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Clinical Psychology Programs

Our Clinical Psychology programs are designed to prepare practitioner-scholars whose scientific, theoretical and practical foundations enable them to meet the challenges of the diverse settings, populations and communities in which they serve.

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Personal And Professional Preparation

Located in Arlington, Virginia, the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Northern Virginia is only a short distance from the nation's capitol. Both the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) and Master of Arts (MA) in Clinical Psychology programs are designed to encourage your personal and professional growth, providing a rigorous curriculum in psychotherapy, psychological assessment and psychopathology. These programs are led by a prestigious faculty of active and renowned practitioner-scholars.

American Psychological Association

The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology Program at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Northern Virginia is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA). Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation.

Training Sites

Our school is fortunate to work with a rich array of practicum and internship sites in the DC Metropolitan area. In addition, we constantly strive to build new relationships with sites near and far, including locations in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. Our students may receive training at:

  • Psychiatric Hospitals
  • Children's Hospitals
  • Correctional and Forensic Facilities
  • University Counseling Centers
  • Community Mental Health Centers, Schools, and Group Practices
  • VA and Military Facilities

Students may also apply to the APA Accredited Mid Atlantic Internship Consortium, our exclusive internship program and an Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers member.

Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

Highlights

Sharpless Published in Cephalalgia
Sharpless Published in Cephalalgia

Brian A. Sharpless, PhD, associate professor of clinical psychology at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Northern Virginia was recently published in Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache. The article, “Characteristic symptoms and associated features of exploding head syndrome in undergraduates,” discusses the results of a cross-sectional study of undergraduates with the condition.  

Sharpless has authored over 35 publications on various topics related to psychopathology, psychotherapy, and the history and philosophy of clinical psychology. He recently published Unusual and Rare psychological Disorders: A Handbook for Clinical Practice and Research and it, along with his previous book, Sleep Paralysis: Historical, Psychological, and Medical Perspectives, co-authored with Karl Doghramji, MD, are  available through Oxford University Press.

To view the full article, visit http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0333102417702128.

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Sharpless publishes “Unusual and Rare Psychological Disorders” handbook
Sharpless publishes “Unusual and Rare Psychological Disorders” handbook

Brian A. Sharpless, PhD, associate professor of clinical psychology at The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Northern Virginia recently released Unusual and Rare Psychological Disorders - A Handbook for Clinical Practice and Research through Oxford University Press.

According to Sharpless, “Many fascinating and important psychological disorders are either omitted from our current diagnostic systems or rarely covered during graduate or medical training. As a result, most mental health students and trainees are never taught to identify, diagnose, or treat them. This lack of attention has real-world consequences not only for patients, but for basic science as well. Unusual and Rare Psychological Disorders collects and synthesizes the scientific and clinical literatures for 21 lesser-known conditions. The coverage is broad, ranging from exploding head syndrome and koro to body integrity identity disorder and persistent genital arousal disorder. All chapters follow a uniform structure and introduce each disorder with a vivid clinical vignette. After discussing the historical and cultural contexts for the disorder, authors describe the typical symptoms, associated features, current role in diagnostic systems (if any), and etiologies. Clinically relevant information on assessment and differential diagnosis is also provided. Finally, authors review the treatment options and suggest future directions for research. This unique and engaging volume will not only be a useful resource for researchers and clinicians who already possess expertise in the more well-known manifestations of psychopathology, but it will also be of interest to students and trainees in the mental health professions.”

Sharpless has authored over 35 publications on various topics related to psychopathology, psychotherapy, and the history and philosophy of clinical psychology. His previous book, Sleep Paralysis: Historical, Psychological, and Medical Perspectives, co-authored with Karl Doghramji, MD, is also available through Oxford University Press.

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Northern Virginia’s Dr. Aziz Presents at Two Conferences
Northern Virginia’s Dr. Aziz Presents at Two Conferences

Dr. Nahid Aziz, Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology Programs, the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Northern Virginia, recently presented at the annual conference of Association for  Women in Psychology in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her presentation was titled The Complex Identity of 21st Century Immigrant Women: The Role of Positionality, Self-reflexivity, and Intersectionality.


Dr. Aziz’s presentation explored how globalization affects women differently depending on geographical and social contexts and what does the concept of “well-being” encompasses from an immigrant's perspective. She also discussed an action plan towards developing collaborative networks across disciplines, in hopes of analyzing subjectivities across contexts through the concepts of positionality, self-reflexivity, and intersectionality.


On April 13, 2017, Dr. Aziz will present at the 9th Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference held at the Michigan State University, department of Psychiatry of Muslim Mental Health. There, she’ll discuss the topic of Exploring Acculturation Experiences and Psychosocial well-being of the First and Second Generation Afghan Muslim Women: A Phenomenological Approach. She will share the results of her qualitative phenomenological study which she conducted with the first and second immigrant Muslim women that was an in-depth look at the lived experiences of self-identified Afghan Muslim women and their daughters living in the US. Her study focused on the psychosocial distress that has been experienced by Afghan women in the process of acculturation and adjustment in the new host country.


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Northern Virginia’s Dr. Nahid Aziz Awarded 2016 NCSPP Diversity Award
Northern Virginia’s Dr. Nahid Aziz Awarded 2016 NCSPP Diversity Award
Dr. Nahid Aziz associate professor at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Northern Virginia, was recently awarded the 2016 NCSPP (National Council of Schools and Programs of Professional Psychology) Diversity Award. Dr. Aziz received the award at the NCSPP 2017 mid-winter conference in Long Beach, California.

The award recognizes faculty, staff, programs, or groups who have demonstrated, through significant contributions, outstanding commitment to research, development, advancement, and advocacy relevant to ethnic and racial diversity in the profession. 

Dr. Aziz is committed working on issues relevant to ethnic and racial diversity. She made many academic and research contributions, and her work has been both community-based and globally-based. She’s invested in the mentorship, training, and development of students and professionals from marginalized populations. And she’s dedicated to providing culturally-competent services to underserved populations.

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