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The integration of behavioral health services (mental health, substance abuse, health behavior change) into primary care and other medical services is currently a top priority of federal (Medicare, VA, DoD), state (Medicaid) and private health plans. Evidence for clinical and cost effectiveness is driving a national movement to integrated care, and a consequent shortage of well prepared clinicians.  To be fully qualified as clinicians in primary care and other medical settings, clinical psychologists need a broad preparation in the delivery of clinical services in an interdisciplinary healthcare setting, with an additional emphasis on the role of the psychologist as consultant to a variety of medical personnel.  The transformation of medical settings into fully integrated care requires broadly trained clinical health psychologists who can address concepts of population health delivery, clinical metrics, quality improvement, and who can offer confident representation of the behavioral aspects of all of the work in primary care and other medical settings. Psychologists with training and experience in these areas are in great demand.

To address this need, AUNE Dept. of Clinical Psychology has instituted a Major Area of Study (MAS) in Clinical Health Psychology. The concentration is directed by Alexander Blount, a nationally recognized leader in behavioral health integration.

Concentration Director: Alexander Blount, EdD (

This degree is offered by AU New England.


 Major Area of Study Requirements

Required Elements:
  • Meet all regular program degree requirements to complete the doctoral in Clinical Psychology
  • Notify the Director of the M.A.S. of the student’s intention to follow the course of study and to receive the credential that its completion bestows.  Preferably this is done at the beginning of the third year.
  • 9 credits and a project as follows:
    • The Biological Bases of Behavior (3)
    • Health Psychology (3)
    • Integrated Primary Care (3)
    • Population Behavioral Health course or equivalent project/independent study (3) (The population health project in the GPE practicum program or another population health project of equal substance may be used to fulfill this requirement.)
  • At least 3 additional elective credits in a relevant area, defined broadly (e.g., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Substance Abuse, Brief Therapy, Mindfulness, Psychopharmacology)
  • At least one behavioral health integration/population health practicum (e.g., in a primary care or other medical setting serving underserved populations)
  • Dissertation on a topic relevant to behavioral health integration/population health.  Students should present their dissertation topics to the Director before they are finally determined to be sure that they are judged to meet the criteria.
Recommended Elements:
  • Second practicum in behavioral health integration/population health with underserved populations.


Career Outlook

Job Demand: Both federal and state health care authorities have defined the need for behavioral health clinicians in primary care as a crisis. It is hard to imagine an area of psychology that could possibly be in higher demand once you have finished your training.

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Become a Clinical Psychologist

Antioch University New England’s practitioner-scholar program prepares reflective clinicians who undertake multiple roles in their professional careers. Our graduates approach their practices with disciplined inquiry, taking on the role of “local clinical scientists” who view their work as a socially responsible action. Accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA)*, Antioch University New England’s Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (PsyD) offers rigorous academic challenge and thorough clinical training.

This degree is offered by AU New England.

Program Overview

The program prepares graduates for multiple roles in the expanding world of clinical psychology that includes not only therapy and assessment, but also supervision, management, applied research, administration, consultation, and public policy.

Commit to Social Responsibility
Antioch University New England is renowned for its community of active, engaged, and socially conscious faculty and students. Our academic community emphasizes a social vision of clinical psychology committed to diversity and social justice, and responsive to the needs of the region and larger society. You’ll be part of a small cohort of classmates in an environment that fosters collaboration.

The Department of Clinical Psychology operates unique centers that benefit our students:

    • The Psychological Services Center (PSC) is a community psychological clinic staffed by doctoral students. With excellent faculty supervision, students offer individual, couple, family, and group counseling, testing and assessment, and other services to serve area residents.
    • The Multicultural Center for Research and Practice focuses on issues of minority or marginalized individuals and groups in the context of social justice and multiculturalism. The Center provides consultation, outreach, and research, as well as other resources.

Degree Requirements

Program Length:

The PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology is a five-year, full-time program that includes four years of coursework plus the completion of a year-long internship (which may be done half-time over two years). Full-time study is defined as the completion of, on average, 30 credits within a calendar year for a total of 120-128 credits over the four years.

In addition to 28 to 30 semester hours of classes taken on Mondays, Tuesdays, and during the week at practicum placements, students take, on average, two weekend courses or Supervised Independent Studies over each program year for an additional two credits a year.

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Application Deadline

The early cycle application deadline is November 4, 2019, the second cycle application deadline is January 6, 2020. Late applications for fall entry will be considered if space is available or until the cohort is full. The PsyD program enrolls a cohort of 24-28 students each year.


