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What is the difference between a Psy.D and a PhD?

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

A PhD stands for doctor of philosophy. The training for a PhD takes 3-4 yrs of coursework, usually 1 yr of dissertation research and 1 yr internship (1500 hours). The main focus is conducting research, training in statistics and psychotherapy.


A Psy.D stands for doctor of psychology. The training for Psy.D takes about 3-4 yrs or coursework and 2 yrs of internship. The emphasis of this program is on clinical training than research.


PhD. degrees focuses more on a scientific model and places more importance on research and experimental methods while  Psy.D degrees focuses more on a practitioner model and give emphasis to clinical work.


Choosing either Psy.D or PhD depends what you want to do. Do you want to train with an emphasis in research or clinical training?

Heres a helpful list of  Phd careers in psychology.