Clinical psychology

Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology

Our APA-accredited Clinical Psychology Program educates students in the scientist-practitioner tradition. Our goal is to provide students with experiences that will make them comfortable and proficient with theory, empirical work, and clinical practice. To achieve this, we provide a strong foundation in general psychology, theory, and research, as well as specialist training in clinical psychology, through an integrated series of intensive educational experiences in class, laboratory, and practicum clinical settings within the University and in other agencies. This broad education and training prepares our students to become leaders in the field. Our students are prepared to meet the varied demands of different settings in which clinical psychologists currently function. They also gain the knowledge to develop innovative conceptual approaches and methods in clinical psychology and to contribute to the research base of the field.

The Clinical Program includes coursework and practica with adults and children. Practicum experiences include assessment and therapy with adults and children as well as marital and family intervention. In addition to learning traditional clinical skills of assessment and therapy, students are encouraged to acquire knowledge suited to a broader range of roles and contexts, such as consultation in schools and other community settings. The program has educational, research, and clinical ties with a number of agencies and institutions in the Worcester and Boston areas, including the University of Massachusetts Medical School, the Worcester Public Schools, and Head Start.

The Clinical Program is committed to the inclusion of marginalized populations and to enhancing diversity within the field of clinical psychology as a whole.  This is reflected in our research foci, in the courses we teach, and in the interests and backgrounds of students admitted into the program.  Faculty research addresses a number of social identities including race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexual orientation.  Issues of diversity and intersectionality are incorporated into the majority of courses offered as part of the program.  We are committed to creating a learning environment that is respectful and supportive of all students, faculty, and staff. 

While our program emphasizes research and scholarship, it also provides closely supervised and broad-based clinical training to allow our students to be licensable practitioners.

Clinical Psychology Program Accreditation

The clinical psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). For more information, contact the APA Commission on Accreditation at 750 First St., NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242 or (202) 336-5979. For further information, contact our Director of Clinical Training, Dr. Wendy Grolnick.

Program Manuals

Guide to the Clinical Psychology Program [PDF]

Department of Psychology Graduate Education Handbook: Policies and Procedures [PDF]

Information for Clinical Program Applicants

The Clinical Program’s academic preparation and admissions requirement policies include a bachelor’s degree by the start of the academic year in which the student would begin the clinical program, an official transcript from the undergraduate institution, three letters of recommendation, GRE General Test scores, and a copy of one or more papers written by the applicant. In addition, applicants are required to submit a personal statement detailing why the Psychology program at Clark is best suited for the applicant’s academic and career goals. In this statement, applicants should identify one or more faculty mentors with whom there is clear overlap in research interests. Because the Clinical Program has historically valued breadth in student backgrounds, we do not have additional admission requirements such as the GRE Psychology Subject Test or expectations for academic preparation like majoring in psychology.

As part of the admissions process, selected applicants are invited to Clark to interview with faculty and current students. This academic year (2019-20), the interview days will be held on Wednesday, February 5, and Friday, February 7, 2020.

Clark University is a member of the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP). CUDCP offers guidance on evaluating and selecting a Clinical Psychology graduate program. Clark University adheres to the Policy for Graduate School Offers and Acceptances adopted by CUDCP.

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

Clark's Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data (PDF) tables are posted and updated annually as required by the APA.

Additional information regarding applications, acceptances, and enrollment is given below.

Clinical Applicant Data for Fall Semester: 2017 2018 2019
Number of Applicants 152 162 177
Number Accepted for Admission 11 8 5
Actual Size of Incoming Class 3 5 4
Number of Incoming Students Receiving Tuition Remission and TA/RA stipend 3 5 4

Of Those Clinical Students Accepted for Admission In: 2017 2018 2019
Average Score 162 163 161
Median Score 159 163 157
Average Score 161 156 153
Median Score 158 157 153
Average Undergraduate GPA 3.89 3.70 3.66

Page last updated September 13, 2019