Application Criteria

We use the application materials and our interview process to assess the academic, clinical, professional, and interpersonal promise of our candidates for admission to the PsyD program. Our primary information on academic promise comes from past academic records and standardized tests. We expect applicants to have a minimum of a B average in their undergraduate work. While most successful applicants obtain higher GRE verbal and quantitative scores, we give primary consideration to those with scores above the 30th percentile. We use other data (i.e. Analytical Writing score, Graduate GPA, recommendation letters from faculty, publications, etc.) to supplement the Undergraduate GPA and GRE scores in assessing academic promise.

Approximately two-thirds of applicants who are offered interviews hold bachelor’s degrees only, while one third have earned master’s degrees. Candidates have degrees in psychology, human services, or related fields while some hold degrees not as directly related to psychology (i.e. law, business, nursing, or performing arts). All applicants should have the equivalent of at least fifteen hours of psychology-related coursework (broadly defined). Applicants must delineate the ways in which their education and work experiences are relevant to clinical psychology and/or social justice.

We encourage applications from members of traditionally underrepresented groups and seek to develop a diverse community of students and faculty.

Application Materials Required for Admissions Consideration
  • Antioch University New England application form, including personal essays and an updated, comprehensive vita.
  • Work sample, not more than five pages long double-spaced that gives an example of written professional work. The sample may be written especially for this process.
  • Transcripts from each college or university attended, indicating courses taken and degrees earned. Both undergraduate and graduate school transcripts must arrive at the Office of Admissions in a sealed envelope or sent via secure transcripts email service. Note: If degree is still in progress, a final transcript will be required before matriculation.
    • For mailing transcripts, mail to Admissions Department, 40 Avon Street, Keene, NH 03431.
    • For eTranscripts, send to
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons who are or have been in a position to evaluate the applicant’s academic or professional work. Your recommenders can submit their letter electronically using the online application or send a signed, sealed copy directly to Admissions with the cover form attached. College or University Placement Files are not acceptable.
  • The Graduate Record Examination General Test must be taken and scores received by the Office of Admissions prior to the application deadline. We use the GRE results as one way of assessing academic promise. Most of our applicants score above the 30th percentile on the verbal and the quantitative sections of the GRE. If quantitative or verbal GRE scores are below the 30th percentile, there must be other strong evidence of academic promise. GRE scores over five years old cannot be considered. Our institutional code is (98)3694.
There will be two admissions cycles for entry in Fall 2020
Fall 2020 PsyD Admissions Cycles

November Admissions Cycle Timeline

  • Completed Application Due – Monday, November 4, 2019
    GRE General Test scores must be submitted by this deadline.
  • Invitations to Interview – By November 25, 2019
  • Interviews – Saturday, December 14, 2019 (main) and Thursday, December 12 (alternate)
  • Admissions Decisions – By the beginning of January (applicants notified by Admissions)
  • National Decisions Day – April 15, 2020 (deadline for the applicant to notify Admissions)

January Admissions Cycle Timeline

  • Completed Application Due – Monday, January 6, 2020
    GRE General Test scores must be submitted by this deadline.
  • Invitations to Interview – By January 27, 2020
  • Interviews – Saturday, February 15 (main) and Thursday, February 13 (alternate)
  • Admissions Decisions – By the end of February (applicants notified by Admissions)
  • National Decisions Day – April 15, 2020 (deadline for the applicant to notify Admissions)

A face-to-face interview with an Admissions Committee is required. However, under extenuating circumstances, alternative arrangements may be made. Only those applicants who are judged outstanding on the basis of their completed application materials will be invited for an interview. All interviews for the December cycle will take place during the month of January; all interviews for the January cycle will be conducted between the end of February and the middle of March. Admissions decisions are made by a committee. We cannot give applicants specific feedback about their admissions decisions.

Tuition & Financial Aid

A Doctoral education is an investment in your future.  Let us help you understand the costs and explore the resources available to help make your college education even more affordable. The majority of AUNE students finance their education through some form of financial aid. You may not be sure which federal, state, public and private aid packages – such as loans, scholarships, and grants—are right for you. Our staff is here to help you, so you can focus on what’s most important: beginning your academic program at AUNE.

