The Reiss-Davis Graduate School PsyD Program

Since 1976, the Reiss-Davis Graduate School has successfully helped students obtain their doctoral degree in psychodynamic child psychology and psychotherapy.

The Reiss-Davis Child Study Center at Vista Del Mar

Our Mission
To offer mental health providers a unique psychodynamically-oriented and neurobiologically-informed doctoral degree education that equips students with the necessary theory, skills and techniques to better serve and make a significant difference in the mental health needs of children, adolescents and their families with cultural humility and equity.

Our Guiding Principles

  • We believe all children and adolescents should be respected, valued, understood, and acknowledged.
  • We believe all children and adolescents should always be given the time and space in which to be listened.
  • We care about how children and adolescents perceive their world and value what they tell us about their experiences.

Other features of our PsyD program

  • Three years of core courses
  • Plus one year of dissertation completion course
  • One residential onsite weekend / month + online contact
  • Applicable to your daily practices immediately
  • Offers Professional Development opportunities
  • Conveniently located on a beautiful campus, freeway close in Cheviot Hills

Contact the Admissions Office for more information


Reiss-Davis Graduate School (RDGS) is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC), 985 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 100, Alameda, CA 94501, 510-748-9001. WSCUC granted initial accreditation for a period of six years. RDGS is to:

  • Schedule the reaffirmation review with the Offsite Review in fall 2025 and the Accreditation Visit in spring 2026
  • Schedule the Mid-Cycle review will begin on May 1, 2023.
  • Schedule a Special Visit in spring 2022 to address:
    • diversification of sources of revenue to ensure financial stability and sustainability.
    • student enrollment and retention consistent with the strategic enrollment management plan and that aligns with the budget plan.
    • succession planning to include all leadership positions.

If you have any questions regarding this process, please feel free to contact Halyna Kornuta, Provost, at the Reiss-Davis Graduate School at

BPPE/State required disclosures

California’s Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) has awarded The Reiss-Davis Graduate School (formerly the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center, and prior to that The Graduate Center for Child Development and Psychotherapy) an approval to operate its degree program. The institution’s approval to operate is contingent upon it being subsequently accredited by July 1 of 2020.

Notice to Prospective Degree Program Students

This institution is approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education to offer degree programs. To continue to offer degree programs, this institution must meet the following requirements:

  • Become institutionally accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, with the scope of the accreditation covering at least one program.
  • Achieve accreditation candidacy or pre-accreditation, as defined in regulations, by July 1, 2017, and full accreditation by July 1, 2020.

If this institution stops pursuing accreditation, it must:

  • Stop all enrollment in its degree programs, and
  • Provide a teach-out to finish the education program or provide a refund.

An institution that fails to comply with accreditation requirements by the required dates shall have its approval to offer degree programs automatically suspended.


The RDGS PsyD curriculum may not meet all of the requirements of each state for licensure in psychology. Please note that the institution does not provide supervised professional experience. Students seeking licensure in California may be eligible to apply; however, requirements do change, and students are entirely responsible for remaining aware of current licensure regulations. Please be informed that the state of California requires passage of the licensing requirements before a candidate represents him/herself as a psychologist to the public. Other students may need to meet additional licensure requirements in their home states, and are likewise responsible for knowing their applicable state licensure requirements. For additional information visit and

FAQs for the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center

Q: What is the name of your graduate school?
A: The Reiss-Davis Graduate School. It was previously known as the Reiss-Davis Graduate Center and the Graduate Center for Child Development and Psychotherapy.

Q: Do you offer a PsyD education?
A: Yes, the doctoral degree in psychology is psychodynamically-oriented, neurobiologically and trauma-informed, and child and adolescent focused.

Q: Do you offer financial aid or have accreditation?
A: Yes, the school received approval for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) in 2018 and WSCUC Initial Accreditation in 2020.