Clinical Science

Our Clinical Science program aims to reduce the burden of mental illness and improve public health by producing the next generation of leading clinical researchers who share three intertwined characteristics.  First, students in the program conduct research that advances the understanding, assessment, and treatment of psychopathology as well as identifies factors that may influence health behaviors and coping, all with the ultimate aim to improve physical and mental health.  Research may also examine bidirectional interactions between mental and physical health. Such research can be conducted in wide variety of settings, ranging from academic and medical-center contexts to service-provision, school, and public-policy contexts.  Second, students apply evidence-based methods to address behavioral-health problems.  And third, students disseminate clinical science through publishing, teaching, training care providers, developing and evaluating programs of care, or contributing to public policy.  We place a particular premium on the integration of research, application, and dissemination training experiences.

Our program offers students integrative and cross-disciplinary training opportunities that capitalize on relevant expertise throughout psychological science, as well as in allied disciplines, such as Psychiatry, Neurology, Genetics, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Neuroscience, and Public Health.  This includes participation of interested clinical science students in the departmental NIH-funded T32 Behavioral and Biomedical Interface Training Program. Consistent with our goals, we seek students who wish to pursue careers that are primarily research-focused and who place significant value on high-quality clinical training in their development as a clinical scientist.

Students can also receive specialized training through the Developmental Psychopathology Research Group, which focuses on understanding the origins, course, and mechanisms of adaptive and maladaptive developmental trajectories and pathways, and through the Health Psychology Research Group, which is concerned with the application of psychological theory, methods, and treatment to the understanding and promotion of physical health. Students with interests in developmental psychopathology or health psychology should contact potential mentors for more information about opportunities for graduate study.

Our program is a charter member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science (APCS), a coalition of leading doctoral and internship training programs that share a commitment to advancing clinical science.

We are accredited by the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS), which aims to advance the training of clinical scientists who both “generate new knowledge relating to mental health and use this knowledge to advance public health.”  Our accreditation by PCSAS attests to our success in producing graduates who produce, apply, and disseminate clinical science.  We have also been continuously accredited since 1948 by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA). 

For information about the accreditation of our clinical science 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 Science and want to learn more about the program and its faculty, please view our F.A.Q. page.

If your questions are not answered by these materials, please feel free to contact our training area coordinator, Prof. Alan Christensen. 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 September 2018)