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Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program


The Clinical Psychology doctoral program at URI is designed for students who are committed to a career involving both practice and research. You will have the flexibility to focus more on research over practice, or vice versa, as you develop your individual plan of study and choose program committee members, engage in clinical training opportunities, and select elective courses.

Clinical Psychology Program Statistics (Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data)

The Clinical Program is the largest doctoral program within URI’s Psychology Department, and has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1972. The program has adopted the Scientist-Practitioner model, and provides you with generalist training in intervention, assessment, methodology, and the core areas of psychology.

We believe it is important to train innovators and leaders, as clinical psychology is a dynamic field with constantly changing content and ever evolving domains of expertise. It follows that we elect to train generalists rather than to adhere to rigid academic tracks based on content. We emphasize training in principles of:

  • reliable and valid measurement of psychological construct
  • categorization and prediction
  • empirically-based intervention methods

As a student in this program you can select a focus area in:

  • Health psychology
  • Multicultural psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Child/family/developmental psychology
  • Research methodology.

We value training in diversity and multicultural issues, especially since ethnic/minority groups constitute the fastest growing segments of the population in the United States. To meet future mental health needs, we will train you to deal with cultural values, gender, and other diversity factors that influence health and behavior.

The program will also provide you with the opportunity to learn community and population-based approaches, take advanced methodology courses, and focus on multicultural issues through designated courses and infusion. Though our emphasis is on training in cognitive-behavioral approaches, you will be exposed to a variety of psychotherapy orientations (e.g., cognitive-behavioral, family systems, motivational interviewing, interpersonal-process, & multicultural) and treatment modalities (e.g., family, couples, group, individual adult, & child therapy). You also have the opportunity to explore other treatment approaches and specified populations in a variety of affiliated externship settings in hospitals and community mental health settings throughout Rhode Island.


The URI clinical psychology program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1972. As noted in the APA Accreditation Handbook, the aim of accreditation is to promote program excellence and to provide professional and objective evaluation of programs as a service to the public, prospective students, and the profession.

To maintain accreditation, the clinical psychology program submits an annual report summarizing the year’s activities with respect to accreditation criteria. Every five to seven years the program undertakes a more detailed self-study followed by a site visit from an accreditation team. The clinical program was fully re-accredited by APA in 2011. The next accreditation self-study and site visit process will take place in 2017-2018. As a student, you would have the opportunity to contribute information to the self-study process and are requested to be available to site visitors for discussion and feedback. The program’s annual reports, the accreditation report, and related materials are available for inspection to matriculated students from the Director of Clinical Training.

Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202-336-5979

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