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Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology

FERKAUF SCHOOL OF PSYCHOLOGY

Our PsyD in Clinical Psychology is an APA accredited full-time doctoral degree. 

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Internship Match Rate 97% Over the Last Ten Years

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CBT and Psychodynamic Training

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APA Accredited since 1985

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Full Time, In Person

Bronx, New York City, NY
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Embraces Diversity

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4th Largest Training Clinic in the Country

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Program Overview 

The Clinical Psychology PsyD Program at Yeshiva University’s (YU) Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology was established in 1979 and has been fully accredited by the American psychological Association (APA) since 1985. The program was established and has been maintained in the Scholar-Practitioner tradition and is designed to educate students in the conceptual and empirical foundations of clinical psychology. Students receive extensive training in a variety of assessment, research, and therapeutic approaches. Students are exposed to a curriculum that integrates relevant research and the theoretical foundations of psychology with practical experiences and a wide range of psychological services. The program includes a strong research emphasis. Students receive a broad understanding of the scientific foundations of psychology, which enables them to understand, critically evaluate, and conduct research. 

The clinical program prides itself on the broad scope of its clinical training, including three years of practicum experiences at variety of the New York area’s most prestigious sites, as well as four years of training at the Parnes Clinic, our on-site university clinic. Students also have access to YU's Albert Einstein College of Medicine's extensive network of educational and research facilities. Students are trained comprehensively in both the cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic traditions and have the option of honing their skills in either or both orientations, which is a unique aspect of the training at the clinical program at Ferkauf. The clinical program is one of only 14 doctoral programs in the US that offer substantive training in geropsychology, through our Geropsychology Minor and Concentration, which is offered to all doctoral program students at Ferkauf. Other areas of specialization (either through research, clinical training, or both) are also available to students in ways that parallel faculty interests (see individual Faculty Profiles for more detail), or align with available minor specialization tracks. 

A unique aspect of our program is that every assessment, therapy, and research didactic course, across all four academic years, offers an adjunctive weekly, intensive lab. These labs constitute extensive additional training in each area and offer the opportunity to review and apply the knowledge and skills gained in didactic coursework in small groups. Hands-on practice and direct supervision of intakes and assessments are provided in assessment labs. In research labs, students learn and apply basic and advanced research skills and develop their doctoral research projects. Finally, psychotherapy labs include group supervision of therapy sessions conducted at the university clinic and build on the weekly, individual therapy supervisions. 

The PsyD in Clinical Psychology Program's Internship Match Rate Average of 97 Percent Shines

Our students have averaged a 97% match success rate to APPIC internship sites over the last decade and have been matched in excellent and highly competitive internships across the country. Similarly, our graduates go on to receive licensure in the states where they work at a rate of 97%. Refer here for the Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data (PDF)

Multiculturalism and Diversity

The program is committed to the goal of diversity. We value diversity in all forms, including, but not limited to, culture, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, theoretical orientation, geography, socioeconomic status, disability and age. The program's focus on multiculturalism and diversity is embedded throughout all course work and practica. Several required courses specifically focus on these issues and other electives may be taken to strengthen students' knowledge and skills. We have been successful in attracting diverse students, including from over 64 countries across student body and alumni of the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology.

Given our program’s commitment to diversity and multiculturalism, we were dismayed when in September, 2022, YU appealed to the Supreme Court to avoid formal recognition of an undergraduate club organized around LGBTQ+ issues, the YU Pride Alliance. Considering that action, we want to reaffirm that at Ferkauf, student groups of all identities are welcome to meet and associate. Ferkauf has several affinity groups, including one for LGBTQIA+ identities, composed of students, faculty, and associates, and we strive to make sure our community members from marginalized identities are safe during their time here.

True to our professional commitments and values, faculty, students, and alumni have for many years been actively engaged with advocacy and consciousness-raising about issues of mental health, social justice, cultural humility, and diversity. This includes efforts directed within our own institution, including to our own administration. We are far from perfect in these efforts. However, we value a process of mutual support and lifelong learning for both faculty and students. We strive to be clear and persuasive about the implications of our field’s values, evidence-base, and ethical commitments to issues of diversity and social justice. We also hold in mind the need to improve institutional cultures and policies as we train our students to directly improve the lives of individuals, couples, families, and groups.

Our students and faculty have a tradition of partnering together through our years in operation to create mentoring relationships, and opportunities for dialogue about key issues of individual and cultural diversity, including advocacy within systems. A range of leadership roles are available for students to ensure that they have a seat at the table while in training with us.

Attesting to our efforts, the following public statement from the Ferkauf Graduate School expresses our values at the School level relative to recent events. Faculty and student groups have also sent letters to YU administration and worked on the topic within our community, consistent with values supportive of vibrant dialog and debate in pursuit of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

[from Ferkauf ‘News and Events’ page, September 2022]:

Statement on YU’s Request for US Supreme Court to Block Undergraduate Pride Alliance Student Organization

This week Yeshiva University filed an application for emergency relief to the United States Supreme Court, asking the Court to block a lower court order requiring the University to recognize an undergraduate Pride Alliance LGBTQ+ student organization. The University’s policies and legal actions regarding the undergraduate LGBTQ+ student group do not pertain to Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and have no impact on Ferkauf school policies.

However, we understand that as a community it is jarring to read that an LGBTQ+ student organization does not align with the “values” of our parent institution. We are especially holding in mind the LGBTQ+ members of our student body and faculty and staff in light of this event.

One of the core 5 principles of the American Psychological Association, which is the accrediting body of the three doctoral programs at Ferkauf, is a commitment to cultural and individual differences and diversity, which includes, “age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, national origin, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.”  

Ferkauf remains committed to ensuring a diverse and inclusive learning environment. We are proud of our long history of welcoming differences in perspectives and encourage the open expression of ideas and productive dialogue.

We are committed to treating all individuals, including our LGBTQ+ faculty, staff, and students, with respect and dignity so that they may work and learn proudly in a safe, unbiased, and growth-promoting environment. Experiencing the celebration of one’s identity and the compassion of others is vital for one’s mental health, hence, we welcome all members of the Yeshiva University community to contact our Parnes Clinic should they be in need of compassionate mental health services.

Accreditation 

The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association's Commission on Accreditation as a Clinical Psychology Program. The program was accredited in 2015 for the maximum seven-year period, and the next site visit will be conducted in 2022. 

Commission on Accreditation 
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation 
American Psychological Association 
750 First Street NE, Washington, DC, 20002-4242 
Telephone: 202.336.5979  
www.apa.org/ed/accreditation 
apaacred@apa.org 

The program is registered with the New York State Education Department and its graduates are eligible for licensure for clinical psychology in New York and other states. It is a member of the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology Programs (CUDCP) and the National Councils for Professional Schools of Psychology. 

Full Program Breakdown

Program Overview 

The Clinical Psychology PsyD Program at Yeshiva University’s (YU) Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology was established in 1979 and has been fully accredited by the American psychological Association (APA) since 1985. The program was established and has been maintained in the Scholar-Practitioner tradition and is designed to educate students in the conceptual and empirical foundations of clinical psychology. Students receive extensive training in a variety of assessment, research, and therapeutic approaches. Students are exposed to a curriculum that integrates relevant research and the theoretical foundations of psychology with practical experiences and a wide range of psychological services. The program includes a strong research emphasis. Students receive a broad understanding of the scientific foundations of psychology, which enables them to understand, critically evaluate, and conduct research. 

The clinical program prides itself on the broad scope of its clinical training, including three years of practicum experiences at variety of the New York area’s most prestigious sites, as well as four years of training at the Parnes Clinic, our on-site university clinic. Students also have access to YU's Albert Einstein College of Medicine's extensive network of educational and research facilities. Students are trained comprehensively in both the cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic traditions and have the option of honing their skills in either or both orientations, which is a unique aspect of the training at the clinical program at Ferkauf. The clinical program is one of only 14 doctoral programs in the US that offer substantive training in geropsychology, through our Geropsychology Minor and Concentration, which is offered to all doctoral program students at Ferkauf. Other areas of specialization (either through research, clinical training, or both) are also available to students in ways that parallel faculty interests (see individual Faculty Profiles for more detail), or align with available minor specialization tracks. 

A unique aspect of our program is that every assessment, therapy, and research didactic course, across all four academic years, offers an adjunctive weekly, intensive lab. These labs constitute extensive additional training in each area and offer the opportunity to review and apply the knowledge and skills gained in didactic coursework in small groups. Hands-on practice and direct supervision of intakes and assessments are provided in assessment labs. In research labs, students learn and apply basic and advanced research skills and develop their doctoral research projects. Finally, psychotherapy labs include group supervision of therapy sessions conducted at the university clinic and build on the weekly, individual therapy supervisions. 

The PsyD in Clinical Psychology Program's Internship Match Rate Average of 97 Percent Shines

Our students have averaged a 97% match success rate to APPIC internship sites over the last decade and have been matched in excellent and highly competitive internships across the country. Similarly, our graduates go on to receive licensure in the states where they work at a rate of 97%. Refer here for the Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data (PDF)

Multiculturalism and Diversity

The program is committed to the goal of diversity. We value diversity in all forms, including, but not limited to, culture, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, theoretical orientation, geography, socioeconomic status, disability and age. The program's focus on multiculturalism and diversity is embedded throughout all course work and practica. Several required courses specifically focus on these issues and other electives may be taken to strengthen students' knowledge and skills. We have been successful in attracting diverse students, including from over 64 countries across student body and alumni of the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology.

