The Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology is a Purdue University degree offered in the Department of Psychology.
The Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology prepares students for careers as researchers, educators, direct service providers, and administrators. Although the program provides strong clinical training, its primary emphasis is on the methods of behavioral science, and the program offers unusually rich opportunities for research and training.
The program requires a full-time commitment for six years of study, including completion of six academic semesters of course work, a minimum 800 hours of practicum experience, a master’s thesis, a preliminary examination to admit a student to doctoral candidacy, a dissertation, and a one-year internship. In addition to the basic course work, students take additional courses, gain focused research experience, or gain practicum experience specific to one of our three areas of emphasis: clinical health psychology, severe mental illness/psychiatric rehabilitation, or substance use. The program has a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion which shows through in our community, coursework, practicum placements, and research. The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association and is a member of the Council of Clinical Health Psychology Training Programs.
Our program addresses the psychological and social consequences of mental and physical health conditions. As scientists, we study behaviors, experiences, and attitudes of persons with mental and physical health conditions and their families, and prevention of health conditions. Additionally, we evaluate the effectiveness of treatment interventions. You’ll learn to assess individuals and their environment, plan and implement psychosocial interventions, and monitor their progress over time. Our program focuses on a wide variety of social, psychological, and practical problems, such as social functioning, emotional well-being, family relationships, activities of daily living, employment, and independent living.