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Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology

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The program has been approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

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Stevenson’s Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) program prepares students to become Clinical Psychologists and provide evidence-based and culturally competent clinical services to individuals and their communities. Through a combination of classroom instruction, clinical placements, and internship experiences, doctoral students will acquire the core competencies and discipline-specific knowledge required for effective clinical practice. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to sit for licensure exams.

Practical Application and Professional Preparation

Stevenson’s Psy.D. is designed as a full-time, five-year program, which includes a year-long full-time internship. In addition to coursework, each year, students gain experience through a series of placements in clinical settings—generally 16-20 supervised hours per week. The program provides students with a strong grounding in theory and research with particular attention to promoting respect for human diversity and working effectively with individuals and groups from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Diverse Clinical Expertise and One-on-One Mentoring

Stevenson has long been driven by a student-centered mission and faculty who bring not only academic but real-world expertise to the classroom. Our program faculty are active scholar-practitioners and licensed clinical professionals. Their clinical expertise is broad and diverse, and includes areas such as:

  • Depression and anxiety disorders
  • Working with diverse populations
  • Sport and performance psychology
  • Adolescent development
  • Pastoral counseling

Our faculty provide one-on-one mentoring and guidance for students through coursework, internship support, and dissertation direction.

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Admissions Information

Admissions Information 

The following information outlines the application process for the Doctor of Psychology program. Stevenson’s Office of Admissions is here to assist you with the process and address your questions and can be reached by email at  or 443-352-4446.

Application Deadline: December 1 for priority application consideration. All application materials must be postmarked by this deadline. There is no application fee.

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Background Check: Students must pass a criminal background check prior to admittance to the doctoral program in psychology. Following recommendation for admission, students are required to obtain, pay for, and pass a criminal background check. These background checks are regularly required by the clinical sites at which students will complete practica and internships. Failure to pass a criminal background check may result in revocation of your acceptance to the program.

Interviews (by invitation only): Following initial applicant review, candidates for admission will be invited to campus for an interview. This interview provides program faculty the opportunity to learn more about the candidates and provides candidates with the opportunity to learn more about the program. The interview is required for consideration for admission to the doctoral program.  Additional information about interviews will be provided to applicants during the application process.

Required Application Materials:

  • Application Form
  • Personal Statement: A brief personal statement (2-3 pages double-spaced) should address the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in pursuing a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at Stevenson University?
    • What academic and professional experiences have prepared you for this next step?
    • The Psy.D. program emphasizes inclusion and working effectively with individuals and groups from diverse cultural backgrounds. Please discuss your approach to and/or experience with promoting inclusivity and working with diverse populations.
  • CV
  • Three professional/academic letters of recommendation and accompanying recommendation form. At least one letter must be from an academic reference.
  • Official GRE scores from the general exam taken within the past five years
  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions attended.
  • Students who have completed post-secondary academic coursework outside of the United States must submit an official course-by-course transcript evaluation from World Education Services (WES) at
  • International students must demonstrate a satisfactory level of English proficiency. Any student whose native language is not English must submit an official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score. The following TOEFL scores are required for admission: 213 or higher (computer-based); 80 or higher (Internet-based); or 550 or higher (paper-based). Students who have taken the Internet-based TOEFL test should have no individual section score lower than 20. Students who have taken the IELTS should have a minimum overall band score of 6.5 and no individual score lower than 6.0. The website for TOEFL information is and the website for IELTS is

Post-Acceptance Requirements for all international applicants:

In order to receive a current I-20 and proceed with full-time enrollment, please follow the instructions below submitting each official document to the Undergraduate Admissions Office. Please pay close attention to the deadlines listed for EACH official document below.

