About Us

The Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Houston has been continuously accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association since 1959.

The Program endorses the Boulder Model of training with an emphasis on the integration of the scientific and professional aspects of the field. Within this overall emphasis, particular focus is on developing the conceptual, research, and technical skills necessary for conducting clinical research into the etiology and assessment/treatment of the behavior disorders. The Program is based on a strong advisor-advisee relationship and adheres to a broad-based empirical orientation.

We expose students to a range of theoretical, research and clinical approaches to problems. The Program offers training in three areas of concentration (or tracks): 1) adult behavior disorders 2) child-family, and 3) clinical neuropsychology.

We focus on multiple goals during training including developing competencies in: 1) Research skills, 2) Assessment and Intervention skills, 3) Conceptual integration of science and practice, 4) Ethical and professional behavior,  5) Awareness of and sensitivity to individual and cultural differences, and 6) entry-level training in one of the three concentrations (tracks).

The Program is designed to be completed in five years, including the internship. The average length of time to completion has averaged 5.6 years. Please see Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data for recent program information.

The Clinical Program receives more than 400 applications for 8-10 position openings every year. In evaluating applications, our review committee examines GRE scores, undergraduate courses and GPA, letters of recommendation, clinical and research experience, statements of goals, and a required personal interview. The statement of goals is viewed as a reflection of the applicant’s fit with the program in terms of orientation to graduate education and research and clinical interests. While most students are accepted directly from undergraduate studies a number of successful applicants have earned a Master’s degree and/or have several years of work experience. 

We encourage applications from those with a diverse individual and/or cultural background. Houston is the most ethnically diverse large city in the country and UH is the 2nd most diverse Tier 1 Research University. We take great pride in this diversity and the supportive environment it offers to our students. During the last eight years, fully a third of our successful applicants have contributed to our individual and cultural diversity. 

Additionally, as a member of the Council of University Directors of Clinical Training (CUDCP), the Clinical Psychology program at the Univeristy of Houston adheres to CUDCP’s policies and guidelines for graduate school admissions, offers and acceptance. For additional information about these policies, please visit this page.

More information about application tips also is available at clinicalpsychgradschool.org, offered from CUDCP.

Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979
E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org
Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation