The Department of Clinical and Health Psychology is strongly committed to respecting and understanding cultural and individual diversity in its admission and training policies.
The program avoids any actions that would restrict admission on grounds that are irrelevant to successful completion of the doctoral program. Moreover, the University of Florida and the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology has an active minority recruitment program for prospective doctoral students. Applications for the doctoral program from qualified minority persons are encouraged and invited. Minority individuals who wish to be considered under this recruitment program are encouraged to indicate their interest in applying for a McKnight Doctoral Fellowship on their application form.
- Education and Advocacy colloquium and committee – Doctoral students are encouraged to attend monthly E&A colloquiums and are encouraged to join the E&A committee that plans the colloquiums and community service projects.
- Free Therapy Night is a student-run free clinic for community members in Gainesville as part of the College of Medicine Equal Access Clinic. You will find more information about FTN under specialty clinics. Doctoral students can see short term cases through FTN as part of their overall training.
- Doctoral students can also join the HEARD Taskforce (Health Equity, Anti-Racism, and Diversity), aimed at increasing equity in all of the CHP department missions.
Diversity Coursework and Clinical Experiences
A new course focusing on diversity, including multiculturalism and intersectionality, as it relates to psychological assessment, intervention, and research will be available to graduate students in the program starting this coming academic year. This course will be a required part of the curriculum for all students starting the doctoral program in 2021-2022. In addition, most clinical courses that are offered as part of the doctoral program include components regarding multiculturalism to foster trainees’ cultural competency. Culturally adapted care is also a focus across clinical experiences.