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Clinical Psychology Health Emphasis Ph.D. Program

Mission Statement 

The overarching mission of the program is to train qualified clinicians, academic scholars, and applied researchers in clinical psychology. Embedded in this mission statement are core values of Yeshiva University that include: (1) bringing wisdom to life; (2) love of knowledge for its own sake; (3) a commitment to excellence in teaching and research; and (4) the view that liberal arts and social sciences are compatible with high ethical and moral standards. At the graduate level of training, this mission is manifested through an emphasis on the ethical and moral principles that govern professional scientist-practitioners' search for knowledge.

The Program's training philosophy is aimed at training psychologists who are both clinically and academically prepared to work as clinicians and researchers in diverse settings. This program design is based on the premise that psychologists working in mental and physical health settings need a strong foundation of clinical and research skills, to enable graduates to provide superior clinical services and make meaningful research contributions.  The foundations of psychology represent the primary base, with in-depth training in general clinical psychology. This training base is complemented by training in health psychology, physiological bases of behavior, and public health systems.  In addition to broad-based training in clinical psychology, the primary goals of our program are briefly described below. 

Goal 1: Provide sequential and cumulative training of increasing complexity in evidence-based psychological and healthcare assessment, intervention, and consultation services. 

Goal 2: Produce independent researchers capable of contributing to the scientific body of knowledge in the field of clinical psychology as it is applied to diverse health issues, and able to educate and mentor future researchers in the field. 

Goal 3: Train effective clinical providers and researchers, through comprehensive training that is cumulative and graded in complexity in psychological theories, clinical practice, and research with clinical health psychology as an emphasis.  

Goal 4: Provide comprehensive training in the professional values, attitudes, standards and ethics of clinical work and research with diverse individuals and groups. 

Our teaching and training philosophy is consistent with the Boulder model of the scientist-practitioner. Furthermore, in our view and interpretation of the Boulder model the integration of the functions of the scientist and practitioner is critical in advancing the science and practice of clinical psychology; and in translating empirically based assessment and treatment approaches to diverse settings.


The clinical psychology PhD health emphasis program was awarded APA Accreditation effective October 2005 and again in 2009 for the following 7 years. The next accreditation review is scheduled for 2016.

The APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation supports the APA Commission on Accreditation (CoA) in carrying out its responsibilities as the nationally recognized accrediting body for education and training programs in professional psychology. Contact information for the CoA as follows:

APA Accreditation
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202.336.5979, 202.336.5979
TDD/TTY: 202.336.6123
Fax: 202.336.5978


Program Director

Roee Holtzer, Ph.D.


 CHP in the Media

Dr. Frederick Foley, professor at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and clinical psychologist at Holy Name Medical Center, along with his students, Jessica Sloan and Elana Mendelowitz, were recently awarded a one-year pilot grant from the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers (CMSC) to conduct a randomized controlled trial of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT) as a treatment for pain and depression in a Multiple Sclerosis (MS) population. Pain and depression are extremely prevalent symptoms in MS, frequently difficult to treat, and interfere with activities of daily living, employment status, and quality of life. This study thus has the potential to improve the lives of those with MS by utilizing a treatment approach that has been found to be helpful in alleviating pain and depression in non-MS populations. The MBCT groups will incorporate a four-week group intervention with components of both mindfulness and cognitive therapy, which have been shown to be helpful in MS populations in the past. MBCT groups will be compared to MS support groups, thus controlling for non-specific effects. This study will therefore investigate a novel approach to the treatment of pain and depression that has yet to be studied in an MS population and one that involves minimal risk, thus enhancing its potential benefit.


Dr. Roee Holtzer, professor and program director at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, and Dr. Joe Verghese, professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, were recently awarded funding for a five-year clinical trial from NIA for a cognitive intervention to improve simple and complex walking. Ambulatory disabilities represent the most prevalent disability among US seniors. This ‘proof of concept’ clinical trial will fill an important gap in knowledge of the efficacy of cognitive remediation as a secondary prevention strategy to improve this debilitating condition. Demonstrating mobility gains through cognitive training will provide insight for future mobility treatment options, and if successful will establish an accessible and low-risk method to enhance mobility among frail sedentary seniors.

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Useful Contact Information
Psychology Office
Phone: (718) 430-3850
Dean’s Office
(718) 430-3941
Parnes Clinic
(718) 430-3852
Office of Student Accounts
(212) 960-5400 ext 5767
Ferkauf Financial Aid
Damien Jackson
(718) 862-1810

Alumni News 

Dr. Chi-Ming Chen    Dr. Chi-Ming Chen received his PhD in Clinical Psychology with Health Emphasis from Yeshiva University in 2007.  His post-doctoral research (at Yale University and Columbia University) focused on advancing the state of science in brain and behavior research through interdisciplinary research, ranging from basic to clinical topics.  His expertise in the neurophysiology of human and non-human primates, motor and sensory processing, and brain stimulation techniques sets the stage for his Translational Research and Neural Stimulation Laboratory (TRANSLab) at the University of Connecticut ("    

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