About the Program

Rivier University's Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Counseling and School Psychology is designed as a cohort model. Traditional students can complete the degree in 5-6 years, including the 2000 hour internship in the final year of the program. Advanced standing students can complete the degree in 4 years, including the final internship year. At least three semesters (two of which must be consecutive) of full time registration at Rivier University are required for residency in the program.

Courses are generally offered weekday late afternoons and evenings as well as on Saturdays. The program includes a very 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. Students gain experience in intervention and assessment across a variety of community mental health, outpatient and hospital based practicum placements.

 The Regina Library offers dedicated space for doctoral students as well as extensive online access to journals and other reference materials, 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.