Clinical Psychology

The Clinical Psychology training program is a clinical science program that strongly emphasizes a scientific approach to the understanding of psychological disorders and the influence of psychological factors on human relationships and health. The program is accredited by the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) and has been continuously accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association since 1948. The program is also a charter member of the Academy for Psychological Clinical Science.

Research Training: The program is designed for students who primarily are interested in helping to advance scientific understanding of clinical phenomena and in acquiring the research skills necessary to do so. Faculty members and students have active research collaborations with colleagues from many departments in the College of Medicine including Otolaryngology, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Internal Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Free Radical Biology, Urology, as well as from the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center and several departments in the College of Public Health and the Veterans' Affairs Medical Center.

Clinical Training: Recognizing that first-hand clinical experience and clinical competence are important for clinical research, the program closely integrates practicum experience in the Carl E. Seashore Psychology Clinic with course work and supervised research experience. Advanced students have opportunities to gain additional clinical experience through placement in a variety of facilities in the area. Students who wish to have the designation "clinical psychology" on their official doctoral degree transcript must satisfactorily complete a 1-year internship at an approved site. The internship comes after completion of all course work and most, if not all, of the dissertation project.

For information about the accreditation of our clinical psychology program, contact:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

American Psychological Association

750 First Street, NE
Washington DC, 20002-4242
TEL: 202-336-5979

Alan G. Kraut, Executive Director
Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS)
1800 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 402
Washington, DC 20036-1218 USA
(301) 455-8046

Prospective Graduate Students

If you are thinking about applying to our Ph.D. program in Clinical Psychology and want to learn more about the program and its faculty, please view our F.A.Q. page.

To view a list of Clinical Psychology faculty members accepting graduate students for the next Fall session, visit the Clinical Faculty Accepting Graduate Students page.

If your questions are not answered by these materials, please feel free to contact our training area coordinator, Prof. Michael O'Hara. Please be aware that we no longer distribute any materials by mail.

Office phone: 319-335-2436
Mailing address: Department of Psychology, The University of Iowa, W311 Seashore Hall, Iowa City, IA 52242-1407


Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data (updated August 2017)