Given our program’s commitment to diversity and multiculturalism, we were dismayed when in September, 2022, YU appealed to the Supreme Court to avoid formal recognition of an undergraduate club organized around LGBTQ+ issues, the YU Pride Alliance. Considering that action, we want to reaffirm that at Ferkauf, student groups of all identities are welcome to meet and associate. Ferkauf has several affinity groups, including one for LGBTQIA+ identities, composed of students, faculty, and associates, and we strive to make sure our community members from marginalized identities are safe during their time here.

True to our professional commitments and values, faculty, students, and alumni have for many years been actively engaged with advocacy and consciousness-raising about issues of mental health, social justice, cultural humility, and diversity. This includes efforts directed within our own institution, including to our own administration. We are far from perfect in these efforts. However, we value a process of mutual support and lifelong learning for both faculty and students. We strive to be clear and persuasive about the implications of our field’s values, evidence-base, and ethical commitments to issues of diversity and social justice. We also hold in mind the need to improve institutional cultures and policies as we train our students to directly improve the lives of individuals, couples, families, and groups.

Our students and faculty have a tradition of partnering together through our years in operation to create mentoring relationships, and opportunities for dialogue about key issues of individual and cultural diversity, including advocacy within systems. A range of leadership roles are available for students to ensure that they have a seat at the table while in training with us.

Attesting to our efforts, the following public statement from the Ferkauf Graduate School expresses our values at the School level relative to recent events. Faculty and student groups have also sent letters to YU administration and worked on the topic within our community, consistent with values supportive of vibrant dialog and debate in pursuit of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

[from Ferkauf ‘News and Events’ page, September 2022]:

Statement on YU’s Request for US Supreme Court to Block Undergraduate Pride Alliance Student Organization

This week Yeshiva University filed an application for emergency relief to the United States Supreme Court, asking the Court to block a lower court order requiring the University to recognize an undergraduate Pride Alliance LGBTQ+ student organization. The University’s policies and legal actions regarding the undergraduate LGBTQ+ student group do not pertain to Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology and have no impact on Ferkauf school policies.

However, we understand that as a community it is jarring to read that an LGBTQ+ student organization does not align with the “values” of our parent institution. We are especially holding in mind the LGBTQ+ members of our student body and faculty and staff in light of this event.

One of the core 5 principles of the American Psychological Association, which is the accrediting body of the three doctoral programs at Ferkauf, is a commitment to cultural and individual differences and diversity, which includes, “age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, national origin, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.”  

Ferkauf remains committed to ensuring a diverse and inclusive learning environment. We are proud of our long history of welcoming differences in perspectives and encourage the open expression of ideas and productive dialogue.

We are committed to treating all individuals, including our LGBTQ+ faculty, staff, and students, with respect and dignity so that they may work and learn proudly in a safe, unbiased, and growth-promoting environment. Experiencing the celebration of one’s identity and the compassion of others is vital for one’s mental health, hence, we welcome all members of the Yeshiva University community to contact our Parnes Clinic should they be in need of compassionate mental health services.

Accreditation 

The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association's Commission on Accreditation as a Clinical Psychology Program. The program was accredited in 2015 for the maximum seven-year period, and the next site visit will be conducted in 2022. 

Commission on Accreditation 
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation 
American Psychological Association 
750 First Street NE, Washington, DC, 20002-4242 
Telephone: 202.336.5979  
www.apa.org/ed/accreditation 
apaacred@apa.org 

The program is registered with the New York State Education Department and its graduates are eligible for licensure for clinical psychology in New York and other states. It is a member of the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology Programs (CUDCP) and the National Councils for Professional Schools of Psychology. 

Thank you for your interest in the PsyD in Clinical Psychology at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. Here you can find all the information about our program and how to apply. We hope you will find this information helpful, and wish you good luck with your application process.

Quick Links


About the PsyD in Clinical Psychology 


Required Training

The PsyD in Clinical Psychology at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology offers specialty training in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic psychotherapy (PD), which involve didactic coursework, practica in clinical training, and research. Please click through below to select your program of interest.


