Program Objectives

The Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) at Rivier University builds upon existing M.A., M.Ed. and C.A.G.S. programs in both school and mental health counseling, and school psychology that are approved by the New Hampshire Department of Education.

The doctoral program curriculum meets the New Hampshire state licensure requirements under New Hampshire law and is consistent with the APA Accreditation Guidelines and Principles of the American Psychological Association. APA accreditation for the doctoral program will be pursued.

The program's objectives are: 

  • To graduate professional psychologists who are competent and reflective practitioner-scholars.
  • To graduate professional psychologists who are knowledgeable about and clinically competent in the areas of assessment, diagnosis, treatment and supervision, and consultation.
  • To graduate professional psychologists competent in the conduct, comprehension, and application of research to professional practice.
  • To graduate students with a strong commitment to their professional identity as psychologists and a strong commitment to ethical practice in psychology.