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*The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology is accredited by the American Psychological Association. The Clinical Psychology Program at Antioch University New England opened in 1982. It was first accredited in 1986, and has remained fully accredited. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation at Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002, Phone: (202) 336-5979. E-mail: Web:

Practica & Internships

Practicum Sequence and Requirements

The clinical training sequence is designed to complement the coursework aspect of the program. Clinical training experiences give the student opportunities for supervised practice in the areas of clinical psychology that are studied in courses, seminars, and workshops. Students are required to arrange practica at practicum settings affiliated with the program. Affiliated service agencies consider training one of their major functions and provide students with a high degree of access to professional psychologists who serve as supervisors and role models. The department has formal affiliation agreements with a variety of agencies throughout New England, which are experienced at training doctoral students in clinical psychology. Under the leadership of the Doctoral Program’s Director of Practica, the program offers guidance to students in arranging appropriate training sites. Information on criminal background checks and disclosure can be found in the Practicum Handbook.

Required Practicum Experiences

There are two required practicum experiences concurrent with coursework:

    • The Second Year Practicum includes experiences in a variety of intervention modalities and also provides the student with opportunities to develop psychological testing skills.

The Third Year Practicum has as its central focus the practice of psychotherapeutic interventions and development of case conceptualization abilities. It allows students to continue developing the clinical skills begun during the previous practicum, and to engage in other supervised experiences increasing their repertoire of professional skills.

In the fourth year, students may elect or be required to do an Advanced Practicum or Special Proficiency Practicum in order to sharpen and/or broaden their clinical skills.

Internship Requirements

The predoctoral internship occurs in an organized health care setting away from Antioch University New England and requires another application process that has been systematized across the country. It is overseen by the director of internships. It is an integral component of the Doctoral Program and the final experience in the clinical training sequence. During the internship, the student is expected to assume significant responsibilities and to perform major professional functions under the supervision of qualified psychologists. As the culminating clinical training experience, the internship is expected to provide the student with a variety of appropriate role models, as well as intensive and diverse supervised opportunities to function in the various roles performed by a clinical psychologist.

    • Time. There is a minimum requirement of 1,800 hours for the internship. (Some shorter APA-accredited internships also qualify.) This requirement is most often met through the successful completion of a full-time experience for one calendar year during the fifth year or, at times, through two consecutive years of half-time experience.

Program of Training. Students are strongly encouraged to seek internships that are accredited by the APA, or that, at least, are active members of the Association of Psychology and Postdoctoral Internship Centers (APPIC). Internship programs which are neither APA-accredited nor APPIC-listed must meet the criteria found in the APPIC guidelines and in the guidelines used by the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology to define an internship, and must complete a process of formal affiliation with the Doctoral Program.


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Engaged Scholarship for Working Professionals

Our doctoral program is founded on the conviction that theory and practice go hand-in-hand and that our most essential research questions arise from integrating professional experiences and scholarship. Approach your research with a multidisciplinary perspective, integrating science, policy, humanities, education, and service to pursue sustainable solutions to pressing local, national and international environmental challenges.

This degree is offered by AU New England.


Program Overview

In this program, you’ll engage in coursework and seminars with a diverse and supportive group of students and faculty whose experience and wide-ranging interests will augment your own. Specialize in the research area for which you have a passion and apply the theories and methods best suited to your research interests.

Study with faculty who bridge disciplinary and methodological boundaries, who model the integration of scholarship and practice, who emphasize the role of service, and who are recognized locally, nationally, and internationally.

Environmental Studies integrates a wide range of concepts and ideas and embraces multiple methodological approaches to understanding and solving critical and emerging environmental challenges. The current areas of research interest and expertise among ES PhD students and faculty overlap significantly and intentionally, and indicate the richness of content, dialog, scholarship, and practice in our program.

The following illustrate the research areas of our students and faculty:

  • Ecology and Conservation Biology
  • Environmental Decision-Making, Policy, and Governance
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Environmental and Social Justice
  • Environmental, Sustainability, and Science Education
  • Food and the Environment
  • Resilience, Climate and Environmental Change

Cohort-Based Doctoral Program Delivery

The doctoral program in Environmental Studies is a 69-credit program that can be completed in 4-5 years.

Environmental studies doctoral students complete four phases of the program with their cohorts. Each phase spans approximately a year. In the first two phases, students are required to attend classes for an 8-day summer intensive during the first two years of the program. They are also required to attend classes on campus four weekends (Friday – Sunday) during the fall semester and four weekends during the spring semester of the first phase of the program; three weekends in the fall and three in the spring of the second phase; and two weekends each fall and spring semester in the third and fourth phases of the program. These doctoral weekends typically fall on the first or second weekend of each month.