  1. Passport Identification Page
    A legible and high-quality, color copy of the unexpired passport identification page is required of all international students. International students currently attending a high school or college/university in the United States must also submit a high quality copy of his or her current Departure Record (I-94) and U.S. visa. International students currently holding an F-1 or F-2 visa must submit a copy of his or her Certificate of Eligibility (I-20). Please submit this documentation to the Undergraduate Admissions office before April 1 for the fall semester, or before November 1 for the spring semester.
  2. Official Bank Statements
    All international students holding or intending to seek an F-1 student visa must submit current official bank statement(s) in English verifying the student’s financial resources in U.S. dollars for the total cost of attendance, including tuition and fees, other academic expenses, living expenses, and transportation, for the year of intended enrollment. The current year’s Estimated Cost of Attendance Chart is listed here. Please submit this documentation to the Undergraduate Admissions Office before April 1 for the fall semester, or before November 1 for the spring semester.
  3. Financial Resource Statement
    All international students holding or intending to seek an F-1 student visa must complete the International Student Declaration of Finances form, including the Sponsor form if applicable. Please submit this documentation to the Undergraduate Admissions Office before April 1 for the fall semester, or before November 1 for the spring semester.
  4. Enrollment Deposit
    The enrollment deposit of $300 and the enrollment form must be submitted before May 1 for the fall semester, or before December 1 for the spring semester. The deposit is non-refundable after these dates. The Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) will not be processed until the deposit is received.
  5. Stevenson University Health Profile
    The University's health profile must be completed in its entirety and mailed to the Stevenson University Wellness Center before July 1 for fall entrance and January 2 for spring entrance. All students planning to live on campus are also required to be immunized against meningococcal disease, per Maryland State law.
  6. SEVIS Fee
    Accepted F-1 international students are responsible for paying the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) fee. See

Important Note to ALL International Students:
Undergraduate freshman and transfer students on an F-1 visa must take a minimum of 12 credits each semester and continue in good academic standing to remain eligible.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

Cohort Starting Fall 2021

  Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
  2021-2022 2022-2023 2023-2024 2024-2025 2025-2026
Tuition $17,500 $17,500 $17,938 $17,938 $11,500
Fees $750 $750 $750 $750 $750


Academic Curriculum

Academic Curriculum

As a generalist program, Stevenson’s Psy.D. provides a comprehensive curriculum that covers all areas of Clinical Psychology. Students can also tailor their research and clinical experiences to pursue their individual interests and best meet the needs of the expanding workforce. 

Our course sequence, Year 1 through 5, is designed to develop your discipline-specific knowledge and profession-wide competencies.

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Our Faculty

Our Faculty

Jeffrey D. Elliott, Ph.D., Chair and Professor of Psychology

Jeffrey D. Elliott, Ph.D.
Chair and Professor of Psychology
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Dr. Elliott earned his Ph.D. in Human Services Psychology (Clinical Track) from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He is a Maryland Licensed Clinical Psychologist. He has taught at Stevenson since 2001 and served as Department Chair of Psychology since 2010. At Stevenson, he is a recipient of the Rose Dawson Award for Excellence in Teaching, which is awarded to one faculty member each year. In the past, he served as a Clinician, Clinical Coordinator, and Clinical Supervisor for the Domestic Violence Center of Howard County (1995-1998, 2000-2010) and has experience in inpatient settings for the seriously mentally ill and in addictions. His current clinical work focuses on enhancing educational opportunities and outcomes for at-risk teenagers. His research interests focus on attitudes affecting relationship violence and relationship indiscretions as well as social psychological factors affecting clinical work. His most recent collaborative research with students focused on diverse topics such as self-care and stress, early parental bonding and loneliness, confrontation of micro-aggression, and compliance with law enforcement officers. He particularly values mentoring students. 

Virginia N. Iannone, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology

Virginia N. Iannone, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology  
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Dr. Virginia (VJ) Iannone received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Catholic University of America and joined the faculty at Stevenson University in 2002. Her research interests include examining mental toughness in youth athletes as well as examining the role of injury, retirement, and other transitional events on quality of life. She was appointed as a Teaching Fellow for the Center for Teaching and Learning in 2019 and was awarded Excellence in Teaching Awards from the National Society for Leadership and Success (2015) and Stevenson University (2017). Outside of Stevenson, Dr. Iannone is a licensed psychologist with an active and vibrant practice working with athletes and coaches as a sport psychology consultant. She is a founding and executive board member of the Mid-Atlantic Consortium for Sport and Performance Psychology and holds active memberships in several professional organizations related to the science and practice of sport psychology. 

Maria S. Wong, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology

Maria S. Wong, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
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Dr. Wong holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and has taught at Stevenson since 2014. She is the recipient of the university’s 2019 Rose Dawson Excellence in Teaching Award. Her areas of focus and research include children’s social-emotional development, attachment relationships, parent-child narratives, family interactions, work-family balance, migrant children and families in China, and effective teaching in psychology. Her work has been published in peer-reviewed journals such as Child Development, Social Development, and The Journal of Family Psychology.

