Doctor Of Psychology Curriculum

The PsyD in Clinical Psychology degree program at the Hawai'i School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University (HSPP) is designed to educate and train you to have the opportunity to contribute to your community as a clinical psychologist, with our curriculum providing for the meaningful integration of theory, training and practice.

At HSPP, we proudly employ the practitioner-scholar and Local Clinical Scientist models of training. In particular, we strive to promote the desire and skills necessary to address local problems using clinical skills and research evidence found in the science of psychology.

Clinical training begins during the second year in the program and involves supervised work with clinical populations. Through practicum work, you’ll have the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge, implement clinical techniques based on this knowledge, and develop the professional and personal attitudes important to the identity of the professional psychologist.

Course Listing

The Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology degree program requires the satisfactory completion of 98 semester credit hours distributed as follows: clinical knowledge requirements, 9 credit hours; elective requirements, 12 credit hours; professional issues and roles requirements, 11 credit hours; psychological assessment requirements, 15 credit hours; psychological intervention requirements, 15 credit hours; psychology foundation requirements, 15 credit hours; science and scholarship requirements, 9 credit hours; and clinical practicum requirements, 12 credit hours.

Full Course Sequence

Clinical Knowledge Requirements

Students are required to take the following:

  • PP 7045 - Psychopathology (3)
  • PP 7342 - Evaluation and Treatment of Diverse and Marginalized Populations (3)
  • PP 7360 - Clinical Psychopharmacology (3)

Clinical Knowledge Requirements —9 Credit Hours

Professional Issues and Roles Requirements

Students are required to take the following:

  • PP 7044 - Consultation and Community Mental Health (3)
  • PP 7100 - Professional Issues: Ethics, Conduct, and Law (3)
  • PP 7110 - Professionalization Group I (1)
  • PP 7111 - Professionalization Group II (1)
  • PP 7352 - Clinical Supervision (3)

Professional Issues and Roles Requirements —11 Credit Hours

Psychology Foundation Requirements

Students are required to take the following:

  • PP 7000 - History and Systems (3)
  • PP 7010 - Lifespan Development (3)
  • PP 7040 - Cognition and Affective Processes (3)
  • PP 7051 - Biological Bases of Behavior (3)
  • PP 7060 - Social Psychology (3)

Psychology Foundation Requirements —15 Credit Hours

Psychological Assessment Requirements

Students are required to take the following:

  • PP 7370 - Cognitive Assessment (3)
  • PP 7371 - Objective Personality Assessment (3)
  • PP 7372 - Projective Personality Assessment (3)
  • PP 7373 - Integrative Assessment (3)
  • PP 8646 - Introduction to Neuropsychological Assessment (3)

Psychological Assessment Requirements —15 Credit Hours

Psychological Intervention Requirements

Students are required to take the following:

  • PP 7365 - Clinical Interviewing (3)
  • PP 8010 - Cognitive Behavioral Theory and Therapy (3)
  • PP 8020 - Person-Centered and Experiential Theory and Therapy (3)
  • PP 8030 - Psychodynamic Theory and Therapy (3)
  • PP 8060 - Group Psychotherapy (3)

Psychological Intervention Requirements —15 Credit Hours

Science and Scholarship Requirements

Students are required to take the following:

  • PP 7041 - Quantitative Inquiry (3)
  • PP 7042 - Statistics Laboratory (1)
  • PP 7043 - Qualitative Inquiry (3)
  • PP 8500 - Clinical Research Project Seminar (2)

Science and Scholarship Requirements —9 Credit Hours

Clinical Practicum Requirements

Students are required to take the following:

  • PP 8208 - Diagnostic Practicum and Seminar I (3)
  • PP 8209 - Diagnostic Practicum and Seminar II (3)
  • PP 8210 - Diagnostic Practicum and Seminar II — Extended (0)
  • PP 8211 - Intervention Practicum and Seminar I (3)
  • PP 8212 - Intervention Practicum and Seminar II (3)
  • PP 8213 - Intervention Practicum and Seminar — Extended (0)

Clinical Practicum Requirements —12 Credit Hours

Elective Requirements

The PsyD in Clinical Psychology degree program at the Hawai'i School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University requires 12 credit hours of elective courses. Students may choose from a variety of elective courses offered to fulfill this requirement.

Graduation Requirements

Students who are admitted into the PsyD in Clinical Psychology degree program will be responsible for completing the program requirements that are in effect at the time of their admission. The school retains the right to modify these requirements in accordance with the demands of the profession of psychology. The courses will be completed in the order recommended by the Hawai‘i School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University.

