CBU to offer a Doctor of Psychology program

By CBU Marketing and Communications on May 24, 2018

Riverside – California Baptist University will usher in a new era of research with its Doctor of of Psychology (PsyD) in Clinical Psychology program that will start in the fall 2018 semester.

The PsyD program at CBU is geared toward preparing students for a career as a licensed psychologist. Students will focus on using the science of clinical psychology to guide their professional work in addition to viewing the human condition through the lens of a Christian worldview.

Dr. Jacqueline Gustafson, dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at CBU, said the PsyD program was built on the solid foundation and legacy of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

“For more than 35 years, our college has equipped students to serve in the variety of complex behavioral issues that our communities face,” Gustafson said. “Through coursework, practicum training, a full-time internship, a clinical competency exam and an original dissertation project, doctoral students will develop the skills, attitudes, knowledge and behavior to serve a diverse public. We want our students to go out and impact the world with Christ-inspired care.”

All the programs in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences are positioned to offer high commitment to academics with an emphasis on culture and justice issues, Gustafson said. This means our college emphases helping the underserved and the most vulnerable people in society, she added.

“This focus attracts bright and gifted instructors who want to be a part of our mission,” Gustafson said. “The doctoral program will issue in a new era of research at the university and will help CBU to be an influential voice at the regional and national level for behavioral and social science discussions.”

The PsyD program will be the university’s fourth doctoral program. The College of Nursing at CBU offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice program and the division of Online and Professional Studies has doctoral programs in business administration and public administration.

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