DOCTOR OF PSYCHOLOGY

Admission to the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program


Next Application Cycle Timeline: For Fall 2017 Admission

  • September 15, 2016: PSYCAS will begin accepting applications online.
  • December 15, 2016: Applications must be e-submitted. This includes every required component of the application.
  • January 29, 2017 and February 4, 2017: Tentative Interview Dates
  • April 15, 2017: Deadline for Admitted Applicants’ Decisions

We recommend that you begin your online application in PSYCAS by October in order to be placed on our emailing lists throughout the admissions process.

Applicants to the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at LIU Post should NOT use the online LIU Apply system. For information on PSYCAS, the system applicants should use, please read the information on the “What is PSYCAS?” tab to the left.

Admission to the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program

The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at LIU Post is a practitioner-scholar training program that offers both cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamic theoretical training to its students.  Students who successfully complete the five-year program will receive a Doctor of Psychology Degree, (Psy.D.). 

Entering into doctoral-level training in our program is a five-year, full-time commitment.  Applicants are encouraged to thoroughly review the program’s training model, to speak to current and former students, and to attend our Open House Events (in-person or online).

For more information about entering doctoral-level study and about becoming a clinical psychologist, please review the American Psychological Association’s website regarding graduate and doctoral education at: http://www.apa.org/education/grad/index.aspx

Applicants should note that each year offers a new pool of competitive applicants from across the nation, as well as across the globe.  For advice on your particular application, applicants are strongly encouraged to have their own current or former faculty member or clinical placement supervisor review their application materials. 

Note that every year our admissions process does change a bit. This year, all application materials will be submitted online through the PSYCAS only. Please note the updated deadlines and timeline for the process. The entire application must be submitted (including GRE (using ETS Code 7436) and transcripts) into your PSYCAS application by December 15th, 2016.

We encourage applicants to begin their applications online as early as possible in order to get onto our emailing lists throughout the process.


What is PSYCAS?


The LIU Post Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program will be using PSYCAS for the 2016-2017 admissions cycle. Applicants to the program should NOT use the LIU Post application system. Applicants must also use the program’s PSYCAS-specific ETS Code for submitting GRE scores: 7436.

PSYCAS stands for “Psychology Centralized Admissions System.” PSYCAS is a centralized application service supported by APA and Liaison International. It simplifies both the application process to graduate psychology masters and doctoral programs across the discipline for students, and the review and admission processes for departments. Instructions on how to use the system and how your documents will be uploaded and delivered to PSYCAS for processing can be found in the application: https://psycas.liaisoncas.com/

Students create an account for free and pay $50 to submit the first application. If you are applying to other programs who are also utilizing PSYCAS for their admissions process, each additional application costs $35. Applicants who meet income qualifications, as well as applicants who are members of specific service organizations, are eligible to receive a fee waiver.

For help with the PSYCAS system, please see: http://help.unicas.com:8888/psycasHelpPages/instructions/index.html

Message from the Program Director


Our program enrolled its first class of 16 students in September, 1990. This academic year, 2015-2016, is the 27th year of operation. There are 100 students in the program, with 75 students in residence this year. To date, 264 students have graduated from theLIU Post Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program with their Psy.D. degrees.

Over the past twenty seven years we have developed the program into a first-rate setting for the training of professional psychologists. The faculty is comprised of eight core faculty members whose expertise are in cognitive behavioral and psychodynamic theory.  Our small class sizes enables us to provide an intensive and dynamic training model to our student body. 

Unique to our program is our attention to changes in the field of professional psychology, as well as our commitment to a dual orientation training.  We see our talented and scholarly faculty and students as an integral piece of the program’s evolution. As students move through our training program and learn from faculty, faculty also learn from students, whose wide range of experiences and perspectives offer us and their peers the opportunity to explore issues in clinical psychology in innovative and exciting ways. 

Throughout the admissions process you will receive information from the program about the admissions timeline, as well as about current happenings over the semester.  Applicants should not hesitate to contact the program via email if clarifcation about the admissions process is needed.  Contact information can be found at the end of this guide. 

We look forward to receiving your application and meeting many of you over our spring semester interview sessions.

Good Luck to You,

Eva L. Feindler, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Program Director

Considerations for Applicants


The following should be considered when applying to a doctoral program in clinical psychology (Psy.D.), and the LIU Post program in particular.

Commitment to the Field

Doctoral work in clinical psychology is a necessary step into the professional field as a psychologist. To become a licensed psychologist, in addition to successfully completing an APA-accredited doctoral training program, graduates must complete a post-doctoral training experience and pass the licensing exam (depending on the requirements of their home state). A significant commitment to a career as a licensed clinical psychologist is paramount to being successful in this professional journey.

The field of mental health is very diverse and becoming a psychologist is one of many ways to serve populations suffering from mental illness. Psychologists, school psychologists, counseling psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, art therapists, applied behavior analysts, and psychiatrists all work in the mental health field using different conceptual tools and competencies that they learned in graduate programs in their field. A career in clinical psychology begins with a training program focused on working with people in clinical settings.

