The 50 Best Ph.D. Programs in Clinical Psychology 2016

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By Kirsten Hughes
November 2015

Doctoral degrees in clinical psychology are offered in two types: the Ph.D. and the Psy.D. The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) programs focus on training students in conducting research and in providing and evaluating clinical services. The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) programs have less emphasis on research and instead provide professional training to prepare graduates to practice clinical psychology.

Ph.D. programs in clinical psychology are research-focused and generally use the scientist-practitioner model of training. Most, but not all, programs are mentor based programs where students are matched with a faculty mentor with similar research interests. In collaboration with faculty, students learn to generate, design, conduct, evaluate, publish, and present psychological research, as well as how to apply this scientific knowledge to the improvement of psychological functioning, and deliver empirically-supported psychological services.

Graduates with their Ph.D. in clinical psychology go on to pursue clinical science research careers in a variety of settings such as colleges and universities, school districts, government agencies, research institutes, medical schools, medical centers and hospitals. Because the Ph.D. programs in clinical psychology emphasize research, these programs are not the best fit for students interested in becoming a private practitioner. The training provided in a Psy.D. program would be a better fit for students interested in pursuing careers in direct service such as through private practice.

Ph.D. programs in clinical psychology are highly selective. Many programs review over 250 applications annually and from that pool interview 25-50 students from which they select and accept only 4-8 graduate students. Students who are accepted into these highly competitive programs are often rewarded with full funding through graduate teaching and research assistantships as well as fellowships and grants that typically cover tuition, provide health insurance, and offer an annual stipend. Choosing a program with a substantial funding package will help students to have more time to dedicate to their education and to graduate with less debt. The programs on this list provide a remarkable source of funding! All of the programs on this list (except for 3 where funding was not available or was not stated) provide some amount of funding for their students.

Related fields that offer doctoral level training are counseling psychology and school psychology. See our lists of The 50 Best Doctoral Programs in Counseling Psychology  and The 50 Best Doctoral Programs in School Psychology.

A list of the 50 Best Psy.D. Programs in Clinical Psychology is coming soon!

See our methodology here.

#50 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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Blacksburg, VA

Ph.D. in Clinical Science

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University offers a Clinical Science Program through the Department of Psychology. Students in this program will complete courses in the department and the clinical science concentration. Depending on a student’s research and professional interests, they will complete additional specialization courses both within the department and outside the department. Students are also required to take courses outside their areas of emphasis in order to complement their research interests and expand their general knowledge in the field of clinical psychology.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 96.77%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 70.14%
  • Licensure Rate: 82%
  • Tuition: $12,194
  • Funding: All students in good standing receive full financial support that covers tuition and provides an annual stipend. Funding typically is provided in the form of a stipend for teaching, research, or clinical placements in addition to university fellowships.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Recent practicum placement sites have included  

Veterans Administration Medical Center, Salem VA; Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke VA; Duke University Medical Center, Durham NC; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA; and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Pittsburgh, PA.

#49 The Ohio State University  

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Columbus, OH

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

The Department of Psychology at Ohio State University offers a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. The program offers two tracks: adult clinical and health psychology. Students in this program will develop strong research and clinical skills. Students will learn to develop, conduct, and publish research in relevant to the field of clinical psychology. Additionally students will have experience in prevention, assessment, and treatment of psychological issues. A joint program with the faculty in the area of Intellectual Developmental Disabilities is also available for applicants to consider. Students who choose the joint specialization are committed to it for their entire graduate career.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 96.88%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 88.57%
  • Licensure Rate: 82%
  • Tuition: $15,052
  • Funding: All students receive complete financial support throughout their first five years of graduate study, including a monthly stipend and tuition and fee waivers. Current annual stipends are $14,400 for entering students, $16,200 for post master’s, and $18,000 post generals. University Fellowships are available on a competitive basis and come with additional funding. Additionally, several students annually are supported by externally funded research assistantships from their research mentors.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Faculty research interests include

Cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying psychiatric disorders, especially addictive disorders; emotion regulation in psychopathology (anxiety, depression, eating disorders); psychological interventions for cancer patients; developmental psychopathology of impulsivity and self-harm; treatment of depression and personality disorders; aging and adult development; examining role of fitness interventions for treatment of cognitive deficits; cognitive therapy of depression; and life span developmental psychopathology.

#48 Pennsylvania State University  

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University Park, PA

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Pennsylvania State University’s Clinical Psychology Training Program was accredited in the 1940s and is one of the oldest in the country. The psychology department’s clinic supports several clinical-research programs including The Family and Schools Together Program; The Practice Research Network; The Penn State Sports Concussion Program; and the Penn State Personality Disorders Program. Faculty conduct a wide range of grant funded research outside of the clinic on topics ranging from PTSD to addictions. Graduate students are actively involved in the research process. Applicants are required to choose whether they would like to specialize in adult or child clinical psychology, but training will include both age groups as well as additional populations.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 97.06%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 92.14%
  • Licensure Rate: 59%
  • Tuition: $34,084
  • Funding: 100% of students have tuition and fees covered by assistantships and fellowships.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Faculty research includes

The Penn State Social Cognition Research Lab; The Development of Emotion Regulation Lab; Parent-Infant Research Lab; ADHD in Childhood Lab; The Culture, Health and Emotion Lab; and The Brain Plasticity Lab; Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Neuropsychology Lab.

#47 University of Michigan  

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Ann Arbor, MI

Ph.D. in Clinical Science

The University of Michigan offers a Ph.D. program in Clinical Science. The program is designed for students with career aspirations to be clinical scientists and academicians. At the same time, the program provides clinical training that integrates science and practice through prevention, intervention, and assessment with understanding that clinical competence informs clinical science. Coursework covers everything from adult psychopathology, to ethics, to multicultural issues. Students will also receive training in teaching through their instruction of undergraduate courses.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 97.06%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 97.14%
  • Licensure Rate: 54%
  • Tuition: $20,811
  • Funding: Although a comprehensive funding package is available for the students admitted to the Clinical Area, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for predoctoral scholarships and fellowships.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Recent clinical science program alumni hold positions such as

Assistant Professor, Notre Dame University; Post-Doctoral Fellow, VA, Ann Arbor; Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan; Associate Research Scientist, Autism Program, Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine; Assistant Professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; Clinical Psychologist/Post-Doctoral Fellow, Kaiser Permanente, Dept. of Psychiatry, Richmond, CA; Clinical Psychologist, VA Palo Alto – Stanford University; and Clinical Psychologist, Seattle Children’s Hospital.

#46 University of Florida  

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Gainesville, FL

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

The College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida offers a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. The Department of Clinical and Health Psychology offers four major areas of study: clinical child/ pediatric psychology; clinical health psychology; neuropsychology, neurorehabilitation, and clinical neuroscience; and emotion neuroscience and psychopathology. Students in this scientist-practitioner training program will be well prepared to pursue careers in both research and practice in the field of clinical psychology. Graduates of the program have established careers in a range of settings from academic health centers and hospitals, to community agencies.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 97.14%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 94.50%
  • Licensure Rate: 77%
  • Tuition: $1,253 / Credit Hour
  • Funding: Currently the department and its collaborating units support 100% of its active graduate students seeking funding through fellowships or assistantships. Some students have been assigned clinical or research duties in other departments or agencies, and others have succeeded in securing their own support through competitive review at the local and national level.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Courses include

Introduction to clinical psychology; measurement, research design, and statistics; neuropsychology of aging; pediatric psychology; advanced psychotherapy; clinical assessment across the lifespan; behavioral health and illness; child and family treatment; psychiatric disorders; and biopsychological perspectives on women’s health.

