Academic Requirements

The Combined School-Clinical Child Psychology program requires full-time attendance for five years. The course of study includes didactic courses, extensive practica and approximately 3,500 hours of externship and internship experiences. Students develop foundational and functional competencies to be able to work with children, adolescents, and caregivers in medical centers, hospitals, community mental health centers, schooling environments, and other settings.

Students must complete 110 credits including:  required courses, practica, externships, and internships and 9 credits of elective courses. Students can select to take more than two electives.

Course requirements are listed below. (r = required; e = elective)

Treatment: Theory and Interventions (r = 33 credits)

  • PSS 6118 Psychodynamic Theory and Practice with Children and Families Psychotherapy I (r)
  • PSS 6119 Psychodynamic Theory and Practice with Children and Families Psychotherapy II (r)
  • PSS XXXX Working with Children and Families (r)
  • PSS 6213 Evidenced Based Interventions with Youth I (r)
  • PSS 6449 Evidence-Based interventions with Youth II (r)
  • PSS 6221 Consultation and Supervision I (r)
  • PSS 6222 Consultation-based Interventions (r)
  • PSS 6611 Practicum in Child Therapy I: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (r)
  • PSS 6612 Practicum in Child Therapy II: Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (r)
  • PSS 6625 Practicum in Child Therapy I: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (r)
  • PSS 6626 Practicum in Child Therapy II: Cognitive Behavior Therapy (r)

Assessment (r = 15 credits)

  • PSS 6131 Cognitive Assessment (r)
  • PSS 6131L Cognitive Assessment Lab (r)
  • PSS 6132 Psychoeducational Assessment (r)
  • PSS 6132L Psychoeducational Assessment Lab (r)
  • PSS 6153 Appraisal of Personality (r)

Typical and Atypical Development (r = 15 credits)

  • PSA 6066 Cognitive and Affective Bases of Behavior (r)
  • PSS 6250 Developmental Psychopathology (r)
  • PSA 6518 Lifespan Development (r)
  • PSS 6400 Neurodevelopmental Disorders (r)
  • PSS 6814 Adult Psychopathology and Assessment (r)

Research (r = 12 credits)

  • PSA 6280 Statistics I (r)
  • PSS 6286 Research Methods in Professional Psychology (r)
  • PSS 8915 Research Project I (r)
  • PSS 8916 Research Project II (r)

Research Labs (r=0 credits)

Student register for lab with their research mentor. Labs are taken for six semesters.

  • Ferkauf Anxiety Research Laboratory
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Research Lab
  • Early Childhood Research Lab
  • Graduate Training and the Applied School-Clinical Child Psychology
  • Assessment and Consultation in School Psychology
  • Community-Partnered Research to Improve Services and Practice
  • Attachment & Psychotherapy Process

Other Required courses (r = 26 credits)

  • PSS 6071 Psychopharmacology (r)
  • PSS 6199 Integrating Gender and Race/Ethnicity in Multiculturalism (r)
  • PSS 6405 Social Psychology (r)
  • PSA 6601 History and Systems (r)
  • PSS 6801 Professional and Ethical Issues in School-Clinical Child Psychology (r)
  • PSS 6399 Biological bases of Behavior (r)
  • School-Clinical Child Psychology Externships I-VI (r) (6 credits - 1 credit each semester)
  • Doctoral Internship I-II (2 credits - 1 credit each semester)

Elective Courses: 9 credits

Students may select elective courses from the following program courses or others offered in the school provided they meet program conditions:

  • PSS 6289 Introduction to Qualitative Research (e)
  • PSS 6402 Neuropsychological Assessment and Lab (e)
  • PSS 6198 Contemporary Issues in School Psychology
  • PSS 6161 Assessment of Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Populations
  • PSS 6405 Advanced Seminar in Pediatric Neuropsychology
  • PSS 6224 Integrating Multiculturalism into Psychotherapy Practice
  • PSS 6622 Trauma in Childhood and Adolescence
  • PSS 6483 Substance Abuse and Treatment
  • PSM 6440 Couples and Family Counseling
  • PSS 8949 Bilingual and Multicultural School Psychology Internship Seminar

Students may apply for NYS Certification as a Bilingual School Psychologist if they meet the following program requirements:

Complete the following courses:

  • Integrating Gender and Race/Ethnicity in Multiculturalism
  • Contemporary Issues in School Psychology
  • Assessment of Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Populations
  • Consultation and Supervision
  • Practice of School Psychology with Bilingual and Multicultural Population - Externship

Students are required to register for School-Clinical Child Psychology Externship Seminars I-VI (0 credit) each semester they are on externship. Typically, a student will complete three, year-long (500-750 hours) experiences in schools, mental health facilities, hospitals or infancy/early childhood centers. Each experience is supervised by a licensed psychologist and will continue for 10-12 months, two or three days a week. At the end of the fourth year, the student will have accumulated approximately 1,750 hours of supervised externship experiences.

The culminating educational experience is the internship that occurs after all course work has been completed and Research Project I and the proposal for Research Project II have been signed. All students are required to complete a full-time internship (and register for PSS 8941-42: one credit each semester) in either a school, mental health facility or hospital setting, lasting between 1,500 and 1,750 hours (the equivalent of one full year). Supervision must be conducted by a licensed psychologist and meet State regulations. View the internship sites (PDF) where our students obtained internship training for 2010-16.