Students spend hundreds of hours in the classroom in clinically-focused academic courses, completing practicum, externship, and internship hours, and in completing program milestones such as clinical competency exams and dissertation defenses. The various careers in the mental health field require a varied amount of time, money, and commitment to the graduate-training piece of this process. While some pathways listed above are as short as 1 year, others are as long as 8 (and in some cases, longer).

The LIU Post Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program is a full-time, minimum 5-year commitment. At the end of the program, graduates are trained in both cognitive behavioral therapies and psychodynamic therapies. They enter the professional field with a passion for serving underserved populations and a solid foundation in at least two of our four concentration courses: serious mental illness, dialectical behavior therapy, substance use disorder, and interventions with high-risk families.

LIU Post: Type of Training Program

Clinical psychologists work in a myriad of settings, from private practice, to consultant work, to working in mental health facilities, to work in schools, to work in large organizations. Graduates of the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program are trained within two theoretical orientations: cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamic. Within that training, students also receive training in at least two of our four concentration courses: serious mental illness, dialectical behavior therapy, substance use disorder, and interventions with high-risk families. The training program has at its core mission to serve underserved populations.

One of the unique features of our program is our second year clinical training experience. In addition to second-year coursework, all of our second year students complete an on-site practicum in our Psychological Services Center. Students carry a 4-6 client case-load throughout the academic year in addition to conducting psychological assessments and a group. As part of their training, students in the second year also receive supervision by a faculty supervisor, a community supervisor, an assessment supervisor and a group supervisor, and the PSC directors. Weekly in-service presentations and meetings are also required. This second-year training experience is designed to give students their first clinical training experience in a highly supervised setting with a wealth of support.

The location of the LIU Post program enables students to take advantage of the many training and clinical opportunities of the tri-state area, in a variety of settings for their third and fourth year externship experiences. In the fifth year, students apply to internship sites in the New York area, as well as out-of-state sites.

In addition to the solid foundational work in clinical psychology, students receive training in both orientations and opportunities for training in our three concentrations, as well as through our weekly lecture series and workshops.

LIU Post: Time Commitment

The program is a full-time commitment, with classes typically held in the first and second year on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00am through 5:00pm. In the third year students complete a part-time externship while completing classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays. In the fourth year students complete a part-time externship while completing classes on Thursdays. In the fifth year students go on full-time (usually paid) internship while also completing their dissertation (if they have not already defended their dissertation). In some cases students take an additional sixth year to complete their dissertation and/or internship year.

Part-time study is not available for students. Aside from 3rd or 4th year choice of concentration, students follow a lock-step curriculum during their time in the program that does not allow for part-time study. For the same reason, students who transfer in graduate-level course credit (up to 12) do not typically reduce the time-to-completion.

LIU Post: Program Size

The Clinical Psychology Doctoral program takes in a maximum of twenty students per academic year. Student cohorts are intentionally kept small in order to provide students with a dynamic and personal training program, throughout which strong mentoring relationships are formed between students and core faculty members. Students continue in their first through fourth year coursework in cohorts, which form the base of their professional network of peers. Additionally, through the required lunchtime lectures, colloquiums, and peer-mentorship program, students will interact with other students in both upper and lower student cohorts as they progress through the program.

LIU Post: American Psychological Association Accreditation & NYS Licensure

LIU Post’s PsyD program is fully accredited by the APA. In 2016 we will be up for re-accreditation and are confident that we will again receive the full 7-year accreditation that we received in 2009. Accreditation with the APA means that a program has follows guidelines for operation and training as set by the APA’s Commission on Accreditation. These guidelines also mean that each program must list on its website information concerning its student outcomes, retention, internship match rates, and cost.

LIU Post’s PsyD program is also listed with the New York State Department of Education as a program that provides the necessary degree requirements in partial fulfillment of the requirements for licensure as a psychologist.

For accreditation and licensure, the APA and NYSDoE lay out a set of topics that must be covered in the curriculum in order to maintain its status. In addition to the list of topics below, the program must prove to the APA that its curriculum, evaluation methods, and faculty are logically and consistently aligned throughout a student’s time in the program.

APA Required Topics NYS Licensure Required Topics
Biological Aspects of Behavior Biological basis of behavior
Cognitive Aspects of Behavior Cognitive-affective basis of behavior
Affective Aspects of Behavior Cognitive-affective basis of behavior
Social Aspects of Behavior Social basis of behavior
History & Systems History and systems of psychology
Psychological Measurement Psychometrics
Research Methodology Research design, methodology, and statistics
Techniques of Data Analysis
Theories and Methods of Evaluation and Effective Interventions
Individual Differences in Behavior Individual difference
Human Development
Dysfunctional Behavior or Psychopathology
Professional Standards Scientific and professional ethics and standards of practice
Theories and Methods of Assessment and Diagnosis Psychometrics
Theories and Methods of Effective Intervention
Theories and Methods of Consultation
Theories and Methods of Supervision
Issues of Culture and Individual Diversity Issues of cultural and ethnic diversity
Attitude - Lifelong Learning

In addition to this coursework, programs must ensure that students complete externship and internship hours with a licensed psychologist supervisor.