#45 Binghamton University, State University of New York  

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Binghamton, NY

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Students at Binghamton University will earn their master’s degree as they work towards their Ph.D. Each student in the program will be matched with a faculty advisor who will be their mentor throughout their time in the program. Students are considered “junior colleagues” as they navigate and learn about all levels of research from data analysis to publication and presenting at conferences. The university supports research through extensive lab space and equipment, collaboration with local mental health agencies, and excellent computer facilities. The program is strong in many areas of research, particularly: adult psychopathology; child clinical; marriage and family; and neuropsychology. Faculty research interests cover a range of topics from addictive behaviors to ob-gyn psychology.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 97.22%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 83.29%
  • Licensure Rate: 90%
  • Tuition: $22,210
  • Funding: Since the clinical program began, Binghamton University has been able to offer all students admitted to the clinical program full tuition remission, health insurance, and a 9-month stipend (approximately $16,500) for at least five years while in residency and in good academic standing.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Local practicum placement sites include

Binghamton University Counseling Center; Binghamton VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic; Binghamton VA Home Based Primary Care; Elmira Correctional Facility; and Institute for Child Development.

#44 Loyola University Chicago 

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Chicago, IL

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Loyola University in Chicago offers a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. The Clinical Program is connected with many hospitals, medical centers, clinics, and mental health facilities in the Chicago metropolitan area. The ongoing relationships that faculty maintain with the practicum sites offer students the opportunity to have access to rich training experiences with diverse client populations. The program emphasizes clinical research in applied clinical settings and such research is possible because of the strong relationships between the program and Chicago-area mental health facilities.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 97.50%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 93%
  • Licensure Rate: 94%
  • Tuition: $0.00
  • Funding: Typically, incoming students are fully funded including tuition remission, health insurance, and stipend for the first year. Financial assistance is available through a variety of sources, including graduate assistantships, research and teaching, grant-funded research positions and internships.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Local practicum placement sites include

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center; Children’s Memorial Hospital; Stroger Cook County Hospital; The Family Institute; Hines VA Hospital; Jesse Brown VA Hospital; Loyola Medical Center; Michael Reese Hospital; Mount Sinai Hospital; University of Chicago Medical Center; and University of Illinois Chicago.

#43 Ohio University  

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Athens, OH

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

The doctoral training program at Ohio University offers clinical psychology students the opportunity to choose from three tracks of study: health psychology; clinical child psychology; and applied quantitative psychology. Students have access to clinical training at a number of local practicum sites from hospitals to schools. Students are encouraged to engage in independent and collaborative research projects and to make efforts to present and publish their research.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 97.56%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 92.71%
  • Licensure Rate: 90%
  • Tuition: $17,436
  • Funding: All students admitted to the clinical program are offered a graduate assistantship and a full scholarship for tuition. The standard stipend for the year is $14,600 ($11,000 for the academic year and $3,600 for the summer).
  • Application Deadline: N/A

Local training opportunities include

Appalachian Behavioral Healthcare System – Athens; Athens Veteran Affairs Outpatient Clinic; Chillicothe Veteran Affairs Medical Center; Counseling and Psychological Services; Health Recovery Services; Integrated Primary Care; Nationwide Children’s Hospital Child Development Center; Nationwide Children’s Hospital Psychiatry and Community Behavioral Health Placement; Ohio State University, Counseling and Consultation Service; and Woodland Centers, Inc.

#42 University of Massachusetts Amherst  

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Amherst, MA

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst offers a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with the opportunity to concentrate in child, adolescent, and family clinical psychology. Additionally, the Rudd Adoption Research Program is based in the clinical program. The Rudd Adoption Research Program conducts research on adoption and connects adoption research with policy and practice. The University of Massachusetts at Amherst values and trains their students in individual and cultural diversity. Students in this program will have the opportunity to work with diverse populations. Many students have conducted research and completed dissertations that address different types of diversity.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 97.78%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 88.71%
  • Licensure Rate: 83%
  • Tuition: $9,937
  • Funding: All students admitted to the clinical program have had a full tuition remission, health insurance, and a nine-month stipend ($17,297 minimum in 2015-2016) paid for at least 5 years in residency at UMass Amherst.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Faculty research interests include

Psychotherapy process, outcome, and integration with adults; the role of emotional processes in the development and maintenance of psychopathology, with an emphasis on borderline personality disorder; relationships in adoptive families; ethical issues in professional psychology; the early development of ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders in preschool children; family child care; the ways in which socio-cultural factors, such as social class, race, ethnicity, and gender shape the mental health and family relationships of parents and their children; the interaction of neuroendocrine, social, and psychological factors in depression and anxiety disorders throughout the human lifespan; adult and aging populations; the ethics and process of adolescent and family decision-making in medical and research contexts; and parent-child relationships.

#41 Temple University 

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Philadelphia, PA

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Temple University offers a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Students in this program will develop a scientific framework. Students will be involved in research and clinical training throughout their time in the program. Due to the program’s strengths and interests in child clinical and developmental areas, a developmental psychopathology concentration is available. This program trains graduates to contribute the the field of clinical psychology in academic, research, and clinical settings.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 97.92%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 98.86%
  • Licensure Rate: 91%
  • Tuition: $1,169 / Semester
  • Funding: No info given
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Faculty research interests include

Mood disorders; the etiology and treatment of individuals with eating and weight disorders; developmental psychopathology; risk factors in adolescence for schizophrenia; psychotherapy process; neuropsychology; cognitive-behavioral treatments for social anxiety disorder; psychopathology and treatment of children and adolescents; interplay of cognitive-affective, psychosocial, and biologic processes involved in the development and maintenance of affect dysregulation; social support as a protective factor; and etiology of depression.

#40 University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa  

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Tuscaloosa, AL

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

The University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa offers a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. The program offers four areas of concentration: clinical geropsychology; clinical child; psychology and law; and clinical health. A unique feature of this program is that students can choose to work towards a joint Ph.D.-M.P.H. (Master of Public Health) with The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Students interested in the Ph.D. – M.P.H. combination must be admitted to each program separately. Paid supervised placements have been developed for advanced students at a number of training facilities.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 98.08%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 97.43%
  • Licensure Rate: 90%
  • Tuition: $12,975
  • Funding: In addition to paid clinical stipends that generally go to 3rd and 4th year students, the Department has teaching and research assistantships ($13,500 – $14,562 stipend during academic year) and Fellowships ($15,000 – $20,000) for highly qualified applicants. Most of these also carry a grant for most or all tuition. Research grant support is also increasingly available. During the past several years, all clinical students admitted have received some type of financial assistance.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Training facilities include

The Department of Psychology and the College of Arts and Sciences Psychology Clinic; psychiatric hospitals; a forensic hospital, the Taylor Hardin Secure Medical Facility; the Brewer-Porch Children’s Center, a residential treatment facility; the medical school psychiatric service; the state hospital; the Veterans Administration hospital; and the Student Counseling Center.

