Graduate Programs Overview

The Department of Psychology is organized into three divisions (Adult, Child, and Health) which oversee the major graduate and research programs of the Department. Cutting across all three divisions is the Clinical Psychology Program, which provides clinical training with an emphasis on adult, child, pediatric, and health clinical psychology. The clinical program abides by the guidelines and principles for APA accreditation and has been continuously accredited for the past 40 years. The APA Commission on Accreditation can be contacted at:

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



The Adult Division (Charles S. Carver, Ph.D., Director and Amy Weisman de Mamani, Ph.D., Associate Director) contains the Adult Clinical track.

The Child Division (Amanda Jensen-Doss Ph.D., Director; Kristin Lindahl, Ph.D. and Daniel Messinger, Ph.D., Associate Directors) offers three tracks, the Developmental, Clinical Child/Family Clinical, and Pediatric Health Clinical.

The Health Division (Neil Schneiderman, Ph.D., Director and Marc Gellman, Ph.D., Associate Director) includes the Health Clinical, Behavioral Medicine (non-clinical), and Behavioral Neurosciences (non-clinical) tracks.

In addition to the Clinical Program, graduate programs in Developmental, Behavioral Medicine, and Behavioral Neuroscience are represented in the Department. There are approximately 95 graduate students (80 percent women, 30 percent ethnic minorities) enrolled full time within the Department; all of these students are supported by scholarships, fellowships, teaching assistantships, research assistantships, or by one of five research training grants. Typically, 9-12 clinical students per year are on paid, full-time APA-accredited internships. Each year 15-20 Ph.D.s are awarded in Psychology. The American Psychological Association Graduate Student Association recently honored our graduate program for its efforts on behalf of graduate student education.

Consistent with the program goals and objectives, it is the intent of the Department that graduates be well-rounded and informed psychologists. Students' training in the breadth of scientific psychology is achieved through a combination of coursework, Clinical Qualifying Exams, and students' teaching-requirement.

In the first semester students begin the 3-semester research design and statistic course sequence. Students also begin taking the 7 required foundation courses in their first year, with additional foundation courses completed during second year. Required courses cover the biological, cognitive/affective, and social aspects of behavior, as well as research methods and data analysis. All students are also required to take courses in human development and psychopathology. Students take two courses pertinent to professional standards and ethics. These courses precede students' practicum placements and cover the APA Ethical Principles and other professional and legal issues, including confidentiality and conflicts of interest.

Clinical Program

In the clinical program, The philosophy and model of training for the UM program in clinical psychology is that of a scientist-practitioner model, as elaborated at the Boulder Conference in 1949, with a somewhat greater emphasis on the clinical science component. To facilitate the clinical science component, the UM program uses a "mentor model" for research training, in that applicants are admitted to the program based in part on their "match" with the research interests of a specific faculty mentor; mentors closely supervise the research activities of the students working in their labs. The UM clinical program prepares students to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field and to practice clinical psychology. In addition to broad and general training in clinical psychology, the program provides training in one of the following substantive areas of focus within clinical psychology: adult, child, pediatric, and health psychology. For more information go to the Clinical Program page.

Clinical Programs are overseen by the Director of Clinical Training (Annette La Greca, Ph.D.) and the Clinical Committee to ensure compliance with APA standards (UM Clinical Applicant Data).