American University of Beirut

Department of Psychiatry

Chairperson:Maalouf, Fadi
Professors:Khoury, Brigitte; Maalouf, Fadi
Associate Professors:Akoury Dirani, Leyla; Talih, Farid
Assistant Professors:Barakat, Marc; Baroud, Evelyne; Bizri, Maya; Ghossoub, Elias; Khoury, Rita; Shamseddeen, Wael.
Instructors:Ayna, Dinah; Dandan, Nadia Tina​

The Department of Psychiatry offers a course to Med II students and a clinical clerkship to Med III students, a post-graduate residency training program in Psychiatry as well as clinical electives to interns and residents.

Clinical Psychology Training Program

The AUBMC Department of Psychiatry offers a Clinical Psychology Training Program leading to a certificate of training in clinical psychology. Students are admitted only if they intend to complete the two academic year program.

During the first year, students follow both adult and child and adolescent training. They are expected to master the diagnosis and treatment plan process. They are also initiated into individual and group psychotherapies. Note that the first year could be considered as practicum courses within the master’s degree program.

The second year can be offered at a post-MA training level. Students choose one of two tracks which include an adult or a child and adolescent track. At the end of the second year, they are expected to develop the expertise to carry out comprehensive clinical diagnoses and treatment plans and to conduct psychotherapy.

Application Process

Second year master’s level Clinical Psychology students enrolled in Lebanese universities or abroad are eligible to apply provided they have taken the prerequisite courses at the graduate level. Students in doctorate programs may also apply for the training. Other requirements are a GPA of 3.3 or above and a proficiency in Arabic and English languages.

Applications should be submitted to the Department of Psychiatry and addressed to Mrs. Nibal Safah at After an initial screening and verification of credentials, selected applicants will be interviewed. The first-year course requirements for students with a master’s degree or a doctorate degree in Psychology may be waived if supported by available transcripts.

Application Material

The following are required to be submitted when applying:

  • An updated CV
  • Copies of transcripts of grades for undergraduate and graduate courses
  • A statement of purpose indicating your interest in the program, past achievements and experiences, your goals from the programs and your future career plans. Other relevant issues can also be included.
  • One photo
  • Copy of passport or Lebanese ID

Application: From January 2, 2024 till April 30, 2024

Prerequisite Courses

  • Graduate course in Psychopathology
  • Graduate course in Psychotherapy Theories
  • Graduate course in Developmental Psychology (for those who are interested in the child track)
  • Graduate course in Psychological Testing and Assessment

English Requirement

Applicants to the graduate program, other than AUB graduates and graduates of colleges or universities recognized and located in North America, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand, must meet the Readiness for University Studies in English (RUSE). For more information, refer to page 40.

The program consists of 4 courses (one per term) taken in sequence

The courses are as follows:

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