Graduate opportunities

The Clinical Psychology program in the Department of Psychology provides doctorallevel training in conducting research as well as provision and evaluation of clinical services.

Our training leads to a Doctor of Philosophy degree and prepares you to work to alleviate a wide range of mental, emotional and behavioral symptoms. The program’s philosophy is best described as student centered within a scientistpractitioner model. The core values are:

  • Commitment to excellence
  • Genuine integration of science and practice
  • Respect for the individual

Our commitment to excellence requires that high standards of research and clinical practice be maintained. These high expectations enable you to be highly competitive at the national level for prominent positions in science and practice settings. We empower you to meet or exceed our expectations by providing high quality, wellsupervised training in a supportive environment.

Our faculty members are active researchers and are recognized as experts in their fields, earning awards and grants from nationally and internationally prominent organizations. The quantity and quality of research conducted within our program earned high marks in a recent independent study of the American Psychological Association’s accredited programs. Our program ranked:

  • 14th nationally (top 6%) on its number of publications in the most influential assessment journals
  • 6th nationally (top 3%) on its impact as measured by its citations in the leading assessment journals (a second index for measuring impact, the h-Index, places the program 5th nationally.)

The doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at the University of North Texas is accredited by the American Psychological Association, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation (750 First Street, NE.; Washington, D.C. 20002-4242; telephone 202-336-5979).

Outstanding research opportunities

Our research courses and research teams emphasize the clinical relevance of scientific inquiry. The clinical courses and practicums are grounded in theory and informed by empirical research. You will contribute to faculty research immediately upon entering the program. Although not bound to a formal mentorship model, we believe that a mentorship climate is conducive to close facultystudent collaboration and effective modeling of the scientist-practitioner paradigm.

The UNT Psychology Clinic offers professional services to the campus and surrounding areas while providing supervised training to our students. One of the largest training clinics in the country, the clinic includes dozens of assessment and intervention rooms with digital recording for use in supervision, training and applied clinical research.

Attending UNT

Admission requirements

Admission to the program is not determined by one criterion or quantitative measure of achievement. We assess your training needs and goals with how well you fit with the areas of research and clinical expertise among our faculty members. Motivation, aptitude and self-awareness are highly valued, as are communication, research and scientific writing skills. You must meet the specific admission requirements for the Toulouse Graduate School®, which are outlined at the graduate school website. Other requirements are:

  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in psychology or a related field (if you have only a bachelor’s degree, you will earn a master’s degree within the program en route to the doctoral degree.)
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on all undergraduate work or a 3.5 GPA on the last 60 undergraduate semester hours
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA on all graduate semester hours if you have a master’s degree Additional information about admission criteria and the application process is available at our website using the graduate programs link.

Degree requirements

The doctoral degree program requires a minimum of 90 semester hours beyond the bachelor’s degree and includes a one-year supervised clinical internship. The maximum amount of transfer credit for appropriate master’s degree work is 30 semester hours. Students entering with a master’s degree or equivalent may transfer a maximum of 12 semester hours beyond the master’s degree with approval by the clinical committee. This coursework must have been completed in a department offering a doctoral degree in psychology.

  • 12 semester hours of required departmental core courses
  • 29 semester hours of required clinical psychology program courses
  • 6 semester hours of electives
  • 6 semester hours of remaining graduate-level psychology courses

Remaining credits are distributed across clinical practicums and research experiences.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance is available to incoming students. Information on these opportunities is available at the graduate school website or financial aid website. In addition, you may apply for departmentfunded teaching or research assistantships, fellowships and part-time clinical externships during your doctoral studies. Competitive scholarships also are available from the Toulouse Graduate School® and other sources. To become eligible for these awards, students are expected to enroll in 9 to 12 semester hours each regular semester.

Faculty

Jennifer Callahan, Professor; Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. ABPP clinical psychology, improving psychotherapy processes and outcomes; understanding distress and resiliency following trauma exposure.

Ateka Contractor, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Toledo. Heterogeneity in traumatic experiences and corresponding PTSD symptomatology; impulse-based symptoms and substance use disorders; mechanisms of PTSD's comorbidity with depression; the role of cultural and personality influences in PTSD's symptomatology.

Sharon Jenkins, Professor; Ph.D., Boston University. Identification of clinically important features of personal relationships that are reflected in clients' stories.

David Cicero, Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training; Ph.D., University of Missouri. Assessment of psychosis and psychosis risk by using advanced statistical techniques; psychosis assessment instruments; role of race and ethnicity in the measurement and diagnosis of psychopathology; assessment and treatment programs for early psychosis.

Craig Neumann, Distinguished Research Professor; Ph.D., University of Kansas. Developmental, neuropsychological and structural aspects of personality disorders (psychopathy, borderline and schizotypal); substance abuse; depression; applications of structural equation modeling and other latent variable approaches.

Richard Rogers, Regents Professor; Ph.D., Utah State University. ABPP forensic psychology; forensic evaluations (Miranda, Competency to Stand Trial and Insanity); validation of structured interviews; psychological assessment.

Camilo Ruggero, Professor; Ph.D., University of Miami. Cognitive variables in bipolar disorder; less prototypic forms of bipolar disorder; quantitative methods.

Danica Slavish, Assistant Professor; Pennsylvania State University. Behavioral and physiological pathways linking sleep, stress, and health; Sleep impairment; Inflammation; Emotion and stress reactivity; Differences across populations; Experience sampling designs; Ambulatory psychophysiological assessments; longitudinal data analyses.