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What You Learn

You receive doctoral-level training to prepare for a career as a school or clinical psychologist, in a graduate program that combines training in both practice areas.

  • Assess the contextual factors and behavioral processes that shape clients’ lives.
  • Acquire skills in intervention that help clients make meaningful changes in their lives.
  • Discover the intrinsic connection between scholarly activity and applied work, and take part in evidence-informed practice and research
  • Gain extensive training experience working with diverse populations, both in campus-based practicum sites devoted to clinical training, and in community service facilities.
  • Participate in scientific inquiry throughout all program levels, and complete a formal doctoral dissertation.

Beginning in the second year, students see clients through Kean Psychological Services, providing assessment and/or psychotherapeutic services. The final year brings a full-time internship in a clinical or school setting, which students typically find through a national match process.

Admission Requirements

If you have admissions questions, contact Graduate Admissions at or (908) 737-4723.

    Department of Advanced Studies in Psychology

    Application Deadline
    Fall: January 8
    No spring admission

    Jennifer Block Lerner, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor and Program Director
    Phone: (908) 737-5864

    David Brandwein, Psy.D.
    Associate Professor and Chairperson
    Phone: (908) 737-7858
    Location: EC-125D


    David Brandwein
    Adrienne Garro
    Keri Giordano
    Aaron Gubi
    Jennifer Lerner
    Donald Marks
    Aditi Vijay

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    At Kean, we believe learning extends far beyond the walls of our classrooms and labs. That's why we encourage you to get involved in clubs and organizations, publish your research and pursue internships that will advance your career. Find out more.

    Externship Programs

    All students participate in two to three externship placements in a K-12 school setting in their second year in the program; a clinical setting in the third year; and an optional externship in year four.

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    Externship Programs

    Student Groups

    A student group, Kean Psychology Graduate Council, is comprised of students in the Psy.D. program and the professional diploma in school psychology program.

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    Student Groups


    Kean students have the chance to conduct research with world-class faculty and present their findings at the annual Kean Research Days event.

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    Kean's Psy.D. graduates obtain fellowships and work opportunities in a wide range of settings.

    • Mental health centers
    • Education institutions, including K-12 schools, colleges and universities
    • Academic medical centers and hospitals
    • Correctional facilities
    • Independent practices


    Journal articles or book chapters published by Kean students and faculty in one recent year


    In 2016, Kean University's Psy.D. in Combined School and Clinical Psychology was awarded American Psychology Association (APA) accreditation.

    Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data (Psychology)

    American Psychological Association Education Directorate
    Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
    750 First St. NE
    Washington, DC 20002

    Phone: (202) 336-5979
    Fax: (202) 336-5978

    The program is also accredited by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) -


    Licenses are issued by each state, with each having its own requirements with regard to scores on the national Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP), state jurisprudence examinations, state-specific supplemental courses, and the number and nature of predoctoral and/or postdoctoral hours required.  

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