching among the most challenging and rewarding experiences of their graduate training.

Financial Aid

The Department of Psychology makes a determined effort to provide at least four years of financial support for all graduate students in good standing. Support is obtained from a variety of sources, including teaching and clinic assistantships, as well as graduate fellowships. In addition, students are regularly funded as research assistants on faculty grants. Assistantships for the 2015 - 2016 academic year carry a stipend of approximately $15,000 plus 24 hours of remitted tuition per year (at $1,388 per credit hour), which includes 6 credit hours to be used during the summer.

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