The Clinical Psychology Program

The Clinical Psychology Training Program at The University of Texas at Austin is broadly based on a clinical science training model. The primary objective of our training program is to prepare students for research and teaching careers, and the secondary objective is to train students for the professional practice of clinical psychology. The scientific perspective is emphasized in both research and clinical training. Thus, while students have the opportunity to be exposed to a variety of clinical perspectives, the major focus is on empirically supported/cognitive behavioral treatments. The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (202-336- 5979), the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS), and is a member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science (APCS), an alliance of doctoral and internship programs with strong commitments to and established records of successful clinical science training.

The program offers a broad range of opportunities for research and training experiences. Faculty interests include addictive behaviors, human sexuality, health psychology, neuropsychology, depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, stress and coping, multiculturalism, positive psychology, aging and cognition, behavioral genetics, and autism. We believe that research training is enhanced by strong, science-based clinical training that informs students’ understanding of psychological assessment and intervention, and we therefore also provide ample training in clinical assessment and treatment.

In addition to the information available here on the website via the links appearing at the top and side of this page, students are encouraged to review the Clinical Student Handbook for further detailed information about the program, including faculty biographies, the sequence of training, and program requirements. Program faculty value a diverse student body and actively recruit students from underrepresented groups. Our Graduate Diversity Committee, comprised of departmental faculty and students, meets regularly and facilitates diversity related resources and activities in the department.

The high quality of the clinical program is supported by findings reported in several external sources. Illardi & Roberts (2002; Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 9, 108–111) found that The University of Texas at Austin program ranked second among U.S. clinical programs in the percentage of Ph.D. recipients listed as core faculty members of APA-accredited, university- based doctoral training programs in 1998. Matson, et al., (2005; Research in Developmental Disabilities, 26, 503–513) evaluated publication rates and citations for the core clinical faculty at 157 APA-approved clinical programs; our program was ranked 12th among this group. Finally, in the most recent ranking of clinical psychology doctoral programs conducted by U.S. News & World Report (2017), we were ranked 8th out of 224 programs, placing the program in the top 4% of clinical programs in the US.