The Student Body
Each year the Program receives between 200 and 250 completed applications. Approximately 100 applicants are interviewed and from this group a final class of about 16 students is selected. While some students have entered the Program directly from undergraduate institutions, the majority of students have been admitted after spending time in the field either doing graduate work at the Master’s level or working in the psychological community for several years. Others enter the program following a career change, having done additional preparatory work in psychology prior to acceptance. All applicants are expected to have worked in research and clinical settings in addition to completing the required coursework. In instances when disabled students have been accepted, the Program and the university have been committed to meeting the students’ special needs.
Students in the Program come from a broad spectrum of undergraduate institutions many of which are among the finest institutions in the country. Over the past seven years, students accepted into the program have averaged a combined score of above 1250 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examinations and score well on the required Psychology GRE examination. However, test scores are not sufficient to gain admission as many applicants have research and clinical experience that is noteworthy. The program is especially interested in increasing the number of aspiring minority scholars. To that end, there are three minority fellowships available, which carry full-tuition waiver for each class.
Each entering class of 16 students is trained by a core group of fourteen full-time Ph.D. faculty and six clinical adjuncts. This student-faculty ratio, rare in a program of this size, enables the faculty to serve as academic advisors, clinical supervisors and research mentors in an atmosphere of stimulating intellectual dialogues about both clinical and research phenomena. The diversity of the student body at the Brooklyn Campus and the Ph.D. Program’s collaborative relationships with a variety of New York area training facilities enable students to develop their skills in a diverse multicultural learning environment. The Ph.D. Program prides itself on the attention given to its doctoral students and the supportive, intellectual challenging atmosphere that the Program is known for. The current first year class reflects the increasing diversity of the graduate student body.
Students from the first and second year of training have offered the following comments about the Program:
“Students can expect support, direction, and leadership from core faculty at LIU Brooklyn. Faculty time and attention is the rule for each doctoral student, not the exception. Students often work with many advisors and have individual research, academic, and clinical supervisors from the core faculty, and are invited to work with any additional faculty with whom they share interests. They report that LIU provides a comprehensive curriculum emphasizing clinical experience as well as research development. Faculty work well together to support students while providing training using a variety of therapeutic tools and representing an eclectic approach. As a result, LIU graduates are well respected in the clinical field, displaying extensive knowledge in testing, therapy, as well as research."
"From interview day I felt the students were very open and intelligent, clinical training
was exemplary and well-regarded. It was an accurate impression. I applied
because of good impressions from interview, good location, great clinical
opportunities, interesting cross-cultural research"
"I decided to apply because I started asking other clinicians about the program and went back to the website, looked again at the program definition and faculty bios and affiliations, and saw the descriptions
about special support to minorities, and I realized this was the only
program I had come across that have substantial aid to minority students
which to me reflected a true commitment"
"Decided I wanted to come here because of the interview- felt like the"right fit". Then I found out someone who I knew and respected was one
year above me- which really confirmed the uniqueness of the program.
Experience is consistently amazing and rewarding. Zero regrets or
Each class in residence has two elected class representatives. They have agreed to be available to be contacted via email by applicants who wish to talk to doctoral students about the Ph.D. Program when they are applying. The six class reps are firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.