#39 University of Miami  

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Coral Gables, FL

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

The Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Miami (UM) provides clinical training with an emphasis on adult, child, pediatric, and health clinical psychology. The program follows a scientist-practitioner model emphasizing the clinical science component. Using a mentor model approach to research training, applicants research interests are matched with the research interests of a specific faculty mentor. Both the UM student body and the greater Miami area are ethnically – and culturally – diverse Within the program diversity is central to research, coursework, and practica experiences.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 98.31%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 96%
  • Licensure Rate: 90$
  • Tuition: $0.00
  • Funding: The department offers financial aid to most qualified applicants in the form of NIH traineeships, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and university fellowships. Assistantships and predoctoral traineeship stipends range from $20,000 to $22,500 per year plus tuition remission.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Courses include

Psychological statistics, research methods and design; issues in professional development and research; cognition and emotion; diversity issues in psychology; developmental psychology; child and adolescent psychopathology; biobehavioral processes and disease in health psychology; behavioral medicine: overview of basic science, public health and clinical trial; and health psychology interventions.

#38 Rutgers-The State University of New Jersey  

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Piscataway, NJ

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

The faculty in the Clinical Psychology program at Rutgers University offer a strong foundation in the cognitive or behavioral approach to assessment and treatment. This program is designed for students interested in research and scholarship. Rutgers University also offers a Psy.D. for students primarily interested in the practice of clinical psychology. The core clinical faculty come from the Department of Psychology, the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, the Center of Alcohol Studies, and the adjacent University of Medicine and Dentistry. Because of the diverse range of faculty expertise students have the opportunity to focus their education around their personal and professional interests.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 98.67%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 73.57%
  • Licensure Rate: 83%
  • Tuition: $27,648
  • Funding: All students receive full financial support (through assistantships or a fellowship) that covers all tuition and provides an annual stipend. Stipend ranges from $21,000 to $25,969. All students are guaranteed support for four years provided they are in good academic standing in the program.
  • Application Deadline: December 15th

Courses include

Research design and analysis; clinical ethics; history and systems of psychology; theory and practice of cognitive behavior therapy; cognitive assessment; personality theory; assessment and treatment of alcohol abuse and alcoholism; behavioral couples therapy; family therapy for childhood disorders; psychopharmacology; psychological intervention with ethnic and racial minority clients and families; diversity and racial identity; and current topics in psychology.

#37 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign  

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Champaign, IL

Ph.D. in Clinical / Community Psychology

The clinical/ community psychology program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a Clinical Science program educating clinical scientists. The program prepares graduates to contribute to the advancement of public health, and to expanding the scientific knowledge base for mental and behavioral health care. Graduates of the program have pursued careers such as university professors, public policy analysts, and health care setting managers and administrators. The program emphasizes an awareness to issues of diversity. Students will receive clinical training at the Department of Psychology’s Psychological Services Center where they will have the opportunity to work with clients from diverse backgrounds.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 70.57%
  • Licensure Rate: 48%
  • Tuition: $26,058
  • Funding: N/A
  • Application Deadline: December 15th

Specialized practica topics and practicum placement sites include

Clinical neuropsychology; psychological testing; child/adolescent assessment and treatment; multicultural counseling; adult group therapy; forensic consultation and evaluation; schools; inpatient psychiatric unit; police departments; probations office; refugee assistance center; women’s shelters; and residential treatment facilities.

#36 University of Hawaii at Manoa  

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Honolulu, HI

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

The Department of Psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa offers a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. Graduate students will have the opportunity to train and gain practicum hours under the close supervision of faculty at the on campus Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Here students will utilize the skills they have learned in the classroom to provide clinical assessment and intervention services to clients, their families and community organizations. This program trains graduates to contribute to the field of clinical psychology as clinical researchers and scholar clinicians.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 72.43%
  • Licensure Rate: 66%
  • Tuition: $34,320
  • Funding: Funding opportunities are limited. Some funding may be available to students through tuition waivers or assistantships, the program does their best to secure some funding for students when possible.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Faculty research interests include

The development of psychosis; the adaptation in families of children with intellectual and other disabilities; the scientific understanding of obesity and eating disorders; applied social psychology with an emphasis on aggression and violence; children’s mental health service delivery; youth assessment and diagnostic issues; and eating disorders and cognitive-behavioral theory and therapy.

#35 University of Maine  

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Orono, ME

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

Currently all students in the first four years of the Clinical Psychology program at the University of Maine are receiving funding from the University. The program aims to teach students to integrate the science and professional practice of psychology. Faculty will recruit students to the program who match their research interests and act as mentors as they support students in presenting and publishing research. Additionally, students will have the opportunity (due to the campus’s geographic location) to develop clinical skills (psychological assessment, psychotherapy, and consultation) in providing mental health services to local rural populations. The program emphasizes attention to diversity.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 72.86%
  • Licensure Rate: 93.30%
  • Tuition: $11,790
  • Funding: Funding includes tuition remission, 50% of the health care premium, and a $14,600 stipend for 9 months (as per 2013/2014 academic year). Students typically spend their fifth year at an internship and are usually paid a salary for that year by the internship site.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Faculty research interests include

Children’s peer relationship experiences and psychological adjustment; cognitive vulnerability to mood disorders, biological correlates of the cognitive model of depression; child and adolescent psychotherapy; social skills assessment and intervention; ethics and graduate training in clinical psychology; women’s physical and mental health; and development of surveys related to (1) cognitive therapy and (2) forensic clinical psychology.

#34 University of Wisconsin-Madison  

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Madison, WI

Ph.D in Clinical Psychology

The Clinical Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Clinical Program trains graduates to be clinical psychological scientists who will produce new research on, and treatment for, mental health and mental illness. Students will work closely with a faculty mentor with matching research interests throughout their time in the program. The Department runs an Emotion Training Program that is supported by an NIMH training grant. Many of the students and faculty in the clinical psychology program are involved in aspects of the Emotion Training Program. The University of Wisconsin at Madison also offers a Postdoctoral Program in Clinical Psychology.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 73.71%
  • Licensure Rate: 67%
  • Tuition: $24,196
  • Funding: All full-time, first year doctoral students who enter the program have full financial support, including tuition remission. At minimum, all incoming students are provided with a five-year guaranteed teaching assistantship. When a five-year guarantee is offered to an applicant, the funding support is offered at a level high enough for tuition remission each semester of the five years.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Collaborations with other units on campus include

The Waisman Center, an interdisciplinary research institute for developmental research; the Institute on Aging; the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior; the Department of Psychiatry; and other Departments in the Medical School, College of Letters and Science, and the School of Education.

