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Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

Achieve your Calling with Rigorous and Supportive Training

Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2024

Stevenson’s Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program in Clinical Psychology prepares you to become a clinical psychologist and to provide evidence-based, culturally competent clinical services to individuals and their communities. The Psy.D. in clinical psychology program combines classroom instruction, clinical placements, and internship experiences that enable you to develop the skills and knowledge required for effective clinical practice.

Overview

Stevenson’s Psy.D. Program Fast Facts

  • The Psy.D. in clinical psychology program is a full-time, five-year program.
  • Faculty mentoring and guidance extend through coursework, internship support, and dissertation direction.
  • The program is rooted in theory and research, with particular attention to individual and cultural diversity and culturally responsive practice.
  • You will complete 16-20 hour/week externships in clinical settings in years two though four of the program, and a year-long, full-time internship in the final year of the program.
  • Upon completion of the Psy.D. program, you will be prepared to sit for the Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), the national psychology licensure exam.

Program Model, Aims, and Outcomes

The Ƶ Psy.D. program in Clinical Psychology operates from a practitioner-scholar model of training. 

Program Aims:

  1. To prepare entry-level health service psychologists with the knowledge and competencies necessary to engage in evidence-based clinical practice with diverse populations in accordance with the highest ethical, legal, and professional standards. 
  2. To provide students with practitioner-scholar training that develops strong professional identities as socially and culturally responsive clinical psychologists who seek to promote equity, inclusion, and the rights and dignity of all persons in their work. 

These two aims underlie the six program outcomes:

  1. Ƶ psychological theory and scientific knowledge of psychological function and dysfunction, maladaptation, and psychopathology.   
  2. Conduct evidence-based psychological assessments and diagnosis. 
  3. Provide evidence-based psychological intervention, treatment, supervision, and consultation services.   
  4. Ƶ research methods appropriate to the activities of the practitioner-scholar.   
  5. Perform professional activities consistent with ethical, legal, and professional standards of Health Services Psychology. 
  6. Use appropriate communication and interpersonal skills to deliver services to a diverse population. 

Our Faculty’s Commitment to You

Our faculty’s clinical, instructional, and mentoring expertise is matched by their commitment to Stevenson’s student-centered mission. Psy.D. faculty are active practitioners and scholars with interests in diverse areas including:

  • Psychological resilience and liberation
  • Learning, attentional, and neurodevelopmental disabilities
  • Pregnancy, childhood, and early motherhood
  • Assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of stress, anxiety, and related disorders
  • Ethnic identification, cultural expression, and psychological well-being

Our Doctorate of Psychology faculty provide you with real-world clinical expertise, as well as a commitment to excellence in instruction and mentoring. Check out our faculty and their interests on the Meet our Faculty tab. 

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Accreditation

Stevenson’s Psy.D. program in Clinical Psychology has been developed to be consistent with the American Psychological Association’s (APA) accreditation standards for doctoral programs in Health Service Psychology. The program began admitting students in 2021, and submitted its initial self-study to APA as part of its application for Accredited, on Contingency status in October 2023. All accreditation decisions and their timing are at APA’s discretion. This website will be updated to reflect the Psy.D. program’s accreditation status if/when changes to this status occur.

Questions related to the program’s accreditation 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  
202-336-5979
apaaccred@apa.org  
 

The Psy.D. program has been approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. 

Ƶ’s Psy.D. Program welcomed its new cohort of students to campus for a program orientation in August 2023.

