Clinical psychology is a subfield of psychology that deals mainly with mental disorders and integrates theory and science to better understand disabilities and to promote personal development. Clinical psychologists work with the intellectual, emotional, social, and behavioral phases of human performance. The degree program includes instruction in clinical assessment and diagnosis; personality appraisal; cognitive and behavioral therapy; and clinical treatment of behavioral abnormalities, psychological disorders, and severe psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and depression. Prospective clinical psychology students need to make sure the program at their school is accredited. Graduates of the program may find work in private practice, schools, and health care facilities.Clinical psychologists diagnose and evaluate mental illnesses and psychological disorders through observation, personalized and group therapy, patient interviews, and psychological tests, but clinical psychologists are not medical doctors. After thorough analyses, programs of treatment are developed and administered. Patients are then re-evaluated to ensure the applied treatment is working accurately, which is documented with detailed records. Extensive research is associated with this program because of all the treatments and symptoms involved. Understanding the ethical standards and applicable regulations of clinical psychology are keys to a successful career. Clinical psychologists also need to have excellent communication skills to effectively aid their clients. Specialty areas within clinical psychology include child and adult mental health, learning disabilities, emotional disturbances, substance abuse, and health psychology.
Alliant International University-San Diego offers 3 Clinical Psychology degree programs. It's a small, private for-profit, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 355 Clinical Psychology students graduated with students earning 216 Doctoral degrees, 138 Master's degrees, and 1 Certificate.
Pepperdine University offers 3 Clinical Psychology degree programs. It's a medium sized, private not-for-profit, four-year university in a large suburb. In 2019, 224 Clinical Psychology students graduated with students earning 206 Master's degrees, and 18 Doctoral degrees.
University of California-San Diego offers 2 Clinical Psychology degree programs. It's a very large, public, four-year university in a large city. In 2019, 83 Clinical Psychology students graduated with students earning 73 Bachelor's degrees, and 10 Doctoral degrees.
|School||Average Tuition||Student Teacher Ratio||Enrolled Students|
|Alliant International University-San Diego San Diego, CA||32 : 1||3,536|
|Palo Alto University Palo Alto, CA||22 : 1||1,075|
|Fielding Graduate University Santa Barbara, CA||19 : 1||981|
|Pepperdine University Malibu, CA||22 : 1||8,824|
|The Wright Institute Berkeley, CA||16 : 1||487|
|Fuller Theological Seminary Pasadena, CA||39 : 1||2,265|
|Antioch University-Los Angeles Culver City, CA||27 : 1||792|
|The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA||103 : 1||2,999|
|The Chicago School of Professional Psychology at Anaheim Irvine, CA||27 : 1||454|
|Antioch University-Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA||27 : 1||325|
|Biola University La Mirada, CA||22 : 1||6,103|
|California Institute of Integral Studies San Francisco, CA||25 : 1||1,476|
|California Lutheran University Thousand Oaks, CA||22 : 1||4,303|
|John F. Kennedy University Pleasant Hill, CA||42 : 1||1,125|
|Pacifica Graduate Institute Carpinteria, CA||25 : 1||829|
|University of California-San Diego La Jolla, CA||28 : 1||38,736|
|Vanguard University of Southern California Costa Mesa, CA||26 : 1||2,175|
|Sofia University Palo Alto, CA||79 : 1||1,349|
|Notre Dame de Namur University Belmont, CA||39 : 1||1,363|
|San Diego State University San Diego, CA||37 : 1||35,544|