PsyD in Clinical Psychology

AUSB’s Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) prepares students for multiple roles in the field of psychology while promoting self reflection, clinical and research skills, and the development of theoretical knowledge required for a successful career. This challenging and rewarding program emphasizes national curricula standards and the increasingly important areas of family forensics and systems psychology with a multicultural approach that honors diversity through:

  • A learner-centered, practitioner-scholar approach that stays true to AUSB’s commitment to social, economic, and environmental justice by exploring systemic and contextual factors that affect one’s life and development
  • Expansive curriculum that covers core areas of scientific psychology in addition to family forensics, systems psychology, and the needs of underserved communities to prepare students for client advocacy and navigation of the legal system
  • Weekly, in-person cohort classes promoting rich discussion and diverse opinions and experiences
  • Dynamic faculty (both core and adjunct) who provide extensive mentorship and advising inside and outside of the classroom to prepare and welcome their future colleagues into the field
  • A blend of current cutting edge psychological research and practice within a context of civic engagement and social justice

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Antioch’s five-campus university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Our PsyD program is a practitioner-scholar model that follows the standards set forth by the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB), and the National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP).

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Previous graduates of AUSB’s PsyD Program have accepted postdoctoral fellowships or employment as Licensed Clinical Psychologists in a variety of settings across the United States, including mental health organizations, hospitals, university counseling centers, prisons, correctional facilities, community agencies, outpatient facilities, child abuse treatment centers, and as psychological assistants within private practices. The following are just a few examples from a complete list of specific employment sites:

  • Corcoran State Prison
  • Epilepsy Institute of North Carolina
  • Santa Barbara County Mental Health
  • Child Abuse and Mediation Center
  • Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
  • Behavioral Health Network, Massachusetts
  • Kapi’olani Child Protection Center, Hawaii
  • San Luis Obispo Latino Mental Health
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Clinical Traineeship

Students in the PsyD program are required to complete a one-year, full-time pre-doctoral internship (or two years of half-time internship) to graduate, usually during the 5th year of the academic program. This traineeship provides students with the opportunity to enter fully into the role of a clinical therapist in the community, working as part of a team with the mission of serving marginalized and underserved people who are struggling with psychological pain. As interns, students often find their identities as colleagues in a larger community of helping professionals and see more clearly their role as a psychologist-in-training. Most of the internship training sites are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and meet the membership criteria of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) or the California Psychology Internship Council (CAPIC).

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Your Dissertation

Because the PsyD is an applied degree, the Clinical Dissertation is intended to demonstrate that students have integrated the material they have learned during the doctoral program. Early in their program, students select an appropriate project that involves the investigation of a practical application through empirical (quantitative or qualitative), theoretical, or clinical evaluation strategies. In order to encourage student creativity and foster a wide range of approaches, the options for completing this project vary considerably. Students will be guided in their work by their dissertation advisor, a second faculty member, a student member, and an outside expert. For more details and a sampling of past dissertation topics, visit this page.

Statement of Values

The doctoral program in clinical psychology at Antioch University Santa Barbara values creativity, different ways of knowing, scientific integrity, diversity, economic and environmental justice, and serving the social good.


– Retention Rate (1 Year) based on 2013-14 cohort


Students who have obtained internships

Includes both full-time and part-time students. Graduation Rate – % of cohort who entered in 2010 and graduated by June 30, 2014.