Academic Catalog

Clinical Psychology, Psy.D.

Program Description

The Medaille College Clinical Psychology Program is a 99-credit program leading to a Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) degree in Clinical Psychology. The program is located at Medaille College’s Buffalo Campus. The primary goal of the program is to educate and prepare students for careers as professional psychologists. The program follows the Practitioner-Scholar Model of the National Council of Schools and Programs in Professional Psychology and meets the requirements for licensure in New York.

Program Aims

The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology Program is designed to educate and train students to function effectively in their eventual role as clinical psychologists. To ensure that students are prepared adequately, the curriculum provides for the meaningful integration of theory and research as applied to practice. The Clinical Psychology PsyD Program at Medaille College emphasizes the development of knowledge, skills, and attitudes essential in the formation of professional psychologists who are committed to the ethical provision of quality services. Specific objectives of the program include the training of clinical psychologists to:

  • Clinical Services: Deliver effective diagnostic and therapeutic services to diverse populations of clients
  • Integration of Science: Apply the biological, psychological and sociocultural bases of human functioning to the provision of effective quality patient services
  • Consultation: Work effectively as part of a professional team, including consultation with professionals from other disciplines
  • Ethics: Provide services in an ethical context to benefit clients and society
  • Teaching and Supervision: Exercise leadership and provide training in healthcare and mental health settings.

Competency Areas

  • Research
  • Ethical and legal standards
  • Individual and cultural diversity
  • Professional values, attitudes, and behaviours
  • Communication and interpersonal skills
  • Assessment
  • Intervention
  • Supervision
  • Consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills

Degree earned: PsyD
Total number of credits: 99
Delivery format: On-ground (day and evening)
Locations: Buffalo

Concentrations

The PsyD in Clinical Psychology Program does not require selection of concentrations. For students who desire to follow a particular interest, two optional concentrations are offered.

  1. Child & Family Psychology
  2. General Adult Clinical

Child & Family Psychology Concentration

The Child & Family Concentration provides training in the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and families within a variety of settings and contexts with an emphasis on empirically supported methods. In addition, students will learn to promote and better understand healthy child and family development as well as the prevention of psychological problems of youth. Additionally, specific treatment issues relating to children, adolescents, and families relative to individual and cultural differences are explored. Students who complete the Child & Family Psychology Concentration will be able to:

  • apply concepts of normal development and developmental psychopathology to the understanding of children’s unfolding adaptive and maladaptive functioning, involving biological, behavioral, psychosocial, interpersonal, and sociocultural levels of analysis; and
  • design and implement interventions directed at the assessment and treatment of children, families, and other related systems

Potential Electives

PSY 719Child and Adolescent Psychopathology3
PSY 747Trauma Throughout The Lifespan3
PSY 771Treatment and Assessment of Children and Adolescents3
PSY 785Advanced Family Therapy3

General Adult Clinical Concentration

The General Adult Clinical Concentration allows students to explore the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of problems across the adult life span. Students examine milder stress and adjustment problems of individuals, as well as more severe forms of psychopathology, as they gain advanced skills in psychotherapy and psychological assessment. Theoretical and applied aspects of intervention are explored from multiple perspectives. Additionally, specific treatment issues relating to individual and cultural differences are explored. Students who complete the General Adult Clinical Concentration will be able to:

  • apply advanced skills in the evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of problems across the life span
  • apply advanced skills in psychotherapy and psychological assessment to both milder stress and adjustment problems of individuals, as well as more severe forms of psychopathology; an
  • treat patients with a variety of presenting problems across the spectrum of social class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and other individual and cultural differences.

Potential Electives

PSY 762Substance Abuse and Treatment3
PSY 747Trauma Throughout The Lifespan3
PSY 779Clinical Geropsychology3

Program Requirements

Note: Core Course Requirements (66 Credits). Students are required to take the following Core Courses:

PSY 700Psychometrics3
PSY 705Professionalization Group0
PSY 701Diagnostic Psychopathology3
PSY 710Cognitive Assessment3
PSY 763Neuropsychological Assessment3
PSY 715Objective Personality Assessment3
PSY 720History and Systems of Psychology3
PSY 727Psychology of Life Span Development3
PSY 731Cognitive and Affective Processes3
PSY 735Professional Ethics and Conduct3
PSY 749Physiological Psychology3
PSY 758Psychodynamic Theory & Therapy3
PSY 761Assessment and Treatment of Diverse Populations3
PSY 764Clinical Interviewing3
PSY 765Integrative Assessment3
PSY 768Research Methods3
PSY 769Statistics3
PSY 770Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Treatment3
PSY 780Group Therapy3
PSY 782Family Therapy3
PSY 794Clinical Psychopharmacology3
PSY 787Social Psychology3
PSY 790Administration, Consultation, and Supervision3
Total Hours66

Elective Requirements (18 Credits)

Students choose six elective courses in consultation with their advisor. Electives can be combined to form a concentration. Each student is encouraged to take enough elective courses to meet the requirements of at least one concentration, or to plan a series of electives that meets specific training goals with their advisor. 

