PhD vs PsyD: What’s the Difference?

PhD vs PsyD

Researching different degree options for graduate education in psychology can quickly become overwhelming. There are over 401 programs available in clinical, counseling, and school psychology, and they are divided into Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) programs. There is a lot of confusion and misinformation about what those doctoral-level degrees signify and various things to consider when deciding which of the two doctoral-level degree options might be a better fit.

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20 Questions: David Matsumoto, PhD – Psychologist

Dr. David Matsumoto ( is the founder and director of Humintell (, which provides training in the fields of facial expression of emotion, nonverbal behavior, detecting deception and cultural adaptation. He is also a professor of psychology at San Francisco State University (SFSU), and founder and director of SFSU’s Culture and Emotion Research Laboratory, which focuses on studies involving culture, emotion, social interaction and communication. Matsumoto received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Japanese from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor (1981), and his master’s degree (1983) and doctorate degree in Psychology (1986) from the University of California, Berkeley.

In 2009, Matsumoto was one of the select few to receive the prestigious Minerva Grant; a $1.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to examine the role of emotions in ideologically-based groups. He was the Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology and is an Editor of the Culture and Diversity Section for the Social and Personality Psychology Compass. Matsumoto is also an Editorial Board Member for Personality and Social Psychology Review; Asian Journal of Social Psychology; Asian Psychologist; Journal of Nonverbal Behavior; Motivation and Emotion; Cognition and Emotion; Human Communication; and Journal of Comparative Family Studies. Dr. Matsumoto is the author of numerous books, including: Nonverbal Communication Science and Applications (2013); The Thrill of Victory and the Agony of Defeat (2007); Culture and Psychology-4th Edition (2007); The New Japan: Debunking Seven Cultural Stereotypes (2002); The Handbook of Culture and Psychology (2001); Culture and Modern Life (1997); Unmasking Japan: Myths and Realities about the Emotions of the Japanese (1996); Cultural Influences on Research Methods and Statistics (1994); and People: Psychology From a Cultural Perspective (1994).

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20 Questions: Jennie Kaufman Singer, PhD – Psychologist

Dr. Jennie Kaufman currently teaches criminal justice courses full time at California State University Sacramento (CSUS), but her interest in clinical psychology started when she was an English major at San Diego State University where she graduated Magna cum Laude. From there, she earned her master’s degree in clinical psychology from California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, and her PhD in clinical psychology from the same school, where she graduated with honors.

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