#33 University of Wyoming  

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Laramie, WY

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

Faculty in the Clinical Psychology Graduate Program at the University of Wyoming are currently engaged in research projects focused on topics including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorders, childhood externalizing disorders, serious mental illness, and community based health promotion. Part of the application process includes clinical psychology faculty choosing 1-4 candidates to invite for the interview process. With a strong focus on research, and applying research to practice, graduates of this program will be well prepared to pursue postdoctoral research fellowships and faculty positions across the country.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 82%
  • Licensure Rate: 95%
  • Tuition: $11,880
  • Funding: All graduate students entering this program (and students in years 1-4 who are in good standing) receive full financial support through a graduate assistantship. The assistantship includes full coverage of tuition, fees, insurance, and a living stipend. The stipend amount is $11,349.00 for pre-masters students and $15,795.00 for post-master’s students.
  • Application Deadline: January 15th

Courses include

Psychopathology; clinical assessment; diagnostic interviewing; diversity issues in psychology; theories and techniques of psychotherapy; professional and ethical issues; clinical practicum; statistical methods in psychology; dissertation research; history and systems of psychology; neuropsychology of human behavior; advanced cognitive psychology; theories of social psychology; and internship in clinical psychology.

#32 Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis  

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Indianapolis, IN

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Diversity is a campus-wide value at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis. The Clinical Psychology Program brings the value to diversity into their program by being committed to promoting a diverse faculty and student body. The faculty is committed to mentoring graduate students from underrepresented groups and supporting them in reaching their academic and career goals.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 82.86%
  • Licensure Rate: 90%
  • Tuition: $22,984
  • Funding: Funding is available for students in good standing in the Clinical Psychology program that includes tuition and a minimum stipend of $16,500.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Faculty research interests include

Alcohol use; addictive behaviors; risk-taking; diabetes; obesity; biopsychosocial aspects of pain; psychiatric rehabilitation; autism; schizophrenia; early psychosis; behavioral oncology; psychosocial aspects of cancer; psychiatric rehabilitation; depressive/anxiety disorders; and impulsivity.

#31 George Mason University  

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Fairfax, VA

Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Psychology

George Mason University offers a Ph.D. in Psychology with a concentration in Clinical Psychology. This program is focused on preparing graduates to pursue careers as researchers, professors, assessors, consultants, administrators, supervisors, and therapists (although this program is not designed for students interested in working primarily as therapists). Issues relating to diversity are central to the program’s coursework, training, and research, as evidenced by a recent content analysis of dissertations showing that diversity has been a dominant theme in over 40% of dissertations.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 84.57%
  • Licensure Rate: 92%
  • Tuition: $31,225
  • Funding: All students are guaranteed a stipend and full tuition waiver in their first 3 years. Students are also able to request a stipend and tuition/fees for subsequent years.
  • Application Deadline: N/A

Courses include

Psychological assessment; introductory helping skills and motivation; methods for social research; scientific foundations of clinical psychology; cognitive behavioral therapy for youth; social and cognitive foundations of clinical psychology; ethical and professional issues in clinical psychology; and doctoral dissertation proposal.

#30 Eastern Michigan University  

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Ypsilanti, MI

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Eastern Michigan University offers a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. This program will prepare graduates for careers as licensed clinical psychologists with expertise in assessment, therapy, research and program development and evaluation. Students in this program will have the opportunity to choose from one of five areas of specialization: adult psychopathology, applied behavior analysis, assessment, developmental psychopathology, or health. Students accepted into this program will be eligible for doctoral fellowship that includes tuition and a stipend. In this fellowship students will work closely and be mentored by a faculty member with similar research interests.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 84.71%
  • Licensure Rate: 90%
  • Tuition: $0.00
  • Funding: Students accepted into this program will be eligible for a 10-12 hour a week doctoral fellowship (for the first three to four years of the program) that includes tuition (for up to 90 credits) and a stipend ($16,500 per year).
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Internship site placements for the 2015-2016 year included

Children’s Hospital Colorado, Rehabilitation Psychology; Hawthorn Center; Henry Ford Health Sciences Center, Pediatric Neuropsychology; University of Southern California Children’s Hospital, Child/Family & Pediatric Psychology; VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Mental Health Track; VA Medical Center, Syracuse; and VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System.

#29 Syracuse University  

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Syracuse, NY

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

The doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Syracuse University has been fully accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1956. Applicants will be accepted into the program based on shared research interests with faculty members, students will then work closely with faculty members throughout their time in the program on research in their field of interest. Graduates of the program will be well prepared to write grants to fund research, conduct independent research, and present research. Graduates will also be well prepared to teach at the university level after having received supervision and mentoring in teaching undergraduate courses while in the program.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 86.29%
  • Licensure Rate: 89%
  • Tuition: $33,312
  • Funding: Funding (including 100% tuition and an annual stipend of $15,000) is available through graduate fellowships, teaching, research, and clinic assistantships.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Faculty research interests include

Developmental psychopathology with particular emphasis on attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorders (ASD); Health psychology and behavioral medicine with a focus on bi-directional relations between pain and substance use (nicotine/tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, opioids); How non-conscious motives, interpersonal relationships, and emotion regulation capabilities affect cardiovascular physiology and disease risk; Substance use disorders; HIV prevention and intervention in psychiatric and other populations; and psychological aspects of health and illness.

#28 University of Missouri, Kansas City  

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Kansas City, MO

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at the University of Missouri, Kansas City is designed for students interested in careers in academia, research, and medical settings. Based on the scientist-practitioner model of training the program aims to prepare graduates through education, training, and research to contribute to public health. The program follows a mentorship model where clinical faculty members will give higher consideration to applicants whose research interests are similar to their own.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 86.86%
  • Licensure Rate: 90%
  • Tuition: $20,336
  • Funding: All students accepted to the program will receive a 9 month 20 hour per week assistantship that includes full tuition remission and a $9,450 stipend.
  • Application Deadline: December 5th

Faculty research interests include

The impact of social cognition on health; treatment of cognitive disorders; traumatic brain injury; nicotine addiction/smoking cessation; health promotion in communities of color; aging and psychopathology; eating disorders and body image; healthy aging; emotional/social development among children and adolescents; serious mental illness; and psychosocial and health consequences of trauma exposure across the lifespan

#27 University of Nevada, Reno  

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Reno, NV

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

The University of Nevada at Reno offers a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, accredited by the APA since 1972. This program is designed for graduate students with a strong interest and desire to focus on research throughout their graduate career and beyond. The program has a behavioral/cognitive behavioral/empirical focus. While focus of the program is on clinical science, students also receive clinical training, in part to help students gain a greater understanding of the needs of and potential areas of growth within the field of clinical psychology.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 87.86%
  • Licensure Rate: 96%
  • Tuition: $7,485
  • Funding: Students are admitted to the program with their first year of funding guaranteed. Funding is usually through a teaching or research assistantship. The current stipend with a 20-hour assistantship for the 2015-16 is $17,000/year. With a 20-hour assistantship, most tuition and fees are covered for students.
  • Application Deadline: January 1st

Courses include

Research methods; clinical skills (psychopathology, learning principles, ethics, diversity); graduate research; clinical practicum; grant writing; introduction to health care crisis and psychology; behavioral and systems assessment/ program evaluation; lifespan development; integrated care; internship; and dissertation.