Admissions Information

Required Application Materials for all Students

    • Priority Consideration due by December 1. 
    • Best Consideration due by February 1.
  • Personal Statement
    • A brief personal statement (2-3 pages double-spaced) should address the following questions:
      • Why are you interested in pursuing a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Ƶ?
      • What academic and professional experiences have prepared you for this next step?
      • The Psy.D. program emphasizes social and cultural responsiveness so that graduates will be equipped to work ethically and effectively with individuals and groups from diverse cultural backgrounds. Please discuss your approach to and experience working with diverse individuals, and your future training goals in this area.
  • CV
  • Letters of Recommendation
    • Three professional/academic letters of recommendation and accompanying recommendation form. At least one letter must be from an academic reference (i.e., a professor or academic research supervisor). At least two academic references are strongly preferred. All letter writers should be able to speak to your potential for doctoral-level study and/or clinical practice.
  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions attended.
  • Psychology Course Prerequisites (for non-Psychology majors)
    • Applicants who did not major in Psychology or a closely related field at the undergraduate level will be considered for admission, but must complete the following prerequisite courses: Statistics; Psychopathology; Human Development; and Research Methods. A course in Test and Measurements is recommended, but not required.
    • These courses can be completed at any accredited two- or four-year college or university (including Ƶ) or as part of a prior graduate program.
    • At least three of the four required courses must be completed prior to application submission; the fourth class can be in progress at the time of application.
  • Official GRE Scores (optional)
    • While we do not require GRE scores for admission, you have the option to submit them for consideration as a part of your application package. The exam must be taken within the past five years.

Interviews (by invitation only)

Following initial applicant review, Doctorate of Psychology candidates selected for interviews will be invited to campus. The interview day provides program faculty the opportunity to learn more about the candidates. Additionally, it provides candidates the opportunity to learn more about the program through individual and group interviews, meetings with current students, and Q&A sessions. The interview is required for consideration for admission to the Psy.D. in clinical psychology program.  Additional information about interviews, including interview dates, will be provided to applicants during the application process.

Post-Acceptance Requirements for all Psy.D. Program Students

  • Background Check
    • Annual criminal background checks are required for all students in the Psy.D. program. During the summer prior to enrollment, accepted students are required to obtain, pay for, and pass a criminal background check. These background checks are regularly required by the clinical sites at which students will complete practica and internships. Failure to pass a criminal background check may result in revocation of acceptance to the program.
  • Enrollment Deposit
    • The enrollment deposit of $300 and the  must be submitted before April 15 for the fall semester. The deposit is non-refundable after these dates. For international students, the Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) will not be processed until the deposit is received.
  • Ƶ Health Profile
    • The  must be completed in its entirety before July 1 for fall entrance. All students planning to live on campus are also required to be immunized against meningococcal disease, per Maryland State law.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

International Students

Additional Application Requirements for International Students

  • Official Transcripts from all Institutions
    • An applicant must submit official transcripts from all high school/secondary institutions. Non-English foreign high school/secondary and post-secondary transcripts must be submitted to an international credentials evaluation service that is a current member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) for a course-by-course evaluation including GPA. A member list is available on the .
  • Official TOEFL or IELTS Score
    • International students must demonstrate a satisfactory level of English proficiency. Any student whose native language is not English must submit an official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score. The following TOEFL scores are required for admission: 213 or higher (computer-based); 80 or higher (Internet-based); or 550 or higher (paper-based). Students who have taken the Internet-based TOEFL test should have no individual section score lower than 20. Students who have taken the IELTS should have a minimum overall band score of 6.5 and no individual score lower than 6.0. For more information, visit the or websites.
  • Copy of Passport Identification Page
    • A legible and high-quality, color copy of the unexpired passport identification page is required of all international students. International students currently attending a high school or college/university in the United States must also submit a high-quality copy of their current Departure Record (I-94) and U.S. visa. International students currently holding an F-1 or F-2 visa must submit a copy of their Certificate of Eligibility (I-20). Please submit this documentation to the Undergraduate Admissions office before April 1 for the fall semester.

Additional Post-Acceptance Requirements for all International Applicants

In order to receive a current I-20 and proceed with full-time enrollment, please follow the instructions below submitting each official document to the Admissions Office. Please pay close attention to the deadlines listed for EACH official document below.

  • Official Bank Statements
    • All international students holding or intending to seek an F-1 student visa must submit current official bank statement(s) signed by an official from the banking institution. Statements must be in English verifying the student’s financial resources in U.S. dollars for the total cost of attendance, including tuition and fees, other academic expenses, living expenses, and transportation for the year of intended enrollment. The current year’s Estimated Cost of Attendance Chart is listed on our Financial Aid website.
    • International students must show $30,000-$40,000 as a minimum amount in U.S. dollars. This is the estimated annual family contribution to your Stevenson education. If this is not an amount a family can contribute each year, Stevenson is not likely going to be an affordable option in the college search.   
    • Please submit this documentation to the Admissions Office before April 1 for the fall semester.
  • Financial Resource Statement
  • SEVIS Fee
    • Accepted F-1 international students are responsible for paying the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee. See .