Potential Elective Courses

PSY 719Child and Adolescent Psychopathology3
PSY 745Proseminar and Practicum V 13
PSY 746Proseminar and Practicum VI 13
PSY 747Trauma Throughout The Lifespan3
PSY 762Substance Abuse and Treatment3
PSY 771Treatment and Assessment of Children and Adolescents3
PSY 785Advanced Family Therapy3
PSY 849Psychotherapy Integration3
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Note: PSY 745 Proseminar and Practicum V and PSY 746 Proseminar and Practicum VI constitute a two-course sequence.

Professionalization Group Requirements

The Professionalization Groups are advisement groups for first-year students. These groups meet once a week for one hour and are led by a core faculty member, who will remain the students’ advisor until they identify dissertation advisors. Students discuss topics related to professional psychology and the development of a professional identity. The faculty member leading the group will help students with academic advisement, planning for field training, general consultation on problems or difficulties in the program, professional ethics as stated in the APA Ethical Guidelines for Psychologists, and questions emerging during the student’s first-year academic experience.

Note: Students are required to take the following: PSY 705 Professionalization Group (0 credits) (two semesters in first year)

Proseminar and Practicum Requirements (12 Credits)

The Proseminar and Practicum requirements represent the first two of the three required levels of field training and evaluation in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program. The first level is the diagnostic practicum (Proseminar and Practicum I and II), while the second level is the therapy practicum (Proseminar and Practicum III and IV). Doctoral students in the Clinical Psychology Program complete the diagnostic practicum in their second year of study and a therapy practicum in their third year of study.

The practicum proseminar serves as an auxiliary training component in students’ clinical training. The seminar instructor works with each student’s on-site supervisor to oversee education. The seminar instructor is primarily responsible for evaluating student progress in consultation with the on-site supervisor. Students are required to attend the seminar sessions and will be evaluated based on participation in seminar, work samples, and performance in all aspects of clinical and professional work on site. Supervision of individual cases remains the responsibility of the on-site supervisor, who has direct contact with the practicum setting and with the clients. In the proseminar, students receive didactic training, present their clinical work, and consult with peers and the seminar instructor regarding challenging assessment and treatment issues. In keeping with the major objectives, students will:

  • demonstrate skills appropriate to their level of training in conceptualization and clinical service;
  • be exposed to a variety of clinical issues in different settings;
  • increase their capacity to generalize their clinical experiences across domains and groups; and
  • develop specific and global clinical competencies.

Students are required to take the following Proseminar and Practicum Courses:

PSY 741Proseminar and Practicum I3
PSY 742Proseminar and Practicum II3
PSY 743Proseminar and Practicum III3
PSY 744Proseminar and Practicum IV3

Practicum Placement

Students who are eligible for practicum for the following academic year will meet with the Director of Clinical Training in the fall to gain an introduction to the practicum selection process and to explore the sites for the following year. In consultation with their academic advisor, each student will develop a list of potential practicum sites in order of their preference. All sites must be approved by the Director of Clinical Training. The Director of Clinical Training will assign students placement interviews based on each student’s ranked list. Although every effort will be made to help students obtain placement at a site that meets their training needs and goals, no particular site can be guaranteed. See the Training Manual for a specific discussion on practicum procedures and requirements.

Practicum Eligibility

The Director of Clinical Training has the authority to determine a student’s readiness for practicum. In order for a student to apply for practicum or to begin practicum, he or she must be in good academic standing (GPA of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 and not on probation) and must complete all the practicum prerequisite courses prior to the beginning of the practicum. If a student on practicum is placed on probation, the Director of Clinical Training will decide on a case-by-case basis whether practicum can be continued. Students must demonstrate a readiness to assume a professional role and to interact appropriately with clients. Personal adjustment issues, interpersonal difficulties, poor communication skills, or other behavioral problems may reflect on a student’s ability to interact with clients in a competent and ethical manner. Students must have attended in the Clinical Psychology Program at Medaille College for a minimum of two semesters before beginning practicum.