#26 University of Oregon  

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Eugene, OR

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at the University of Oregon engages students in research throughout their graduate careers. Research is a central component of the program. A number of research and clinical opportunities are available to students based on project that faculty are working on as well as through projects in research institutes (connected with the University of Oregon) located in the Eugene (including the Oregon Research Institute and Oregon Social Learning Center). The Clinical Psychology program has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1958. The department is able to provide funding for students in the clinical psychology program.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 88.14%
  • Licensure Rate: 81%
  • Tuition: $0.00
  • Funding: The department attempts to fund all students in good standing for their first four academic years.
  • Application Deadline:

Faculty research interests include

The neurobiology of early stress; brain development and neural plasticity; infant mental health; emotion and attention; child welfare system research; pubertal development and the transition to adolescence; personality measurement and theory; child and family assessment; social and emotional adjustment of children and adolescents; drug and alcohol abuse; cross-cultural psychology; sexual aggression; interpersonal violence; child abuse; and traumatic stress.

#25 University of Louisville  

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Louisville, KY

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at the University of Louisville is able to provide funding for graduate students (for four years of study) with fellowships, research assistantships, teaching assistantships, and clinical placements. Faculty research interests include: health psychology, geropsychology, psychopathology and mental health disparities. As a part of their research experience, students are engaged in the publishing and presenting process and 80% of students (in the last 3 years) have had the experience of presenting at conferences. Graduates of the program will be scientist-practitioners skilled at completing and implementing research, and attending to issues related to ethics and diversity.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 88.14%
  • Licensure Rate: 91%
  • Tuition: $10,689
  • Funding: Graduate students in the department are usually supported for 4 years of study through fellowships, research and teaching assistantships, and clinical placements. Funding includes full tuition remission and health insurance. Fellowships and graduate teaching assistantship stipends (competitively awarded) for 2015-2016 are $22,000/12 months.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Clinical core courses include

Legal, professional, and ethical issues; introduction to assessment and clinical skills; intellectual and cognitive assessment; psychological interventions; clinical psychology practicum; advanced clinical psychopathology; and interviewing skills practicum.

#24 University of Massachusetts, Boston  

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Boston, MA

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

Students interested in receiving training with an emphasis on cultural competence and a commitment to social justice will be a good fit at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. The clinical psychology program follows the biopsychosocial model of training as it emphasizes serving underserved and/or marginalized individuals, families, and communities. Graduates of the program will be prepared to contribute to the understanding of human experiences and problems through research, scholarly activity, and clinical practice.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 89.29%
  • Licensure Rate: 93%
  • Tuition: $0.00
  • Funding: Funding is available; tuition is listed for the 2015-2016 cohort as $0 with a stipend offered to all first year students of $16,888.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Courses include

Assessment and testing; child psychological assessment; culture and mental health; intervention strategies; research methods and ethics in clinical psychology; professional standards and ethics; family systems and family therapy; child therapy; advances neuropsychological assessment; the psychology of gender; forensic psychology; and health psychology.

#23 University of New Mexico  

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Albuquerque, NM

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

The University of New Mexico’s Department of Psychology offers a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. This program follows a clinical-science training model with the goal of preparing graduates to contribute to the scientific literature and apply scientific values in the profession of clinical psychology. Students are trained to critically evaluate theories in the field and how these theories are used professionally.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 90.14%
  • Licensure Rate: 84.20%
  • Tuition: $10,992
  • Funding: N/A
  • Application Deadline: December 15th

Courses include

Introduction to Clinical Science; Psychopathology; Clinical Interviewing; Pre-Clinical Practicum; Cognitive and Neuropsychological Evaluation; Personality Assessment; Practicum in Evaluation Practicum; Diversity/Multicultural Issues; Clinical Ethics; and Empirically Supported Treatments.

#22 Bowling Green State University  

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Bowling Green, OH

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

Bowling Green State University offers a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with the option to choose one of three areas of concentration; Clinical Child Psychology, Health Psychology or Clinical Community Psychology. Additionally, the clinical psychology program offers an area of focus in Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. This program follows the scientist-practitioner model of training. Research requirements include completing a masters level research project, a post-masters research project or examination and a doctoral dissertation. Students will learn with and from one another as they participate in research teams and clinical skills teams where they will integrate research and practice.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 91.29%
  • Licensure Rate: 100%
  • Tuition: $13,426
  • Funding: Funding is available through teaching and research assistantships as well as through clinical placements. Students who receive assistantships can expect to receive a tuition scholarship and a stipend of $13,000 for the academic year (with additional funding available for the summer term).
  • Application Deadline: December 15th

Faculty research interests include

Risk and protective factors in children’s adjustment; sports psychology; links between marriage, parenting and child maladjustment; clinical psychophysiology; spiritually-integrated psychotherapy; alcohol and drug problems; history of madness and mental illness; social networks and mental health; and ecological models of juvenile delinquency and adolescent substance abuse.

#21 Miami University  

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Oxford, OH

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Miami University is able to provide financial support, through graduate assistantships, to all Clinical Psychology students in good standing; this includes a tuition waiver and a stipend. Students in this program have the opportunity to choose from a broad range of courses in order to create a personalized curriculum that fits with their research and professional interests. Program areas of interest include: adult psychopathology; trauma, and resilience; children, families, schools, and communities; and philosophy, methodology, and epistemology.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 91.70%
  • Licensure Rate: 74.10%
  • Tuition: $14,551
  • Funding: Students are eligible for graduate assistantships that provide a tuition waiver and a stipend.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Courses include

Multicultural clinical psychology; interviewing and diagnosis; ethics in clinical psychology; psychological assessment; systems of intervention; special clinical problems and methods; advanced clinical techniques; and current research topics in clinical psychology.

#20 Harvard University  

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Cambridge, MA

Ph.D. in Psychology – Clinical Psychology

The Psychology Department at Harvard University is organized into four Programs: Cognition, Brain, & Behavior; Developmental; Clinical Science; and Social. The Clinical Science Program emphasizes research, especially on the topic of severe psychopathology. This program aims to prepare graduates to pursue careers in which they will have the opportunity to advance scientific knowledge of psychopathology and its treatment. Each program is made up of faculty who train graduate students and teach and conduct research – typically in more than one of the programs. Harvard University is able to offer a generous financial package for students admitted into their program.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 92.86%
  • Licensure Rate: 70%
  • Tuition: $45,358
  • Funding: In 2015 Harvard University provided students in the program full tuition remission, health insurance, and a stipend of $26,800.
  • Application Deadline: N/A

Courses include

Professional ethics; psychotherapy research; psychometric theory; cultural, racial, and ethnic bases of behavior; psychological testing; history of psychology; intermediate quantitative methods; multivariate analysis in psychology; contemporary topics in psychopathology; diagnostic interviewing; and cognitive-behavioral treatment psychological disorders.

#19 University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee  

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Milwaukee, WI

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

The nine core faculty members in the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee have specialized research focus areas covering a range of topics. Faculty research interests include neuroscience/neuropsychology, behavior therapy, and pediatric/health psychology. The program approaches research and practice from a theoretically diverse, biopsychosocial perspective.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 92.86%
  • Licensure Rate: 91%
  • Tuition: $0.00
  • Funding: Graduate students in the Clinical Psychology program are guaranteed three years of funding through teaching assistantships (includes tuition remission, health insurance, and a stipend) and are often able to secure funding beyond the first three years. Additional funding opportunities through research and program assistantships and graduate fellowships are also competitively awarded to qualified students.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Community placements offer advanced training in areas including

Pediatric or adult clinical neuropsychology; health psychology; adult psychotherapy (OCD, eating disorders, PTSD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders); pediatric psychology, child clinical psychology; issues related to post-deployment; and behavioral medicine.

