2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Graduate School of Psychology

Graduate School of Psychology: Integrating Science, Theory, and Application


GSoP students gain a rigorous grounding in psychological science and theory and are guided in its application to clinical activities, consultation, and research.


Degree Programs Offered

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (PsyD). This is a 5-year (114 credit hour) APA-accredited PsyD program that is designed to develop students’ clinical skills through the integration of practice and research. Students are trained to be competent in research and scholarship and appreciative of human diversity through serving the underserved. Students are prepared for careers as a licensed doctoral-level clinical psychologists in settings such as medical centers, universities, prisons, or community counseling centers.
  • Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MFT) This is a 2-year (60 credit hour) counseling psychology (MFT) program that prepares graduates for careers as licensed marriage and family therapists or entry into doctoral MFT, clinical, or counseling programs. A 3-year part-time option is also available. The program focuses on teaching students a relational and systemic model for providing counseling services.
  • Master of Science in Clinical Psychology. Master of Science in Clinical Psychology. This is a 2-year (37 to 40 credit hour) program that employs a scientist-practitioner model and emphasizes the development of skills in research and statistics and specialized clinical training. Most students complete this program as a way of preparing themselves for entry into a doctoral program. Graduates may be involved in activities as diverse as measuring the efficacy of clinical programs, developing new methods of assessment, or providing consultation to organizations. 

GSoP Community Counseling Services

A key component of the graduate school of psychology is CLU Community Counseling Services. Through clinics located in Oxnard and Westlake Village, GSoP students provide low fee bilingual counseling services to adults, children, adolescents, couples, and families in our community. Student practicum experiences are fully integrated with the academic degree programs and all clinical activities are supervised by licensed clinical supervisors.

GSoP Mission

Our mission is to provide graduate students in clinical and counseling psychology with a high-quality, relevant, educational experience that integrates theoretical and applied learning. Class sizes are small which allows for personalized attention in a well supervised, hands-on learning environment. All programs emphasize collaboration between students, staff, and faculty to promote integrity, ethics, innovation, professional development, diversity, equity, and inclusion. We serve the community, diverse populations, and the underserved in Ventura and Western Los Angeles counties through clinical services, outreach, community partnerships, and research.

GSoP Vision

We aspire to be a national leader in mental health educational programs. We are committed to providing quality academic programs and clinical services developing additional clinical, research, and educational partnerships; fostering leadership, innovation, professional success, diversity, equity, and inclusion of students, staff, and faculty; increasing Graduate School of Psychology visibility and reputation regionally and nationally; and improving through the mechanisms of accreditation, program review, and stakeholder consultation.



The PsyD program is accredited by the American Psychological Association.




Rick Holigrocki, PhD

Director, PsyD Program in Clinical Psychology

Rachel Casas, PhD

Director, Master of Science in Clinical Psychology

Jamie D. Bedics, PhD, ABPP

Director of Counseling Psychology

Bethany Simmons, Ph.D.


Rick Holigrocki, PhD

Associate professors

Jamie Banker, PhD, LMFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Jamie D. Bedics, PhD ABPP

Rachel Casas, PhD

Ryan N. Sharma, PsyD, ABPP

Jennifer M. Twyford, PhD

Assistant professors

Melissa Donovick, PhD

Emma Hooper, PhD

Sunyoung Park, PhD

Bethany Simmons, PhD, LMFT-S, LPC, AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Professor emeritus

Mindy R. Puopolo, PsyD

Previous Distinguished Educator in Residence

Morris N. Eagle, PhD