Elective Training


Program Application Deadlines and Requirements

  • Applications, including all related documents, must be received by January 1
  • Required examinations:
    • All applicants are required to take the General Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The Institution Code for the General and Subject GREs is 2995. Please note, although we state that the 70th percentile is our unofficial cut-off for the program, it is not a fixed number.
    • The GRE Psychology Subject Test is a recommendation but is not a requirement. Applicants will not be penalized if they choose not to take this exam.
    • If you are an international student and English is not your primary language, we recommend that you take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The Institution Code for the TOEFL is 2883.
  • Pre-requisites:
    • Applicants are expected to have had at least 15 undergraduate credits in psychology. If you are not a psychology major, you must take the following prerequisite classes in an accredited institution before the fall semester begins:
      • Introduction to Psychology/Fundamentals of Psychology
      • Statistics for Psychology Students
      • Abnormal Psychology/Psychopathology
      • Research Methods or an advanced research course
      • Theories of Personality or Social Psychology or Developmental Psychology
      • Physiological/Experimental Psychology (Brain and Behavior, Cognition and Learning, Cognitive Science, Sensation, Perception and Motivation, Cognitive Psychology, Human Memory, Psycholinguistics, Clinical Neuropsychology, Behavioral Neurobiology)
    • Courses can be taken at any accredited institution (state, city, or private college). Online institution credits are not accepted.
  • GPA requirements: Our preferred GPA is 3.5 and above. That being said, we also take into account factors that might explain lower scores.
  • For more information about the application process, please visit the admissions requirements page.

Prospective Students FAQ

  • How do I send in my application?
    All applications should be submitted via the PSYCAS portal.
  • Can you tell me more about the Psy.D in Clinical Psychology Program faculty?
    Please click here for more information about our faculty and their interest.
  • What is the interview and acceptance process like?
    Interview takes place at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology starting late January and continues through February. Interview notices are sent out starting January 15. Usually, candidates receive about two week notice prior to their scheduled interview day. The interview day includes two interviews with faculty members, a group interview, a student interview and a tour. You should allow about 3-4 hours for this process. The program adheres to the CUDCP policy of offers and acceptances. All offers are made before or by April 1st, and applicants should accept or reject an offer no later than April 15th. Applicants are not allowed to hold more than two offers for more than one week. 
  • Can you tell me about the program?
  • How much advisement and mentorship will I receive by enrolling in the Psy.D in Clinical Psychology?
    • Externship and Internship Training: Throughout all four academic years, students in each cohort meet on a regular basis with the Director of Training for a professional seminar. This seminar focuses on helping students prepare for and navigate the processes of applying for externships and internship.
    • Academic Advisement: Each year, students are assigned to a different faculty academic advisor. Academic advisors help students understand the academic requirements and plan their four-year curricula, assist students through the registration process, and allow students an avenue for obtaining advice, and discussing any challenges that may arise.
    • Clinical Advisement (assessment and therapy): Students are assigned clinical and assessment supervisors who conduct two-hour lab meetings on a weekly basis with a small group of students. 
    • Research advisement: During their first year, students have the opportunity to hear about faculty interests and determine their research advisor through a selection process. Beginning in the second year, students meet with their research advisors in small research labs and in one-on-one meetings. 
    • Student Mentorship: Each incoming student is assigned a student mentor prior to beginning the program. Student mentors welcome incoming students to the program and provide guidance as students register and engage in their coursework.
  • How can I get involved?
    • Class Representatives: Class representatives (reps) are appointed by the program director and serve as the liaison between faculty and students. The class rep position affords students the opportunity to give systematic feedback, receive information and feedback from the program about issues affecting the class, and offers a channel of communication even beyond graduation.
    • OPS: The Organization of Psychology Students (OPS) is the student organization of Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. Students in good standing also have the opportunity to be elected as OPS reps.
    • Teaching Assistant positions: Students also have the opportunity to be selected as teaching assistants (TAs). There are a variety of TA positions that provide students with the opportunity to gain administrative, research, and teaching experience as well skills to become leaders and managers. These skills enable our graduates to go on to leadership positions in hospitals, universities, centers and clinics.

For more information

For general questions regarding admissions please contact our admission director Edna Augusta (646.592.4380). 

For questions specific to the Psy.D in Clinical Psychology Program, please contact: ferkaufclinicalprogram.admissions@yu.edu

Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology Academic Calendar 2023-2024 

Clinical Program Materials

Important Program Timeline

Registration Materials

Research Project Forms

Graduation Materials

Competency Preparation Materials


Program Contact Information
Main Psychology Contact Office
Main Psychology Office: 646.592.4520

The Registrar: 

Dean's Office:

Financial Aid Contact Info: Ferkauf Graduate School is considered a part of the Manhattan Campus of YU
Office of Student Finance

IT HelpDesk/Canvas Support Contact Information: Be sure to include a phone number and YU email address when contacting the IT HelpDesk


Academic Management Resources

Canvas: Canvas provides a variety of "course support" features including an online curriculum, useful links, course documents of many sorts, communication tools including chat rooms, message boards, and e-mail access to classmates and your professor.
Inside Track: Inside Track: access your registration status, class schedule, grades, and personal information.