#18 University of Southern Mississippi  

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Hattiesburg, MS

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

The University of Southern Mississippi’s Clinical Psychology program follows the Boulder Model of clinical training. Students will be trained as scientists in psychology and then as practicing clinical psychologists. Graduates will be prepared to contribute to the science of psychology through research and practice. Graduates who pursue clinical careers will seamlessly know how to reference current research and integrate it into providing evidence-based services. The University of Southern Mississippi values diversity (broadly defined), and students representing diversity as well as students with research interests in diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 93%
  • Licensure Rate: 94%
  • Tuition: $18,506
  • Funding: Students accepted into the program are typically offered assistantships that offer a competitive graduate stipend that includes waiver of in- and out-of-state tuition as well as 50% of the health insurance premium.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Faculty research interests include

Externalizing psychopathology; nature of and risk factors for suicidal behavior; personality assessment; anxiety; major mental illness; substance abuse; community- based interventions for at-risk youth; child behavior problems; child clinical psychology; and childhood neuropsychiatric disorders.

#17 Arizona State University  

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Tempe, AZ

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Arizona State University’s Clinical Training Program has three areas of emphases that students may choose to specialize in: health psychology, child clinical psychology, and community/prevention. Additional strengths of the program include: a focus on research on ethnic minority adults and children; access to courses offered through the departments Quantitative Psychology doctoral program; and faculty members interest in substance abuse research. This is a highly competitive program with 3-10 students being selected for admission annually from a pool of 200-300 applicants.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 93.86%
  • Licensure Rate: 73.60%
  • Tuition: $27,129
  • Funding: All students are typically eligible for funding through graduate teaching and research assistantships covering tuition and offering a stipend.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Faculty research interests include

Prevention and behavioral treatment for type 2 diabetes; adolescent risk and resilience; developing effective programs for reducing alcohol-related harm; the nature of stress in parent-child relationships and its influence on child and family functioning; situational, personality, and hormonal responses to stress and coronary heart disease in women; cultural and contextual influences on adolescent mental health; health psychology; developmental psychopathology; bulimia nervosa; and vulnerability and resilience among at-risk youth.

#16 Clark University  

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Worcester, MA

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

The faculty in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Clark University are all involved in clinical work, teaching, and research. Graduate students in this program will have the opportunity to be mentored by faculty with a diverse range of research interests and clinical expertise. This program is well connected with local agencies and institutions such as the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the Worcester Public Schools, and Head Start. These connections provide educational, research, and clinical opportunities for Clark University’s Clinical Psychology graduate students. While the emphasis of this program is on research and scholarship, graduates will also be well prepared to pursue clinical careers.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 94.04%
  • Licensure Rate: 97%
  • Tuition: $41,590
  • Funding: Students supported on an assistantship or fellowship can expect to have their tuition waived and will also receive a stipend for teaching and research assistantships (stipend starting at $17,656 for the academic year).
  • Application Deadline: December 15th

Faculty research interests include

Masculinity and help-seeking; mental health care disparities; couples’ relationship health and deterioration; the transition to parenthood among diverse families; self-regulation of emotion and behavior in infancy and early childhood; substance use disorders; and depression and anxiety in at-risk children and adolescents.

#15 Texas Tech University  

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Lubbock, TX

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

The Clinical Program at Texas Tech University admits students who have an interest both research and clinical work. This program is designed for students equally interested in the science and practitioner aspects of becoming a clinical psychologist. Because the program follows a mentorship model, applicant research interests should match at least one faculty member’s area of research focus.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 94.14%
  • Licensure Rate: 90%
  • Tuition: $6,865
  • Funding: Students admitted into the Clinical Psychology doctoral program are guaranteed an assistantship for the first four years of training. With a graduate assistantship, students qualify for department tuition and fee waivers that cover the majority of the tuitions costs. Students with a graduate assistantship qualify for in-state tuition costs.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Faculty research interests include

Children with disruptive behavior problems; parent training; parent-child interactions; suicide among older Caucasian male adults; childhood depression and anxiety; multiple informant (children, mothers, fathers, teachers, peers, siblings) assessment of children’s behavioral/emotional problems and competencies; developmental changes in alcohol involvement and how these changes relate to other biological and psychosocial variables of interest; intensive scientific/clinical study of individuals with comorbid depression and anxiety; and nutrition, exercise, and rest in youth.

#14 University of Maryland – College Park  

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College Park, MD

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

The University of Maryland’s Clinical Psychology Program uses the Clinical Scientist training model to prepare graduates to integrate research and clinical practice. Students will engage in research throughout their academic career, exploring the connection between research and clinical interventions. The Maryland Clinical Program is well connected with clinical and research facilities in Washington D.C. and Baltimore such as: the National Institutes of Health; Psychology and Psychiatry Departments at local Universities including The University of Maryland-Baltimore and Johns Hopkins, the Harbor Light Residential Substance Use Treatment Center; and the VA Capitol Healthcare Network Mental Illness Research Education Clinical Center. This program offers a number of diverse research and training opportunities for students to engage in. The program values the diversity of the community, clients, students, and faculty.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 95%
  • Licensure Rate: 69%
  • Tuition: $36,344
  • Funding: The department provides 5 years of funding to all students in good academic standing. Funding through teaching fellowships and research assistantships includes a full tuition waiver and an annual stipend.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Research Labs/ Training Programs

Maryland Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Program; Comprehensive Assessment and Intervention Program (CAIP); Center for Addictions, Personality, and Emotion Research (CAPER); Child Stress and Emotions Lab; Laboratory of Emotion and Psychopathology (LEAP); Schizophrenia Research Training Program (SRTP); and Predoctoral Training Program for Integration of Basic Neuroscience Research into Addiction Treatment Development.

#13 Northwestern University  

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Evanston, IL

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

The focus of the Clinical Psychology Program at Northwestern University is on research. However, students will also receive training in the diagnosis, etiology, and treatment of emotional disorders in order to prepare graduates for successful careers in research and teaching in the field of clinical psychology. The program only admits students when they can commit to fully funding them (including tuition and stipend) for five academic years, including a summer stipend for four years. Funding comes from university fellowships and teaching assistantships, national research fellowships, and faculty grants (available to students in good standing).

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 95.29%
  • Licensure Rate: 78%
  • Tuition: $64,832
  • Funding: All students are fully funded for five academic years (including tuition and stipend) through assistantships, fellowships, and grants.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Faculty research interests include

Sexual orientation and evolutionary psychology; socioeconomic status and health; adult personality; the origins of anxiety and mood disorders; schizophrenia; early psychosis; brain and hormone development; lifespan personality development; affective neuroscience; personality measurement; gender and racial/ethnic disparities in externalizing problems; and anxiety and its treatment.

