Apply to the Program

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


Admissions Requirements

The following items are required for admissions consideration into the doctoral program:

  • A bachelor’s degree is required. Although a psychology major at the undergraduate level is preferred, the department has, on occasion, accepted students with undergraduate preparation in other disciplines.
  • The GRE General Test is required. The GRE Psychology Subject Test is recommended but not required for 2020 admissions.
  • Undergraduate or Graduate Courses in the Core Domains of Psychology. As a condition of admission, the Department requires the successful completion as noted on an official transcript with a grade of C+ or better of 2 or more graduate- or undergraduate-level courses, taken at a regionally accredited college or university, in the following core domains of Psychology:
    1. History and Systems of Psychology, providing coverage of the origins and development of major ideas in the discipline of psychology
    2. Affective Aspects of Behavior, including topics such as affect, mood, emotion, and motivation. This component can be covered in a broader course, as long as there is documentation in a provided syllabus and as long as the “affective” component is separately evaluated (paper, examination, etc.)
    3. Biological Aspects of Behavior: multiple underpinnings of behavior, such as neural, physiological, anatomic, and genetic aspects.  A more “narrow” course in neuropsychology or psychopharmacology does not fulfill this requirement.
    4. Cognitive Aspects of Behavior: topics such as learning, memory, thought processes, language, decision-making.  Cognitive testing or cognitive therapy courses do not, by themselves, fulfill this requirement.
    5. Developmental Aspects of Behavior: including transitions, growth, and development across the lifespan.  A course limited to one developmental period (e.g., childhood, old age) does not fulfill this requirement.
    6. Social Aspects of Behavior: group processes, attributions, discrimination, and attitudes.  A course in individual and cultural diversity, or a course in group of family therapy do not, by themselves fulfill this requirement

Such coursework does NOT have to be taken in the context of a major in Psychology or as part of a degree program (i.e., courses may be taken as an enrolled post-baccalaureate student), although doing so normally provides the best evidence that the relevant content was mastered.  For graduate-level coursework, applicants will be asked to provide relevant syllabi as documentation that specific topical areas were covered.

The Department of Clinical and Health Psychology in the College of Public Health and Health Professions  is separate from the Department of Psychology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Make sure you are applying to the correct program. If you want to apply to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Psychology department’s Counseling Psychology PhD program, please visit their website directly at:

Note that the program only accepts students to begin in the fall semester. Only complete applications will be considered. A complete application consists of the following:

1. Graduate School Application

Complete the online UF Graduate application.

Program of Study:

  • College of Public Health and Health Professions
  • Psychology: Degree Name – Doctor of Philosophy
  • Term: Fall 2020
  • Concentration: Clinical and Health Psychology

2. CHP Application Form

Complete the CHP Application for Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program Form and include with uploaded files to the UF Graduate School Application OR email to the Academic Coordinator, Melissa Naidu (

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

Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology

Clinical Health


3. Official GRE scores

The GRE General Test is required and must be from within the past 5 years. These scores must be postmarked by ETS by November 15, 2019. The University of Florida’s institution code is 5812. (The GRE Psychology Subject Test is recommended but not required for 2020 admissions.)

4. Official Transcripts

Official transcripts from ALL institutions the applicant has attended are required, regardless if the courses were taken degree or non-degree seeking. Unofficial transcripts from a Study Abroad term will be used only if the student’s home institution has the courses listed on their official transcripts.

Official transcripts should be mailed to:

University of Florida Office of Admissions
ATTN: Graduate Admissions
201 Criser Hall
P.O. Box 114000
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000

If you are ordering your transcripts by PDF please be aware that the Office of Admissions only accepts PDF transcripts from Parchment, National Clearing House, and eScript. The email address for receipt of these transcripts is

5. Resume/CV

Describe pertinent work history, applied and research experience, papers published, honors obtained and special computer and language proficiencies.  Please attach this document in a PDF format to the electronic application.

6. Statement of Purpose

At the top of the statement, please state your Major Area of Study and up to 3 faculty members with whom you would prefer to work (Please not the Clinical Faculty members do not typically accept students).
Describe your interest areas in clinical psychology and your career plans.  Describe your strengths and weaknesses for graduate study.  Indicate whether you may be interested in obtaining extended education and training in Public Health if you gain admission to the doctoral program.  Your statement should be approximately 400-500 words, or approximately 1 single spaced page.

Please select one major area of study from the list below:

Major Area of Study

  • Clinical Child/Pediatric Psychology
  • Clinical Health Psychology
  • Neuropsychology, Neurorehabilitation, and Clinical Neuroscience
    • Cognitive and Emotion Neuroscience

7. Three Letters of Recommendation

You are required to obtain three (3) letters of recommendation that must be submitted through the graduate school online application system.  Please advise your recommenders that the online recommendation submission form has a limited word count and if copying and pasting the letter from another program, they should be certain that the entire letter has pasted.  It is preferable for the recommenders to type directly into the form.  Letters cannot exceed two single-spaced pages.


The department does not always contact you regarding missing materials.  Please remember that having materials sent does not always mean that they are received.  Letters often get lost in the mail, transcripts do get missed, and GRE scores sometimes take up to 8 weeks for delivery.  Please use the UF Office of Admissions online application status system to confirm that all application materials have been received.  If you are missing application materials, be advised that processing of Graduate Applications can take several weeks at peak traffic times (October-November).  The department will begin the review process for all applications after the November 15th deadline and will be unable to respond to inquiries about the status of applications until after all applications have been reviewed.

Please be aware that you must follow all posted instructions for submitting your application.  Test scores, recommendation letters, resumes/CVs, etc. that are submitted to the department rather than to the UF Office of Admissions may not be processed, and your application will remain incomplete.