Professional Liability Insurance

All students enrolled in the Proseminar and Practicum courses must be covered by Professional Liability Insurance. Students purchase this insurance through the American Psychological Association. This is mandatory even if the student is otherwise insured.

Clinical Dissertation Requirements (3 Credits)

The Clinical Dissertation is a training experience designed to provide students with a guided opportunity for integrating findings from empirical research toward addressing a psychological issue. The Clinical Dissertation must be a sophisticated piece of written scholarship that demonstrates the ability to frame and address a psychological issue. The primary training goal of the Clinical Dissertation is to help students develop the skills needed to become critical consumers of the empirical literature in psychology.

Students are required to take the following:

PSY 851Clinical Dissertation I1
PSY 852Clinical Dissertation II1
PSY 853Clinical Dissertation III1

PSY 851 Clinical Dissertation I, the first term of Clinical dissertation is a weekly seminar in which students work collaboratively to gain an orientation to the dissertation process, explore and refine potential topics and methods, identify individual dissertation advisors, and draft their proposals. This seminar will meet in spring of the third year. Students will select their dissertation Chairs during this term, based on faculty availability and expertise with the topic area. See the syllabi for PSY 851 Clinical Dissertation I, PSY 852 Clinical Dissertation II, and PSY 853 Clinical Dissertation III for specific information about the dissertation project.

Students are expected to address a psychological issue from a theoretical and empirical standpoint. The appropriateness of the project is determined by the Clinical Dissertation Chair and committee members and is indicated by a potentially publishable review or a synthesis of findings that could be presented to professional psychologists in a conference or workshop setting.

The final Clinical Dissertation document must demonstrate the following:

  • a mastery of theoretical, clinical, and empirical literature relevant to the topic studied
  • methodological and statistical knowledge relevant to the area of inquiry
  • the ability to integrate specific research findings across studies and to synthesize information to support appropriate conclusions.
  • the ability to write clearly and concisely in the style adopted by the profession.

Each committee will consist of 3 members. Chairs must be Medaille faculty members, but committee members may be appointed from the community at the discretion of the chair. A list of available dissertation chairs will be provided. Each student will meet with the Dissertation committee for a proposal meeting to develop a specific topic or project. This is a working meeting during which the student may receive guidance about the appropriateness and acceptable scope of the dissertation. All data-based projects must receive IRB approval. In general, data-based projects should receive IRB review after the proposal meeting, but exceptions will be allowed at the discretion of the chair. The defense of the dissertation will be open to the Medaille community and will involve a full presentation of the research, including questions about the project. Students should submit all revisions to the chair (and other committee members as appropriate) within one semester of the final defense.

Dissertation Completion

It is expected that a student will complete their dissertation within the 3 semesters allotted. A student who does not complete their dissertation within 3 semesters will be required to register for PSY 854 Clinical Dissertation Extended. This 1-credit course must be taken each fall or Spring Semester until the dissertation is completed.

Clinical Competence Examination Requirements

Students are required to take and successfully pass a Clinical Competence Examination (CCE) during the Summer Semester of their third year of coursework. The CCE includes a treatment summary, a case presentation, a written case analysis, an oral presentation, and an oral examination based on the written and case presentations. This format is designed to assess students’ knowledge, clinical reasoning within a conceptual model, technical skills, relationship skills, and ability to communicate in written and oral forms. The CCE evaluates the student’s written and oral performance in the following areas:

  • Knowledge Base
  • Clinical Reasoning
  • Technical Skill
  • Relationship Skill
  • Formal Communication Skills

CCE Reports and Oral Presentations will be evaluated by the faculty to determine students’ clinical and academic competence and readiness for internship. Students must demonstrate minimum competence in all areas to pass. Results will include Pass with Distinction, Pass, Revise, and Fail.