The Library:

Einstein Library Remote Login:

Writing Support: Grammar Guide and Writing Center:

  • Ferkauf Clinical Program Grammar Guide (PDF)
  • Yeshiva University Writing Centers: The Writing Center is a place where students can receive free one-to-one tutoring on all types of writing. The center welcomes Ferkauf students. The tutors do not write the material for the students, but help the students learn to write. There is a center in midtown and by the uptown campus on 185th street.

Enrollment Verification:

Navigating CITI and IRB:

  • CITI website: Prior to working on a research project, students and faculty must take the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) computer-based training program. This web-based course is a mandated educational requirement for Einstein faculty and staff who participate in human subject research. It must be completed every 5 years online and students are required to submit proof of completion to the Psychology Office.
  • IRB: After the proposal is approved, the student must apply for IRB approval. This can be done through the Connexus website and students should review the online overview of the IRB process prior to submitting their proposals.  Students must use their official Ferkauf email addresses to register for both CITI and iRIS and should link these two accounts as CITI training completion is required before IRB submission.  Students can upload documents related to their research project such as the proposal, consent forms, and flyers directly into the website.  The student's submission requires sign-off by both the Principal Investigator (the student's research advisor) and the Ferkauf representative to the IRB (Dr. Roee Holtzer) which can be requested through the iRIS site. Once the submission is received by the IRB, the student will be notified via Ferkauf email of approval or requests for additional information or revisions. The IRB application must be turned in early enough so that it is approved before the end of the student's fourth year.
  • How to register and navigate Connexus quick guide 
  • How-to for completion of IRB submission on Connexus (PDF) 

Requesting an Accommodation for a Disability
 
Reimbursements for Conference and Research: Please submit all reimbursement requests to opsreimbursements@gmail.com

  • Rules for reimbursements (PDF)
  • Reimbursement form for internship and conference (PDF)
  • Reimbursement form for research (PDF)


Training and Practicum Resources:


Parnes Clinic Information:

  • Contact the Parnes Clinic or Marilyn Gotay: gotay@yu.edu; 646.592.4399
  • Please refer to Canvas Parnes Clinic page for important Parnes information and forms.

Testing Library:

Important Testing Library Information:


Student Governance and Teaching Assistant Positions

Program Representatives: 

What it is: Program representatives serve as the liaison between faculty and students. They collect student concerns about everything affecting their cohort (i.e. professors, classes, etc) and present these to program administrators in meetings each semester. In turn, they communicate faculty and administrative concerns back to their classmates. They are also afforded the opportunity to participate in and manage group projects benefitting Ferkauf as a whole.

Application process: These positions are chosen by the faculty in first year. There is no application process-faculty choose together based on who they think will be best for the role. Selected students are informed directly by the existing program representatives.

Teaching Assistant (TA) positions

What they are: Opportunities to work directly with faculty members in support of their specific classes and/or research. Each TA position is different and may involve administrative tasks, teaching, research, management and more. All formal TA positions are paid. (If you volunteer to help a faculty member with work relating to classes or research, but you do not have a formal position, this is not paid.)

Application process: These positions are chosen by the faculty members. Sometimes a faculty member will reach out to a student directly. Other times he or she will choose from a pool of students who have applied or shown interest. All students interested in TA positions should send their CVs to Dr. McGinn in their first year, specifying which TA positions they are interested in and why. You are also welcome to email faculty members directly to express interest or to find out more about the opportunity. Note: Faculty members are busy and you may not always get a quick reply. Once TAs have been chosen, a form letter will be sent informing everyone who applied.

Current TAs


OPS: Organization of Psychology Students

What it is: The Organization of Psychology Students is a board of elected students representing each of Ferkauf's programs (school, health, adult and the master's program in counseling). They work to improve social and academic student life at Ferkauf.

Being a OPS representative includes:

  • Attending monthly OPS board member meetings
  • Annual meetings with the Ferkauf Board of Directors and the Dean
  • Soliciting feedback from students and meeting with faculty
  • social/quality-of-life (e.g. socials, midterm and finals food)
  • public relations
  • purchasing
  • alumni relations
  • publication/website
  • literary committee
  • academic activities such as colloquia partnerships with various departments
  • orientation
  • bulletin board
  • research awards/conference grants

Members of board have the opportunity to get involved in a number of domains:

The Executive Board of OPS consists of no less than six members. For the masters program there is one representative who serves a one year term. For all of the doctoral programs, there are two representatives who each serve two year terms. Officers are chair and co-chair, vice chair, secretary, treasurer, social and secretary. There is a stipend for all board members.

Application process: All OPS reps are elected by their fellow students. Each year, the OPS board announces the number of openings for new OPS reps. At that time, students are permitted to "run" by emailing their name, program, year, and a paragraph description of why they are running for OPS representative to opsatferkauf@gmail.com. This paragraph will go out to students across the clinical program for voting.

