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Clinical Psychology (PsyD)

Graduate Programs

Diverse Populations

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Students enrolled in the Diverse Populations emphasis will focus their dissertation research, practicum, and internships serving clients of various intersectional identities. Students are trained in the application of critical theories as a lens to unpack the ways systemic oppression impacts the mental health of historically marginalized communities. 

Additionally, students may elect to develop expertise, via their course papers and dissertation, in serving a specific marginalized population (e.g., LGBTQ, Black Psychology, first-generation immigrants, veterans, etc.).

For the first two years of study, the Diverse Populations emphasis will mirror that of the Latinx Mental Health emphasis. However, while students of each emphasis will be required to enroll in the same coursework, differentiated instruction will be integrated so that students develop deeper knowledge and expertise in the chosen areas of emphasis. For instance, while an individual student delves deeper into issues pertaining to LGBTQ populations, other students in the Latinx Mental Health track will also benefit and gain knowledge from such discussions. By year three, students studying the Diverse Populations emphasis will be offered specialized courses that help to focus and refine their practice and studies. 

This program will culminate with a fifth-year, full-time clinical internship. Students will work closely with their advisor to fulfill a dissertation requirement with a goal of completing prior to beginning their clinical internship. Internship placements may be local or national in scope.

All students will be encouraged to work closely with the Career Advisor at the Professional and Academic Resource Center (PARC) to frame their CVs and strategize their practicum, internship, and job search.


Mount Saint Mary’s University PsyD in Clinical Psychology graduates are eligible to sit for licensure as a Psychologist in California.  The Board of Psychology of California is the licensing authority for California and requires an exam on the laws and regulations for practice of psychology in California, as well as the national EPPP (Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology). Licenses in other states are granted by the licensing authority in those individual states and those licensing boards might require an additional exam on laws and regulations specific to that state, as well as additional education requirements. Prior to enrollment, prospective students must review the Psychology Doctorate professional licensure webpage to determine whether this program meets the educational requirements in a specific state. MSMU would like to help applicants and students navigate the licensure process. Contact the Director of the PsyD Program at Students may also find the contact information and licensure requirements for the licensing authority in California and other jurisdictions by visiting the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) website.