CCE Prerequisites

In addition to the prerequisite courses required for Proseminar and Practicum I – IV (PSY 741 Proseminar and Practicum IPSY 744 Proseminar and Practicum IV), students are also required to complete the following courses before beginning the CCE:

PSY 743Proseminar and Practicum III3
PSY 744Proseminar and Practicum IV3
PSY 768Research Methods3
PSY 769Statistics3
PSY 780Group Therapy3
PSY 782Family Therapy3
PSY 794Clinical Psychopharmacology3
Two Electives6

Students who fail the CCE will be referred to the Student Development Committee to develop a remediation plan. Remediation may include additional practicum experience and/or academic work. Once the remediation is completed, the student may retake the exam once. Re-examination cannot be scheduled before one full term has elapsed. A student who fails the CCE twice will be academically dismissed from the program. Students who are asked to revise their materials will have one month in which to complete the revision and will be given a Pass or Fail result upon evaluation of the revisions.

Appealing Clinical Competence Examination (CCE) Outcome 

A student who wishes to dispute their CCE Committee's decision has three levels of written appeal available:

  1. The chair of the CCE examination committee in consultation with the PsyD Program Director
  2. Department Chair of Counseling and Clinical Psychology
  3. Academic Affairs Office

Internship Requirements

Students will complete a 1750-hour internship as a condition for graduation. The internship is an integral component of the doctoral program and the final experience in the clinical training sequence. During the internship, the student is expected to assume significant responsibilities and to perform major professional functions under the supervision of qualified psychologists. Because the internship is typically the last step in the student’s preparation for functioning as an independent professional, the internship experience should provide the student with a variety of appropriate role models, as well as intensive and diverse opportunities to function in the various roles expected of a clinical psychologist. Typically, full-time students begin the internship during their fifth year of enrollment.

The internship is intended to be a paid position. Students are strongly encouraged to seek internships that are accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA). Students may not seek internships that are not active members of the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) without prior approval from the Director of Training, who will be responsible for reviewing the appropriateness of these internships based on standards in the field. An internship that is not APA accredited must nevertheless meet guidelines used by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology to define an internship.

Students are required to take the following: PSY 900 Clinical Psychology Internship

Program Prerequisites: Preliminary Foundation Work

Medaille College requires certain undergraduate courses of all students enrolling in the PsyD program. These courses serve as a foundation for courses that will follow. Students must have completed with a grade of “B” or higher a minimum of 15 credit hours of undergraduate psychology courses. Within these 15 credit hours, the following courses must be included:

  • one course in abnormal psychology
  • one course in general psychology
  • one course in statistics or research methods

These courses must be completed prior to admission or during the first semester of enrollment. These foundation courses may be satisfied in one of the following ways: all foundation courses must be completed successfully in the specific content area at a regionally accredited institution, or foundation courses may be completed through Medaille College, if the courses are offered.

Enrollment

Residency Experience

All students are expected to be enrolled in the Program continuously for the duration of the planned program. Attendance during summer semester is required in years one through three, and the Clinical Competence Examination is given during summer of year three. Most internships are full time for 12 months, and therefore students will register for internship for fall, spring, and summer terms.

Full-Time Study

Students taking 9 credit hours during fall or spring terms or registered for Internship or Dissertation are considered to be studying full time. 6 credit hours in fall or spring is considered half time. Enrollment in Dissertation or Internship constitutes full time study. Requests for less than full-time study must be approved by the Program Director. Leaves of Absence must be approved by the student’s Academic Advisor and the Program Director by the second week of the term during which the student goes on leave. Students returning from leave may be referred to the Student Development Committee (SDC) upon their return.

Attendance

Attendance is a critical and mandatory part of education and clinical training. In the event of a serious illness or family emergency that will result in an absence, students must immediately contact their instructor to notify them of their absence. Students who miss a significant amount of class time and fail to contact their instructor in a timely manner and make up the work, or who do not have an excused absence, will be given an F for the course.

Email Policy

Upon registration into the program, all students are given a Medaille College email address.  It is the student’s responsibility to check this account several times a week during semesters and class breaks. Important Program and College information will be sent to this address, (not to a personal email account). Students may decide to forward their Medaille email to a personal account. Students should contact helpdesk@medaille.edu or the IT Department on campus if they need assistance setting up their Medaille email account.

Emergency Notification System

In the event of a campus closing, general class cancellations, or other emergency situations, Medaille has implemented an emergency notification system that sends notifications through text messaging (SMS), email, and messages to cell and home phone numbers. Students are required to keep their contact information up-to-date using a Web Form that will ask for the student ID number and Medaille email address.

The information collected through this site will be used by authorized College personnel in the event of weather-related campus/class cancellations or other situations where time is of the essence. Test messages to all contact numbers within the system will be sent out once each semester. This information will not be used for any other purpose. Specific instructions can be found here: http://www.medaille.edu/current-students/public-safety/emergency-information.

