Clinical Psychology Program

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Clinical Psychology


The Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at The University of Arizona offers a science-based curriculum that emphasizes flexibility for students to tailor the learning experiences to their needs and interests.

Our overarching training goal is for students to become active clinical scientists who can:

  • Generate new knowledge investigating the origins, nature, diagnosis, amelioration, and prevention of mental and behavioral health problems
  • Provide significant widespread dissemination of clinical science for such problems
  • Provide the most effective and appropriate evidence based assessments and interventions for such problems

Areas of Specialization

The program offers a considerable range of clinical training and research opportunities. Although we follow a generalist training model, students can develop expertise in the following areas:


Our Clinical Program is accredited by American Psychological Association (APA) and the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS), and is a charter member of The Academy of Psychological Clinical Science.

In accordance with the policies of our APA and PCSAS accreditation, we provide the public with reliable and current information on the performance and achievements of our students, graduates, and faculty. This information can be found with our Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data.

Our clinical program has a long and distinguished history, and it has been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1962. For information regarding the program's accreditation status you may contact:

The Commission on Accreditation, American Psychological Association
750 First Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone # (202) 336-5979

The Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) was created in 2008 to promote superior science-centered education and training in clinical psychology, to increase the quality and quantity of clinical scientists contributing to the advancement of public health, and to enhance the scientific knowledge base for mental and behavioral health care. In 2010, the University of Arizona PhD Program in Clinical Psychology was among the first three universities accredited by PCSAS.

The University of Arizona's doctoral program in Clinical Psychology is a charter member of The Academy of Psychological Clinical Science, which is a coalition of doctoral training programs that share a common goal of producing and applying scientific knowledge to the assessment, understanding, and amelioration of human problems. Membership in the Academy is granted only after a thorough peer review process. Its membership in the Academy indicates that our program is committed to excellence in scientific training, and to using clinical science as the foundation for designing, implementing, and evaluating assessment and intervention procedures.


Updated: 09/28/23