Contact OPS

Mentors/Mentorship Committee

What it is: Beginning in second year, each students has the opportunity to serve a mentor, assigned to help one incoming first-year student. Mentors answer questions, offer advice and can meet with their mentees throughout the year. Two mentors from each year are chosen to serve on the mentorship committee, which coordinates the mentorship program.

Application process: Any student can become a mentor. The mentorship committee will send out an email asking for involvement during your first year. Mentorship committee members are chosen by the mentorship committee based on their own criteria which includes students' level of interest and availability as well as interest in community involvement. Their choice is vetted by Dr. Schumpf.

Mentorship Committee

Christine Bushell & Hannah Hager (Samson)

Lucy Walsh & Kaitlin Levin

Shira Levy & Ayelet Schechter

Executive Board Members
  • Psy.D in Clinical Psychology Program: Tina Glusac & Natale Schmitz
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Health Emphasis Program: Maria Palmeri & Bassit Malam
  • Psy.D in School-Clinical Child Psychology Program: Lauren Pandes-Carter & Jillian Weinberg
  • M.A. in Mental Health Counseling Program: Alexis Darmon
  • M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy: Elzbieta Farys
Student Mentors for Class 2025
  • Amalia Tobia
  • Anna Wietschner
  • Blake Katz
  • Chayim Rosensweig
  • Emma Pendry-Aber
  • Fortune Manopla
  • Gideon Nachman
  • Jack Mangini
  • Jiaqi Li
  • Joy Shen
  • Julia Norman
  • Julie Randolph
  • Julie Svigals
  • Keya Teklu
  • Micaela Raviv
  • Natale Schmitz
  • Nathan Krantz
  • Priyamvada Dalmia
  • Rachel Fried
  • Rachel Retter
  • Raya Kumar
  • Wendy Woods

International Students

Please reach out to the Office of International Students for assistance and information

Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in the PsyD in Clinical Psychology at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. Here you can find all the information about our program and how to apply. We hope you will find this information helpful, and wish you good luck with your application process.

Quick Links


About the PsyD in Clinical Psychology 


Required Training

The PsyD in Clinical Psychology at Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology offers specialty training in cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic psychotherapy (PD), which involve didactic coursework, practica in clinical training, and research. Please click through below to select your program of interest.


Elective Training


Program Application Deadlines and Requirements

  • Applications, including all related documents, must be received by January 1
  • Required examinations:
    • All applicants are required to take the General Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The Institution Code for the General and Subject GREs is 2995. Please note, although we state that the 70th percentile is our unofficial cut-off for the program, it is not a fixed number.
    • The GRE Psychology Subject Test is a recommendation but is not a requirement. Applicants will not be penalized if they choose not to take this exam.
    • If you are an international student and English is not your primary language, we recommend that you take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The Institution Code for the TOEFL is 2883.
  • Pre-requisites:
    • Applicants are expected to have had at least 15 undergraduate credits in psychology. If you are not a psychology major, you must take the following prerequisite classes in an accredited institution before the fall semester begins:
      • Introduction to Psychology/Fundamentals of Psychology
      • Statistics for Psychology Students
      • Abnormal Psychology/Psychopathology
      • Research Methods or an advanced research course
      • Theories of Personality or Social Psychology or Developmental Psychology
      • Physiological/Experimental Psychology (Brain and Behavior, Cognition and Learning, Cognitive Science, Sensation, Perception and Motivation, Cognitive Psychology, Human Memory, Psycholinguistics, Clinical Neuropsychology, Behavioral Neurobiology)
    • Courses can be taken at any accredited institution (state, city, or private college). Online institution credits are not accepted.
  • GPA requirements: Our preferred GPA is 3.5 and above. That being said, we also take into account factors that might explain lower scores.
  • For more information about the application process, please visit the admissions requirements page.