All APA-accredited programs will have this set of coursework listed, though State licensure requirements may be different depending on the location of the program. Each program’s curriculum and method of training will differ. Applicants should consider what learning environment, educational pace, and program size they might thrive best in based on prior educational experiences.

Please see our website for a full listing of our required courses and full course descriptions.

Students spend a considerable amount of time and resources on doctoral training to become a psychologist – it is imperative that you consider which program best suits your needs.

LIU Post: Financial Aid Options

The program does provide students with some amount of financial aid. This may include research assistantships, teaching fellowships, service disparity fellowships, student groups’ leadership roles, grant-funded positions, clinic assistantships, or other projects. Typically these offers are between 10K and 20K in aid (or ~20% to ~50% of students’ total yearly tuition expense). Typically our students take our Unsubsidized Federal Loans, GradPLUS loans, or receive funding from personal sources.

Nationally, Psy.D. programs typically offer less financial aid directly to students than Ph.D. programs would. The nature of the program as a practitioner-scholar program, emphasizing clinical work (rather than intensive research) simply does not provide many of the large grant-funded projects. In addition, Psy.D. programs tend to be larger than Ph.D. programs, thereby distribution of programs’ funds must be made to a larger cohort of students. Each applicant must weigh the differences of the training programs for themselves. Making informed decisions about the financial commitment of any doctoral program is an important professional decision. More information can be gathered from the APA website, as well as through review of resources available online about funding graduate education.

Timing of Application in Your Career Path

The program receives approximately 300 applications every year. This competitive pool of applicants includes students from all over the globe, from various academic and personal backgrounds, and with a myriad of career objectives. Summary data on admissions is available on our webpage. Applicants should apprise themselves of the admission requirements before beginning the applications process.

Having some related field experience is crucial to a success application, as well as for a successful entry into the program’s rigorous courses that pull much from students’ clinical experiences. For information on how to gain this experience, applicants are encouraged to contact our current students, as well as research the APA and local Psychological Associations’ websites.

These considerations will come into play as you make your decision about attending any doctoral-level program. If you have any questions about these or other considerations, please do not hesitate to ask.

Getting Information about the Program


Applicants should inform themselves about the training program in one or more of the following ways:

Before Contacting the Program:

  • Review the curriculum materials available on the program’s webpages, including the Student Admissions Outcomes, and Other Data.
  • Review the list of current student and alumni contacts available. Contact one or more of these students with any questions about being a student in the program, as well as clinical experiences before, during, and after the program.
  • Applicants can also add themselves to the program’s Facebook Group page for Prospective students, which can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Clinical-Psychology-Doctoral-Program-LIU-Prospective-Students/305365402822762
  • Information on career outcomes, salary information, and other career-related data may be obtained from research the American Psychological Association’s webpage for graduate students. www.apa.org
  • Applicants should register for the GRE Subject Test in Psychology, which is only offered in April and November every year. Check the Educational Testing Service website for more information on the exam: http://www.ets.org/

Contacting the Program Directly:

  • Applicants may contact a faculty member about the program. However, due to the large number of applications we receive every year, faculty usually cannot meet one-on-one with prospective students.
  • Attend a Graduate Open House event. Our program director or core faculty members provides an overview of the training program for prospective students, as well as answers any questions about the program.
  • Online Information Sessions: We will also host online information sessions throughout the year. All prospective applicants who have submitted an inquiry with LIU and those who have started an application will receive invitations via email to these online events. If you are reading this guide, you likely fall into one of those two categories.

Contact the Program Director or Assistant Director with any lingering questions about the program that you may have. Please note that faculty and staff cannot answer prospective students’ questions about the applicant’s chances in any given admission cycle.

Pre-Requisites for Applying


Admission decisions will be based on the following factors:

  • intellectual aptitude and academic proficiency
  • professional accomplishments
  • proposed intellectual focus
  • potential for completing a rigorous program
  • personal maturity
  • desire to work with underserved communities.
  • and “fit” with the PsyD Program training model and mission

In order to have an application considered by the admissions committee, applicants must:

  • Bachelor Degree

Hold at least a bachelor’s degree in psychology or a related field from an accredited college or university, with a competitive GPA. Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better.
Note: graduate work cannot be used to fulfill or supplement this minimum GPA requirement.

  • Pre-Requisite Coursework

Have a minimum of 18 credit hours of psychology, including courses in:

    • Statistics
    • Research Design or Methods
    • Personality
    • Abnormal Psychology

These pre-requisite courses may be completed in the spring and summer semesters leading up to matriculation into the program.  Applicants whose course enrollment for the spring semester is not included on their transcripts should include a list of spring and/or summer enrollment in the “additional information” section of their application.

  • GRE Scores

Have competitive GRE scores in each of the aptitude subtests & the Psychology subject test. Applicants with scores above the recommended minimums (listed below) will be considered. Applicants with scores below these recommended minimums are strongly encouraged to retake the GREs and wait to apply to the program

Note: these are not cut-off scores, merely recommended minimums and a range of average scores across cohorts.

