Application Deadline for Fall 2018: November 15, 2017

Doctoral Program

A bachelor’s degree is required. Undergraduate courses in experimental psychology, statistics, and at least three of the core areas of psychology (developmental, learning, perception, physiological, or social) are generally adequate didactic preparation for graduate study. Most students also have additional basic science backgrounds as part of their undergraduate majors. Although a psychology major on the undergraduate level is preferred, the department has, on occasion, accepted students with undergraduate preparation in other disciplines.

Recent statistics suggest that the average first year student has a combined verbal and quantitative GRE of 314 and an undergraduate GPA of 3.63. For more information see Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data. All students had, in addition to didactic preparation, some practical experience of a clinical or research nature prior to enrollment. The admission committee places particular emphasis on prior research experience, the breadth and quality of the undergraduate preparation in basic science and psychology, letters of recommendation and personal statements. Undergraduate GPA and GRE scores (verbal, quantitative, and writing) also affect the committee’s decision.

The admissions committee has throughout the years not required interviews as part of the acceptance procedure. However, interviews are recommended because they benefit both the applicant and the program in determining whether there is a good fit between the applicant’s training needs and training opportunities. You are welcome to contact the individual faculty and discuss specifics of the area that you are interested.

The admissions committee makes every effort to make telephone contact with all applicants in the final selection pool who are also invited to a recruitment weekend to be held in February. The number of students admitted is typically 12-15 from an applicant pool of about 350-400.  The actual size of the class is determined by a number of different factors including available faculty, University, and departmental support, program needs, and the goal of attracting and maintaining an excellent and diverse student body.  The Department of Clinical and Health Psychology adheres to the Guidelines for Graduate School Offers and Acceptances adopted by the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology and to Admissions policies established by the Council of Graduate Schools.  The CUDCP guidelines can be found here.

The admissions process involves the following steps:  (1) After the deadline for completion of application materials has passed, the electronic application package is distributed to members of the admissions committee for review.  This typically takes place during December and early January.  (2) The admissions committee then meets to review rankings and to select a group of applicants to invite for our yearly Interview Weekend, which typically takes place in February or early March.  Students who are invited for interviews but who cannot attend Interview Weekend are offered telephone interviews or, in extenuating circumstances, later on-campus interviews.  (3) After the interview process is complete, the admission committee consults program faculty and students for feedback.  This data, together with information available in the application packet, is considered during a final admissions committee meeting in which rank order lists are created.  (4)  The applicants are then either offered admission, placed on an alternate list, or declined admission.  Status in the first two categories may change as admissions offers are accepted or denied until all admissions slots are filled.

The University of Florida encourages applications from qualified applicants of both sexes from all cultural, racial, religious and ethnic groups. The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, sex, national origin, age, or handicap.

All application materials must be submitted by November 15, 2017 to ensure consideration for selection.

The following faculty have openings in their laboratories for new students in Fall 2018:

Clinical Child

Clinical Health



For additional information regarding Ph.D. Program Admissions, please contact the Program Director, Russell Bauer, Ph.D., at or the Academic Coordinator, Melissa Naidu at 352-273-6142 or via email

Internship Program

Admissions to the Internship Program are made in a two-step process. The Internship Admissions Committee, which is chaired by the Internship Director and includes representative from each of the Divisions, selects applicants to be invited for on-campus interviews; following the interviews, the particular faculty members associated with each of the three training Divisions (i.e., clinical child/pediatric psychology; medical/health psychology; and clinical neuropsychology) decide on the rankings of candidates to be submitted to the National Matching Services, Inc.

If you wish to apply for an appointment as a psychology intern, you should complete the AAPI Online which may be accessed at click on APPI Online. Please specify in your cover letter which track (Neuropsychology, Medical/Health or Child-Pediatric) you are applying for. Include three letters of recommendation from individuals who are knowledgeable about your clinical training. Please upload and attach to your electronic application a work sample of a psychological evaluation report that you personally have written. Be sure to protect the confidentiality of patients or clients and their families (i.e., compliant with all federal regulations regarding patient privacy).

All application materials must be submitted by November 1, 2016 to ensure consideration for selection. Personal interviews will be offered to those applicants who have passed an initial review conducted by training faculty. Telephone interviews may also be arranged in the event that the applicant cannot personally visit the program. Personal interviews are scheduled for three (3) Fridays in January prior to the selection date. For January 2018 the Friday interview days will be January 5th, January 12th and January 19th, 2018. Although a personal interview is not required for admission, in nearly all cases it is beneficial and informative for both the Program and the applicant. For additional information regarding Internship Admissions, please contact Dr. Lori Waxenberg, 352-273-5273 or via email: