The Suffolk University Respecialization Program is designed for individuals with a doctoral degree in psychology who are interested in receiving doctoral-level training in clinical psychology. The respecialization program is designed to supplement previous coursework and experience in research methods and general psychology with the coursework and supervised training that are relevant to clinical psychology. Respecialization candidates are trained within the context of the APA-approved Clinical Training Program at Suffolk University. Candidates in the respecialization program typically spend at least two years in full-time residence on campus completing the program-required clinically-relevant coursework and practica and one year (or two half-time years) at an APA-accredited or AAPI-participating clinical internship. Upon completing the program, candidates receive a certificate of respecialization in clinical psychology from Suffolk University.

For more information on the respecialization program, please see the Department of Psychology Respecialization Program Manual and the Department of Psychology Doctoral Program Manual both located here.

The graduate admissions application form (same form for both doctoral and respecialization students) can be found here. While we strongly recommend that applications be submitted by the December 1st deadline, respecialization student applications will be considered up to February 1st based upon availability of space.

Criteria for admission include:

  • A doctorate in psychology from a department of psychology within an accredited university (for which a dissertation was completed)
  • Evidence of academic excellence
  • Evidence of potential for clinical work
  • International applicants: Successful completion of the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE-Academic


Post-Doctoral Respecialization Certificate Requirements

Course requirements for the Respecialization Certificate are met in two ways:

  1. First, students may request that a program requirement be waived because they have taken a similar course during previous doctoral training. By May 1st of the summer before a candidate’s start date, he or she must complete and submit the respecialization program planning sheet to the director of clinical training, which can be found on the departmental website under Curriculum Documents.

    Students need to provide an official copy of their transcript and copies of syllabi for each course to be considered for exemption. Students must have a minimum grade of “B” or a “Pass” in the case of Pass/Fail courses to satisfy course requirements. The director of clinical training reviews the courses in collaboration with the director of undergraduate and graduate studies, department chair, and/or faculty who teach the relevant courses. Although we are committed to reviewing these requests as quickly as possible, please allow at least four weeks for decisions regarding transfer credit requests to be made by the faculty. In order to ensure that the core clinical content of the curriculum is provided, students may not transfer in psychopathology, assessment, or treatment courses.
  2. Second, students will take the remaining courses that are needed to fulfill the program requirements, typically involving psychopathology, assessment, and treatment, and any outstanding ‘bases’ courses required for licensure (e.g., a course in social bases of behavior). The student should work with the director of clinical training and his or her program advisor to determine an individualized plan of study, which is retained in the student's record. This plan will list the remaining courses a student needs to take to meet remaining course requirements.

Learning Objectives

Learning goals and objectives reflect the educational outcomes achieved by students through the completion of this program. These transferable skills prepare Suffolk students for success in the workplace, in graduate school, and in their local and global communities.

Learning Goals

Students will...

Learning Objectives

Post-Doctoral Clinical Respecialization Certification students will be able to..
Be provided with didactic instruction and supervised training in the practice of clinical psychology
  • Evaluate, administer and interpret psychological assessments with an understanding of the psychometric and empirical underpinnings of assessment
  • Formulate and apply psychological diagnoses with an appreciation of the conceptual strengths and limitations of current diagnostic approaches and an understanding of the role of etiological and risk processes
  • Develop, evaluate, and implement treatment plans that reflect both knowledge of empirically-based principles and an appreciation of individual client characteristics and contextual factors
Be provided with didactic instruction and mentored supervision in the conduct and evaluation of research
  • Understand the strengths and limitations of different research methods
  • Understand, utilize and interpret basic and more advanced descriptive and inferential statistics
Cultivate an understanding of and appreciation for individual and cultural diversity across content areas of science and practice
  • Consider the nature and impact of diversity on the administration and interpretation of assessments, the validity of diagnostic formulations, and the appropriateness of a particular treatment plan
Be prepared to make ethically and legally informed decisions about clinical, research, and other professional issues
  • Comprehend knowledge of and skill in implementing the ethical/professional codes, standards and guidelines related to clinical work
  • Comprehend knowledge of the ethical/professional codes, standards and guidelines related to research