Prospective Students FAQ

  • How do I send in my application?
    All applications should be submitted via the PSYCAS portal.
  • Can you tell me more about the Psy.D in Clinical Psychology Program faculty?
    Please click here for more information about our faculty and their interest.
  • What is the interview and acceptance process like?
    Interview takes place at the Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology starting late January and continues through February. Interview notices are sent out starting January 15. Usually, candidates receive about two week notice prior to their scheduled interview day. The interview day includes two interviews with faculty members, a group interview, a student interview and a tour. You should allow about 3-4 hours for this process. The program adheres to the CUDCP policy of offers and acceptances. All offers are made before or by April 1st, and applicants should accept or reject an offer no later than April 15th. Applicants are not allowed to hold more than two offers for more than one week. 
  • Can you tell me about the program?
  • How much advisement and mentorship will I receive by enrolling in the Psy.D in Clinical Psychology?
    • Externship and Internship Training: Throughout all four academic years, students in each cohort meet on a regular basis with the Director of Training for a professional seminar. This seminar focuses on helping students prepare for and navigate the processes of applying for externships and internship.
    • Academic Advisement: Each year, students are assigned to a different faculty academic advisor. Academic advisors help students understand the academic requirements and plan their four-year curricula, assist students through the registration process, and allow students an avenue for obtaining advice, and discussing any challenges that may arise.
    • Clinical Advisement (assessment and therapy): Students are assigned clinical and assessment supervisors who conduct two-hour lab meetings on a weekly basis with a small group of students. 
    • Research advisement: During their first year, students have the opportunity to hear about faculty interests and determine their research advisor through a selection process. Beginning in the second year, students meet with their research advisors in small research labs and in one-on-one meetings. 
    • Student Mentorship: Each incoming student is assigned a student mentor prior to beginning the program. Student mentors welcome incoming students to the program and provide guidance as students register and engage in their coursework.
  • How can I get involved?
    • Class Representatives: Class representatives (reps) are appointed by the program director and serve as the liaison between faculty and students. The class rep position affords students the opportunity to give systematic feedback, receive information and feedback from the program about issues affecting the class, and offers a channel of communication even beyond graduation.
    • OPS: The Organization of Psychology Students (OPS) is the student organization of Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology. Students in good standing also have the opportunity to be elected as OPS reps.
    • Teaching Assistant positions: Students also have the opportunity to be selected as teaching assistants (TAs). There are a variety of TA positions that provide students with the opportunity to gain administrative, research, and teaching experience as well skills to become leaders and managers. These skills enable our graduates to go on to leadership positions in hospitals, universities, centers and clinics.

For more information

For general questions regarding admissions please contact our admission director Edna Augusta (646.592.4380). 

For questions specific to the Psy.D in Clinical Psychology Program, please contact: ferkaufclinicalprogram.admissions@yu.edu

Current Students

Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology Academic Calendar 2023-2024 

Clinical Program Materials

Important Program Timeline

Registration Materials

Research Project Forms

Graduation Materials

Competency Preparation Materials


Program Contact Information
Main Psychology Contact Office
Main Psychology Office: 646.592.4520

The Registrar: 

Dean's Office:

Financial Aid Contact Info: Ferkauf Graduate School is considered a part of the Manhattan Campus of YU
Office of Student Finance

IT HelpDesk/Canvas Support Contact Information: Be sure to include a phone number and YU email address when contacting the IT HelpDesk


Academic Management Resources

Canvas: Canvas provides a variety of "course support" features including an online curriculum, useful links, course documents of many sorts, communication tools including chat rooms, message boards, and e-mail access to classmates and your professor.
Inside Track: Inside Track: access your registration status, class schedule, grades, and personal information.

The Library:

Einstein Library Remote Login:

Writing Support: Grammar Guide and Writing Center:

  • Ferkauf Clinical Program Grammar Guide (PDF)
  • Yeshiva University Writing Centers: The Writing Center is a place where students can receive free one-to-one tutoring on all types of writing. The center welcomes Ferkauf students. The tutors do not write the material for the students, but help the students learn to write. There is a center in midtown and by the uptown campus on 185th street.

Enrollment Verification:

Navigating CITI and IRB:

  • CITI website: Prior to working on a research project, students and faculty must take the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) computer-based training program. This web-based course is a mandated educational requirement for Einstein faculty and staff who participate in human subject research. It must be completed every 5 years online and students are required to submit proof of completion to the Psychology Office.
  • IRB: After the proposal is approved, the student must apply for IRB approval. This can be done through the Connexus website and students should review the online overview of the IRB process prior to submitting their proposals.  Students must use their official Ferkauf email addresses to register for both CITI and iRIS and should link these two accounts as CITI training completion is required before IRB submission.  Students can upload documents related to their research project such as the proposal, consent forms, and flyers directly into the website.  The student's submission requires sign-off by both the Principal Investigator (the student's research advisor) and the Ferkauf representative to the IRB (Dr. Roee Holtzer) which can be requested through the iRIS site. Once the submission is received by the IRB, the student will be notified via Ferkauf email of approval or requests for additional information or revisions. The IRB application must be turned in early enough so that it is approved before the end of the student's fourth year.
  • How to register and navigate Connexus quick guide 
  • How-to for completion of IRB submission on Connexus (PDF) 

Requesting an Accommodation for a Disability
 
Reimbursements for Conference and Research: Please submit all reimbursement requests to opsreimbursements@gmail.com

  • Rules for reimbursements (PDF)
  • Reimbursement form for internship and conference (PDF)
  • Reimbursement form for research (PDF)


Training and Practicum Resources:


Parnes Clinic Information:

  • Contact the Parnes Clinic or Marilyn Gotay: gotay@yu.edu; 646.592.4399
  • Please refer to Canvas Parnes Clinic page for important Parnes information and forms.