The cohort model offers exposure to classmates’ research, sparking collaboration and innovation. Students and faculty remain engaged in each other’s work via online communication tools, which enables pathways for resources, support and critique that often results in lifelong bonds of friendship and collegiality.

Doctoral Curriculum

The program also requires weekly online work to supplement class time on campus. Students have a maximum limit of ten years from the date of entry to complete all degree requirements, including the dissertation, and 69 semester-hour credits beyond a Master’s. Students must complete the Candidacy Exam and successfully defend their Dissertation Proposal before admission to the Dissertation Phase. All of the courses described are required courses unless otherwise indicated. Required courses are listed under each competency area:

Phase 1 - Foundation Courses (18 credits)

The initial phase of AUNE’s doctoral program in environmental studies instills the foundations of interdisciplinary environmental studies and scholarship through intensive, integrative, theoretically oriented courses. Topics include research design, ecological thought, applied ecological analysis, global environmental change, political economy and sustainability, and environmental history.

  • Summer Semester: 8 day intensive
  • Fall Semester: 4 weekends
  • Spring Semester: 4 weekends

Required courses:

  • Introduction to Research Design
  • Ecological Thought
  • Comparative Ecological Analysis
  • Global Environmental Change
  • Political Economy and Sustainability
  • Environmental History

Phase 2 - Research Strategies and Learning Domains (24 credits)

The program’s second phase includes a series of seminars about scientific research where students focus on methodologies, literature, and theoretical frameworks to guide their research interests. They discuss their work with leading scholars and writers and learn how others frame and execute their research. Students also design and complete four individual “learning domain” courses, each with an individual mentor, that allows them to focus and deepen their knowledge and research skills in their specific area of future dissertation research.

  • Summer Semester: 8-day intensive
  • Fall Semester: 3 weekends
  • Spring Semester: 3 weekends

Required courses:

  • Research Strategy – Quantitative: Theory, Method, and Design
  • Research Strategy – Qualitative: Theory, Method, and Design
  • Doctoral Learning Domain
  • Individualized Learning Contract, to be selected from:
    • Approved Antioch graduate courses
    • Doctoral Learning Domain Projects (independent studies, formal courses)
    • Reading Seminars

Phase 3 – Candidacy (9 credits)

During the candidacy phase (or the dissertation phase), students complete a service learning seminar and project related to their academic goals. This phase also focuses on preparation to pass a qualifying exam in the form of writing an integrated essay about their area of research interests and completion of their dissertation proposals. The timing and sequence of the candidacy phase will vary for each student depending on her or his own pace.

  • Summer Semester: 8-day intensive (optional)
  • Fall Semester: 2 weekends
  • Spring Semester: 2 weekends

Required courses:

  • Doctoral Qualifying Exam
  • Dissertation Proposal Seminar *
  • Service Learning Seminar*

* May be taken the previous year in the program with permission of advisor and instructor.

Phase 4 – The Dissertation Process (18 credits)

During the fourth and final phase of the program, students participate in seminars designed to support all aspects of the dissertation process. They design and conduct original research and analyses that have direct social, environmental, political, and educational impacts. Finally, they write their doctoral dissertation.

  • Summer Semester: 8-day intensive (optional)
  • Fall Semester: 2 weekends
  • Spring Semester: 2 weekends

Required courses:

  • Service Learning Project *
  • Dissertation Seminar
  • Doctoral Dissertation

* May be taken the previous year in the program with permission of advisor and instructor.

Backgrounds, Goals, and Outcomes

Students who pursue AUNE’s PhD in Environmental Studies are united by the desire to research and move forward crucial environmental issues. They have diverse academic, professional, and personal experiences that add value to the comprehensive curriculum. Our students’ and graduates’ backgrounds include:

  • Academic and Research Positions. Field biologists and conservation biologists who enter this program typically have extensive practical experience and have worked for state, federal, nonprofit, and non-governmental organizations in the US and abroad. They frequently seek positions in academic settings or research institutions after earning their PhD.
  • Advanced Environmental Scholarship and Research. Environmentalists with significant work experience pursue this program to grow both academically and professionally. They are reflective practitioners interested in furthering their scholarship and research.
  • Career Advancement. Educators, college faculty without a doctorate, independent scholars, education and policy consultants, journalists, naturalists, conservation biologists, environmental educators, and recent graduates of master’s level ecology and environmental studies programs earn their PhD in Environmental Studies from AUNE to advance their chosen careers.
  • New Approaches. Independent scholars, outdoor or adventure educators, therapists, social workers, writers, and artists interested in the psycho-spiritual aspects of environmental studies pursue this program to develop new approaches to learning, teaching, healing, and organizational change.




