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A Message from the Dean

GSAPP is a contemporary school of psychology that benefits from a rich tradition and has the distinction of being among the first schools to offer the Doctor of Psychology Degree (PsyD). GSAPP awarded its first doctoral degree in psychology in 1976 and among the cohort of distinguished alumni is past APA President (1996) Dr. Dorothy Cantor. Since that time, our school has maintained a standard of excellence in preparing students for the professional practice of psychology. Relatively small class sizes afford students individualized attention and opportunities to work closely with our distinguished faculty in developing students’ professional skills and identity as practitioners and scholars. As a student at GSAPP, you will also have access to a vibrant network of successful GSAPP alumni. These relationships between faculty, students, and alumni last beyond our students' graduation as evidenced by our active and robust alumni organization.

GSAPP prides itself on preparing outstanding practitioners and scholars who benefit from the mentorship provided in our doctoral programs in School Psychology and Clinical Psychology - both accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA)*.

Clinical training is the centerpiece of our doctoral students’ education. GSAPP’s students benefit from clinical training in a wide array of practicum sites-both within GSAPP and through partnerships with its external affiliates. Within GSAPP, students have the opportunity to refine their clinical and assessment skills through faculty-led clinics in GSAPP’s Center for Applied Psychology and our Psychological Clinic. GSAPP also has affiliated partnerships with agencies serving children and adults with diverse mental health needs in the New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia areas. Our dedicated and outstanding clinical supervisors, visiting and clinical faculty are committed to our students’ growth and development. GSAPP is most proud of its APPIC internship available to GSAPP students upon completion of their course of study.

GSAPP boasts faculty who represent excellence in teaching, clinical supervision, and scholarship in the field of psychology, nationally and internationally. Our faculty epitomizes the profession of psychology holding leading roles as primary investigators on research, service grants and contracts; serving as clinical and school psychologists in their private practices and schools; and consulting for organizations and communities. Being a premier school of professional psychology, GSAPP is a rich academic resource for the collaborative academic relationships (through the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC)) afforded Rutgers University as a member of the Big Ten.

Being an applied professional school of psychology in the 21st century, GSAPP has embraced its responsibility to prepare psychologists who are equipped to face contemporary challenges and to facilitate ongoing professional training for postgraduates and members of our community. GSAPP supports ongoing professional development and continuing education for the profession through our continuing and professional studies offerings.**

GSAPP has a commitment to diversity - diversity of theoretical orientations, appreciation of individual differences and preparing culturally competent students who are educated and trained in an environment that embraces and respects differences. Our diverse student body and student-led clubs reflect our commitment. GSAPP is also poised to address many grand challenges facing our communities. We prepare our students to work on a range of issues including, but not limited to, autism (Douglas Developmental Disabilities Center and Project Natural Setting Therapeutic Management), school climate issues (Inclusive Schools Climate Initiative), foster-care (Foster Care Counseling Project) and in the health care system.

The Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology (GSAPP) invites you to explore our website and to learn more about our graduate and professional psychology programs and continuing education opportunities. The faculty and staff are available to answer any of your questions or discuss your interest in GSAPP.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,
Francine Conway, Ph.D.
Dean & Distinguished Professor
Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
dean.gsapp@rutgers.edu

*The Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology and School Psychology Programs at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA).

** Continuing Education Credits are APA approved

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