Department of Psychology
University of Houston
126 Heyne Building
Houston, TX 77204-5022
The Clinical Psychology program at the University of Houston is accredited by the American Psychological Association.
This program endorses the Boulder model of training with particular emphasis on the integration of the scientific and professional aspects of the field. The program is based on a strong advisor-advisee relationship and adheres to a broad-based empirical orientation.
We attempt to expose students to a range of theoretical, research and clinical approaches to the problems. The program offers specialty training in three areas of concentration: 1) child-family, 2) clinical neuropsychology, and 3) adult behavior disorders.
The Clinical program ranked #1 out of 40 programs in the state and among the top 15% of doctoral training programs in the country based on the most recent EPPP licensing scores. Our clinical neuropsychology track has been ranked in the top 5 in the country.
We attempt to prepare students to adhere to the highest standards of ethical and professional conduct and educate them in the following abilities and skills:
- Research skills
- research methods
- measurement, and computer usage
- Assessment skills
- program evaluation techniques
- Intervention skills
- behavior therapy
- unit-wide programs, with emphasis on empirically supported procedures
- Conceptual skills
- basic methods
- theories, and empirical bases of clinical psychology
- sensitivity to cultural and individual diversity
The program is designed to be completed in five years, including the internship. The length of time to complete the program has averaged 6.9 years. Over the past 7 years, only 11.3% of students who entered the program dropped out prematurely. Currently, our students range in age from 21-49 years, with an average age of 27.13 years. Our students are 81% female and 19% male; 18% are minority students.
The clinical program usually receives more than 170 applications for 8-10 positions. GRE and other data for recent entering classes are shown in the table below. In evaluating applications, our review committee puts an emphasis on quantitative indices (as listed in the table), undergraduate courses, letters of recommendation, clinical and research experience, statement of goals, and a personal interview. The statement of goals is viewed as a reflection of the applicant's potential to fit with the program in terms of orientation to graduate work and clinical and research interests. The majority of students are accepted directly from undergraduate programs, but there are also a number of students who have been accepted with a Master's degree and/or with several years of work experience. Applications from minority students are especially encouraged.
TO CONTACT OUR ACCREDITING BODY:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
(T) 202-336-5979 (F) 202-336-5978