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Message from the Chair

On behalf of our faculty, staff, and students, welcome to the Department of Clinical and School Psychology. Our department is home to a doctor of psychology (Psy.D.) program in clinical psychology and a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) program in clinical psychology. Each of our doctoral programs is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA). In addition to broad and general training as a health service psychologist, our clinical psychology doctoral students may apply to a variety of concentrations that provide focused coursework, practica, and research in the areas of clinical neuropsychology, clinical forensic psychology, clinical health psychology, serious mental illness, and psychodynamic psychotherapy. In addition, we offer tracks in child, adolescent, and family psychology, as well as multi-cultural/diversity.

The department also houses a doctor of psychology (Psy.D.) program in school psychology which is accredited by the APA, and holds the designation of full accreditation status by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). As a result, graduates are eligible not only for licensure as a psychologist, but also for national certification as a school psychologist. Our specialist (Psy.S.) program in school psychology is approved by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) and holds the designation of National Recognition by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). Graduates are eligible for national certification in school psychology as well as licensure for independent practice as a school psychologist in Florida and licensure for private practice in approximately ten other states across the country.

As a graduate student in our department, you will have access to unparalleled resources and opportunities to support your professional development. We have approximately forty faculty members with expertise in the various specialties and subspecialities of professional psychology. Take a moment to review the faculty webpages to learn more.

Field-based placements are an integral component of our graduate training. Placements may include hospitals, schools, community mental health centers, and forensic settings, among others. Moreover, the College of Psychology is the proud home of the Psychology Services Center (PSC) which facilitates the integration of psychological theory and the provision of evidence-based practice. The PSC subsumes numerous faculty-directed specialty clinics and generalist services that provide psychological evaluations and clinical interventions for the community and are integral to our tripartite mission of teaching, service, and research.

The department is also home to two doctoral internship sites, both of which are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association, as well as a post-doctoral residency program. Moreover, the department has a very strong continuing education program that offers presentations by a variety of speakers at no charge to our students.

Explore our website, learn about our faculty, and peruse our handbooks. A career in psychology provides you with the skills to make real differences in the lives of others. We are available to answer questions to help you determine which program will allow you to make your professional dreams come to fruition.


Sarah Valley GraySarah Valley-Gray, Psy.D., ABPP
Chair / Professor
Department of Clinical and School Psychology
NSU College of Psychology
(954) 262-5783

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