Clinical Psychology

The LSU Department of Psychology's Clinical Psychology Training Program (CPTP) has been continuously accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1956. Our program subscribes to the “scientist-practitioner” or “Boulder” model of clinical training. Thus, our program emphasizes the integration of the scientific and applied aspects of clinical psychology. Within this model, training focuses on conducting clinical services in a scientific fashion, evaluating the clinical literature from a scientist's perspective, calling upon relevant empirical findings and principles in the creation and/or application of clinical procedures, and, ultimately, integrating basic and applied (clinical) psychology into a suitable and sound personal frame of reference. Training is based on a strong mentor-mentoree relationship and an empirical orientation.

Program Structure

The Program is designed to be completed in five years, including the internship. Clinical students specialize in one of two tracks: an adult track and a child track. However, all students complete a core set of broad and general as well as clinical coursework.

Course Work

The Program is designed to be completed in five years, including the internship. During the first four years in the Clinical Psychology training program (CPTP),  a student must pass the Qualifying Core Courses with a grade of “A” or “B” as described in "Evaluation of Students’ Course Work

Each Clinical Core Course is offered on a regular basis to CPTP students and must be passed with a grade of “A” or “B.” A student may complete a clinical core course requirement, without taking the course, by taking the comprehensive final examination for that course and passing it with a grade of “A.” A student may have two attempts to complete a given clinical core requirement.


Two (2) research projects are required: a master's thesis and a doctoral dissertation. The master's thesis must be completed during the 5th semester. Please see"Expectations of an Enrolled Student" for additional information on these projects.


Commitment to Diversity

We encourage applications from individuals with diverse racial, ethnic, and/or cultural backgrounds. Baton Rouge is a racially diverse city and our work in the greater Baton Rouge community allows us to provide clinical services to and conduct research with racially diverse individuals in our community. We take great pride in this diversity. Furthermore, our program is deeply committed to fostering a learning environment that supports cultural and individual differences and diversity. Additionally, “Diversity is fundamental to LSU's mission and the University is committed to creating and maintaining a living and learning environment that embraces individual difference. Cultural inclusion is of highest priority” (see entire LSU Diversity Statement)

APA Accreditation

We are currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association.

Questions related to our program's accredited status should contact the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street NE, Washington, DC 20002