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    • About Us
    • The Ph.D. Program
    • Psychological Services Center
    • Center for Studies of Ethnicity & Human Development

    Nicholas Papouchis, Ph.D., ABPP, Director,   nicholas.papouchis@liu.edu
    Administrative Secretary. Ms. Connie Clayton (718) 488-1164,cclayton@liu.ed

    Welcome to the website of the Long Island University Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology.

    "Doctoral students and faculty at LIU Brooklyn campus are hard at work in their research, clinical experiences, and academic coursework, but you won’t hear frantic footsteps and harried voices when you approach the Psychology Department on the 8th floor. Walking through the light wooden doors of the LIU Clinical Psychology program, you are greeted by modern glass-walled rooms, soft lights, and students gathered cozily on couches in thoughtful and engaged conversation. It’s the things that you may overlook on first glance - a faculty’s hand on a student’s shoulder offering advice on the research design of a study; a second-year student peering over the stats book of a first-year student explaining a data set; a friendly joke and nudge passed between professor and graduate assistant as they exchange morning greetings. As a graduate student in the LIU community, these supportive relationships distinguish the program in poignant ways. The pressures of competition amongst peers are nonexistent; instead an atmosphere is born of common goals, collaborative work, and nurturance, as students and faculty alike push themselves towards excellence as scholars and clinicians." –a current student

    The Ph.D. Program and the Department of Psychology are located on the 8th floor of the Humanities Building on the Brooklyn Campus. The Humanities Building occupies one corner of the newly landscaped main courtyard of the Brooklyn Campus and offers graduate students a place for contemplation within the busy metropolitan area of downtown Brooklyn. The campus is a short subway ride from Manhattan and is easily reached by three different subway lines.

    The Ph.D. Program and the Psychology Department occupy a large suite of offices and conference rooms with a graduate student lounge on the renovated 8th floor of the Humanities Building which also houses a new Art Museum on the first floor and the new Kumble Performing Arts Theatre. Visitors to the campus and the Ph.D. program often comment on its attractive appearance. The 6th floor of the Humanities Building also has a dedicated suite of research labs and seminar rooms for the doctoral program. The Psychological Services Center of the Ph.D. Program, Directed by Dr. Linda S. Penn, is located on the third floor of the nearby Pharmacy Building. The Center offers psychological services to the Brooklyn campus student body and is staffed by second year graduates working under the supervision of clinical faculty.

    This website contains important information about the Ph.D. Program including copies of the Information Handbook for Prospective Students and the Graduate Handbook for Doctoral Students in Clinical Psychology which can be downloaded for further review as well as information about the application process and financial aid for prospective students. Further inquiries about the Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology should be addressed to the Administrative Secretary of the Program Ms. Connie Clayton who can be reached at 718-488-1164 or by email at cclayton@liu.edu. Other inquiries about the Program and faculty theoretical and research interests can be made to the Director of the Program and other faculty of the program via email.

    The Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology at Long Island University's Brooklyn campus offers a full-time course of professional and scholarly study, which leads to the degree Doctor of Philosophy.  The Master of Arts (M.A.) is earned when doctoral students have successfully completed 36 credits of study. Completion of the Ph.D. degree requires 90 credits of coursework. Doctoral training follows a “scholar-practitioner model” in which dual emphasis is placed on both scholarly research and clinical training, in full accordance with APA guidelines.  This model gives equal weight to scholarship and clinical practice and reflects the faculty’s involvement in community and professional activities and scholarship that emphasizes empirical research.  Graduates of the program have the scholarly credentials for clinical, academic and research positions.

    The Ph.D. Program emphasizes the integration of scholarly research and advanced skills in intervention techniques and psychological assessment. These skills prepare the future clinical psychologist to diagnose, treat and study a broad range of psychological phenomena. Students are introduced to clinical practice in the  first year of training through supervised externship placements.  At the same time students are trained to analyze, discuss and generate scholarly research. In the spring semester of the first year, this process culminates in the development of a topic proposal for the Second Year Research Project. During the first year, students receive training in statistics and research design and attend bi-weekly research groups with faculty to discuss issues related to their research interests.

    The faculty believes that the science of psychology provides the foundation from which the clinical psychologist’s skills develop.  Consistent with this belief, the Program provides students with a firm grounding in basic theories and empirical findings in psychology, the fundamentals of psychological research design and methodology, as well as the ethical principles guiding both science and practice.

