Psychology - Clinical (PhD)


Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology - Clinical (CPSYPHD)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (GA)
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Program Information

Mission Statement

The mission of the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at the University of Louisville is to produce scientist-practitioners who are:

  • Competent to conduct and evaluate research;
  • Competent in implementing research-supported practice;
  • Ethical and professional in their relationships with clients, students, and colleagues; and
  • Prepared to be professionals in a diverse world.

General Information

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, in the College of Arts and Sciences, offers PhD programs in Experimental Psychology and Clinical Psychology. We do not offer any terminal master's degree programs in our department.

The Clinical Psychology PhD program usually requires four years of full-time coursework, research, and clinical activities. Each student must also complete a one-year approved internship. Students are required to complete a Master's Research Portfolio. After completion of the Master's Portfolio, students write the preliminary examination and then move on to dissertation work. A dissertation proposal must be defended before a student may apply for an internship.

Financial support for graduate students in the PhD program is available in the form of teaching and research assistantships, University Fellowships, and placements in community service settings.


The Clinical Psychology PhD program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: (202) 336-5979
Fax: (202) 336-5978

Admission Requirements

The Clinical Psychology PhD Program application deadline is December 1.

Completed graduate application should be submitted to the University of Louisville, School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, Graduate Admissions (online at or call the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, Graduate Admissions at (502) 852-3101 for more information.

Our PhD programs admit students to begin in the fall semester, with a usual start date of July 1. Applicants must provide the following:

  1. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. Those for whom English is not their native language must also submit TOEFL scores.
  2. Transcripts of college records from all schools attended must be submitted to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, Graduate Admissions. Students must have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.
  3. Three letters of recommendation from academic sources are required and must be submitted to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, Graduate Admissions.

Application materials are available on line, For additional information, contact Maggie Leahy, (502) 852-4364.

The Clinical Psychology PhD curriculum contains 2 basic sets of core courses: department/general core and clinical core. The curriculum closely follows guidelines for accreditation established and maintained by the American Psychological Association's Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation.

General Core

Area A
PSYC 620Human Learning3
or PSYC 621 Cognitive Processes
Area B
PSYC 642Behavioral Neuroscience3
or PSYC 643 Principles of Neuroscience
Area C
PSYC 670Advanced Social Psychology3
PSYC 661Advanced Developmental Psychology3
PSYC 673Advanced Personality Theory3
Area D
PSYC 610
PSYC 611
Advanced Statistics I
Advanced Statistics II
Minimum Total General Core Hours21

Clinical Core

PSYC 656Legal, Professional, and Ethical Issues in Clinical Psychology3
PSYC 679
PSYC 680
Introduction to Assessment and Clinical Skills
Intellectual and Cognitive Assessment
PSYC 683
PSYC 684
Psychological Interventions I
Psychological Interventions II
PSYC 685Clinical Psychology Practicum (multiple semesters) *11
PSYC 689Clinical Psychopathology3
PSYC 693Interviewing Skills Practicum1
Minimum Total Clinical Core Hours30

Other Degree Requirements

PSYC 601History of Modern Psychology3
Seminars **9
Students are required to complete a minimum of three graduate seminars offered within the department. Seminars offered in other departments may be considered to fulfill this requirement with the consent of the Director of Clinical Training.
Culture & Diversity
Students are required to complete a graduate course in culture and diversity. This may count as one of the three seminars required.
Students will complete a minimum of 6 research hours for master's (PSYC 603) and dissertation (PSYC 701).
Minimum Total Other Hours18

* A total of 11 cumulative credit hours are required for the PhD; students are expected to have an annual minimum of 160 direct contact hours in order to fulfill this requirement.

** Recent seminars include: Geropsychology Assessment, Cultural Neuroscience, Career & Professional Development in Clinical Psychology, Cultural Diversity in Psychology, Geropsychology, Functional Analytic Psychotherapy, Child Psychopathology, Forensic Assessment, and Clinical Neuropsychology.