Application Deadline for Fall 2020: November 15, 2019

Interview Weekend: February 13-15, 2020

Invitations to attend the interview weekend will be sent between December 9 & 20, 2019


Doctoral Program

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) and the score on the GRE Psychology Subject Test also affect the committee’s decision.

Recommended Additional Coursework and Preparation.  Our most successful applicants have typically benefited from having the following recommended experience and coursework:

  1. A minimum of 1-2 semesters as a research assistant in a laboratory conducting psychological research. Ideally, participation in publication or presentation of the laboratory’s research would serve as evidence of the quality of the applicant’s work.
  2. Some coursework in life-science fields such as biology, chemistry, physics, health science
  3. A course in statistics or research design
  4. Additional basic science backgrounds as part of their undergraduate majors.

The admissions committee makes every effort to make 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 250-300.  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, 2019 to ensure consideration for Fall 2020 selection.

Apply to the Program

The following faculty have openings in their laboratories for new students in Fall 2020:

Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology

Clinical Health



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