    In clinical work, the theoretical orientation of the Program is strongly influenced by the psychodynamic approaches to psychotherapy.  In the first year, students are introduced to short-term cognitive-behavioral therapies as well as psychodynamic approaches.  In the second and third years, they are trained more intensively in the spectrum of psychodynamic theories and techniques as they apply to clinical work with children, adolescents and adults.  Externship settings selected by advanced students offer training in these approaches. For those students who have a special interest in pursuing cognitive-behavioral approaches to treatment, advanced coursework and clinical experience in this area is available. In addition, for those students interested in pursuing certification as a School Psychologist, four courses taken in the School of Education at the Brooklyn Campus enable students to be eligible to take the state examination.  The Program is committed to a focus on ethnic and cultural diversity in the curriculum and clinical training and among our students, faculty and supervisors. Aspiring Minority scholars are strongly encouraged to apply.  The Program offers three full-tuition waiver Minority Fellowships each year.

    History of the Ph.D. Program

    The Ph.D. program was founded in 1968 and was first accredited by the American Psychological Association in 1974.  It continues to be fully accredited by the American Psychological Association.  Founded and directed by John E. Exner, Jr., author of the Rorschach Comprehensive System, from 1968 until 1978, the LIU program has remained the institutional home of the Rorschach Comprehensive System. Lawrence O. Brown, Ph.D. served as director the program from 1978 until 1984 when the program leadership was assumed by Nicholas Papouchis, Ph.D., ABPP.  Dr. Papouchis has directed the program since 1984.  This continuity of leadership has allowed the program to engage in a process of evolution, integrating new developments in the field without changing its core mission to train students whose doctoral training gives rise to theoretical and clinically oriented questions that can become the basis for scholarly work.

    APA and New York State Reviews of the Ph.D. Program

    The most recent A.P.A. site visit in November 2000, resulted in the Ph.D. Program’s continued accreditation for a full seven years.  The site visitors  commented on the level of excellence of the clinical and research training.
    “The program labels itself as a “scholar-practitioner model”, which is a modest self description considering the degree of focus on research that occurs within the program. For instance, students conduct a second year research project which they are encouraged to present at a professional conference; dissertations are empirical; the new hires in the department are strong research faculty; the program has just begun a large scale research program focusing on the effectiveness of the in-house clinic; and outside supervisors comment on how well prepared the students are in research....Practicum training is well thought out in this program.  As noted, first-year placements are carefully chosen.  In the second year, students are exposed to two faculty supervisors, as well as a case conference in which (at least) three faculty discuss their different orientations to cases...Externship supervisors were very positive about their experiences with LIU clinical students…..All six (externship supervisors (interviewed) indicated that they had worked with students from several doctoral programs and rated LIU students as the top students.  They stated that the LIU students had the most preparation in clinical theory and were best prepared to work with difficult clients.  They also commented on how well versed the students were on issues of diversity and cultural differences….Students are amply trained for their internship experience.  They have had no difficulties in receiving internships at excellent sites.”

    The New York State Department of Education in its evaluation of the Program, six years earlier in March of 1994 stated:
    “Faculty members serve as excellent models of the scholar-practitioner the program intends to produce. The program has developed not only a strong research training base but a student attitude that science and practice represent an interactive approach to being a clinical psychologist. It is clear that the atmosphere of the department is such that the integration of research and clinical activities has been successfully melded. The students rotate to an extensive and rich array of clinical practica with very strong psychologist supervision. (They) are gifted and all are making reasonable progress to complete their degrees.”

    As the APA and New York State visits have consistently indicated, the program is noted as one of the finest in the New York area and it continues to grow in quality and stature. During the past seven years (2000-2007), 95% of the students applying to internship sites have been successfully placed in their first year of application.

    Admission Requirements
    Admission requirements include a minimum combined score of 1100 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination and a grade point average of 3.2 with no less than 15 credits in psychology. Included among these undergraduate courses should be statistics and experimental psychology or research methods. Students admitted to the program over the past ten years have on average achieved a grade point average of 3.49, and a combined score over 1250 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record examinations. The Advanced GRE in Psychology is required for admission. However, GRE scores are not the only factor weighed into the faculty’s admissions decisions as many applicants also have distinctive clinical and research experiences. Applications may be obtained by calling the Office of Admissions at Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus 718-488-1011 or by downloading the application from this website. The University Code for GREs is 2369.

    The Long Island University Psychological Services Center directed by Professor Linda Penn, offers short-term and longer term psychotherapy for Long Island University students and staff. The center is staffed by doctoral students under the supervision of Ph.D. program clinical faculty and carefully selected adjunct clinical faculty. Students typically begin working in the Center during their 2nd year doing intake evaluations, psychological testing and individual psychotherapy. In previous years students have regularly continued working with their patients beyond the 2nd year into the 3rd year and 4th years.

    The Center for Studies of Ethnicity and Human Development was founded in December 1996.  Its overarching mission is to facilitate research on the role of culture and ethnicity in human development and aging.  Under the auspices of its director, Professor Carol Magai, Dean of Research, the center promises to be a resource for doctoral trainees and other graduate students interested in community-based research in culture, ethnicity and human development.





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