Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology

The department of Clinical and health psychology

This department is an academic and professional unit in the College of Public Health and Health Professions.

We are located at the Academic Health Center within the University of Florida Campus in Gainesville.

The doctoral program in clinical psychology has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1953 and adheres to the Scientist-Practitioner Model of education and training. The Clinical Psychology Doctoral program is unique in the country in that it is housed in an independent department of Clinical and Health Psychology in a major academic health science setting along with an APA accredited internship. These features foster program strengths in research, teaching and professional training in health care psychology.

“The scientist-practitioner model produces a psychologist who is uniquely educated and trained to generate and integrate scientific and professional knowledge, attitudes, and skills so as to further psychological science, the professional practice of psychology, and human welfare. The graduate of this training model is capable of functioning as an investigator and as a practitioner, and may function as either or both, consistent with the highest standards in psychology. The scientist-practitioner model is ideal for psychologists who utilize scientific methods in the conduct of professional practice.”  (National Conference on the Education and Training of Scientist-Practitioners for the Professional Practice of Psychology).

To accommodate the broad range of career trajectories possible within Scientist-Practitioner education and training, the program offers a flexible Scientist-Practitioner curriculum that readies students for careers anywhere along the science-practice continuum. Our graduates successfully pursue careers in research, practice, or, more typically, in research-practice integration, and work in a broad range of professional settings, including academic health centers, hospitals, healthcare practices, and community agencies. All students obtain focused research mentorship in a faculty member’s laboratory and obtain broad training in clinical assessment and intervention both in and outside of their designated major area of study. The curriculum allows the student to develop broad competencies in assessment, intervention, consultation, and supervision, and ensures the acquisition of research skills and training in scientific methods and technologies to better understand behavior problems, psychopathology and psychological adjustment to illness and wellness, and to develop empirically validated assessment and treatment procedures.

The Doctoral program prepares students to:

  • Investigate meaningful, empirically testable questions in the quest for understanding a behavioral process, a patient’s problem, or a professional issue
  • Function as a professional psychologist
  • Practice competently in the applied areas of psychological assessment/diagnosis, intervention/therapy, consultation, and supervision
  • Contribute to the advancement of psychological knowledge through research or other creative scholarly activity.

Program goals:

  • To enable the student to acquire broad and general foundational knowledge in Psychology and Clinical Psychology
  • To enable the student to develop skills in research and scholarship, and to apply those skills through publication and presentation of their work
  • To enable the student to develop knowledge and skills in Health Service Psychology, and to apply those skills through assessment, intervention, supervision, and consultation services
  • To enable the student to make specialty-specific contributions to a defined Major Area of Study
  • To enable the student to understand, appreciate, and implement knowledge related to individual and group sources of individual differences and diversity, thereby .becoming multiculturally competent
  • To enable the student to appreciate ethical and legal issues, and to engage in ethical conduct in all of their activities
  • To enable students to communicate and disseminate psychological knowledge and concepts to academic, scientific, interprofessional, and community audiences.

The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology is currently accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. Questions related to the Program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

American Psychological Association 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Telephone: (202) 336-5979

TDD/TTY: (202) 336-6123
Fax: (202) 336-5978


Program Director: Michael Marsiske, Ph.D. 

Director of Clinical Training: Kimberly Driscoll, Ph.D.

Academic Coordinator: Amanda DiTrapani