School of Psychology & Counseling

Message from the Director -
Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.)

Dr. Jennifer Ripley

We offer doctoral training in clinical psychology, accredited by the American Psychological Association*, while simultaneously integrating faith and learning throughout the curriculum. We train students following the practitioner-scholar model of training which is also sometimes called the "Vail" model. The intent of this training is to produce graduates whose career primarily involves psychological practice. The Psy.D. program was started in 1996. Our graduates have found rewarding positions in a wide variety of settings such as Virginia Medical Centers, University Counseling Centers, private practice, church-based practices, correctional facilities, medical institutions and teaching positions at universities.

Ours is an exciting context of study for emerging psychologists who have passionate and intellectually engaging Christian faith. While all students are trained to be generalist psychologists, our program has developed concentration areas within the curriculum including marriage and family, child and adolescent, health psychology, and consulting psychology. In addition, exciting research opportunities are available on topics such as hope-focused marriage, virtual therapy for missionaries, military psychology, ADHD and sexual identity, to name a few. While research is a critical component of the Psy.D. program, there is a purposeful emphasis on research that focuses on clinical practice.

We welcome you to follow the links to the informational areas of our website for further information on the program. The program handbook and other documents are available for your review.

Again, welcome to the psychology department. Admissions-related questions can also be sent to our enrollment management staff by e-mail at

If I can be of service in any way, please do not hesitate to call.

Jennifer Ripley, Ph.D.
Psychology Program Director
Phone: 757.352.4828

Postal Address:
Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology (CRB 161)
Regent University
1000 Regent University Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23464-9800

* Commission on Accreditation, American Psychological Association (APA) (202) 336.5979

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