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Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Southam-Gerow, Dr. Michael
Director, Graduate Programs in Psychology
(804) 827-0585

Rybarczyk, Bruce
Director, Clinical Psychology Training Program
(804) 828-1675


Admission requirements summary

Clinical Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

of entry:

Fall only

Dec 1

Special requirements:
Applicants should apply to the Ph.D. program only, but will earn a master’s degree during their course of study. Applicants who are interested in only the terminal master’s degree are not admitted.

Personal interview may be required for the clinical program.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology offered by Virginia Commonwealth University is accredited by the American Psychological Association. The program emphasizes the scientist-practitioner model and prepares students for research and service in professional psychology, including positions in university academic and medical school departments, counseling centers, mental health agencies and hospitals, physical health facilities, and other organizational settings. The clinical psychology program offers tracks in child and adolescent psychology and behavioral medicine psychology.

The Center for Psychological Services and Development, a campus-based community service agency operated by the department, provides training opportunities for graduate students in all departmental programs, including practicum and research training for graduate students in the clinical psychology program. A wide variety of other on- and off-campus practicum placements also are available.

The department maintains laboratory facilities for research in the areas of behavioral assessment, behavioral medicine, developmental, learning, behavioral pharmacology, psychophysiology, psychotherapy process, social perception, social influence and group dynamics. Opportunities for field research also are available in a variety of settings. A collection of current journals and books in psychology is housed in the James Branch Cabell Library on the Monroe Park Campus and in the Tompkins-McCaw Library on the MCV Campus.

Teaching assistantships, research assistantships and paid practicum placements are available.

Student learning outcomes



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