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This program can prepare you to practice, teach, or research to positively impact the mental health of diverse clientele.

In this blended clinical psychology PhD program, featuring online and in-person participation, you can gain the skills to assess mental wellness and provide interventions as a practitioner, educator, researcher, or consultant. Taught by respected psychology faculty, coursework explores current theories and empirically supported practice. You can combine scholarly research with practical experience to build the skills and knowledge to work with people who are struggling with mental illness or general life issues.

Hands-on Experience

Get hands-on experience through the Academic Year in Residence (AYR), doctoral residencies, supervised practicum, and internship requirements.

Licensure Preparation

With your degree, you can serve as a practitioner, faculty member, consultant, administrator, or researcher. This program is intended to prepare you for licensure as a psychologist.1

scholar-practitioner model

Our scholar-practitioner model enables you to apply research to address real-world problems.

Program Savings

Receive up to a $4,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on August 30, 2021. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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General Program and Specializations

General Program

Walden’s PhD in Clinical Psychology program can prepare you to practice, teach, or research to positively impact the mental health of diverse clientele.

Forensic Psychology

Learn how forensic psychologists interact with the court system and explore topics such as criminal profiling, expert testimony, jury selection, eyewitness testimony, and consultation with attorneys.


In this specialization, you will explore the field of health psychology, changing health behaviors, the impact of stress on individuals, and ways of helping patients to cope.

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Apply psychological principles to the workplace. Coursework explores the relationship between leader and group behaviors, measuring human factors, group decision-making, organizational design and culture, intervention development, and management of change. 


In this specialization, you will examine theories, techniques, and issues that are related to teaching psychology at the collegiate level, including instructional design.

Admission Requirements

Program Admission Considerations: A bachelor's degree or higher.

General Admission Requirements: Completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the highest degree level you currently hold.

More information for completion programs. More information for international applicants.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the PhD in Clinical Psychology program will be prepared to:

  • Explain the contributions of the biological, affective, social, and cognitive areas of psychology as they impact human adaptive and maladaptive functioning.
  • Articulate the history of clinical psychology, how the specialty of clinical psychology is unique, and how to develop a clinical psychology identity.
  • Synthesize principles of basic and advanced research methods to produce independent scholarly research.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in evaluating the effectiveness of empirically supported treatments using an evidence-based practice approach.
  • Synthesize theory and contemporary research to establish a theoretically and empirically anchored personal orientation to the practice of clinical psychology.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing empirically supported models of clinical psychotherapy, consultation, and supervision with diverse populations.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in utilizing cognitive and personality-assessment skills with diverse populations.
  • Develop constructive working relationships with clients, supervisors, instructors, and colleagues while also demonstrating an appropriate and professional demeanor.
  • Engage in personal self-assessment to examine feelings, beliefs, attitudes, and opinions regarding your own perspective and worldview as well as those of others.
  • Describe salient experiences and perspectives of diverse populations including but not limited to race, culture, socioeconomics, age, gender, sexual orientation, and disability.
  • Utilize critical thinking and apply relevant ethical codes (e.g., APA, ACA) to decision-making with diverse populations in a variety of settings.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use multicultural clinical intervention and assessment skills in varied training and professional settings.
  • Demonstrate an awareness of how social/political issues, policies, and events impact the field of clinical psychology.
  • Engage in professional activities related to clinical psychology that promote positive social change.

Career Outlook

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that, as a profession, clinical psychology is projected to grow 3% between 2019 and 2029.2 This increased demand for psychological services in medical settings, such as hospitals, schools, social service agencies, and mental health centers, will drive new job opportunities.

With a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Walden, you may move into a variety of positions, including:

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Researcher
  • Consultant
  • Faculty member/instructor
  • Staff psychologist
  • Administrator

Learn more about the career outlook for graduates with a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Career options may require additional experience, licensure, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this program.

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