The breadth of electives and clinical training experiences in the Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) program provides broad exposure to areas of practice in psychology and typically prepares students for internship sites with minor rotations across a range of areas.

However, students interested in specializing in a specific area of practice have the option of adding a track or area of emphasis to their degree, which provides increased knowledge and experience in that area that prepares them for most internships with major rotations in their respective areas of training.

Adding a track or area of emphasis is optional and does not increase the length or cost of the program. Students may withdraw from either the track or area of emphasis at any time. Given the number of required electives in the respective area of specialization, students may only choose one track or emphasis area.

Track vs. Area of Emphasis


  • 6 courses (14 credit hours)
  • Two years of clinical practicum in track's area of practice
  • Dissertation research in track's area of practice
  • Must choose track by end of first year

Area of Emphasis

  • Minimum of 2 courses (5 to 7 credit hours)
  • Minimum of two rotations in two different practicum sites or at least one year of clinical practicum in area of emphasis
  • Either dissertation or supplemental research in area of emphasis
  • Must choose area of emphasis by end of second year

Primary Care Psychology Track

The PsyD program offers one track in primary care, an innovative and growing area of practice for psychologists. Primary care psychologists collaborate with other healthcare professionals in medical settings such as hospitals to provide integrated healthcare for patients. This care model allows psychologists to serve people who wouldn’t seek traditional outpatient care because of perceived stigma, cost or limited time.

Check out the entire APA video series about integrated healthcare

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The primary care psychology track trains students in a diverse set of clinical competencies. Although diversity in patient population and diagnoses is the reason many students opt for training in this area of practice, students will also benefit from unique opportunities for teaching and supervision and will receive extensive training in:

  • Therapeutic interventions
  • Psychological assessment
  • Research
  • Consultation and collaboration with other healthcare professionals

Our commitment is to train students for choice in their professional careers. We want students to have a range of clinical experiences and competencies that will allow them to work in a variety of professional positions in psychology.

Although the primary care psychology track collaborates with a variety of clinics, a primary care psychologist from Providence/St. Joseph Medical Group (the largest healthcare provider on the West Coast) will provide student-specific mentoring and training.


  • Primary Care Psychology I
  • Primary Care Psychology II
  • Substance Abuse
  • Health Psychology
  • Child & Adolescent Assessment
  • Psychopharmacology

Areas of Emphasis

In addition to the primary care track, the PsyD program also offers two areas of emphasis.

Child & Adolescent Psychology Curriculum

  • Child & Adolescent Assessment
  • Child & Adolescent Treatment
  • Neuropsychological assessment to fulfill requirement for advanced assessment course
  • Psychopharmacology

Psychological & Neurological Assessment Curriculum (5 credits)

  • Child & Adolescent Assessment
  • Neuropsychological assessment with supplemental training at the George Fox University Assessment Clinic