About the Psy. D Program

The School of Professional Psychology (SOPP) offers a comprehensive doctoral program in clinical psychology that is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association and is a member of National Council of the Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology (NCSPP). Although strongly grounded in the study of general clinical psychology, our Psy.D. program strives to meet the demands of a changing, diverse society with opportunity to obtain additional training in the areas of Adult PsychologyChild/Adolescent/Family PsychologyForensic Psychology, and Health Psychology.

We are dedicated to providing generalist training in clinical psychology based upon scientific principles, grounded in evidence-based practice, and offered in a collaborative and cooperative setting.  Furthermore, to train competent professionals to function in a complex and diverse society, the program emphasizes critical thinking, ethical decision-making, and the promotion of social justice.

Graduate training in psychology began at Spalding at the M.A. level and dates to the early 1960′s. Training centered on psycho-educational assessment, which was consistent with the function of master’s level practitioners at that time. As the practice of psychology evolved in the depth and breadth of professional services, so did our training. The need for, and the advantages of, training at the doctoral level became apparent to many of our M.A. graduates in the late 1970′s and they urged us to develop a doctoral program. After two years of research and planning, we admitted our first class of doctoral students in 1982.

Today, our Psy.D. program has evolved based on the developments within the field of psychology, which mirror the needs of our immediate community as well as the broader community. More specifically, we have altered our curriculum and added faculty who bring particular areas of expertise to the learning table. Yet, our historical core remains our guiding force to train for the responsible practice of psychology, which we explicitly recognize as rooted in and informed by the science of psychology. Our record of accreditation by the American Psychological Association since 1989 is evidence of our sustained ability to achieve our programmatic goals while maintaining national standards of quality.

Scholarship Award

Spalding University’s School of Professional Psychology is pleased to announce that we were the recipients of a 2.4 million dollar federal grant ($650,000/year for four years) for Graduate Student Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students.  The grant will provide significant tuition assistance for doctoral students in our clinical psychology program.  The award was made possible through a grant from the Health Resources Services Administration.  HRSA-12-079, grant T08HP25245-01-00

We continue to welcome applications from potential students interested in pursuing careers working with underserved populations.  The application period for Fall 2016 is now open. The application deadline for Fall 2016 admission is January 5, 2016.

Click here to access the How to Apply Information page.

If you have questions about the application process or the status of your submitted application, please contact Elizabeth Simpson at esimpson@spalding.edu.


The Doctor of Psychology program in Clinical Psychology was first accredited by the American Psychological Association in 1989 and has continually maintained its APA accreditation to this date. For further information about the accreditation status of this or any other psychology doctoral program, please contact:

APA Office of Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202-336-5979, Fax: 202-336-5978

We invite you to peruse the pages within this web so you can more fully acquaint yourself with our student-focused graduate program here at Spalding University.