D. Ryan Schurtz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology

D. Ryan Schurtz, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology
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Dr. Schurtz is a graduate of Towson University and earned his Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky in Experimental Psychology. He has taught at Stevenson since 2010, and has focused his research on love and relationships, social comparisons, suicide and suicide prevention, and social emotions. He also teaches social psychology and research methods classes at the undergraduate level.

Rich Metzger, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Rich Metzger, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer in Psychology
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Dr. Metzger holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology (Cognitive) from the University of North Dakota, with additional training at The Institute of Child Development (Minnesota) and the Lineberger Cancer Center (North Carolina). He has a broad experience in basic memory research as well as applications in health, education, and the legal system. He has supervised undergraduate and graduate theses, as well as dissertations, and regularly presents work with student collaborators at national and regional conferences. His current projects have examined the impact of disguises on the recognition of people you know, and the changes in attention that arise from the mere presence of your cell phone. He also has experience in the management and analysis of big archival datasets, currently mining data from the Longitudinal Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN).

Angie Setzer, Ph.D., Visiting Senior Lecturer in Psychology

Angie Setzer, Ph.D.
Visiting Senior Lecturer in Psychology
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Dr. Angela Setzer is an Experimental Psychologist, and earned her degree (Biopsychology Track) at The American University in Washington, D.C. She completed her postdoctoral training with a NRSA Grant in gustatory neuronal research of the Geniculate Ganglion in the Behavioral Sciences Department of the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine. She began teaching at Stevenson in 2014 as an Adjunct Professor and became a full-time Lecturer in Fall 2018. Aside from running alcohol studies in the Crayfish lab, Dr. Setzer is also interested in Alzheimer’s research, specifically how diet and exercise affect memory.

Colleen Spada, Visiting Senior Lecturer

Colleen Spada, Psy.D.
Visiting Senior Lecturer
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Dr. Spada holds a Doctor of Psychology (Clinical Psychology) from Loyola University, and has taught at Stevenson since 2010. She served as a Doctoral Supervisor while at Loyola, supervising master’s level clinical and counseling students who were completing their externships. Her clinical experience includes individual therapy for clients presenting issues such as depression, anxiety, addiction, and interpersonal struggles as well as conducting workshops and training for organizations and businesses on topics such as stress reduction, self-esteem building, and relaxation. She currently maintains her own private clinical practice and provides educational services for pregnant women offering information about evidence-based practices during pregnancy, labor and childbirth, as well as labor management through the use of mindfulness techniques.

Adjunct Faculty

Mindy Milstein, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Adjunct Professor of Psychology

Deondra Smith, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Adjunct Professor of Psychology

Daniel Wagner, Psy.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Adjunct Professor of Psychology

Candace Waters-Woodward, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Adjunct Professor of Psychology

Additional Program Faculty

John Rosicky, Ph.D.
Chair & Professor, Counseling and Human Services

Tom Swisher, J.D./Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Professor, Counseling and Human Services

Greenspring Campus
Resources for Stevenson Graduate Students
The Doctor of Psychology program is located on Stevenson’s Greenspring campus located in the heart of Maryland’s beautiful Greenspring Valley. The campus offers the following facilities and amenities for graduate students:
  • Ample parking & easy access to I-695 and I-83
  • Library with dedicated resources and study spaces for graduate students
  • Graduate Computer Labs
  • Graduate Lounge
  • Cafeteria
  • Fitness Center
  • Labyrinth & Meditation Center
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Psy.D. Degree By the Numbers

  • 16-20 supervised hours Per Week
    In addition to coursework, each year, students gain experience through a series of placements in clinical settings—generally 16-20 hours per week—culminating in a year-long full-time internship.
  • 110 Credit Hours
    Degree requirements include 110 credit hours, which includes a doctoral dissertation and a one-year full-time internship.
  • 15-22% Employment growth by 2026
    Employment for clinical, counseling, and school psychologists; marriage and family therapists; and substance abuse counselors is projected to grow 15-22% by 2026.
  • 5 Years
    Through our course sequence, year 1 through 5 is designed to develop your discipline-specific knowledge and profession-wide competencies.