Psychology Ph.D. Program

General Information for Psychology Graduate Students

Library Facilities

The Robert Hutchings Goddard Library collection includes more than 375,000 volumes, 275,000 monographs, subscriptions to 1,500 periodicals, full Internet access, nearly 50 subject specific data bases and a public on-line catalog available 24-hours a day. As a member of the Colleges of Worcester Consortium, Clark offers students the use of fourteen academic consortium libraries and a combined local collection of more than 3.5 million volumes.


There are a number of committees that deal with various issues concerned with the graduate program. Students are given the opportunity to serve on one or more of these committees: Clinical Training, Colloquium, Social-Personality Study, Graduate Curriculum and others.

Publications by Students

Members of the faculty are interested in helping graduate students prepare articles and papers for publication or presentation at scientific meetings. In the publication of research conducted as a graduate student, it is customary for the author to list under his/her name the institution at which graduate work was done.

Summer Activities

Formal academic activities such as course work, seminars and research, take place from late August through May. Students are encouraged, however, to continue their research and other scholarly activities during the summer in order to complete requirements within required deadlines.

American Psychological Association (APA)

The Department encourages students to apply for membership in the American Psychological Association Student Journal Group, which allows students to subscribe to journals at reduced rates. Those who are qualified should consider applying for membership (associate or full) in the APA. Student memberships are also available in the American Psychological Society, New England Psychological Association, and in more specialized associations such as The Society for Research in Child Development, International Society for Infant Studies and National Council on Family Relations, which offer subscriptions to journals at considerably reduced rates.


A limited number of on-campus graduate housing spaces are available through the Office of Residential Life and Housing. Incoming students have priority for this housing. Further details may be obtained from the Office of Residential Life and Housing at 508-793-7453 or from individual academic departments. Most graduate students live in off-campus rooms and apartments in the immediate area of the University. A limited listing of current housing opportunities can be viewed online.

Employment Opportunities

The Department makes every effort to help students find appropriate professional placements at all times during their career — while a student, upon graduation, and any time thereafter. Students are encouraged to explore, on their own and with faculty, both traditional and non-traditional opportunities for employment.

Employment of Recent Ph.D. Graduates include:

Academic positions — American University of Beirut, National Hispanic University, Middlebury College, Quinsigamond Community College, Texas A & M, Tufts University, University of Virginia, Wellesley College, Worcester State College

Post-doctoral positions — Cambridge Hospital, Oregon Health & Sciences University, Pace University, University of California at San Francisco,

Clinical positions — Arizona State University, Boston Children's Hospital, Columbus Children's Hospital, Interfaith Medical Center, Pace University, Zucker-Hillside Hospital

Positions in business — senior scientist, research social scientist, computer/biological/behavioral consultants

Positions in education — private schools, city-level administration, program evaluation