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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.


The American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Northern Virginia is pleased to announce that the Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) program was awarded a continued grant of accreditation from the American Psychological Association (APA). The program was reaccredited for seven years which is the maximum amount of time allowed by the APA’s Commission on Accreditation.

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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.

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Mid Atlantic Internship Consortium

Our faculty is committed to developing scientifically-grounded practitioners and includes three full-time Directors of Training as well as the Mid Atlantic Internship Consortium (MAIC) Director. The MAIC (an Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers member) is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and is available exclusively to our students and has approximately 10 regional internship sites with over 25 total positions. It significantly increases the opportunities for students to remain in the DC area for internships, to participate in a rich variety of training activities and to connect with local postdoctoral opportunities to further their careers.

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Integrated Behavioral Health

The goal of the Integrated Behavioral Health track at American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Northern Virginia (ASPP/NVA) is to provide doctoral students in clinical psychology with the coursework and practical training necessary to pursue successful careers in integrated health environments. Students in the track obtain generalist clinical psychology training (rooted in a practitioner-scholar model), supplemented with a variety of didactic and practicum experiences designed to provide advanced training in multidisciplinary collaboration and evidence-based, integrated practice.

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Local 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 (MAIC), 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: Web:

News & Events

Professor Sharpless Lectures in Bulgaria

American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Northern Virginia Associate Professor Brian Sharpless, Ph.D. gave two public lectures for the Ratio Organization of Popular Science in Sofia, Bulgaria. The lectures were titled, “Freud in 2018? Really?” about psychodynamic psychotherapy and “Weird Psychological Disorders,” about strange psychological disorders. In addition, Sharpless discussed psychopathology and psychotherapy on the Bulgarian National Radio program, “Before All.”

Argosy University Professor Discusses Story Behind a Nightmare on Elm Street

American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Northern Virginia Associate Professor Brian A. Sharpless, Ph.D. is featured in an upcoming episode of The Shocking Truth on Reelz TV about the story behind A Nightmare on Elm Street. In the episode, Sharpless talks about how Brugada syndrome, sudden unexpected nocturnal death syndrome, sleep paralysis, and the Hmong refugees from Vietnam served as inspiration for the film.

For more information and show times, visit here.

Northern Virginia’s Brian Sharpless Discusses Exploding Head Syndrome

Professor Brian Sharpless, instructor, the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Northern Virginia, was recently interviewed for a Science Focus podcast regarding “exploding head syndrome.” Sharpless is a renowned expert on the topic and speaks frequently about the disorder that causes sufferers to hear a deafening bang just before they fall asleep.
According to the article, a Science Focus group as well as a group of scientists from Goldsmiths University, Harvard Medical School and Argosy University created a study to learn more about the syndrome. The results are expected to be published in late 2018 r in the year in BBC Focus magazine.

Prior to the release of the results, Dr. Sharpless, one of the scientists leading the study, discussed exploding head syndrome and the current research.

See the article here.

A list of available podcasts is here.

Northern Virginia’s Brian Sharpless Interviewed by Boston Globe

Brian A. Sharpless, Ph.D., associate professor at the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University | Northern Virginia was recently interviewed for an article in the Boston Globe. Sharpless, an expert in sleep paralysis, discussed sleep terrors and causes. He mentions that eight percent of the general population and 32 percent of psychiatric patients had experienced sleep paralysis.


The article describes Sharpless’ first personal experience with sleep paralysis. “Sharpless, a clinical psychologist, had been studying the phenomenon for eight years. He knew what people in more than 100 different cultures call sleep paralysis, this sudden waking with an inability to move, the feeling that something is suffocating you, and visions of terrible things coming to get you.”


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