#12 Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine 

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Chicago, IL

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine typically admits eight new students each fall. As a mentor-based program, applicants are required to choose a faculty member that they hope to work with while at Northwestern. Core faculty research emphasises include: policy research; neuropsychology and behavioral neuroscience; behavioral medicine; and psychopathology and treatment. Located in an academic medical center, the program focuses on the integration of science and clinical practice.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 95.29%
  • Licensure Rate: 91%
  • Tuition: $46,836
  • Funding: All students admitted to the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program receive a graduate scholarship that provides 50% tuition remission for the first three years of residency. Depending on grants, additional funding may be available through specific research labs that can provide full tuition remission as well as a stipend.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Courses include

Professional issues in clinical psychology; diversity in psychological science and practice; behavioral neuroscience; advanced social psychology; cognitive behavior therapy; research methods; child and adolescent psychotherapy; family therapy; health psychology; marital and sex therapy; mental health policy; and psychodynamic traditions.

#11 Vanderbilt University  

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Nashville, TN

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Vanderbilt University offers a highly sought after Clinical Science Program with well over 300 students applying annually. All Ph.D. students admitted to the program receive funding (through assistantships) for up to five years of study. Students in this program will work closely with their faculty advisor/mentor on research throughout their time in the program. Clinical faculty research interests cover a range of areas in the field including: clinical neuroscience, prevention and intervention; health psychology; and quantitative analysis.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 95.86%
  • Licensure Rate: 75%
  • Tuition: $41,088
  • Funding: All Ph.D. students admitted to the program receive funding (through assistantships) for up to five years of study. The financial package includes full tuition, a monthly stipend that is highly competitive with comparable programs around the country, and a health insurance package. Students are also eligible to apply for additional funding through fellowships, scholarships, and grants.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Students can focus their training in the following areas

Psychopathology; developmental psychopathology; adult psychopathology; developmental disabilities; clinical neuroscience; basic emotional processes; prevention and intervention; health psychology; and quantitative analysis.

#10 University of Denver  

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Denver, CO

Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology

The University of Denver offers a Clinical Child Psychology Program. Students in this program will have flexibility in choice of specialization. The program emphasizes five aspects: clinical science; clinical child psychology; the social system; developmental cognitive neuroscience; and an emerging emphasis on diversity, community-based programs and social change. This program has a strong record of students and graduates presenting and publishing research. More than 90% of recent clinical child graduates gave presentations at a conference and more than 90% published a paper in a professional journal or book.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 96.43%
  • Licensure Rate: 73%
  • Tuition: $38,232
  • Funding: For 2015-2016 graduate students were eligible for a tuition waiver, health insurance and a stipend of $20,000. Additionally, stipend supplements of $4,500 are available for students who qualify for either a fellowship or an excellence award.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Faculty research interests

Social-emotional and cognitive consequences of violence and trauma; romantic relationships in adolescence and early adulthood; racial/ethnic disparities in mental health service use and delivery; evidence-based assessment and treatment with diverse populations; depression and mood disorders in youth; the development of eating disorders among understudied populations; couples and relationships; comorbidity; and youth psychotherapy processes.

#9 University of Mississippi  

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University, MS

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Students in the clinical program at the University of Mississippi will receive their M.A. as they work towards their Ph.D. (the M.A. is not a terminal degree). The first two years of the program are primarily devoted to completing coursework, the third and fourth years focus on research and practicum experience with the fifth year designed for students to complete an internship at an APA-approved facility.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 96.71%
  • Licensure Rate: 92%
  • Tuition: $0.00
  • Funding: All students in the clinical psychology program receive in-state tuition, and depending upon the level of departmental assistantship they receive, they also receive tuition waivers of either 75% or 100%.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Clinical psychology practicum sites (in the last two years) have included

Psychological Services Center at The University of Mississippi; Baddour Center, Senatobia, Mississippi; Regional Community Mental Health Center; Baptist Children’s Village; North Mississippi Regional Center; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital; University Counseling Center; and the Autism Center of Tupelo.

#8 Case Western Reserve University  

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Cleveland, OH

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Case Western Reserve University’s Ph.D. training program in Clinical Psychology has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1948, when the APA first began accreditation. The Clinical Psychology program at Case Western Reserve University places an emphasis on psychotherapy and empirically validated treatments. Students in the program will complete a two year-long psychotherapy practicum experience. One year will focus on cognitive-behavioral therapy and the other year on psychodynamic therapy. Additionally, with a strong emphasis on research, students have been well prepared for presenting their research, with a reported 100% of students having had conference presentations accepted. Students entering the program without a Master’s degree will earn a Master’s as they work towards completing their doctorate.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 97.57%
  • Licensure Rate: 66%
  • Tuition: $41,138
  • Funding: All students accepted into the program receive full tuition coverage. Some assistantships are available with a stipend (current annual stipend is $12,000). All students admitted into the program are considered for teaching and/or research assistantships
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Clinical training placement sites have included

Baldwin Wallace College Counseling Center ; Case Western Reserve University Counseling Services; CWRU Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology; Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital Center for Pediatric Behavioral Health; Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Pain Rehabilitation Program; The Laurel School; Lawrence School Assessment Center; Louis Stokes Cleveland Department of Veteran Affairs; and MetroHealth Center for Behavioral Health – Children and Adolescent Services.

#7 University of Georgia  

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Athens, GA

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

The University of Georgia admits students to the Clinical Psychology Program with strong research skills and a commitment to developing clinical skills and contributing to the field of clinical psychology. Funding is available through teaching, research, and clinic assistantships, as well as scholarships, fellowships and grants. Over the past several years, 100% of incoming students have received an assistantship that includes a full waiver of tuition. Graduates of this program have gone on to postdoctoral and faculty positions in VA Medical Centers, academic medical settings and hospitals, and tenure-track university settings.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 97.67%
  • Licensure Rate: 83%
  • Tuition: $24,090
  • Funding: Tuition is remitted for students on assistantship
  • Application Deadline: November 15th

Recent internship placements have included

Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Graduate School; Charleston Consortium Internship; Cincinnati Children’s Hospital; Duke University Medical Center; and VA Medical Centers throughout the nation.

#6 Washington University in St. Louis  

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St. Louis, MO

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Washington University in St. Louis offers a Clinical Science Training Program through the department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. The goal of the program is to prepare students and graduates to be leaders in the field of clinical psychology in the assessment, understanding, and treatment of psychological disorders. Graduates of this program be trained as scientists and practitioners and understand the connection of science and practice. Students in this program have the opportunity to specialize in neuropsychology, clinical aging, or health psychology.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 98%
  • Licensure Rate: 76%
  • Tuition: $0.00
  • Funding: Funding is available to graduate students through teaching and research assistantships as well as through fellowships.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Recent clinical internship placement sites have included

Yale University, Psychiatry; University of California, San Diego VAMC; Hudson River Regional Psychiatric Center; Department of Veterans Affairs, Dayton, OH; VA Palo Alto Healthcare System; University of AZ, Psychiatry; University of Chicago, Clinical Psychology; and UNC School of Medicine.

