Explore Our Online PsyD Program in Behavioral Health Leadership

Gain the leadership and cross-disciplinary skills to manage and improve the delivery of integrated mental and behavioral healthcare with an online PsyD in Behavioral Health Leadership from Walden University.

Today’s healthcare system demands behavioral health leaders who can manage the delivery of quality behavioral health and mental health services in an increasingly integrated care setting. This professional doctoral program in leadership can prepare you to meet this need. In this non-licensure program, you can gain cross-disciplinary knowledge, business and management skills, and practical experience that can be used to help shape the rapidly changing integrated healthcare landscape.

Why Earn Your Online PsyD in Behavioral Health Leadership From Walden?

  • Applicable to the workplace: The program is designed for, but not limited to, licensed and practicing behavioral health professionals—including counselors, therapists, social workers, nurses, and behavioral health agency administrators—who want to gain skills in leadership and management, financial management and procurement, instruction and training, entrepreneurship, and program evaluation.
  • Six optional specializations: You can take an additional three courses to earn an optional specialization and enhance your expertise in an area of the field that interests you.
  • Two residencies: The in-person consulting skills intensive retreat provides hands-on practice, while the virtual doctoral project residency will help you with your capstone course.
  • Interactive case studies: Interactive learning tools allow you to apply your new skills to real-life problems and issues.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduate of this program, you will be prepared to:

  • Articulate the foundation of behavioral health leadership and how the specialty is unique.
  • Develop a theoretically and empirically anchored personal orientation to the practice of behavioral health leadership.
  • Produce an independent, applied practice-based project exploring a behavioral health practice issue or problem.
  • Assess behavioral health behavior in broad cultural, social, political, and/or economic contexts.
  • Evaluate the delivery of psychological services of behavioral health programs for diverse populations.
  • Develop leadership skills for the management of mental health delivery systems.
  • Evaluate relevant ethical principles in managing products and delivery of services in behavioral health work settings.
  • Describe how legal and regulatory policies in behavioral healthcare impact individuals, communities, and society.
  • Promote positive social change through evidence-based behavioral health leadership practices.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply principles of behavioral health leadership in diverse mental health delivery settings.

Career Impact

The PsyD in Behavioral Health Leadership program can prepare you with the professional skills to pursue a leadership or management position in a public or private organization, or to start your own organization. Potential career settings include group homes, healthcare agencies, hospitals, nonprofit organizations, and social service agencies. Your career options may include a variety of roles, such as:

  • Behavioral health leader
  • Behavioral health manager
  • Administrator
  • Project manager
  • Research manager
  • Consultant/business owner

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this program.


Lori LaCivita

Dr. Lori LaCivita

Program Director, MS and PhD in Industrial and Organizational Psychology and PsyD in Behavioral Health Leadership

Walden’s core values and vision that focus on social change resonated with what I was about.

I have recommended Walden to several colleagues over the years. The flexibility that Walden offers is great and it’s respected for its accreditation.

Now that I’ve earned my doctorate, I feel like I could do just about anything in my field. I have the expertise to do it.

Theresa Mollenthiel MS in Psychology Graduate and PhD in Psychology Student
Theresa Mollenthiel
William Ragan MS and PhD Program Graduate
William Ragan
Jennifer Leach PhD Program Graduate
Jennifer Leach

Note on Licensure: The PsyD in Behavioral Health Leadership is not a licensure program and does not prepare an individual to become a licensed psychology professional.

Note: Time to completion and cost are not estimates of individual experience and will vary based on individual factors applicable to the student. Factors may be programmatic or academic, such as tuition and fee increases; transfer credits accepted by Walden; program or specialization changes; unsuccessful course completion; credit load per term; part-time vs. full-time enrollment; writing, research, and editing skills; use of external data for the doctoral study/dissertation; and individual progress in the program. Other factors may include personal issues such as the student’s employment obligations, caregiving responsibilities, or health issues; leaves of absence; or other personal circumstances.

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