Exam Name Rec. Minimum Score (OLD) Rec. Minimum Score (NEW) Incoming Students’ Average Scores
General GRE Quantitative 500 144 152-155
General GRE Verbal 500 153 158-162
General GRE Analytical Writing 4.0 N /A 4.4-5.0
Psychology GRE 550 N / A 640-705

Applicants who majored in psychology may apply to the program without the Subject GRE score, but if admitted they will be required to submit their scores before enrollment. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
Note that the Subject test is only given twice a year by ETS.

  • Field Work Experience

Have some fieldwork experience related to clinical psychology (should be noted on CV/resume, and discussed in personal statement and/or statement of research).

Application Components


The PSYCAS system will begin accepting applications on September 15, 2016. Applicants may start their applications online before that time. Applicants will not hear back from the program until at least late December, by typically early January.

All applicants must submit their application online at: https://psycas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login  Do NOT submit your application online to the LIU Apply System.

Application Components

  • official college transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate work (if applicable)
  • official General GRE scores (ETS Code: 7436)
  • official Psychology GRE scores (ETS Code: 7436)
  • 3 letters of recommendation from academic / clinical work sources **
  • a personal statement
  • statement of research

You may also include an optional sample of scholarly work (no longer than 10 pages). This can be included at the end of your Statement of Research Inquiry.

Interview

After initial file review, some (75-100) applicants will be invited for an interview with the doctoral program in February. The announced dates will be our ONLY interview dates. Each interviewing applicant will have a session schedule including

  • a brief program overview;
  • one 30-minute interview with a faculty member;
  • a second 30-minute interview with a faculty member;
  • a Q& A session with 1st & 2nd Years;
  • a Q&A session with 3rd & 4th Years.

Interview Dates

In-Person 2017 Interview Dates are tentatively scheduled for January 29, 2017 and February 4, 2017. On these two interview dates interviewing applicants are invited to one of the 3-hour sessions. Each interviewing applicant will have 2 interviews in their session. Interviews are individual with a faculty member, an adjunct faculty member or recent alum.

Online Interview Availability

Out-of-State / Out-of-Country SKYPE Interview Dates are:

  • Scheduled between January 17th and February 4th.

No additional dates/times will be added to these dates. Please plan accordingly to be available during these 2-day timeframes. Interview invites are emailed to applicants. Applicants are expected to respond to the email invite within 48 hours or the given date/time may be released to another applicant and an alternative date/time sent to the applicant again.

Final Decisions
Final decisions will be made from the pool of interviewed applicants. We will establish a wait list, depending on the pool of applicants. Admitted and waitlisted applicants are invited to program events and open classes in March and April.

We will enroll a class of 15-20 for the Fall 2017 cohort.

If you have any questions about the admissions process, please email the program at: pamela.gustafson@liu.edu . Please do not email multiple staff members of LIU with duplicate questions. If the program cannot answer your question, we will forward your message onto a staff member who can.

Application Components Descriptions


1. Online Application & Fee

All applicants must apply to the Clinical Psychology Doctoral program using the PSYCAS system: https://psycas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login

There is $50 fee for your first PSYCAS application and $35 for each additional application in the PSYCAS system. A list of programs using the PSYCAS is included within the application system. Fee waivers are handled directly through PSYCAS. Be sure to contact them for this option.

Applicants should not use the online LIU Apply system.

2. Official Transcripts

Official undergraduate and graduate transcript(s) from any and all college(s) you have attended are required.

3 & 4. Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Applicants are required to submit scores for the:

    • general test (verbal, quantitative and analytic) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
    • and the subject GRE in Psychology.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to request that the Educational Testing Service (ETS) forward official GRE scores directly to the LIU Post. Inquiries concerning this testing program and application to take the tests should be addressed to the Graduate Record Examinations, Educational Testing Service at www.gre.org, or call 1-800-GRE-CALL.
Be sure to use the ETS PSYCAS Code for the LIU Post PsyD Program: (ETS Code: 7436)

5. Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. These letters should be written by persons who can comment from personal knowledge on the academic and/or professional qualifications of the applicant. Applicants to the Psy.D. Program must submit at least one letter of recommendation from a current or former instructor or professor. Employers, former instructors or professional colleagues of status may write the second and third letters of recommendation.  Letters should address your academic potential for doctoral-level work, as well as your aptitude for work as a clinical psychologist and any experiences that may speak to those capacities.

Recommenders should review our Letter of Recommendation instructions, which include question prompts.  Instructions for letter writers can be downloaded here.  

6. Personal Statement

Write a statement describing your personal educational and professional goals and discuss what you hope to gain from doctoral study at the LIU Post. The statement should be one to 3 pages in length, typed and double-spaced. Be sure to include your full name and page numbers in the upper-right-hand corner of each sheet and include the heading “Personal Statement” on the top of each page.

Because our doctoral program is specifically geared to training clinical practitioners, your personal statement should address two or more of the following:

  • Your specific goals in applying to the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.
  • The scope and nature of any prior clinical experience.
  • In addition to general training in the practice of clinical psychology, the program emphasizes training in
    • Substance Use Disorders
    • Interventions with High-Risk Families
    • Dialectical Behavior Therapy(DBT)
    • Serious Mental Illness (SMI)
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy theoretical orientation (CBT)
    • Psychodynamic theoretical orientation
    • Clinical work with underserved populations

Applicants may want to discuss how their own professional goals, previous experience/training, or interests align with any of these program aspects.