#5 Sam Houston State University  

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Huntsville, TX

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

Sam Houston State University offers a Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program. This program has the unique feature of offering a forensic emphasis. The Forensic emphasis prepares graduates provide forensic assessment and consultation to the legal system. Students will be accepted into the program by the program not individual faculty members and will be mentored by and conduct research in partnership with a number of faculty members.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 98.57%
  • Licensure Rate: 42%
  • Tuition: $7,116
  • Funding: All students in the program receive either a scholarship, graduate student instructorship, research assistantship, or clinical externship worth $16,000 or more per year. This support allows out-of-state students to qualify for in-state tuition. Additional opportunities are also available to receive summer funding (generally $3,000), research conference support, and other agency grants.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Faculty research interests include

Adversarial allegiance in expert witness opinions; forensic clinical psychology; juvenile substance abuse treatment; college student alcohol use; multicultural issues; forensic and mental health issues concerning justice-involved youth; social psychology; social emotions; neurobehavioral functioning; neurobiological and cognitive contributors to resilience, delinquency, and recidivism; traumatic brain injury in juvenile and adult offenders; and cultural and linguistic (Spanish) diversity issues in forensic psychology, particularly forensic assessment.

#4 University of Delaware  

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Newark, DE

Ph.D. in Clinical Science

The University of Delaware offers a Ph.D. in Clinical Science. Students in this program have the opportunity to choose to focus on developmental-clinical psychology through coursework, practica, and research experiences. Faculty are involved in ongoing rigorous and well-funded research projects, including some in connection with a variety of partners across a variety of disciplines at the local, state, and national level.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 100%
  • Licensure Rate: 61%
  • Tuition: $0.00
  • Funding: 100% of all students’ tuition and fees are covered by assistantships or fellowships.
  • Application Deadline: December 15th

Courses include

Intelligence and achievement testing; statistics; ethics and diversity in clinical psychology; research design; history of psychology; adult psychotherapy: empirically-supported therapies; clinical practicum; child psychotherapy: empirically-supported therapies; dissertation; and graduate internship.

#3 University of Pittsburgh  

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Pittsburgh, PA

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

The Clinical Program at the University of Pittsburgh emphasizes the areas of developmental psychopathology, adult psychopathology, and health psychology. Students have access to a concentration of academic, research, and clinical resources within walking distance of the Clinical Psychology Program such as: Department of Psychiatry; Pittsburgh Cancer Institute; Center for Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh; and the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 100%
  • Licensure Rate: 67%
  • Mean time to complete program: 7.57 years
  • Tuition: $0.00
  • Funding: All students admitted to the Clinical Psychology Program are financially supported through assistantships and fellowships for a minimum of four years. Financial support includes full tuition remission, health insurance, and a monthly stipend (the current minimum monthly stipend is $2142/ 12 mo. $25,700).
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Research and clinical training areas include

Addictions, alcoholism, smoking; Antisocial behavior; Behavior genetics; Cardiovascular disease; Eating Disorders, obesity; Emotion Processes; Family processes and child development; Mood Disorders; Psychoneuroimmunology; and Schizophrenia

#2 Yale University  

New Haven, CT

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

The Clinical Psychology Program at Yale University is designed for students interested in clinical science research in psychopathology and its treatment. Students will establish and conduct independent but supervised research. Students regularly publish in scholarly journals and often are able to secure funding from outside sources for research. Graduates of the program will be experts in all aspects of research including data analysis, grant writing, and manuscript preparation. Another feature of the program is that all students are expected to acquire experience as Teaching Fellows.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 100%
  • Licensure Rate: 67%
  • Mean time to complete program: 6.40 y ears
  • Tuition: $0.00
  • Funding: All students admitted to the clinical program have a full tuition remission and a 12 month stipend paid for at least 5 years in residency at Yale. For 2014-2015 the stipend was 28,400 a year.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Recent practicum opportunities have included

Yale Psychology Department Clinic; Yale Child Study Center Program for Anxiety Disorders; Yale Child Study Center – Developmental Disabilities Clinic; Yale-New Haven Hospital; VA Connecticut – West Haven Campus; Substance Abuse Treatment Unit of the Connecticut Mental Health Center; The Yale Stress Center; and Yale Neuropsychology Practicum Training.

#1 University of Iowa  

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Iowa City, IA

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Iowa offers a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. This clinical science program explores the influence of psychological factors on human relationships and health. The faculty’s research interests cover a wide range of topics related to psychological disorders, relationships, and health. Faculty members and students have the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from many departments in the College of Medicine including Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Internal Medicine, to name a few, as well as with departments in the College of Public Health.

  • EPPP Pass Rate: 100%
  • Students Who Obtained APA/CPA Accredited Internship: 100%
  • Licensure Rate: 68%
  • Tuition: $25,756
  • Funding: All graduate students are supported for at least five years if they remain in good standing. Support includes a stipend of $18,264 plus a tuition scholarship, plus 25% of mandatory fees (~$324). In addition, two months of summer support is normally provided.
  • Application Deadline: December 1st

Faculty research interests include

Moral judgments and decisions; compassion and altruism; adjustment to chronic illness; patient-provider interaction; social development; behavioral neuroscience; use of complementary and alternative medicine approaches in behavioral medicine (e.g., Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong, and Biofield Therapies); personality, psychopathology, and genetics; neuropsychological functioning in children and adolescents; postpartum and pregnancy depression; cognitive neuroscience; disordered eating; and effects of health behaviors on brain structure and function


Methodology for The 50 Best Ph.D. Programs in Clinical Psychology 2015

A list of American Psychological Association (APA) accredited Counseling Psychology programs was gathered from the APA web site. From this list of over 175 schools, we first evaluated the Examination for Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP) pass rates. The EPPP pass rate is widely considered to be evidence of a high quality program that offers high standards in education. Each program’s EPPP pass rate was gathered from the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB) website. Programs were then ranked based on the EPPP pass rate, highest to lowest.

Because the majority of schools on this list had an EPPP pass rate of 100% the tie was broken by using a second tier ranking. For the second tier ranking, each program’s website was searched for “Student Outcome, Admissions, and Other Data”. From this data, that is required by the APA for accreditation, the percentage of students who obtained APA/CPA-accredited internships (averaged over several years) was compiled. Schools were then ranked on their internship percentage, highest to lowest.

In several instances, a third tier tie break was needed. For the third tier ranking, we took the data on licensure percentage. The licensure percentage is determined by taking the total number of program graduates between 2-10 years ago and comparing the number of these graduates who became licensed in the past 10 years. Schools were then ranked on their licensure percentage, high to low.

In one instance, a fourth tier tie break was needed. For the fourth tier ranking, we took the data provided on the mean number of years to complete the program (data from 2007-2014). Higher ranking was given to schools with the lowest mean time to complete the program. If a school did not list data (which occurred in two instances) they were given the low ranking in the subset.

Note: Internship placement rates, licensure percentage data, and mean time to complete program was gathered from the “Student Outcome, Admissions, and Other Data” listed on each program’s website. Additionally, in an effort to be consistent, for funding and tuition information, we listed what the schools reported on their “Student Outcome, Admissions, and Other Data” document. Some schools list a number for tuition (i.e. $25,000) but provide full tuition remission for all of their students. Some schools list tution as $0 and also provide full funding.

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