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Diverse Populations

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Students in our Diverse Populations emphasis may select any population(s) (e.g. LGBTQ, African-American, Asian-American), in which they would like to build expertise.

The purpose of the Diverse Populations emphasis is to train mindful psychological clinicians to work in underserved mental health communities. In order to accomplish this, we weave the perspectives of Diverse Populations throughout both the required and elective courses in this full-time, five-year graduate program. The proposed PsyD program in Clinical Psychology is designed to prepare students who will ultimately become licensed psychologists as professional, practice-focused clinicians. 

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 LGBT 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 electives that help to focus and refine their studies. Electives may also address pressing topics that may not be part of the designated APA curriculum. For example, students enrolled in the Diverse Populations emphasis may select any population(s) in which they would like to build expertise.

This program will culminate with a fifth-year, full-time clinical internship. Students will work closely with their advisor to fulfill a dissertation requirement prior to beginning their clinical internship to help inform their practice. 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.