Important Note to ALL International Students:
Doctorate F-1 visa students must take a full-time course load each semester and continue in good academic standing to remain eligible. 

Academic Curriculum

Psy.D. program students develop profession-wide competencies in all areas integral to the role of the clinical psychologist, including research, ethical and legal standards, individual and cultural diversity, professional values and attitudes, communication and interpersonal skills, assessment, intervention, supervision, consultation, and interprofessional/ interdisciplinary skills.

Students will also develop discipline-specific knowledge in the following areas:

  • The history and systems of psychology
  • Affective, biological, cognitive, developmental, and social aspects of behavior
  • Advanced integrative knowledge of basic discipline-specific content areas
  • Research methods
  • Statistical analysis
  • Psychometrics

Relevant legal standards, ethical reasoning, and consideration of individual and cultural diversity factors are discussed across the curriculum. 

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Tuition & Fees

2023-2024

Annual tuition and fees for Psy.D. students starting Fall 2023 are $18,988 for the 2023-2024 academic year.  

Tuition – $18,206

University Fees – $782

Estimated Books and Course Materials – $1,000

Additional Fees

Students are independently responsible for required fees related to clinical placements, including subscription fees for a clinical hour tracking system, APA student membership dues, and background check fees. Other fees related to individual practicum sites, such as parking fees, may also be required. 

 

Core Faculty

Marie C. McGrath, Ph.D.

Marie C. McGrath, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Director, Clinical Psychology
Professor of Psychology 

Dr. Marie McGrath earned her Ph.D. in School Psychology from Temple University in 2005 and joined the Stevenson faculty in Fall 2020. Before coming to Stevenson, Dr. McGrath was a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Immaculata University, where she served as core faculty in the Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program; directed the School Psychology M.A./Ed.S. program; and received the Lindback Distinguished Teaching Award in 2012. Dr. McGrath is a licensed psychologist and a certified school psychologist in the state of Pennsylvania, as well as a nationally certified school psychologist. She a recent past president of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association (PPA) and served on the PPA Board of Directors for the past 10 years in various roles. She is currently the organization’s Awards chair. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Pennsylvania Psychological Foundation. She was selected to the American Psychological Association’s Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology in 2019. 


Soonhee Lee, Ph.D., ABPP

Soonhee Lee, Ph.D., ABPP
Director of Clinical Training
Associate Professor of Psychology 

Dr. Lee earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Rochester in 2011. Prior to joining Ƶ in Fall 2022, Dr. Lee worked at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Washington, DC, as Associate Director of Clinical Training. She also has extensive experience in college counseling with diverse roles including Training Director for an APA-accredited doctoral internship in Health Service Psychology. Dr. Lee considers social justice as a core value and approach in psychology, has held leadership roles in diversity committees and affinity groups, and led community outreach efforts to raise critical consciousness in race and racism for Korean-American communities. Dr. Lee is a Licensed Psychologist and is board certified in Counseling Psychology. Her clinical interests focus on couples therapy, life transitions, grief, and diversity, equity, and inclusion issues.


Colleen Spada, Psy.D.

Colleen Spada, Psy.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology

Dr. Spada holds a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) from Loyola University, and has taught at Stevenson since 2010. She served as a Doctoral Supervisor while at Loyola, supervising master’s level clinical and counseling students who were completing their externships. Her clinical experience includes individual therapy for clients presenting issues such as depression, anxiety, addiction, and interpersonal struggles as well as conducting workshops and training for organizations and businesses on topics such as stress reduction, self-esteem building, and relaxation. She currently maintains her own private clinical practice and provides educational services for pregnant women offering information about evidence-based practices during pregnancy, labor and childbirth, as well as labor management through the use of mindfulness techniques.