Concerns or Questions About a Course or Program Requirement

In the event that a student has a concern or question about a course, he or she is encouraged to consult the instructor of the course before bringing concerns to the Program Director. If the situation is not resolved in consultation with the instructor, concerns and/or questions should be brought to the attention of the faculty member and then to the Program Director. The Department Chair may address further inquiries.

Student Advisement

Each student will meet with their faculty advisor weekly during the first year of the program during the professionalization group and a minimum of once per term thereafter. During the dissertation process, the dissertation advisor becomes the student’s academic advisor and will be in contact with the student at least once a month, but more often during many phases of the project. Requests for change of advisor must be made in writing and approved by the Program Director.

Advisement activities will include, but will not be limited to, the following:

  • providing students with the best information and counsel on policies and processes of the College
  • making students aware of the range of services and educational opportunities pertinent to their objectives
  • assisting students in choosing educational, professional, and related life objectives that are well-suited to their interests and abilities
  • making students aware that they carry the ultimate responsibility for acquainting themselves with academic and other College regulations, as well as for planning their courses in accordance with the published Program requirements, and other College policies and processes
  • closely monitoring academic and clinical developments during all stages of progress throughout a student’s graduate career

Semiannual Review

The entire faculty will evaluate each student twice annually, with written feedback given by the advisor. Student’s progress toward developing levels of competence appropriate to each stage of training will be documented by faculty, supervisors, and academic advisors. Students exhibiting difficulties may be referred to the faculty advisor at any time. A student whose progress through the program may be in jeopardy will be referred to the Student Development Committee. Although the semiannual meeting can be an opportunity for these referrals to emerge, referrals can be made at any time. Students who perform at outstanding levels will be given commendations during one of the two semiannual meetings.

Student Development Committee (SDC)

The SDC is composed of core faculty from the PsyD Program. The committee is charged with facilitating students’ acquisition of knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for functioning as competent professional psychologists. Advisors and instructors will refer students as needed to the SDC to review and help develop remediation plans for students who are not progressing satisfactorily, and to determine students’ readiness to continue the program and/or progress to successive levels of training. Academic, professional, and interpersonal performance will be considered based on the Clinical Program Comprehensive Evaluation Policy. Recommendations of the SDC typically involve increased advisement and remedial academic or clinical work but may include leaves of absence or recommendations for dismissal from the program. These recommendations are subject to review by the Program Director and the Department Chair.  

PsyD Remediation Policy

A student who is placed on a remediation plan will be notified in writing of the terms of the plan, the allotted time frame, and the faculty member(s) responsible for overseeing the remediation. Remediation may include, but is not limited to, satisfactorily repeating course(s), additional practicum experience and/or academic work, and will include individual meetings with the academic advisor or other faculty member to review the student's progress in remediation. Clinical supervisors or other people affiliated with the institution may be involved in providing remediation, and may consult with the academic advisor or SDC, as necessary. The remediation plan will include operationalized goals for improvement and specify the assessment methods used (eg. course completion, Seminar Leader Evaluation of Practicum). The student is responsible for providing documentation of completion of remediation goals to SDC, in collaboration with the overseeing faculty member. A student may be dismissed for failure to fulfill terms of a remediation plan within the allotted time frame, as stated in the remediation document. Once the remediation is complete, the student will receive a letter of the outcome from the Chair of SDC, stating that the student has complete successfully, or, in the event that the remediation has not been complete successfully indicating a recommendation for further evaluation or action.

Academic Review/Probation/Dismissal

Repeating a Failed Course

A student earning a grade lower than a B-, in any course or who earns a U in a pass-fail course is required to repeat the course. A student may repeat any course in an effort to earn a higher grade. Both grades will remain on the student’s official transcript and the latter grade will be used to compute the student’s GPA.

Satisfactory Progress

Students must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a scale of 4.0 and complete the program within seven (7) years after matriculation. The Clinical Competence Examination must be passed by the end of the 5th year.

Maximum Time Frame Requirements: (Without Approved LOA)

  • Completion of the program in 7 years
  • Completion of all required coursework in 5 years
  • Completion of the CCE within 5 years.

Academic Warning

Any student who makes a grade below B- will be issued an academic warning and referred for advisement; any student with borderline GPA, with a second grade below B-, or who is in danger of failing to complete the minimum number of semester hours for each year will be referred to the Student Development Committee (SDC). These referrals will be made in hopes of helping students improve through active mentoring and exploration of options for developing more effectively.

