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Department of Clinical and Health Psychology will be closed for Thanksgiving Holiday, starting 11/26 at 2:00pm. We will resume regular business hours on 12/1. We wish you Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!

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 315 and an undergraduate GPA of 3.74. 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 analytic ability) 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 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.

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.

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 www.appic.org 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 1st 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 2015, the Friday interview days will be January 9th, January 16th and January 23rd. 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, please contact Dr. Lori Waxenberg, 352-273-5273 or via email: lwaxenbe@phhp.ufl.edu