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The Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center prepares students to become scholars, experts and leaders in (1) providing an array of psychological services in various professional clinical settings including those that crosscut with forensic psychology; (2) conducting cutting edge research relevant to the application of psychological knowledge with an emphasis on that focusing on social justice and forensic psychology; (3) teaching psychological principles and practices in academic and professional institutions and settings; and (4) contributing broadly to the development and application of knowledge in the specialty of clinical psychology and the broader field of applied psychology. The program requires a minimum of 90 credits of coursework (including practicum), an in-depth scholarly dissertation, and a one-year internship in clinical psychology. Upon completion, students will be eligible to apply for New York State licensure as psychologists. The program is based on the scientist-practitioner (Boulder) model of doctoral training where equal emphasis is placed on the development of competencies for both research and professional practice. In addition, in keeping with the mission of John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the program also requires completion of a special proficiency in clinical forensic applications and scholarship.

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The Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice of The Graduate Center City University of New York at John Jay College is designed to provide individuals with the theoretical background, practical knowledge, and research capability required for university teaching and research positions and to become leaders in criminal justice professions. Using the specialized resources of John Jay College of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Center, the program draws on a nationally recognized faculty, a strategic geographic setting, and close working relationships with all components of the criminal justice system.

Students in the Doctoral Program in Criminal Justice receive rigorous training in Criminological Theory, Criminal Justice Process and Policy, Research Methods, and Statistics. The program offers electives in these areas as well as International and Comparative Criminal Justice, Sociology, and more. The PhD program requires at least 60 credits of coursework with two exams. It culminates in a dissertation in the area of a student's interest.

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The Psychology and Law Program training area, with faculty, students, and labs based primarily at John Jay College, emphasizes training in research as well as in applied work, such as policy development. It prepares students to be academics and applied researchers who can provide professional psychological expertise to and within the criminal and civil legal systems. Our program values social justice and continuously strives to advocate for fair and equitable treatment across all members of our society. We recognize that our criminal and legal systems, both historically and currently, oppress and disadvantage people of specific races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, national origins, and religious affiliations. Therefore, our program aims to train students in: 1. Basic psychological theory, 2. The application of psychological theories to legal and forensic contexts, and 3. How individuals’ identities, as well as the integration and intersectionality of various identities, influence their experiences within these contexts.

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