The Clinical Psychology area of focus is an informal track within the M.A. Psychology Program that does not appear on students' transcripts.
If you are a prospective applicant interested in the Clinical area of focus, you should apply directly to the M.A. Psychology Program and indicate Clinical Psychology as your area of interest.
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY AREA OF FOCUS DESCRIPTION
The Clinical Psychology focus area prepares students who plan to pursue doctoral studies in clinical or counseling psychology, to work in clinical psychology research labs, or to work in careers in human services. Students learn about normal and abnormal behavior, psychological testing, the biological and social factors that influence psychological disorders, the familial and societal context of disorders, and treatment approaches. Research opportunities are also available while in our program for getting hands-on lab experience. Our program does not provide opportunities for accruing supervised clinical practice hours, and does not lead to licensure at the Master’s level. Most of the students in our clinical psychology focus area continue on to doctoral studies, either in Ph.D. programs (which tend to include a significant research component) or in Psy.D. programs (which are practice-oriented programs).
CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY COURSE RECOMMENDATIONS
See Program Requirements link for required Foundation and Core Courses - 15 credits
(Note that Core classes other than those recommended may be taken instead if desired and will also fulfill your Core requirements, but may not be as relevant to clinical psychology).
- Physiological Basis of Behavior
- Principles of Learning
- Cognitive Neuroscience
- Theories of Personality
- Child Development
- Foundations of Psychopathology
- Affective Neuroscience
Electives relevant to clinical psychology:
- Emotion and its Development
- Psychology of Violence
- Psychosis in Social Context
- Psychological Testing and Assessment
- Biological Basis of Abnormal Behavior
- Love and Attachment in Adult Relationships
- Sexual Behavior and Treatment
- Anxiety and Affective Disorders
- Health Psychology
- Theories of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
- Traumatic Stress Reactions
- Culture, Thought and Emotion
- Interpersonal Approaches to Psychotherapy
- Rehabilitative Neuropsychology
Electives in other departments and schools at NYU
As the largest private University in the country, NYU has multiple Schools, Centers, and Departments with psychology related courses. Cross registration requires advisor approval.