Academic Probation

A student who makes a grade of F in a graduate course or whose grade point average falls below 3.0 after completion of 9 credits will be placed on academic probation for the following semester. Students on probation must maintain a GPA of 3.0 for each probationary term and must qualify for removal of probation by the end of the second fall or spring term. Students may be placed on probation based on review of the Student Development Committee (SDC) based on the Program Professionalism policy. In these cases, students will be provided with a remediation plan with a time frame for completion. The Student Development Committee (SDC) will determine the success of the completion of the plan.

Academic Dismissal

A student who receives two grades below B- in one term or three grades below B- throughout their studies will be dismissed from graduate studies. Grades of F in Pass/Fail courses or U in Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory courses are considered failing grades. Likewise, failure to come off academic probation within two regular (Fall or Spring) terms, failing the Clinical Competence Examination (CCE) twice, or failure to complete minimum time frame requirements (without approved LOA) will result in dismissal. Students may also be dismissed for failure to fulfill terms of a remediation plan within the allotted time frame. In cases of dismissal, students may petition the admissions committee for readmission after one calendar year. Students will be readmitted to the program only in cases of extenuating circumstance if they are judged to be able to complete the program successfully.

Academic Integrity

Medaille’s faculty and administration expect all students to complete their academic assignments with honesty and integrity. Students who engage in any form of academic dishonesty (e.g., plagiarism, cheating on a test, forging a signature or an entire college document) will be dealt with severely, with penalties ranging from an F on a given assignment to failing a course or even academic dismissal from the program. It is important to note that the Graduate School at Medaille College interprets the submission of the same paper/assignment, or substantially the same paper/assignment, to more than one instructor to be a violation of this code. Students found guilty of such offenses risk dismissal from the College.

Professionalism

Comprehensive Evaluation Policy

(adapted from The Comprehensive Evaluation of Student-Trainee Competence, Council of Chairs of Training Councils, CCTC):

Faculty, training staff, supervisors, and administrators participating in doctoral level psychology training have a professional, ethical, and potentially legal obligation to:

  1. establish criteria and methods through which aspects of competence other than, and in addition to, a student-trainee's knowledge or skills may be assessed (including, but not limited to, emotional stability and well-being, interpersonal skills, professional development, and personal fitness for practice); and,
  2. ensure—insofar as possible—that the student-trainees who complete their programs are competent to manage future relationships (e.g., client, collegial, professional, public, scholarly, supervisory, teaching) in an effective and appropriate manner.

Because of this commitment, and within the parameters of their administrative authority, professional psychology education and training programs, faculty, training staff, supervisors, and administrators strive not to advance, recommend, or graduate students or trainees with demonstrable problems (e.g., cognitive, emotional, psychological, interpersonal, technical, and ethical) that may interfere with professional competence to other programs, the profession, employers, or the public at large.

As such, faculty, and supervisors will evaluate students’

  1. interpersonal and professional competence
  2. self-awareness, self-reflection, and self-evaluation;
  3. openness to processes of supervision; and
  4. resolution of issues or problems that interfere with professional development or functioning in a satisfactory manner.

When a student’s conduct clearly and demonstrably

  1. impacts the student’s performance, development, or functioning
  2. raises questions of an ethical nature
  3. represents a risk to public safety, or
  4. damages the representation of psychology to the profession or public, the student will be referred to the Professional Development Committee.

Students are required to abide by the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Guidelines and Standards and will sign an agreement upon admission.

Students with Disabilities

In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, Medaille College does not discriminate on the basis of disability. The Office of Accessibility Services was created to assist students with disabilities in all aspects of college life. College personnel do as much as is reasonable to ensure that individuals with disabilities achieve independence and fully participate in the mainstream of the educational process in a comprehensively accessible environment. Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact the Office of Accessibility Services for information about policies and procedures relevant to the Americans with Disabilities Act within the first week of the term.  Students are advised of their right that the self-disclosure and accommodation process be carried out as confidentially as possible.  Students are not required to discuss the reasons for accommodation with any other faculty or staff member of the institution. In order for an accommodation plan to be implemented for a course,

  1. The Office of Accessibility Services must provide the student with a statement that the student has submitted satisfactory documentation to qualify as disabled and
  2. a student deemed qualified, as disabled must meet with the instructor to discuss appropriate course-related accommodations.

