Our focus on the practitioner-scholar training philosophy is aimed at producing psychologists who are both clinically and academically prepared to work as clinicians and researchers in a wide variety of settings. This program design is based on the premise that psychologists working in healthcare settings need a strong foundation of clinical and research skills and is specifically designed to enable our graduates to provide superior evidence-based clinical services and make meaningful scholarly contributions. The foundations of psychology represent the primary base of our program, and we build upon that with in-depth training in general clinical psychology. This training base is complemented by training in clinical health psychology and behavioral medicine, as well as public health issues and system.
PsyD Curriculum Sequence
Built on a foundation of psychological science, our clinical psychology program emphasizes cognitive-behavioral models of practice, although we also provide training in other interventions with demonstrated empirical support. You’ll gain a wide range of clinical experience working with culturally, ethnically, and racially diverse populations across the life span. You’ll learn about healthcare disparities, and how to bring this understanding into clinical practice.
During the first year of the program, you will engage in an intensive series of didactic courses providing a foundation for later clinical training. Second and third years are a balance of fieldwork and coursework.
During your 4th year in the program, you will finish your course requirements, make progress on your doctoral dissertation under the direction of a program faculty member, and in many cases complete an additional (optional) externship as further preparation for your clinical internship.
The fifth-year is spent in a full-time clinical internship, which involves a national match process.
For detailed course descriptions and the full course list, see our PsyD curriculum page. Continue reading for externship and dissertation information.
After the first year, you’ll balance coursework with clinical training as an extern in approved patient-care settings across the NY/NJ Metro area. As a second-and third-year student, you’ll complete closely supervised externships at one of more than 50 training sites in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area, including inpatient, outpatient, community mental health, and medical facilities. During your third year, you’ll also complete a rotation at AllMed Medical Group, which provides an integrative health care experience for only Touro PsyD students.
Externship Hours and Timeline
You are expected to complete a minimum total of 1,200 semester hours of externship, plus 150 hours at AllMed, which is supervised by doctoral-level, licensed clinical psychologists, as part of the program. These advanced clinical experiences begin in the fall of the second year. Externships are designed to assist you in achieving competence in clinical skills and prepare you for the required doctoral clinical internship.
From the wide array of NY/NJ externship options available, you will select a small number of sites each year to which you will apply. You will complete general therapy/assessment placements first, before seeking out more specialized placements (e.g. Neuropsychology, Integrated Health/Primary Care).
How an Externship Site is Chosen
You will work collaboratively with the Director of Clinical Training to apply for your externships at clinical training sites. Sites to be applied for will be chosen based on where you are at in the program and your individualized training goals. In the NYC metropolitan area, there is a uniform timeline for externship applications, interviews, and acceptances.
You will complete your Externship I training experience conducting intake assessments and psychotherapy during your 2nd year in the program. This training experience (600 hours minimum) will take place at a community-based site under the supervision of licensed psychologists where you will gain experience in assessment and/or psychotherapy.
You will complete your Externship II training experience (600 hours minimum) in your 3rd program year. This externship consists of community placements with clients with a wide range of presenting problems, including clients with health-related difficulties. In keeping with our program's emphasis on providing training in integrative care, in addition to your community placement, all 3rd-year students will have 4½ months rotations in All Med Medical Group’s integrative health care centers (see below). This will add an additional 150 hours of experience.
During your 4th year in the program, you may choose to continue your assessment and/or psychological treatment training within a community setting to supplement your training experiences prior to internship. This extra externship gives you more hours of training and is a great addition to your resume when it comes time for your internship application.
If you choose to complete this optional additional training experience, you must also complete the two-semester (1 credit each semester) sequence in Clinical Externship & Externship Seminar.
All Med Medical Group Externship
The Touro PsyD program has an exclusive arrangement with All Med Medical Group, a group of integrative diagnostic and treatment centers in New York City. All Med provides many primary and specialty care services. Touro PsyD students (and only Touro PsyD students) complete clinical rotations at the facility (an additional 150 hours), and under the direct supervision of our faculty (along with All Med staff licensed psychologists). This ensures that all students, consistent with our program goals and objectives, have close supervised experience in an integrative health care facility.
All Med currently operates three sites in the City of New York – Bronx County, Queens County, and Manhattan (New York County). The facility had more than 150,000 combined patient visits in 2018, inclusive of ancillary services. All Med provides patient care across all payer classes including Medicaid, Medicare, HMO, Commercial and Worker’s Compensation.
The groundwork for your doctoral dissertations begins in your first year. As a precursor to the doctoral dissertation, you are required to become an active participant in faculty-led clinical-research teams in the first year of the program and continuing throughout the first four years of the program. In these teams, generally organized around the faculty member's broad area of clinical research, you will cooperatively discuss research ideas, methodology, and statistical analysis; and engage in the execution of team studies to prepare and submit or present your joint research to scientific journals and/or appropriate scientific conferences.
During the 3rd and 4th years in the program, you will work on your doctoral dissertation under the direction of the program faculty. If not complete by the time you start your internship, work for your dissertation may carry over into the 5th year. The dissertation focuses on scholarly research and demonstrates your competence in engaging in independent research.
During the program, you’ll have Dissertation Seminars, which give you structure and guidance for developing your project. You’ll learn about conducting a literature search, advanced statistical methods such as multivariate and moderation analyses, and organizing data. You’ll also take a Dissertation Supervision course, where you’ll work closely with your dissertation chair on your project. After writing your dissertation, you’ll prepare for your defense and submit the final document.
The fifth-year is spent in a full-time clinical internship, which involves a national match process. The doctoral internship is equivalent to a year-long, full-time paid position and is completed under the supervision of experienced and licensed clinical psychologists. It affords you the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills in order to achieve the professional competence that will be required for licensure and independent practice.
The clinical internship requires a national application process through the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC). As is the case in all doctoral programs in clinical psychology, you can expect to relocate during this year. Internship sites are located all across the country, with the New York City area sites being some of the most competitive in the nation. Sites are listed in the APPIC directory.
Collaboration with TouroCOM
In implementing the PsyD program, our school collaborates with our sister school in the Touro College & University System, the Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine (TouroCOM). As a PsyD student, you will contribute in a meaningful way to the TouroCOM Community Programs, attend invited speaker colloquia together as appropriate, and utilize medical library holdings as needed. You and your peers will also be active participants in formal and informal inter-professional activities and will contribute to a vibrant inter-professional program of research and educational community.
As inter-professional understanding and skill are crucial for clinical psychologists to work in the integrative health care system of the future, you will also participate in Inter-Professional Education (IPE) Days.
During these IPE days, students in Touro’s programs in the healthcare field meet to discuss cases from their varied perspectives — pharmacy, medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy, social work, nursing, and other programs in the health sciences. These experiences, not readily available to many other programs training clinical psychologists, will allow you to become progressively comfortable with the roles and responsibilities of other health care professions, and more knowledgeable of the broader health care environment you will be entering as clinical psychologists.