Clinical Psychology PhD

Training Philosophy

The UWM Clinical Psychology program strongly believes in the scientist-practitioner model of training. To us, the scientist-practitioner is not a dual entity consisting of separate research and clinical repertoires. Rather, he or she is a professional psychologist who uses knowledge of research to guide practice and who is fully capable of conducting research in the context of practice (or independent of practice).

The UWM Clinical Psychology Program is a member of The Academy of Psychological Clinical Science, which is a coalition of doctoral training programs that share a common goal of producing and applying scientific knowledge to the assessment, understanding, and amelioration of human problems. Membership in the Academy is granted only after a thorough peer review process. Its membership in the Academy indicates that our program is committed to excellence in scientific training, and to using clinical science as the foundation for designing, implementing, and evaluating assessment and intervention procedures.

The Goals and Objectives of our program are as follows:

1) Prepare students to serve as consumers and producers of research

  1. Students will become critical and informed consumers and producers of research.

2) Prepare students for entry-level evidence-based psychology practice

  1. Students will develop an understanding of and ability to implement the multidimensional skill set required to conduct evidence-based practices across a range of presenting problems, populations, and settings.
  2. Students will demonstrate reflective practice, professional values, attitudes, interpersonal competencies, and professionalism.

3) Prepare students to effectively consider ethical issues in research and practice

  1. Students will understand and demonstrate appropriate ethical behavior in the context of research and practice

4) Prepare students to understand and demonstrate sensitivity to diversity/multicultural considerations relevant to clinical psychology.

  1. Students will demonstrate knowledge of diversity/multicultural considerations related to the practice of clinical psychology
  2. Students will demonstrate sensitivity to diversity/multicultural consideration in their professional activities.

5) Prepare students to have an understanding and appreciation of psychology broadly defined.

  1. Students will develop an understanding and appreciation of psychology, broadly defined.
  2. Students will demonstrate a commitment to life-long learning.

Theoretical Orientation

The UWM Clinical Psychology program is committed to empiricism, and approaches research and practice from a theoretically diverse, biopsychosocial perspective. The most common theoretical perspective is cognitive-behavioral/behavior analytic.

Accreditation Status

The Ph.D. program in clinical psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is accredited by the American Psychological Association. The Program is now accredited through 2016 and will complete the reaccreditation process in 2016. The program has been continually accredited since 1980.

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

Areas of Strength

Training in Scientifically Validated Interventions

The Clinical Psychology program at UWM was the recipient of a 5-year grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to acknowledge and further develop “Programs of Excellence” in scientifically validated behavioral interventions. This grant support resulted in further development of our curriculum in scientifically validated interventions for various psychiatric disorders, including both coursework and practicum experiences. While offerings vary by year according to faculty interests and availability, we currently offer specialized training in behavioral activation for depression, prolonged exposure for PTSD, Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy, and cognitive behavior therapy for anxiety in children. Upon successful completion of the UWM program, students will be trained as competent generalist psychologists as they have always been. However, the availability of these specialized therapy teams also means that students they will graduate with specialized clinical training in the competent administration-delivery of assessment and treatment in a specific empirically-supported interventions.

Specialization Training

The UWM Clinical Psychology Program is designed to train psychologists as generalists. However, our faculty research/clinical interests cluster in three primary areas including neuroscience/neuropsychology, behavior therapy, and pediatric/health psychology. As a result, students often leave the program with a focus in one or more of these areas.

Mentor Model

Students are admitted into the clinical program under the supervision of a specific research mentor who matches their specific interests. Graduate students in the clinical psychology program can have an advisor from either the clinical or experimental psychology programs. Visit the faculty site to see a list of both clinical and experimental psychology faculty. Although students enter the program under a specific mentor, students may elect to change advisors at a later time.

Admissions and Interviews

Typically, applications will be reviewed in late December to early January and about 25 – 30 applicants will be invited for the on-site interview day, which is scheduled for Friday, January 27th, 2017. Due to the large volume of applications received, we are not able to interview all applicants or to schedule interviews before that time. Following our evaluation, applicants who are no longer being considered will be notified as soon as possible. However, we maintain a secondary list of another 20 to 25 applicants who remain under consideration in case we determine that additional applicants should be interviewed. These applicants will be notified once our final acceptances have been received and they are no longer in consideration. Click on the following link to view statistics about our incoming classes from the last five years. Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data (pdf 95kb).