Clinical Psychology

Program Description

The University of Rochester doctoral training program in clinical psychology is patterned after the Clinical-Scientist model. The program provides students with thorough grounding in both general and clinical psychology. The faculty's teaching and research interests, in combination with available opportunities for clinical training, provide several optional areas of subspecialization, most notably:

  1. Developmental psychopathology;
  2. Motivation; and
  3. Neuroscience.

The clinical program reflects several theoretical orientations, including psychodynamic, social-learning, cognitive, and biological views. One common theme of the program is its emphasis on research. The core program, outlined below, provides background in theory and research in personality, psychotherapy, psychopathology, and diagnostic and psychotherapeutic techniques. Several elective courses and practicum experiences are available.

The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002; Phone: (202) 336-5979; Website:

Clinical Core Program

The following courses comprise the clinical core program, which must be completed within the first two years of residence. One-semester courses are: Introduction to Clinical Research and Theories and Research on Personality and Psychotherapy. Two-semester courses are: Practicum in Clinical Interviewing and Assessment, Practicum in Psychotherapy, and Psychopathology (lifespan).

Clinical Training

In addition to required clinical practice, clinical students can receive clinical training at such agencies as: Children's Institute, Mt. Hope Family Center, University of Rochester Medical Center (Psychiatry [Division of Psychology]), and University of Rochester Counseling Center.

In accordance with APA (American Psychological Association) guidelines, students must complete a one-year internship with one of the agencies located in Rochester or nationally.

Clinical Faculty

An initial assignment to research supervisors is made when students enter the program. Nevertheless, students are free to select and change research topics and supervisors throughout their stay in the program.

The faculty is committed to close supervision of and informal interaction with students. Every effort is made to provide flexible training that meets students' individual needs.

*For more information on how to apply, please click on Application.