The PhD Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Colorado Boulder offers doctoral education and training in clinical psychology, the main goal of which is to train clinical scientists who will produce and apply scientific knowledge in understanding, assessing, preventing, and treating emotional and behavioral problems. We have three primary training goals that inform and guide our training program. These three goals are to (a) offer a curriculum of competently-taught courses that cover a broad knowledge base of psychology and clinical psychology; (b) provide a training environment that encourages research productivity; and (c) train clinicians who can skillfully apply scientifically-based principles of assessment and intervention. Please see the Clinical Student Handbook for more information on the program.
All students are admitted to work toward the PhD degree. We do not offer a terminal Master's Degree, though all our students fulfill the requirements for and receive a Master of Arts degree in the course of working toward the PhD.
Graduate students choose a research mentor who will oversee their progress in research training. Students may sample from a variety of research topics currently represented among the clinical faculty. Applicants are encouraged to specify members of the faculty whom they view as having interests most compatible with their own and in whose labs they would most like to work. In clinical training, students are exposed to a variety of theoretical orientations, including acceptance-based, behavioral, cognitive, couple, family, and mindfulness-based approaches. The program provides training in its own clinical/research facilities. In addition, there are approximately 42 faculty members and 94 graduate students in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience. Students work closely with their faculty mentors and interact extensively with each other. Interdisciplinary study is encouraged and facilitated by several interdepartmental institutes: the Institute for Behavioral Genetics, the Institute of Behavioral Science, and the Institute of Cognitive Science.
The Clinical Psychology Program also operates several clinics. The Raimy Psychology Clinic and the Sutherland Center for Bipolar Disorder provide evidence-based psychological treatments for individuals, couples, and families. The Attention Behavior and Learning Clinic and the Brain Behavior Clinic provide neuropsychological assessments of children, adolescents, and adults.
Commitment to Diversity
The Clinical Program is committed to fostering diversity in the graduate student body. As part of CU Boulder's vision and commitment to building a community of students, faculty, and staff in which diversity is a fundamental value, and consistent with efforts on the CU Boulder campus to promote inclusive excellence, we cultivate diversity, embrace equity, and strive to be a just, welcoming and inclusive community. The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience has a strong history of scientific excellence in the study of stereotyping and bias. We attend to diversity and inclusion in all program policies and practices, and training in multicultural perspectives and practice is an essential and required part of the Clinical Program curriculum.
The Colorado Advantage Graduate Preview Weekend provides an opportunity for underrepresented students to preview the doctoral programs of Psychology and Neuroscience and other CU Boulder Science, Technology, Engineering and Math departments. For more information, see the Colorado Advantage web site.
McNair Scholars and Project 1000 applicants are eligible for application fee waivers. Diverse students who are accepted into the program may receive supplemental fellowship funding is through our NIMH research education training grant.
To learn more about what the University of Colorado has to offer to underrepresented students, please visit the following websites:
- Cultural Unity & Engagement Center
- Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement
- Student Groups including Student Outreach Retention Center for Equity (SORCE)
The University of Colorado Boulder is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution. The department encourages applications from underrepresented students.