Ryan Willard, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology

Dr. Willard earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from The University of Kansas in 2022, and joined Ƶ in Fall 2023. Prior to Stevenson, Dr. Willard served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Department of Psychology and Counseling at the University of Central Arkansas. His clinical experience includes serving as a Doctoral Psychology Intern at the Syracuse Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Syracuse, New York, where he focused on the areas of interpersonal group psychotherapy, evidence-based trauma therapies, and self-compassion research. Dr. Willard typically prescribes an ACT framework in the conceptualization of his clients. He also utilizes interpersonal, dynamic, and existential techniques. Dr. Willard’s research focuses on developing novel positive psychology and mindfulness interventions. His approach to teaching and counseling emphasizes humor, curiosity, creativity, and fairness.


Associated Faculty

Deondra Smith, Psy.D.

Deondra Smith, Psy.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. Smith earned her Psy.D in Clinical Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Washington DC Campus. She has taught at Ƶ since 2018. She is a Licensed Psychologist and owns her own private practice where she provides both therapeutic and psychological assessment services to children, adolescents, and adults. She has extensive experience in supervising and training undergraduate and graduate students within the field of psychology. Her clinical interests focus on the integration of play therapy and other non-directed modalities in therapy to enhance overall emotional identification and expression in children and adolescents. Also, her clinical work focuses on increasing accessibility of mental health resources to BIPOC communities. Her research interests include examining the relationship between ethnic identification, cultural expression and psychological well-being.  


Jeffrey D. Elliott, Ph.D.

Jeffrey D. Elliott, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor of Psychology

Dr. Elliott earned his Ph.D. in Human Services Psychology (Clinical Track) from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He is a Maryland Licensed Clinical Psychologist. He has taught at Stevenson since 2001 and served as Department Chair of Psychology since 2010. At Stevenson, he is a recipient of the Rose Dawson Award for Excellence in Teaching, which is awarded to one faculty member each year. In the past, he served as a Clinician, Clinical Coordinator, and Clinical Supervisor for the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County (1995-1998, 2000-2010) and has experience in inpatient settings for the seriously mentally ill and in addictions. His current clinical work focuses on enhancing educational opportunities and outcomes for at-risk teenagers. His research interests focus on attitudes affecting relationship violence and relationship indiscretions as well as social psychological factors affecting clinical work. His most recent collaborative research with students focused on diverse topics such as self-care and stress, early parental bonding and loneliness, confrontation of micro-aggression, and compliance with law enforcement officers. He particularly values mentoring students. 


Virginia N. Iannone, Ph.D.

Virginia N. Iannone, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Student Success
Professor of Psychology  

Dr. Virginia (VJ) Iannone received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Catholic University of America and joined the faculty at Ƶ in 2002. Her research interests include examining mental toughness in youth athletes as well as examining the role of injury, retirement, and other transitional events on quality of life. She was appointed as a Teaching Fellow for the Center for Teaching and Learning in 2019 and was awarded Excellence in Teaching Awards from the National Society for Leadership and Success (2015) and Ƶ (2017). Outside of Stevenson, Dr. Iannone is a licensed psychologist with an active and vibrant practice working with athletes and coaches as a sport psychology consultant. She is a founding and executive board member of the Mid-Atlantic Consortium for Sport and Performance Psychology and holds active memberships in several professional organizations related to the science and practice of sport psychology. 


Adjunct Faculty

Rich Metzger, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Psychology

Dr. Metzger holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology (Cognitive) from the University of North Dakota, with additional training at The Institute of Child Development (Minnesota) and the Lineberger Cancer Center (North Carolina). He has a broad experience in basic memory research as well as applications in health, education, and the legal system. He has supervised undergraduate and graduate theses, as well as dissertations, and regularly presents work with student collaborators at national and regional conferences. His current projects have examined the impact of disguises on the recognition of people you know, and the changes in attention that arise from the mere presence of your cell phone. He also has experience in the management and analysis of big archival datasets, currently mining data from the Longitudinal Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN).


Clinton Lewin, Psy.D.
Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology

Joseph Magness, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology

Daniel Krajan Pardo, Psy.D.
Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When is the deadline to apply?

A: The priority deadline to apply to our Psy.D. program is December 1. The best consideration deadline is February 1.

Q: Is there an application fee? 

A: There is no application fee. 

Q: What do I need to major in? 

A: Applicants with a strong academic background in psychology, counseling, human services, or a related field are preferred. Applicants who did not major in Psychology or a closely related field at the undergraduate level will be considered for admission, but must complete the following prerequisite courses: Statistics; Psychopathology; Human Development; and Research Methods. A course in Test and Measurements is recommended, but not required.

  • These courses can be completed at any accredited two- or four-year college or university (including Ƶ) or as part of a prior graduate program.
  • At least three of the four required courses must be completed prior to application submission; the fourth class can be in progress at the time of application. 

Q: How long is the Psy.D. program?

A: Ƶ’s Psy.D. program in Clinical Psychology is a five year course sequence. 

Q: How much does the Psy.D. program cost?

A: Annual tuition and fees at Ƶ for Psy.D. program students starting Fall 2023 are $18,988 for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Q: How will I know if I am selected for an interview? 

A: Applicants who are offered an interview following initial review of their application materials by the Psy.D. Admissions Committee will be notified via email.

Q: Is the program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA)? 

A: The Psy.D. program is a new program that is not currently accredited by APA. The program is in the process of preparing its initial accreditation application materials and collecting the data needed for accreditation application. We plan to submit an initial self-study to APA during the 2023-2024 academic year.

Q: What transcripts need to be submitted?

A: Official transcripts from all colleges or university attended need to be submitted to the Admission Office.  An official transcript is one that comes from the school directly to Stevenson in either a sealed envelope or in a secure email.  Students can send transcripts to psydadmissions@stevenson.edu.

International students who have attended or who are currently attending a U.S. post-secondary institution must submit official transcripts from all institutions. Students who have completed post-secondary academic coursework outside of the United States must submit an official course-by-course transcript evaluation from an organization that is a current member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services () (NACES). A member list is available on the NACES website.

Q: Are transfer credits accepted?

A: All requests for transfer credit will be reviewed on an individual basis. Master’s courses are generally not accepted for transfer credit. Classes previously taken in another doctoral program in psychology that were not applied to a terminal degree will be considered for transfer credit. A syllabus and/or other supporting materials may be required in order to evaluate a course for transfer credit. 

Q: Is Psy.D. program coursework offered in-person or online?

A: The Psy.D. program is offered in-person on the university’s Greenspring campus. The program is not offered through online/distance education. 

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Resources for Stevenson Graduate Students

The Doctor of Psychology program is located on Stevenson’s Greenspring campus located in the heart of Maryland’s beautiful Greenspring Valley. The campus offers the following facilities and amenities for graduate students:

  • Ample parking & easy access to I-695 and I-83
  • Library with dedicated resources and study spaces for graduate students
  • Graduate Computer Labs
  • Graduate Lounge
  • Cafeteria
  • Fitness Center
  • Labyrinth & Meditation Center

Psy.D. Degree By the Numbers

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  • 16-20 supervised hours Per Week

    In addition to coursework, each year, students gain experience through a series of placements in clinical settings—generally 16-20 hours per week—culminating in a year-long full-time internship.

  • 112.5 Credit Hours

    Degree requirements include 112.5 credit hours, which includes a doctoral dissertation and a one-year full-time internship.

  • 15-22% Employment growth by 2026

    Employment for clinical, counseling, and school psychologists; marriage and family therapists; and substance abuse counselors is projected to grow 15-22% by 2026.

  • 5 Years

    Our five year course sequence is designed to develop your discipline-specific knowledge and profession-wide competencies.

  • 16-20 supervised hours Per Week

    In addition to coursework, each year, students gain experience through a series of placements in clinical settings—generally 16-20 hours per week—culminating in a year-long full-time internship.

  • 112.5 Credit Hours

    Degree requirements include 112.5 credit hours, which includes a doctoral dissertation and a one-year full-time internship.

  • 15-22% Employment growth by 2026

    Employment for clinical, counseling, and school psychologists; marriage and family therapists; and substance abuse counselors is projected to grow 15-22% by 2026.

  • 5 Years

    Through our course sequence, year 1 through 5 is designed to develop your discipline-specific knowledge and profession-wide competencies.