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.
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.View Catalog
Application Deadline is December 1st
The UCF Psychology Department coordinates the admission process with the UCF Graduate Studies office. In order to enroll in graduate classes, students must have obtained a baccalaureate or higher degree, prior to the start of the term for which the student is admitted, from a regionally accredited institution or from a recognized foreign institution. Students without a baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited institution (or equivalent) are not admitted to graduate degree programs, graduate certificate programs, or graduate nondegree status.
The GRE will be required for Fall 2022.
An application to most PhD programs contains five components. Successful applicants typically have both strengths and relative weaknesses in their applications, and it is important to view one’s application as a portfolio. The components of the application are as follow:
- GPA/Educational History
- Test scores: GRE
- Letters of recommendation: Three letters written by people who can speak to your work ethic, range of professional interests, and what it is like to work with you.
- Personal essay: An essay about your research and clinical interests and faculty you may be interested in working with while enrolled in our program.
- Content training: Information about career and research experiences may be highlighted on the CV and personal statement and are often described in an applicant’s letters of recommendation.
Although very weak GRE scores or other information indicating a poor fit in any area may prevent an applicant from being offered an interview, many applicants with some relative weaknesses and strengths may still be offered interviews. At UCF, the applicants’ fit with the goals of the program are a critical component. It is very rare that an application is positively distinguished on all five of the areas described above. In the past 6 years, GRE scores have ranged from 308-320 and GPAs have ranged from 3.5 to 3.75.
ETS offers the GRE® Fee Reduction Program for applicants who can demonstrate financial need, for those who are unemployed and receiving unemployment compensation, and for national programs that work with underrepresented groups.Graduate Requirements Apply Now Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data
UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL 32816-0112
ETS PPI: 5233
For more information on the application process, please contact:
Dr. Kristi Alexander
Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program Director
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
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.
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
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.
The Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Faculty adhere to the belief that research activities are an integral part of being a Clinical Psychologist. Consistent with this belief, the majority of our graduates seek academic- and research-oriented positions after they complete our program. Even for those who take other types of positions and who work in more applied settings, however, Clinical Psychologists must be able to locate and evaluate research literature relevant to evidence-based interventions and best practice in the field of Clinical Psychology.Training in Clinical Science Training in Clinical Practice
Clinical Services and Laboratories
- Children’s Learning Clinic – IV
- The Health, Emotion, and Psychophysiology Laboratory
- Mood, Personality, and CogniTion (MPACT) Lab
- Psychology Clinic
- Substance Use Research Group
- Health, Expectancies, & Addiction Laboratory (HEAL)
- Risk, Eating, and Addiction Longitudinally Examined Through In situ Momentary Experiences Laboratory (REAL-TIME Lab)
- Designing Research & Education for Addiction Management Laboratory (DREAM Lab)
- UCF RESTORES
- Understanding Children & Family Laboratory
Faculty in Ph.d. Clinical Psychology
Kristi AlexanderDirector of Clinical Training & Clinical Professor
Jeffrey S. BedwellProfessor
Deborah C. BeidelTrustee Chair and Pegasus Professor
Michael E. DunnAssociate Professor
Robert DvorakAssociate Professor
Vikki T Gaskin-ButlerVisiting Associate Clinical Professor & Director of the Psychology Clinical
Lidia MesheshaAssistant Professor
Amie NewinsAssistant Professor
Daniel PaulsonAssociate Professor
Mark D. RapportProfessor
Kimberly RenkAssociate Professor
David RozekAssistant Professor