Additionally, applicants may want to discuss how our program in particular aligns with your educational needs in terms of learning environment, academic culture, commitment, and mentorship needs.

7. Statement of Research/Inquiry

Write a statement describing your primary areas of clinical research or inquiry interest. What is it you are interested in exploring as a practitioner-scholar in the field of clinical psychology? What type of research have you been involved with? What type of research would you like to get involved with while in the program?

You may choose to make a connection between your general research interests and that of our one of our faculty members.  However, you are not required to choose a faculty member as a research mentor at this point. You may rather choose to write a statement about your own past and future research interests.  The statement should be 1 to 3 pages in length.

Be sure to include your full name and page numbers in the upper-right-hand corner of each sheet. Include the heading “Statement of Research/Inquiry” on the top of the page.

Sample of Scholarly Work (Optional)

A sample of a published work or other scholarly writing (Not required, but strongly suggested; limited to 10 pages; this can be a portion of any academic or clinical writing you have done). Please do not submit more than 10 pages. This can be included at the end of your Statement of Research Inquiry.

International Students – Degree Requirements

Applicants who do not have a master’s degree from a U.S. institution must also submit official score results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The required minimum acceptable TOEFL score is: 100 Internet-based (250 computer based or 600 paper-based) or minimum IELTS score: 7.5.
International students whose native language is English, or who have received a degree from an accredited college or university where the only medium of instruction is English, may have the English Language proficiency requirement waived. The waiver is determined on an individual basis following a review of the student’s application.

Admission Process Timeline


Next Application Cycle Timeline: For Fall 2017 Admission

  • September 15, 2016: PSYCAS will begin accepting applications online.
  • December 15, 2016: Applications must be e-submitted. This includes every required component of the application.
  • January 29, 2017 and February 4, 2017: Tentative Interview Dates
  • April 15, 2017: Deadline for Admitted Applicants’ Decisions

We recommend that you begin your online application in PSYCAS by October in order to be placed on our emailing lists throughout the admissions process.

The LIU Post admissions review process is completed in four stages:

Stage One: Review of Applicant Files (December - January):

PSYCAS will begin accepting applications online on September 15, 2016.  The deadline for all application materials to be received is December 15th.  The program receives approximately 300 applications each year. 

Each file is reviewed by two core faculty members.  Faculty are looking for:

    • Competitive undergraduate GPA (evidence of academic potential)
    • Competitive GRE scores (the General Exam (including verbal, quantitative, and writing) & the Psychology Subject exam)
    • Strong letters of recommendation attesting to clinical experience and/or potential in the field of clinical psychology. At least one letter must be from an academic professional.
    • Strong Personal Statement and Statement of Research. 

Applicants should NOT tailor these statements to fit the program’s training model and/or faculty interests.  Faculty reviewers look for unique applicants whose experiences, potential, and interest complement our training program.  Applicants may note particular interest in work with faculty, but are not required to tailor their statements to such work. 

    • Samples of scholarly writing are considered, though not required.  Applicants should not submit any more than 10 pages of any writing piece. 

These initial faculty reviews determine who will receive an interview offer. Approximately 100 applicants will be invited for an interview at the LIU Post Campus.  Invitations for interviews are sent via email to applicants.  Each interviewing applicant will be invited to one 3-hour interview session. Coordination and scheduling of these dates takes place via the PSYCAS system. Applicants are sent their interview session schedule in advance.

All applicants who do not receive an interview are encouraged to reapply or consider other programs in the field of Mental Health at LIU Post.

Stage Two: Interview Process (January/ February):

Following a program overview by the director, each interviewed applicant will have two separate interviews (30 minutes each) with a faculty member.  Additionally, these applicants will have the chance to speak with current students about the program, as well as hear an overview of the program. These interview days are approximately 4 hours, and held over the course of four-five days in late January and early February. 

Interviewed applicants will submit a financial aid form to be considered for aid from the program (research assistantships, teaching fellowships, Service Disparity Fellowships, etc.).  The program will send you the online link to this form.  Financial aid applications are not reviewed until the program has made final admissions decisions. 

Also, interviewed applicants will also be asked to complete a survey about the LIU Post admissions and interview process. 

Stage Three: Admit & Wait-Listed Process (March-April):

The program will have a rolling admittance of 20 applicants at a time in order to reach our desired cohort of 20 students.  We will maintain a waitlist of approximately 30-40 additional applicants (from the interviewed applicant pool).  As admitted applicants decline our invitation, we will move onto the next applicant in the pool.  Wait-listed applicants will be able to find out where on the wait-list they stand. 

All admitted and wait-listed applicants will be invited to sit in on classes, attend lectures and events, and speak with current students and faculty before making their final decision. These applicants will be provided with a weekly program schedule and are limited to attending each class only once.

Stage Four: Acceptance (April)

All admitted applicants will have until April 15th to send in a $500 deposit to LIU and their acceptance form in order to hold their place in the incoming class. 

  • The deposit must be submitted on April 15th.
  • The acceptance form must be post-marked by the 15th. 
  • Applicants should email the program director the acceptance form by the April 15th deadline as well. 
  • Admitted applicants are asked to submit final degree-noted official transcripts from any undergraduate and graduate programs they are completing in the spring or summer before beginning the PsyD program.

