The PhD Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Colorado Boulder has been ranked among the top 20 programs for a number of years and is currently ranked #16 in the nation by US News and World Report. The clinical psychology program is designed to train students in a clinical science model that integrates the ability to conduct and publish research with competence in assessment, prevention, and clinical intervention. The foremost goal of the program is provide students with training in the science of psychology. Students will complete applied training during clinical practica, but spend the majority of their time working with faculty to produce research. Working with their mentors, students are encouraged to apply for national grant funding, present research at conferences, and publish in academic journals.
The purpose of the program is to prepare students for academic and applied research careers. It is not designed to train private practitioners.
In 2008, the clinical training program was recognized by NIMH as a Program of Excellence in scientifically validated treatments for mood disorders.
The Clinical Psychology program has been continuously accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA) from 1949 to the present. Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: