Doctor of Psychology

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Psy.D. with a concentration in Clinical Psychology

Union Institute & University’s Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program with cohorts in Cincinnati and Brattleboro receives ASPPB/National Register Designation

The Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) and the National Register of Health Service Psychologists Designation Committee recently voted to approve Union Institute & University’s Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program with cohorts in Cincinnati and Brattleboro, Vermont for designation. This national recognition is a strong statement of support for Union Institute & University's model of education and its commitment to academic quality.

This designation will have many positive effects on the Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program: graduates who apply for licensure as a psychologist typically will meet the jurisdictional educational requirements for licensing, including Ohio and Vermont; and once licensed, graduates are eligible to apply for credentialing as a Health Service Psychologist by the National Register of Health Service Psychologist.

For further information on designation, please see Accreditation.


Union Institute & University’s Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program offers a concentration in clinical psychology, following a practitioner-scholar model. The program’s distributed learning model makes it accessible to working adults who need to balance career, family, and other responsibilities.

Cohort Model

Students meet together in small cohorts for coursework over weekends and at academic meetings in Cincinnati and Brattleboro. Students in the Doctor of Psychology program benefit from Union Institute & University’s experienced psychology faculty and collaborative learning environment—developing the attitudes, knowledge, and skills they need to advance their careers.

Social Justice and Diversity Within the Doctor of Psychology Program

Union Institute & University emphasizes social justice and diversity in all of its programs. Students in the Doctor of Psychology program are trained not only to assess and treat mental health problems, but also to understand and treat problems within their sociopolitical context. These include issues related to poverty, violence, substance abuse, racism, homophobia, and other forms of oppression.

Accreditation/Designation

Union Institute & University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

This program (Cincinnati, OH and Brattleboro, VT) meets the "Guidelines for Defining 'Doctoral Degree in Psychology’" as implemented by the ASPPB/National Register Designation Project. Therefore, a graduate of this designated program who decides to apply for licensure as a psychologist typically will meet the jurisdictional educational requirements for licensing. However, individual circumstances vary, and, there are additional requirements that must be satisfied prior to being licensed as a psychologist. For exact information, contact the state/provincial/territorial licensing board in the jurisdiction in which you plan to apply. Additional information including links to jurisdictions are available at ASPPB's.

Once licensed, a graduate of a designated program is eligible to apply for credentialing as a Health Service Psychologist by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists. Graduation from a designated program typically ensures that the program completed meets the educational requirements for the National Register credential. However, individual circumstances vary, and there are additional requirements that must be satisfied prior to being credentialed by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists and listed on Find A Psychologist database. Doctoral students may apply to have their credentials banked and reviewed prior to licensure. Further information about the National Psychologist's Trainee Register and the National Register application process, consult the National Register.

The Psy.D. with a concentration in clinical psychology program’s development was guided by the American Psychological Association (APA) accreditation standards (Guidelines and Principles for Accreditation of Programs in Professional Psychology), but it is not APA-accredited. For more information on APA accreditation, see Accreditation & Licensing

Prospective Candidates for Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) Program

Individuals who are interested in the program can speak with the Psy.D. admissions counselor or meet with her in person. You are invited to schedule an appointment by emailing admissions.psyd@myunion.edu or 888-828-8575 x8905.

Psy.D. Program Offices

Union Institute & University's Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program offices are located in Brattleboro, Vermont and in the Union Institute & University's Cincinnati, Ohio headquarters. Both centers are minutes from major highways and provide easy access to hotels, restaurants, and other accommodations.