Testing Library:

Important Testing Library Information:


Student Governance and Teaching Assistant Positions

Program Representatives: 

What it is: Program representatives serve as the liaison between faculty and students. They collect student concerns about everything affecting their cohort (i.e. professors, classes, etc) and present these to program administrators in meetings each semester. In turn, they communicate faculty and administrative concerns back to their classmates. They are also afforded the opportunity to participate in and manage group projects benefitting Ferkauf as a whole.

Application process: These positions are chosen by the faculty in first year. There is no application process-faculty choose together based on who they think will be best for the role. Selected students are informed directly by the existing program representatives.

Teaching Assistant (TA) positions

What they are: Opportunities to work directly with faculty members in support of their specific classes and/or research. Each TA position is different and may involve administrative tasks, teaching, research, management and more. All formal TA positions are paid. (If you volunteer to help a faculty member with work relating to classes or research, but you do not have a formal position, this is not paid.)

Application process: These positions are chosen by the faculty members. Sometimes a faculty member will reach out to a student directly. Other times he or she will choose from a pool of students who have applied or shown interest. All students interested in TA positions should send their CVs to Dr. McGinn in their first year, specifying which TA positions they are interested in and why. You are also welcome to email faculty members directly to express interest or to find out more about the opportunity. Note: Faculty members are busy and you may not always get a quick reply. Once TAs have been chosen, a form letter will be sent informing everyone who applied.

Current TAs


OPS: Organization of Psychology Students

What it is: The Organization of Psychology Students is a board of elected students representing each of Ferkauf's programs (school, health, adult and the master's program in counseling). They work to improve social and academic student life at Ferkauf.

Being a OPS representative includes:

  • Attending monthly OPS board member meetings
  • Annual meetings with the Ferkauf Board of Directors and the Dean
  • Soliciting feedback from students and meeting with faculty
  • social/quality-of-life (e.g. socials, midterm and finals food)
  • public relations
  • purchasing
  • alumni relations
  • publication/website
  • literary committee
  • academic activities such as colloquia partnerships with various departments
  • orientation
  • bulletin board
  • research awards/conference grants

Members of board have the opportunity to get involved in a number of domains:

The Executive Board of OPS consists of no less than six members. For the masters program there is one representative who serves a one year term. For all of the doctoral programs, there are two representatives who each serve two year terms. Officers are chair and co-chair, vice chair, secretary, treasurer, social and secretary. There is a stipend for all board members.

Application process: All OPS reps are elected by their fellow students. Each year, the OPS board announces the number of openings for new OPS reps. At that time, students are permitted to "run" by emailing their name, program, year, and a paragraph description of why they are running for OPS representative to opsatferkauf@gmail.com. This paragraph will go out to students across the clinical program for voting.

Contact OPS

Mentors/Mentorship Committee

What it is: Beginning in second year, each students has the opportunity to serve a mentor, assigned to help one incoming first-year student. Mentors answer questions, offer advice and can meet with their mentees throughout the year. Two mentors from each year are chosen to serve on the mentorship committee, which coordinates the mentorship program.

Application process: Any student can become a mentor. The mentorship committee will send out an email asking for involvement during your first year. Mentorship committee members are chosen by the mentorship committee based on their own criteria which includes students' level of interest and availability as well as interest in community involvement. Their choice is vetted by Dr. Schumpf.

Mentorship Committee

Christine Bushell & Hannah Hager (Samson)

Lucy Walsh & Kaitlin Levin

Shira Levy & Ayelet Schechter

Executive Board Members
  • Psy.D in Clinical Psychology Program: Tina Glusac & Natale Schmitz
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Health Emphasis Program: Maria Palmeri & Bassit Malam
  • Psy.D in School-Clinical Child Psychology Program: Lauren Pandes-Carter & Jillian Weinberg
  • M.A. in Mental Health Counseling Program: Alexis Darmon
  • M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy: Elzbieta Farys
Student Mentors for Class 2025
  • Amalia Tobia
  • Anna Wietschner
  • Blake Katz
  • Chayim Rosensweig
  • Emma Pendry-Aber
  • Fortune Manopla
  • Gideon Nachman
  • Jack Mangini
  • Jiaqi Li
  • Joy Shen
  • Julia Norman
  • Julie Randolph
  • Julie Svigals
  • Keya Teklu
  • Micaela Raviv
  • Natale Schmitz
  • Nathan Krantz
  • Priyamvada Dalmia
  • Rachel Fried
  • Rachel Retter
  • Raya Kumar
  • Wendy Woods

International Students

Please reach out to the Office of International Students for assistance and information

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