Admitted applicants who will not be accepting our offer are encouraged to let us know as soon as possible so that we may open the slot to the next applicant. 

*Note that all APA-accredited programs must give admitted applicants until April 15th to accept an offer of admission, following the Council on Graduate Schools’ guidelines for graduate admissions.

Wait List:

We will have a rolling wait list of up to 40 applicants, depending on the applicant pool.  In some cases waitlisted applicants will not hear a final answer until after this April 15th date. We ask that all admitted and waitlisted applicants who have accepted at another university let us know as soon as possible so that the slot can be opened for another candidate. 

Limited Matriculation

Additional Pre-Doctoral Experiences and/or Academic Work

In some cases, admitted applicants may be recommended for doctoral-preparation work over the summer before beginning the program.  This might include taking related courses in psychology, working on writing skills, or language programs. 

After Entry to the Program

All incoming students will be invited for a Welcome Webinar with the Director in the summer. Incoming Orientation occurs typically during the last week of August and first week of the fall semester. Incoming students are registered for courses in the summer by the program.

What's Next if I am Denied?


If you have heard back that you have not been granted acceptance to the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at LIU: Post, we would like to offer you some basic advice for next steps to take in terms of your graduate education path.

First, know that we received close to 300 applications every year.  The applicant pool becomes more competitive every year, which is a wonderful thing for the field of clinical psychology. 

A number of factors go into the admission committee’s decisions when reviewing files.  These include past academic performance (transcripts and GRE scores), letters of recommendation, clinical experience, research experience, personal and research statements, as well as fit with the program.  When looking at ways to improve your application in order to reapply to this program, keep in mind the following:

Academic Performance

  • Our incoming student cohorts have had an average GPA is at or above 3.5 over the last ten years
  • Our incoming student cohorts have had general GRE scores in the 152-155 for Quantitative and 158-162 for Veral, with a 4.4-5.0 for writing, and a 640-705 for the Psychology GRE.
  • If your scores fall below these ranges, you may want to consider attending a GRE prep course and retaking the exam.

Experiences

  • Our students typically have previous clinical experience, and/or experience with research in the field.
  • Our students typically receive in-depth letters from recommenders that include information about recent achievements in clinical and/or classroom settings. We always look for at least one comprehensive, recent academic reference.
  • Our students typically have a wide-range of clinical and research backgrounds.
  • Pre-doctoral clinical experience can be obtained in a number of ways.  Applicants should see the American Psychological Association’s website for more information on such opportunities.

Personal Statements and Research Statements

  • One of the main things that sets denied applicants apart from those who have been accepted is the depth of their knowledge of the field and their commitment to clinical practice that comes across both in their statements and in their interview.
  • Applicants whose backgrounds and experience are diverse are able to offer the program a wide range of experience in which to pull from as students begin their training here.
  • Our program is a very close-niche program in which interpersonal relationships are key to getting the most out of our training.  Self-reflection, diverse experiences, as well as academic aptitude are all integral pieces to highly qualified applicants.

“Fit” with the Program

  • As many of our current students have put it, “fit” with a program is often hard to define.  As a Psy.D. program, the clinical basis of our work is an important piece of deciphering applicants’ interest in the program.  The clinical training requires a tremendous amount of dedication, time, effort, and ability.
  • We maintain a relatively small court of students who should be aligned with our program mission and concentrations. Applicants with interest in other areas that we do not offer (forensic applications, neuropsychology, addictions, behavioral health, etc.) should consider other programs more in line with their progressive professional goals.

Other LIU Post Programs to Consider

If you find that you are not yet ready to re-apply, there are a few other options you may want to pursue.  First, look into other programs at LIU: Post.  Our graduate programs in Applied Behavioral Analysis (in the main Psychology Department), in Mental Health Counseling (in the College of Education, Information and Technology), and in Social Work (in the School of Health Professions and Nursing) are often programs our applicants ultimately choose.  These programs open up many career opportunities for those looking to enter the field of mental health professions.  While these programs are not associated with the doctoral program and will not allow future students to waive any credits in the doctoral program, they may offer alternatives into the field of mental health that are equally fulfilling professionally.

For more information on these other mental health graduate programs at LIU: POST, please contact the following advisors:

  • Applied Behavioral Analysis, Dr. Nancy Frye,

nancy.frye@liu.edu 516-299-2377

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Dr. James Colangelo,

james.colangelo@liu.edu 516-299-3674

  • Social Work, Betsy Klipera

betsy.klipera@liu.edu , 516-299-2750

  • Clinical Art Therapy, Dr. Christine Kerr

christine.kerr@liu.edu, 516-299-3510

Be sure to review the American Psychological Associations website on graduate education at: www.apa.org

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Do I need to take the GRE?  What if I have a Master Degree already?

All applicants must take the GRE general and psychology exams.  No exceptions to this are made.  The subject test is only offered by ETS twice a year.  Applicants who have not taken the November psychology exam may submit their applications before taking the April exam.  However, if accepted to the program, you will still be required to take the exam and submit your scores in order to enroll into the fall 2017. You must sumit your scores using the programs PSYCAS Code: (ETS Code: 7436). Do not submit your scores to LIU’s ETS code.

