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Application Deadline for Fall 2020: November 15, 2019


Admissions Requirements

Review the Admissions page for specific requirements.

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.  The University is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status as protected under the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act.

For additional information regarding PhD Program Admissions, please contact the Program Director, David Janicke, Ph.D., ABPP, at

Application Procedures

If you are a previous applicant, please follow the new application process by submitting all application materials to the UF Office of Admissions.

Applications and all other official documentation for the Fall 2018 semester must be received by November 15, 2017. There are no exceptions to this deadline.  Note that the program only accepts students to begin in the fall semester. Only complete applications will be considered. A complete application consists of ALL the steps mentioned below being done and submitted by the deadline mentioned.

Since the college of Public Health and Health Professions department of Clinical and Health Psychology is separate from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ Department of Psychology, make sure you are applying to the correct program. Be sure to mark each application item “Clinical Psychology.” 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:

It is strongly suggested that you read through the instructions and requirements listed below at least one time prior to completing the steps needed for a complete application to our Clinical and Health Psychology Program.

A complete application includes the following:

UF Electronic Application Process

  • Complete the UF Graduate online application
  • Complete the CHP Application for Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program Form
  • Resume or CV – Attached in a PDF format
  • Personal Statement – 400-500 words or approximately 1 single-spaced page
  • In your Personal Statement you must name the faculty member(s) that you wish to work with. Please note that Clinical Faculty members do not accept students
  • Official Transcripts – From all institutions of higher learning attended
  • Official GRE Scores (The GRE Psychology Subject Test is recommended but not required for 2019 admissions)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation – Limited to space available in application
  • Enter your Major Area of Study in the Specialization field on the online application

1. Graduate School Application

Complete the University of Florida’s (UF) online application. You have the option of paying the UF application fee online or you can print the Fee Payment Cover Memo and mail it in with your payment to the address indicated on the memo. NOTE: This is not a department application fee. Do not send this fee to our department.

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 (

3. Official GRE scores

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 2018 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.  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 mixed, 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 at 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.