Course Substitution Policy

A maximum of 9 credit hours may be transferred into the PsyD program. A Course Substitution Request must be submitted to the Program Director by a course syllabus. Students are encouraged to submit all transfer requests as soon as possible to allow for planning. Copies of major assignments may be required. This request must be approved by the Registrar, the Program Director and the Department Chair. Courses that have at least 80% overlap with an approved doctoral course at Medaille will be accepted, at the discretion of the core faculty member who serves as coordinator for the course.

  • Courses must have been offered in psychology at the graduate level.
  • Courses must have been completed within five years of matriculation in the Program.
  • A grade of "B" or above must have been earned in the requested transfer courses.
  • The student may be subject to final examination in all coursework transferred into the PsyD Program.
  • No credit is granted for correspondence courses or for "credit-by-examination" courses.
  • Proseminar and Practicum, Internship, and Dissertation may not be waived.

Courses submitted for elective credit: Graduate level courses in psychology or a related field may be submitted for elective credit at the discretion of the faculty if the course is determined to be

  1. more advanced than the required PsyD course or
  2. represent material that is substantially different than a course in the PsyD program but relevant to clinical psychology.

Students should be aware that courses in fields other than psychology may not satisfy licensing requirements in some states.

Rescheduling Classes in the Event of Inclement Weather

In the event that the College cancels one day out of the schedule due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances, the instructor will contact their students to inform them of how missed work/time will be made up. Students are encouraged to sign up for weather closure notices. More information can be found here: http://www.medaille.edu/current-students/public-safety/emergency-information.

Emergency Facilities Closure

In the case of an emergency facilities closure (i.e., due to natural disaster or pandemic flu), classes will continue online using Blackboard. Information regarding completing course requirements can be found on the class syllabus.

Delivery Format / Program Structure

Medaille’s PsyD program is offered in a daytime format with each 3-credit course meeting once a week for three hours during the Fall and Spring Semesters and for 6 hours a week during the Summer I Semester. The PsyD in Clinical Psychology Program requires the successful completion of 99 semester credit hours distributed as follows:

  • Core course requirements (66 credit hours)
  • Elective requirements (18 credit hours)
  • Proseminar and practicum requirements (12 credit hours)
  • Clinical Dissertation Requirements (3 credit hours)

In addition to fulfilling these credit hour requirements, students must complete the Clinical Competence Examination and a one-year internship.

Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First YearHours
First Semester
PSY 700 Psychometrics 3
PSY 701 Diagnostic Psychopathology 3
PSY 710 Cognitive Assessment 3
PSY 720 History and Systems of Psychology 3
PSY 705 Professionalization Group 0
 Hours12
Second Semester
PSY 763 Neuropsychological Assessment 3
PSY 727 Psychology of Life Span Development 3
PSY 764 Clinical Interviewing 3
PSY 715 Objective Personality Assessment 3
PSY 705 Professionalization Group 0
 Hours12
Third Semester
PSY 731 Cognitive and Affective Processes 3
PSY 765 Integrative Assessment 3
 Hours6
Second Year
First Semester
PSY 749 Physiological Psychology 3
PSY 761 Assessment and Treatment of Diverse Populations 3
PSY 770 Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Treatment 3
PSY 741 Proseminar and Practicum I 3
 Hours12
Second Semester
PSY 768 Research Methods 3
PSY 758 Psychodynamic Theory & Therapy 3
PSY 742 Proseminar and Practicum II 3
Elective 3
 Hours12
Third Semester
PSY 735 Professional Ethics and Conduct 3
PSY 782 Family Therapy 3
 Hours6
Third Year
First Semester
PSY 769 Statistics 3
PSY 780 Group Therapy 3
PSY 743 Proseminar and Practicum III 3
PSY 787 Social Psychology 3
 Hours12
Second Semester
PSY 794 Clinical Psychopharmacology 3
PSY 744 Proseminar and Practicum IV 3
PSY 851 Clinical Dissertation I 1
Elective 3
 Hours10
Third Semester
PSY 852 Clinical Dissertation II 1
Clinical Competency Exam 0
 Hours1
Fourth Year
First Semester
PSY 853 Clinical Dissertation III 1
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Hours7
Second Semester
PSY 790 Administration, Consultation, and Supervision 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Hours9
Fifth Year
PSY 900 Clinical Psychology Internship (3 terms) 0
 Hours0
 Total Hours99