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Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology - Clinical

Major: CPSY
Degree Awarded: Ph.D.
Unit: GA
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Program Information

Mission Statement

The mission of the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at the University of Louisville is to produce scientist-practitioners who are: (1) competent to conduct and evaluate research; (2) competent in implementing research-supported practice; (3) ethical and professional in their relationships with clients, students, and colleagues; and (4) prepared to be professionals in a diverse world.

General Information

The Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, in the College of Arts and Sciences, offers Ph.D. programs in Experimental Psychology and Clinical Psychology.

The Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program usually requires four years of full-time course work, research, and clinical activities. Each student must also complete a one-year approved internship. Students are required to complete a Master's Research Portfolio. After completion of the Master's portfolio, students write their preliminary examination and then move on to their dissertation work. A dissertation proposal must be defended before a student may apply for internship.

Financial support for graduate students in the Ph.D. program is available in the form of teaching and research assistantships, University Fellowships, and placements in community service settings.

Program Admission Procedure

  1. The Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program application deadline is December 1.
  2. Completed graduate applications should be submitted to the University of Louisville Office of Graduate Admissions. There is a $60 application fee (on-line at or call the Office of Graduate Admissions at (502)852-3101 for more information. Our Ph.D. programs admit students to begin in the Fall semester, with a usual start date of July 1.
  3. The Graduate Record Examination General Test is required. Those for whom English is not their native language must also submit TOEFL scores.
  4. Transcripts of college records from all schools attended must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Students must have earned an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.
  5. Three letters of recommendation from academic sources are required and must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  6. Application materials are available on line,  For additional information, contact Ms. Maggie Leahy, (502)852-4364 or Ms. Carolyn Mask, (502)852-8272.
  7. Each student must meet department requirements including core courses, research, the preliminary examination, a research portfolio, a dissertation, and an approved internship.


The Clinical Psychology Ph.D. curriculum contains 2 basic sets of core courses: department cores and clinical cores. The curriculum closely follows guidelines for accreditation established and maintained by the American Psychological Association's Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation.

Students take a two-course assessment sequence, a two-course intervention sequence, courses in psychopathology, interviewing, legal and ethical issues, and at least three advanced seminars in specific clinical topics, including one on diversity.

In addition to the clinical core curriculum, students take basic psychology core courses including a statistics and research methods sequence, behavioral neuroscience, personality, developmental, cognitive, social, and history and systems of psychology. Students also complete research hours for master's and dissertation research. 

Department Core:

  • 620 Human Learning or 621 Cognitive Processes
  • 642 Behavioral Neuroscience or 643 Principles of Neuroscience
  • 670 Advanced Social Psychology
  • 661 Advanced Developmental Psychology
  • 673 Advanced Personality
  • 610 and 611 Advanced Statistics I and II
  • 601 History and Systems

Clinical Core:

  • 656 Legal and Ethical
  • 679 and 680, Assessment I and II
  • 683 and 684, Interventions I and II
  • 693 Interviewing
  • 689 Advanced Clinical Psychopathology
  • 685 Clinical Practicum


Topical seminars are offered to augment the curriculum and allow students more detailed exposure to areas of interest. Recent seminars include: Schizophrenia, Geropsychology, Neuropsychology, Anxiety Disorders, and Behavioral Medicine. Students may with approval from their mentor and the director of clinical training take seminars in other departments of the University.

Students entering the program with graduate courses from another program may request that core courses be waived provided the appropriate instructors judge them to be of equivalent content.

Departmental Faculty

Cara Cashon
Associate Professor

L. Kevin Chapman
Associate Professor

Marci DeCaro
Assistant Professor

Paul J. DeMarco

Edward A. Essock

Zijiang He

Richard Lewine

Keith Lyle
Associate Professor

Benjamin Mast
Associate Professor and Vice Chair

Suzanne Meeks
Professor and Chair

Carolyn B. Mervis

Tamara Newton
Associate Professor

John R. Pani

Heywood M. Petry

Paul Rosen
Assistant Professor

Edna Ross
Associate Professor

Paul G. Salmon
Associate Professor

Sandra Sephton
Associate Professor

Patrick Shafto
Associate Professor

Barbara Stetson
Associate Professor

Christian Stilp
Assistant Professor

Monnica Williams
Assistant Professor

Janet Woodruff-Borden
Professor and Director of Clinical Training

Pavel Zahorik
Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Joseph F. Aponte

Stephen E. Edgell

John C. Birkimer

James M. Driscoll

Samuel Z. Himmelfarb

Robert G. Meyer

Stanley A. Murrell

Irwin D. Nahinsky

John A. Robinson

Richard P. Smith

Fred Wightman

Contact Information

Psychology - Clinical - Ph.D.

Janet Woodruff-Borden, Ph.D.
Director of Clinical Training

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