Application Deadline

Antioch University New England processes applications for most programs on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply as early as possible. All application materials should be received in Admissions by the dates listed below. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Department.

Environmental Studies PhD: March 1 (for summer entry)

How to Apply

  1. Complete the online admissions application, including:
    • Essay questions, admissions and program-specific
    • Resume/curriculum vitae (CV)
    • Non-refundable $50 application fee
  2. Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities where you earned a degree or certificate.
  3. Three letters of recommendation are required, from people who are in a position to evaluate your professional or academic work. The person making the recommendation may not be related to you.
  4. There are additional requirements for International applicants
  5. Interview with a faculty member of the department to which you seek entry if selected. This can be in person, by phone, or via Skype.
  6. Master’s and Certificate Programs do not require the GRE or any other standardized test for admissions. We consider all of your application materials, and evaluate your academic potential in a variety of ways.

Official transcripts should be emailed to or mailed to:

Office of Admissions
Antioch University New England
40 Avon Street
Keene, New Hampshire 03431-3516

All application materials submitted become part of an applicant’s file and cannot be returned.


As a graduate school providing doctoral level education, Antioch University New England assesses each applicant’s academic experience and promise, personal and interpersonal competence, and professional experience and promise. Our aim is to attract a talented, committed student body, marked by professional, ethnic, and cultural diversity.

All doctoral students must maintain a full-time course load. Waiving required courses will be approved only in exceptional situations. Transfer coursework from another accredited doctoral program will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

  • A Master’s degree either in an environmentally related field or in a field that has prepared the applicant to undertake research required in the PhD program.
  • In extraordinary circumstances, when the applicant can demonstrate significant life or professional experience, any of the aforementioned requirements may be waived by the Doctoral Admissions Committee.
  • The Department of Environmental Studies does not require the GRE or any other standardized test for admissions. We consider all of your application materials, and invite you to demonstrate your academic potential in a variety of ways.

The Doctoral Program in Environmental Studies requires an application portfolio which must be received by application deadline.

The application portfolio includes seven documents:

  • Application, which provides the most recent information about your education, professional experience, references, and other personal data.
  • Transcripts from each college or university attended, indicating courses taken and degrees earned. Both undergraduate and graduate school transcripts must arrive at the Office of Admissions in a sealed envelope or sent via secure transcripts email service.
  • Three letters of reference. These references should be from persons who are or have been in a position to evaluate your work. Your recommenders can submit their letter electronically using the online application or send a signed, sealed copy directly to Admissions.
  • Resumé
  • Personal statement
  • Academic Plan. Prepare a narrative outline of your academic interests, including the principal areas of study, the seminal literature you may read, and some research ideas that flow from these interests. Briefly describe your initial ideas regarding the doctoral dissertation. We understand that these are initial ideas that will be revised throughout your program.
  • Work sample. This should be one piece of professional or academic work that you think is representative of your finest efforts. It might be a published essay or a chapter of a book, a curriculum, a grant proposal, a business plan, a strategic plan, a newsletter, or other types of documents. The submitted document should not exceed fifteen pages in length. If your document is longer, please excerpt the most relevant section.


Tuition & Financial Aid

A Doctoral education is an investment in your future.  Let us help you understand the costs and explore the resources available to help make your college education even more affordable. The majority of AUNE students finance their education through some form of financial aid. You may not be sure which federal, state, public and private aid packages – such as loans, scholarships, and grants—are right for you. Our staff is here to help you, so you can focus on what’s most important: beginning your academic program at AUNE.

Tuition & Fees

Financial Aid


    Additional Info

    ES Doctoral Weekend Intensives

    Fall 2019, our weekends are:

    • Sep 13, 14, 15
    • Oct 11, 12, 13
    • Nov 8, 9, 10
    • Dec 6, 7, 8

    Spring 2020 are:

    • Jan 24, 25, 26
    • Feb 21, 22, 23
    • Mar 27, 28, 29
    • Apr 24, 25, 26

    Upcoming Events

    Fri 24
    Feb 12

    AUNE Environmental Studies Webinar | February 12

    February 12 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
    Mar 27