Vincent C. Alfonso

Dean's Office


As interim dean of Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, I welcome you to our website and thank you for your interest in our graduate school.

For six decades, Ferkauf has provided the highest-quality graduate education for individuals who aspire to be clinical service providers, scholars and researchers, and educators. We have the unique distinction of having three different doctoral degree programs that are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) — Clinical Psychology, PsyDSchool-Clinical Child Psychology, PsyD; and Clinical Psychology Health Emphasis, PhD — all receiving the maximum seven-year accreditation period.

In addition, Ferkauf offers a master’s degree in mental health counseling that was one of the first such programs registered in New York City by the New York State Education Department. This five-semester program leads to licensed-eligible practitioners as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC).

Our strength lies in the quality of our faculty, students, and alumni. The Ferkauf faculty have achieved national and international recognition in their fields as academic scholars, educators, and clinical service providers. Each year the number of applications we receive for our graduate programs increases as well as the credentials of our applicants. This has resulted in a selective admissions process that has permitted us to admit the best students to our programs. That is, those who are motivated, committed, and competent to be the best psychologists they can be.

Finally, I want to acknowledge the more than 3,000 Ferkauf alumni who have achieved successful careers as clinical service providers, researchers, scholars, educators, administrators, and in other professional activities that they have pursued following their graduation from our programs. We are very proud of our alumni and encourage them to maintain ongoing contact with us. To facilitate the participation of our alumni with Ferkauf and to enhance our opportunities to communicate with our graduates, our Web site has been redesigned to include a more substantial and informative section exclusively for this purpose.

Vincent C. Alfonso, Ph.D.,
Interim Dean
Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology