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
  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.


Clinical Psychology Core Faculty

Cheri Levinson

Assistant Professor

Richard Lewine

Director of Undergraduate Studies

Benjamin Mast

Vice Chair

Suzanne Meeks


Tamara Newton

Associate Professor

Paul Rosen

Associate Professor

Paul G. Salmon

Associate Professor

Sandra Sephton

Associate Professor

Barbara Stetson
Associate Professor

Director of Clinical Training

Bernadette Walter

Associate Professor

Janet Woodruff-Borden

Other Department Faculty

Cara Cashon
Associate Professor

Director of Experimental Psychology Doctoral Program

Judith Danovitch

Associate Professor

Marci DeCaro

Assistant Professor

Paul J. DeMarco


Brendan Depue

Assistant Professor

Lora Haynes

Associate Professor

Zijiang He


Maria Kondaurova

Assistant Professor

Melinda Leonard

Associate Professor

Keith Lyle

Associate Professor

Carolyn B. Mervis


Nicholaus Noles

Assistant Professor

John R. Pani


Heywood M. Petry


Christian Stilp

Assistant Professor

Pavel Zahorik

Associate Professor