Clinical Ph.D. Option


Our Clinical Psychology Ph.D. is a full time, APA accredited1 program of graduate study that provides professional education in the entry-level science and practice of clinical psychology.   The program has a science-practice training model and our program is particularly suitable for students interested in pursuing careers in academia, research and medical settings.

The program seeks to enhance the public health, broadly defined, through:

  • Providing rigorous training of students (Education Mission)
  • Supplying accessible resources for the integration of behavioral sciences, health research and healthcare (Service Mission)
  • Developing knowledge and enhancing health outcomes through empirical research (Research and Evaluation Mission)
  • Incorporating integrity and respect for human and intellectual diversity in all our activities (Human Mission)


Research training is a major emphasis and is based on a mentorship model in which each incoming student is paired with a faculty member with shared interests.  Check out of faculty research interests.  Students complete an original thesis and dissertation and continuously engage in research throughout their program.  They are encouraged and expected to present their research at national and international conferences and to publish their work in scientific journals. The department provides a rich research environment for students across various research laboratories; collaborations with colleagues at community- based organizations, medical centers, and other Kansas City institutions; as well as national and international research collaborations.

Clinical Training

The program’s clinical training and services are grounded in a commitment to the integration of science and practice.  Our clinical training is graduated to provide increasing skills and specialization opportunities as students’ progress.  All second year students complete their year-long clinical practicum at UMKC’s Community Counseling and Assessment Center allowing program faculty the opportunity to provide regular direct supervision of students’ clinical work.   Practicum after that are tailored to students’ interests and developmental needs and take place in a range clinical settings in the Kansas City area.

Program Structure

The program is designed to be completed in 5-6 years of full-time program participation. The core curriculum includes training in assessment, psychotherapeutic intervention, professional and ethical issues, quantitative analysis, research methods, psychopathology, biopsychology, and health psychology outlined in the Clinical Psychology PhD Program Student Handbook.  Beginning in the second year students also engage in year-long clinical practicum experiences and typically apply for internship at the end of the fourth or fifth year.


Typically the program admits 4 students from a pool of over one hundred applicants each year (see Ph.D. Program Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data page). The program received initial APA accreditation1 in 2004, and in 2012 it was re-accredited1 by the APA for the full seven years possible. 

More Information

This program follows the Council of Graduate Schools Resolution Regarding Graduate Scholars, Fellows, Trainees, and Assistants.


1For additional information or questions on the accreditation of our Clinical Psychology Program, contact the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242. Web: Phone: 202-336-5979. E-Mail: