Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program


Practice and Field Experience

The amount and type of clinical exposure and training is determined by your prior training and experience and is provided within the guidelines of client welfare and professional ethics. You will begin clinical training by attending Psychological Consultation Center (PCC) staff meetings and observing therapy sessions conducted by advanced graduate students and faculty. Beginning in the second semester, clinical training is provided in required practicum courses (e.g., Child Anxiety Program, Assessment, Multicultural) taken for academic credit in the PCC, the on-campus training clinic of the Psychology Department. You will be required to take five on-campus practica.

Externship Placements

You will receive additional training through externship placements at mental health facilities in Rhode Island, nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut. In order to facilitate the scientist-practitioner goals of the program, you will be restricted from engaging in more than 20 hours per week of clinical practica (PCC plus externship combined).

For the past several years, our students have been placed at the following clinical externship sites (partial listing):

Substance Use/Abuse

• CODAC Behavioral Health
• Rhode Island Training School
• Women & Infants Hospital Link Program
• Providence VA


• Bradley Hospital Teen Anxiety Group
• Bradley Hospital Outpatient Program
• Hasbro Children’s Hospital:
• Asthma Research Center
• Siblink Program
• Pediatric Anxiety Research Center (PARC)
• Partial Hospitalization Program
• Monsignor Clarke Elementary School
• Rhode Island Hospital Pediatric HIV Clinic


• Adult Correctional Institution Sex Offender Treatment Program
• Wyatt Detention Center
• Stepping Stone – Project ROAR

Behavioral Medicine/Behavioral Health

• South County Hospital Cancer Center


• Connecticut Neuropsychology
• Neurodevelopmental Center at Memorial Hospital
• Providence VA
• Butler Memory and Aging Program

Counseling Centers

• URI Counseling Center
• Connecticut College Counseling Center


• Rhode Island CBT
• South County Hospital (ER Triage)
• Providence Community Health Center
• Visiting Nursing Services (VNS – SCH)

Partial Programs

• Rhode Island Hospital Partial Program (ACT oriented)
• Butler Partial Program (DBT)
• Butler Integrated Wellness Partial Program (Existential and Interpersonal)

Internship Year Placements

For the past several years, our students have been placed at the following APA approved internship sites (partial listing):

  • Alpert Medical School, Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium, Providence, RI
  • Counseling & Psychological Services, University of California, Merced, CA
  • Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital Internship in Pediatric Psychology, Baltimore, MD
  • Newington – Greater Hartford Clinical Psychology Internship Consortium, Newington, CT
  • Princeton House Behavioral Health Psychology Internship, Princeton, NJ
  • Suffolk University Counseling Center, Boston, MA
  • The Boston Consortium in Clinical Psychology, Boston MA
  • The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Philadelphia, PA
  • The Ohio Psychology Internship, Akron, OH
  • The Pacific Clinics Pre-doctoral Psychology Internship, Arcadia, CA
  • University of Rochester Medical Center, Rochester, NY
  • University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX
  • VA Medical Center, Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA, Bedford, MA
  • VA Central Western Massachusetts Healthcare System, Northampton, MA
  • VA Connecticut Healthcare System, West Haven, CT
  • VA Northern California Health Care System, UC Davis Medical Center, Martinez, CA
  • VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA
  • VA Puget Sound Health Care System, Seattle, WA
  • University of California at Davis Children’s Hospital, CAARE Diagnostic Mental Health Services, CA
  • Wright State University School of Professional Psychology, Dayton, OH
  • Yale School of Medicine, Dept. of Psychiatry, New Haven, CT