Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology

The Mission of Our Program. Graduates of our program are prepared to pursue careers in academic, research, and applied health service provider settings. Consistent with the scientist-practitioner model, our program educates and trains students “to generate and integrate scientific and professional knowledge, attitudes and skills so as to further psychological science, the professional practice of psychology, and human welfare. The graduate of this training model is capable of functioning as an investigator and as a practitioner and may function as either or both, consistent with the highest standards in psychology” (National Conference on the Education and Training of Scientist-Practitioners for the Professional Practice of Psychology, 1990, pp. 7-8). Graduate students also receive specific training in university level classroom instruction/instructional technology and clinical supervision, consistent with the role of clinical psychologists in the 21st century.

Degree Requirements. The Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology is designed to be completed in five years of full-time study (with summer enrollment expected), regardless of whether the student enters with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree. The program includes a one-year predoctoral internship to be completed off-campus at an APA accredited internship site. There are a total of 84 semester hours of courses, practica, and research requirements as detailed in our handbook (linked below). A Master’s Thesis and a Dissertation, which represent significant contributions to the field, are both required. Successful completion of the Qualifying and Comprehensive Examination is required prior to initiation of dissertation research.

Handbook. Our Handbook contains a wealth of information about our program, covering topics such as:

  • The Program Overview
  • The Scientist-Practitioner Model
  • Training Emphasis
  • Program Goals
  • Curriculum Goals
  • Expectations of Doctoral Students
  • Development of Competencies
  • Practicum Training
  • Internships

Accreditation. The UCF Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology has been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) Commission on Accreditation since 2003. For information about our accreditation status, you can contact the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. Their contact information is:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202-336-5979
TDD/TTY: 202-336-6123
Fax: 202-336-5978
apaaccred@apa.org

Licensing Disclosure. While licensure or certification may be available in this field of study, our program does not lead to such licensure or certification upon graduation. The professional preparation you receive in our program may still assist you in such pursuits; however, we are unable to confirm the specific licensure and certification requirements of each state, territory, or foreign entity in which professional credentialing may be possible.  If you intend to pursue such credentialing in your state or elsewhere, we advise you to contact the applicable state credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if our program meets its academic criteria. You are welcome to contact Dr. Kristi Alexander, Kristi.alexander@ucf.edu, with questions in this regard and we will do our best to assist you in your career planning.

Need More Information? If you have any questions regarding the Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology, please contact:

Mrs. Kelsey Loftus
Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program Assistant
Phone: 407-823-2157, Kelsey.Loftus@ucf.edu