  • Do I have to take the Subject GRE?

Yes.  All applicants must take the Subject GRE.  However, since this subject test is only given twice a year, we do allow applicants to apply to the program without the scores.  If accepted, students must take the April exam and submit their scores in order to be allowed to enroll in classes that fall.

  • Will directly contacting the director or faculty with my credentials increase my chances of receiving an interview?

Submitting letters and/or CVs to faculty or staff of the program will not increase your chances of receiving an interview.  Note that these documents will not be placed in your application file.  Additionally, applicants are encouraged to consider all correspondences with program faculty, staff, and current students formal. 

  • Can I submit more than three letters of recommendation?

You may submit more than 3 letters of recommendation, however we do not guarantee that the reviewer will read more than 3 of the submitted letters.

  • What kind of formatting do you expect on the uploaded materials?

Each page of your CV, Personal Statement, Statement of Research Inquiry, and Scholarly Work MUST be labeled with your name, last 4 digits of social security number, and the material type in the top right corner of your pages, (e.g.: NAME - #### – Personal Statement; NAME - ####– Research Statement; NAME - #### - CV; NAME - #### - Scholarly Work).   Each files should be saved as a pdf. This ensures quick and easy processing of your materials.
To save a Word document as a pdf, go to “Save As”, then use the drop down menu under the file name and choose “pdf.”

  • I see that there is a processing Center I should send my materials to, but I don’t see that mentioned in this guide. What should I do?

The PsyD program will not be using the Processing Center for the 2016-2017 admissions cycle. The program will be using the PSYCAS. Do not submit any documents to the LIU Processing Center or LIU Post campus. 

  • Can I submit all of my materials online?

Yes!  Materials should be submitted online using the PSYCAS: https://psycas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login Follow the instructions on the PSYCAS website.

  • I have a degree in a related field already.  How many transfer credits will I receive?

Students are able to transfer up to 12 graduate-level transfer credits.  Students will need to submit a request form, the original syllabus, and their transcripts in order for our faculty to consider the transfer request.  Requests are only granted in cases where the former graduate course matches up to our courses, and in which the students’ grade was acceptable to our faculty member. This process happens in the summer before a student begins the program. You cannot find out ahead of time if your courses will transfer into the program.

  • Will transferring credits reduce my tuition expense or time in the program?

Note that transferring credits will not reduce the amount of time a student spends in our five-year program.  Transferring 1st, 2nd, or 3rd year courses also will not change the tuition expense in these years, as students are under a flat tuition rate.  

It is important to note that in some cases, transferring 3rd or 4th year classes may reduce students’ credit load, causing issues with their eligibility for federal loan monies above their tuition expenses. 

Transferring credits will enable students to choose between two options, depending on scheduling and time.  In some cases students may elect to take an extra course.  Others may be able to complete upper level coursework ahead of time.  Others may simply elect to have some extra time in a given semester in which a scheduled class was transferred. 

  • My undergraduate work was poor and is reflected in a poor GPA and transcript.  However, my graduate work is stellar.  Will this affect my application to the program?

The short answer is yes. The review committee will look at the total of your application, including former academic work. However, applicants may include a supplemental brief paragraph to explain poor academic performance and how it has been remediated. 

  • I do not do well on standardized exams and my GRE scores are low.  Will this affect my application to the program?

The short answer is yes. The review committee will look at the total of your application, including aptitude tests. However, applicants have two options if their GRE scores are low.  Applicants may include a supplemental brief paragraph explaining poor performance on these exams. This should be included with your hardcopy materials. 

The program is highly invested in having students do well in every aspect of the training program. It is imperative that students are ready for doctoral-level work in clinical psychology. Therefore the program may require remediation for applicants before and during the program for those whose admission files indicated deficiencies. 

  • How do I check on the status of my application?

To check on the status of your application, please log onto the account you created when you applied within the PSYCAS applicant page: https://psycas.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login

We ask that applicants not call the program or Graduate Admissions for status updates.  We make every effort to get information out to applicants as soon as it is available. 

  • Can I apply to the LIU Brooklyn Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology AND the LIU Post Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology?

Yes.  These programs are completely separate from one another.  Applicants may apply to both programs. LIU Brooklyn will not be using the PSYCAS system for 2016-2017. Contact that program directly for information. Please note that each program may have different application procedures and timelines. 

  • Should I contact the Graduate Admissions Office about my application?

We ask that applicants not contact our Graduate Admissions Office about their application. All application components are handled within the PSYCAS. We ask that applicants be patient throughout this process. Additionally, the program office will not be able to tell you if all of your documents have been received – you can check the status of your documents in your PSYCAS account.

  • I live out of state (or out of the country), and will not be able to come for an in-person interview.  Is there an alternative?

The program will arrange for applicants from outside of the area to have an interview over video conference.  The program sends all interview invitations via email.  Applicants will need to send their Skype username and at least four available 30 minute slots during the same few weeks our in-person interviews will take place. 

  • Who will look at my file?  Who will I have an interview with?

