About the Program

Rivier University’s Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Counseling and School Psychology admits classes every fall semester. Traditional students can complete the degree in six years, including the 2000-hour internship in the final year of the program. Advanced Standing students can complete the degree in five years, including the final internship year. A minimum of three academic years of full-time graduate study (or the equivalent thereof) plus an internship are required prior to receiving the doctoral degree. At least two of the three academic training years (or the equivalent thereof) must take place at Rivier University. At least three semesters (two of which must be consecutive) of full-time registration at Rivier University are required for residency in the program. Because of the demands of doctoral studies, practicum placements, and research projects, students in the program do not work more than 20 hours per week.

Courses are generally offered weekdays in the late afternoons and evenings as well as on Saturdays. The program includes a limited set of online and hybrid course offerings in keeping with the New Hampshire Board of Psychology licensing requirement that the method of teaching is predominately face-to-face.

Rivier University has extensive resources for practicum experience requirements, which begin early and continue throughout the program, increasing in scope and complexity. Students gain experience in intervention and assessment across a variety of school, community mental health, outpatient and hospital-based practicum placements. The Regina Library offers dedicated space for doctoral students, as well as reference materials, psychological assessments, and extensive online access to journals, affording students the opportunity to conduct research at convenient times and locations.

Our faculty have a distinguished history of scholarship, teaching, and service in:

  • Psychology assessment and intervention
  • Diversity and multiculturalism
  • Cognition and neuropsychology
  • School and community mental health services
  • Evidence-based interventions and practices

Faculty in the program have also:

  • Authored textbooks and curricula
  • Presented at regional, national and international research conferences
  • Collaborated in professional development models
  • Published in peer reviewed research journals and academic presses

Preparing Professional Psychologists to Serve a Diverse Public
The Psy.D. program embraces the American Psychological Association statement on Preparing Professional Psychologists to Serve a Diverse Public. The text of this statement is available online at http://www.apa.org/pi/lgbt/resources/policy/diversity-preparation.aspx. Rivier University and the Combined Psy.D. Program in Counseling and School Psychology are dedicated to the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body and faculty.

Program Handbooks:

Psy.D. Program Handbook

Psy.D. Practicum Handbook