To be eligible for graduation, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of 98 semester credit hours of which 60 must be completed by the end of the fourth year of matriculation. The total credit hours must include:
    • 69 credit hours of required courses completed with an earned grade of “B-” or better.
    • 15 credit hours of Clinical Interviewing course, practicum, and practicum seminar groups.
    • 12 credit hours of electives.
    • 2 credit hours of Clinical Research Project.
  • Successful completion of the Comprehensive Examination no later than the beginning of the fifth year.
  • Successful completion of the second, and third year Clinical Evaluation Conference (CEC).
  • Successful completion of a 2,000-hour pre-doctoral one-year, full-time internship or a two-year, half-time internship.
  • Successful completion of the Clinical Research Project (CRP).
  • Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least “B” (3.0 on a 4.0 scale).
  • Completion of these requirements within seven years of matriculation into the program.

Research Training

Consistent with our practitioner-scholar model and goals, this program can help you learn the knowledge and skills needed to critically evaluate professional literature, use this literature to inform your professional practice, and engage in research that aligns with your career objectives. Across the curriculum, your studies will be informed by current empirical research, and you will be taught to critically evaluate the literature and assess outcomes in a manner consistent with the model of the local clinical scientist. Formal training in research methods and statistical analysis occurs in two required semester-long courses, and, with this knowledge and experience, you may then begin work on your Clinical Research Project (CRP).

The Clinical Research Project (CRP)

The CRP is designed to develop and refine the skills necessary to integrate your clinical knowledge with research literature to produce original, scholarly research in clinical psychology. During this project, you will be expected to:

  • Significantly deepen your knowledge about a particular area (or areas) of clinical psychology
  • Sharpen your critical thinking and writing skills
  • Develop and apply skills in research methodology

The CRP requires you to analyze and synthesize the psychological literature and to develop original research questions. To successfully complete this project, you must investigate these questions and draw conclusions based on your study results. CRPs may involve original empirical research using quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methodologies, or a comprehensive literature review with an original contribution, such as a proposal for program development, evaluation, or a novel treatment approach.

The Clinical Research Project can serve as a launching point for students and alumni to pursue further scholarship such as publications and presentations, often in collaboration with program faculty. Recent examples of such collaboration include publications in various journals such as the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, the New School Psychology Bulletin, and the Journal of Interdiscplinary Studies, as well as presentations at various conferences including the American Psychological Association, the Society of Personality Assessment, and the American Psychiatric Association.

  • Anderson, R. M., & Melnic, Y. K. (2013). Cybernetics, genetic engineering, and the future of psychotherapy. Journal of Interdiscplinary Studies, 25, 1/2, 39-53.
  • Valenti, M., Omizo, M., & Mehl-Madrona, L. (2011). Personality and obese body mass index. The New School Psychology Bulletin, 9(1), 56-60.
  • Valenti, M. P., Omizo, M. M., & Arellano, A. (2013, March). Personality variables and obesity. Paper presented at the annual Society of Personality Assessment Conference, San Diego, CA. Arellano, A., & Omizo, M.M. (2013, October). Gila in peril: The neurotoxic effects of anti-psychotic medication on the brain. Paper presented at the annual American Psychological Association Convention, Honolulu, HI.
  • Keaney, M., Imada, K., Cisneros, J., Ignacio, L., & Omizo, M. (2014, October). Emotional attachment and relationship satisfaction among gay men. Paper presented at the Hawaii Psychological Association Convention, Honolulu, HI.
  • Cisneros, J, Keaney, M., Imada, Ignacio, L, & Omizo, M. (2014, October). Intravenous drug users: A qualitative study. Paper presented at the Hawaii Psychological Association Convention, Honolulu, HI.
  • Gullu-McPhee, S, Ignacio, L, Omizo, M., Imada, K., Keaney, M., & Cisneros, J. (2014 October). Emotional attachment and relationship satisfaction among lesbians and gay men. Paper presented at the annual American Psychiatric Association Institute, San Francisco, CA.
  • Hansia, Y. S., Awana, Y., & Lowe, S. (2013, August). South Asian Americans and the process of arranged marriage. Paper presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Honolulu, HI.
  • Awana, Y. N., & Pacheco III, E. (2012, October). Spirituality: It’s what you make it! Paper presented at the Hawaii Psychological Association Annual Convention, Honolulu, HI.
  • Awana, Y. N., Davis, F., Johnson, S., Pacheco III, E., & Park, C. L. (2010, October). Transpersonal vision: Celebrating the love within. Paper presented at the Hawaii Psychological Association Annual Convention, Honolulu, HI.
  • Lelie, N. Y., Lelie, A. J., Anderson Jr., R. M. (2014, October). Current assessment and treatment of sport concussions: A summary of the literature. Paper presented at the Hawaii Psychological Association Convention, Honolulu, HI.
  • Hamada, J. N., & Anderson Jr., R. M. (2014, October). The phenomenological self, working memory, and the dopamine hypothesis of schizophrenia: A theoretical integration. Paper presented at the Hawaii Psychological Association Convention, Honolulu, HI.