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The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology

The Stony Brook Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology began in 1966. Based on chair rankings in US News and World Report, it has been ranked among the very top clinical programs in the United States for the past several decades, and it has a long tradition of strong publication rates by both faculty and graduates (Mattson et al., 2005; Roy et al., 2006). In the 2020 US News and World Report rankings, the Stony Brook Clinical Psychology doctoral program was ranked 3rd in the country. The clinical program was among the first in the country to espouse the behavioral tradition in clinical psychology. Currently, the program retains its behavioral roots, but has evolved to encompass a broader set of perspectives that are oriented around an empirical approach to clinical psychology. Our goal is to graduate clinical scientists who approach psychological problems from an evidence-based perspective and who are also skilled clinicians. As such, students receive research and clinical training in a broad range of approaches. Our program is most suited to students who are interested in pursuing academic and research-related careers.

  • Accreditation


    The program is accredited by the APA CoA (Commission on Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, Phone: 202-336-5979) and by PCSAS (Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System). In addition, the program is a member of the PCSAS Founder's Circle. PCSAS provides rigorous, objective, and empirically based accreditation of Ph.D. programs in scientific clinical psychology. Its goal is to promote superior science-centered education and training in clinical psychology, increase the quality and number of clinical scientists contributing to the advancement of public health, and enhance the scientific knowledge base for mental and behavioral health care.

    The program was recently re-accredited by APA CoA in the spring of 2018, and received full accreditation until 2028.

    Consumer Information Disclosures: State-level Licensure Education Requirements

    The Clinical Psychology program at Stony Brook University is committed to a clinical science model.   We are currently accredited by both the APA CoA and PCSAS. After careful deliberation and discussion, the program faculty has come to the decision as a group that our approach to training is more consistent with the values of PCSAS, which was specifically designed to accredit clinical science programs, than of CoA, which accredits programs with a variety of training models spanning all of applied clinical psychology.   Hence, it is our intention to not seek accreditation by CoA after our current CoA accreditation expires in 2028. We will continue to maintain our PCSAS accreditation.

    Our program will remain committed to training students who are among the field’s best clinical psychologists, fully prepared for positions at the forefront of clinical science and practice. We will remain committed to preparing students to be competitive for the best internships, postdoctoral positions, and career opportunities, and we will maintain our emphasis on training clinical scientists who approach psychological problems from an evidence-based perspective and who also are skilled clinicians. In addition, once our CoA accreditation lapses, all students graduating from our program will be eligible for licensure in NY and a growing number of other states (including California, Delaware, Illinois, and others). Current students and incoming classes in the coming years will not be affected by this change. We will update this information when appropriate to alert future students and applicants to our accreditation status.

  • Statement On Diversity

    Statement On Diversity

    The Psychology Department and the clinical program respect and value diversity. We view diversity broadly, including (but not limited to) age, race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, and ability status. Diversity in our student body is an important priority and contributes to the strength of our department. Our  Diversity Committee , composed of faculty and students, is dedicated to promotion of awareness, support, and dialogue with regard to all aspects of diversity in research and clinical training.

  • Faculty


    The research interests of the core faculty center on depressive disorders (child, adolescent, adult), anxiety disorders (child, adolescent, adult), autism spectrum disorders, personality, child maltreatment, close relationship functioning (e.g., discord and aggression among couples, romantic competence among adolescents and adults, relationship education), lesbian, gay, and bisexual issues (among youth and adults), emotion regulation processes (e.g., cognitive, interpersonal, neurobiological), and emotion and attention processes in normal and pathological conditions.

  • Research and Clinical Facilities

    Research and Clinical Facilities

    Departmental: Faculty maintain active laboratories for research and graduate training (see individual faculty pages for further description). Clinical facilities include the Krasner Psychological Center (KPC) and its affiliate, the Anxiety Disorders Clinic, which are training, research, and service units that provide psychological services and consultation to the community and campus, and the University Marital Therapy Clinic that provides consultation, assessment, and therapy for couples and individuals in the community who are experiencing relationship difficulties and serves as a center for research evaluation of couples.

    Campus: Collaborative relationships exist with the Department of Psychiatry, the University Counseling and Psychological Services and the Center for Prevention and Outreach, where students can engage in research and clinical activities.

    Off-campus: Affiliations have been established with numerous agencies on Long Island and in the surrounding areas, which provide opportunities for clinical externships and research collaboration.

  • Program Requirements

    Program Requirements

    Official program requirements are detailed on our Program Requirements page. More generally, the program is designed to provide students with competencies in research, clinical work, and teaching through coursework, research mentoring, and clinical supervision. Students follow a program of coursework through their first 3 to 4 years in the program that includes courses pertaining to the foundations of clinical psychology (e.g., psychopathology, assessment, and intervention), research methods and statistics, and ethics. Students are also required to take courses in other areas of psychology to increase breadth of training. Students become actively involved in a research lab upon arrival in the program and are required to complete two projects by the end of their third year in order to advance to candidacy, which is followed by the doctoral dissertation. Virtually all students present papers at major professional conferences and publish at least one (and often many) papers during the course of their graduate training. Clinical training, under the supervision of area faculty, begins in the second year of the program in our Krasner Psychological Center (KPC) and can continue until the internship year. Prior to internship, many students choose to complete externships at local agencies and hospitals in addition to their training in the KPC. Throughout the program, students often work as teaching assistants and are required to complete at least two semesters of substantial direct instruction of undergraduates, which involves lecturing in undergraduate classes. Students typically complete the program, including the internship year, in 6 years. For more information on time to completion see Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data on this website. 

  • Admission to the Program

    Admission to the Program

    Psychology GRE Test for Clinical Psychology Admissions:

    APA accreditation requires all Clinical Psychology doctoral students to demonstrate entry-level knowledge in major domains of psychological science. To meet these requirements, admitted students to the Clinical Psychology program must have either completed (a) previous coursework in both developmental and social psychology with a grade of B or better, or (b) achieved a score of 70th percentile or higher on the Psychology GRE Test.  There is no Psychology GRE Test requirement to apply to the Clinical Psychology program, but admitted applicants are expected to complete these benchmarks prior to entrance into the program.

    The program typically receives between 250 and 350 applications and has an entering class of 4 to 8 students. Successful applicants to the program have strong research backgrounds, interests compatible with those of core clinical faculty, and are interested in pursuing academic/research careers. For more information on characteristics of accepted applicants see Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data on this website.

    In line with the Psychology Department’s value of diversity, the clinical program encourages applications from a diverse range of applicants, including (but not limited to) applications from people of different ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, socioeconomic statuses, religions, and ability statuses.

    As a member of the Council of University Directors of Clinical Training (CUDCP), the Clinical Psychology program at Stony Brook University adheres to CUDCP’s policies and guidelines for graduate school admissions, offers and acceptance. For additional information about these policies, please visit    this page.

    More information about clinical psychology and application tips also can be found at, offered by CUDCP. 

  • Placement


    The Clinical Program has an outstanding placement record. Of all students graduating since 2004, the vast majority are in positions in which they function as clinical scientists (e.g., academic or research position, research post-docs, clinical settings that involve research and/or the provision and dissemination of evidence-based approaches to treatment).