All applications are reviewed by at least two faculty members in the program. All interviewed applicants will be interviewed by at least two faculty members in the program.

  • How can I apply for financial aid from the program?

All interviewing applicants will be given a financial aid application to complete.  We make every effort to provide admitted applicants with a financial aid package offer at the time of acceptance.  Within this application applicants are given the opportunity to indicate which faculty members they would like to work for as a research assistant, to apply for teaching fellowships, and Service Disparity Fellowships. Students receive only one type of aid from the program, but can apply to all that we have available.

  • I didn’t get in, who can I talk to about making my application stronger?

Faculty and staff are not able to offer feedback on individual applicants’ materials before applying to the program.  We recommend looking over our student outcomes listings (average GREs, GPAs, etc), as well as discussing pre-doctoral experiences with our current students to gain an understanding of our student body. If you applied to the program and did not get in and would like feedback on making your application stronger, please contact the program after our April 15th deadline for feedback on your application.

  • I am reapplying, do I need to resubmit my documents or can you use the same ones?

It is highly recommended that you review and revise your materials.

Additional Information & Resources for Prospective Applicants to Psy.D. Programs


The following list includes resources from outside sources in regards to applying to doctoral programs. For more information, applicants should research the particular sources from which these pieces were culled.

In addition to these collections, applicants would benefit from thorough review of information available from the following organizations:

  • Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapists
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Association – Division 39
  • International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy
  • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies  (ISTSS)
  • International Society for Psychological and Social Approaches to Psychosis
  • National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD)
  • National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)
  • New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA)
  • NYSDoE: Licensing Information for Clinical Psychologists
  • Information from CUDCUP

http://cudcp.us/files/Reports/CUDCP_2010_Psy_Grad_School_Fact_sheet.pdf

Recommended Reading for Graduate Students Entering Psy.D. Programs

Borden, Kathi and E. John McIluried. “Professional Psychology Education and Training: Models, Sequence, and Current Issues.”  in David Richard and Steven Huprich (eds), Assessment, Treatment, and Research. New York: Elsevier, 2009.

Bruss, Katherine and Mary Kopala, “Graduate School training in Psychology: Its Impact Upon the Development of Professional Identity.”  Psychotherapy, Vol. 30, No. 4, Winter 1993. 685-691.

Canna, Mark A. and Brian M. Freidenberg, “Special Series The Graduate School Experience: Academic and Personal Opportunities and Challenges Within Psychology Doctoral Programs.” The Behavior Therapist, Feb. 2003, Vol. 26, No. 2.

Courtois, C. A., & Gold, S. N. (2009). The need for inclusion of psychological trauma in the professional curriculum: A call to action. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, And Policy, 1(1), 3-23.

Eby, M., Chin, J.L., Rollock, D., Schwartz, J. & Worell, F.. (2011). Professional Psychology Training in the Era of a Thousand Flowers: Dilemmas and Debates for the Future. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 5(2), May 2011, 57-68.

Farber, Barry, Inessa Manevich, Jesse Metzger, and Erica Saypol. “Choosing Psychotherapy as a Career: Why Did We Cross that Road?” JCLP/In Session, August 2005, 1009-1031.

Heiby, Elaine and Janet Latner, “The Future of the Profession,” in David Richard and Steven Huprich (eds), Assessment, Treatment, and Research. New York: Elsevier, 2009.

Ingraham, Colette L., (2000) “Consultation Through a Multicultural Lens: Multicultural and Cross-Cultural Consultation in Schools.” School Psychology Review, Vol. 29, No. 3, 320-343.

Karon, Bertram P. (1995) “Becoming a First-Rate Professional Psychologist Despite Graduate Education” Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, Vol. 26, No. 2, 211-217.

Kotler, J. and Hagden, R. (1995) What You Never Learn in Graduate School. New York: WW Norton & Company.

Kotler, J.A. (2010) On Being a Therapist, 4th edition, Jossey Bass, CA.

Myers, S.B. et al (2012) Self Care Practices and Perceived Stress Levels Among Psychology Graduate Students.  Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 6(1) 55-66. 

Norcross, John C.. (2005) “The Psychotherapist’s Own Psychotherapy: Educating and Developing Psychologists.” American Psychologist, Vol. 60, No. 8, 840-850.

O’Halloran M. Sean and Theresa O’Halloran (2001) “Secondary Traumatic Stress in the Classroom: Ameliorating Stress in Graduate Students.” Teaching of Psychology, Vol. 28 (2), 92-97.

Smith, Penni L. and Shannon Burton Moss. (2009) “Psychologist Impairment: What Is It, How Can It Be Prevented, and What Can Be Done to Address It?”  Clinical Psychology and Practice, Vol. 16 (1), 1-15.

Stricker, G., & Trierweiler, S. (2006). The local clinical scientist: A bridge between science and practice. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, (1), 37-46.

Walker, Barbara B., and Susan London (2007) “Novel Tools and Resources for Evidence-based Practice in Psychology.” Journal of Clinical Psychology, Vol. 63 (7), 633-642.

CONTACT

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Nathaniel Bowditch, Dean

Joan Ruckel
Executive Assistant to the Dean