Psychology

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.

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 Committee on Accreditation at 750 First St., NE, Washington, DC 2002-4242 or (202) 336-5979. For further information, contact the Director of Clinical Training, Dr. Abbie Goldberg.

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 a faculty mentor 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.

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.

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

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


Clinical Applicant Data for Fall Semester: 2012 2013 2014
Number of Applicants 254 211 266
Number Accepted for Admission 7 9 7
Actual Size of Incoming Class 4 3 3
Number of Incoming Students Receiving Tuition Remission and TA/RA stipend 4 3 3

Of Those Clinical Students Accepted for Admission In: 2012 2013 2014
GRE-Verbal:
Average Score 161 (624)* 161 163
Median Score 162 (640)* 163 163
GRE-Quantitative:
Average Score 155 (696)* 157 156
Median Score 156 (720)* 156 156
Average Undergraduate GPA 3.52 3.61 3.75
*Indicates change in GRE scoring system after August 2011 with equivalent scores from previous system included




Page last updated September 25, 2014