How to Apply to Our Graduate Program

The Department of Clinical and Health Psychology uses the UF Graduate School’s online application and the CHP Supplemental Application. Both are required.

A complete application consists of the following items:

ITEM where to submit
UF Admissions Graduate School Application UF Admissions Application – click Graduate App button under #3
CHP Supplemental Application CHP Supplemental Application
Transcripts UF Admissions Application
Resume/CV & Unofficial Transcripts CHP Supplemental Application & UF Admissions Application
Personal Statement CHP Supplemental Application
Diversity Statement: Optional CHP Supplemental Application
Letters of Recommendation – Three (3) CHP Supplemental Application
Indicators of English Language Proficiency (For International students only) UF Admissions Application
GRE Scores are NOT required!! DO NOT SUBMIT

Many questions can be answered by reviewing the Admissions section of this website. For additional information regarding Ph.D. Program Admissions, please email

1) UF Admissions Graduate School Application

Complete the online UF Graduate application.

You MUST select the correct “Program of Study” in order for us to receive your application. Please read the instructions to do so here.

2) CHP Supplemental Application

Access the CHP Supplemental Application here. There is no cost/fee associated with this application. It is best to review the application in advance of when you plan to enter information or submit it.

At the end of the Supplemental Application, you MUST make note of the return code (click here to see an image of this screen) or you will NOT be able to access the application again. All information must be submitted by the application deadline.

3) Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts uploaded to your application can be used for the initial review. Official transcripts from ALL institutions the applicant has attended are required if admitted to the program, regardless if the courses were taken degree or non-degree seeking. Transcripts from a study abroad program are not needed if the courses are listed on the student’s home institution transcript. 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 For questions about international transcripts see this page:

Official transcripts should be mailed to:

University of Florida Office of Admissions
1478 Union Road
Gainesville, FL 32611-1942

4) 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.

5) Personal Statement

At the top of the statement, please state your desired Area of Concentration and the faculty member(s) with whom you would prefer to work.

  • Choose one Area of Concentration and faculty member(s) from that same area. Please refer to the list of faculty accepting students for this year below.
  • List faculty from 1 to 3 in order of whom you are interested in working with as your mentor.
  • Describe your interest areas in clinical psychology, your career plans and why you are a good fit for our program.
  • Describe your key research and clinical experiences (i.e., training, employment, volunteer) and how these have prepared you for doctoral training in clinical psychology in our program.
  • Describe what sets you apart from other applicants.
  • Your statement should be approximately 400-500 words or approximately 1 single-spaced page.

Faculty accepting students in Fall 2023

Faculty Member Area Skills/interests sought
Arias, Franchesca Clinical Neuropsychology Interested in the intersection between social determinants of health with acute and long-termcognitive changes and barriers to recruitment/retention of marginalized communities.Experienced engaging persons from diverse ethnoracial and socioeconomic backgrounds in research and/or clinical settings.
Asken, Breton Clinical Neuropsychology Interests should broadly include studying Alzheimer’s disease and related causes of dementia, especially the role of head trauma exposure. Preferred, but not required, skills include research coordinator experience, data organization/programming (e.g., R studio).
Boissoneault, Jeff Clinical Health Psychology Prior experience or strong interest in pain and/or substance use, especially alcohol; interest in alcohol administration, pain sensitivity testing, and/or functional neuroimaging.
Fedele, David Clinical Child Psychology Prior experience with child/family-focused research, preferably in an academic medical center; interest in intervention design and development
Gullett, Joseph Clinical Neuropsychology Prior experience with Python or other programming skills suitable for AI analyses; interest in clinical neuropsychology
Janicke, David Clinical Child Psychology Experience or research interests in social and family determinants of health behavior, and/or interventions addressing health behavior, as related to children and adolescents. Experience working with a research team, including interactions with children and families, and familiarity/experience with various statistical analysis software.
Levy, Shellie-Anne Clinical Neuropsychology Prior experience or interest in using public datasets for data analyses (e.g., ADNI, KHANDLE, NACC, etc.), ideally with strong data analysis interests; interest in heath disparities, social determinants of health, cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and AD-related disorders, behavioral interventions.
Marsiske, Michael Clinical Neuropsychology Prior experience and/or substantial interest in multivariate statistical analysis of longitudinal data, ideally using the R programming language; experience with REDCap and data management would be helpful; substantive interest in social determinants of health and cognitive disparities in normal aging.
Pearl, Rebecca Clinical Health Psychology Prior clinical research experience is preferred (but not required); interest in health-related stigma
Pereira, Deidre Clinical Health Psychology Seeking students with interest in the intersection among psycho-oncology, psychoneuroimmunology, and women’s health
Porges, Eric Clinical Neuropsychology Prior experience with neuroimaging analysis (SPM, FSL, AFNI, etc.), basic programing experience preferred; Interest In cognitive and neurophysiological changes in the context of aging, disease, and alcohol/substance use
Ross, Kathryn Clinical Health Psychology Research interests in the treatment and prevention of adult obesity and obesity-related conditions (e.g., cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes) and in digital behavioral health. Prior clinical research experience preferred.

6) Diversity Statement: Optional

There are many factors that can contribute to student diversity in the PhD program, such as personal identity (e.g., ethnic identity, religious identity, national origin), intellectual contributions (typically in the form of research interests), and personal history or experiences that allow the one to bring a unique perspective/worldview (e.g., history of overcoming significant disadvantage, first in family to go to college). Please comment on how your own experiences and interests would help foster or enrich diversity of views, ideas, and experiences in the PhD program. Your statement should be no more than 250 words.

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.

International Applicants

For international applicants, UF will accept alternative indicators of English language proficiency in lieu of IELTS and TOEFL scores if both tests are unavailable to the applicant. Alternatives could include:

  • TOEFL ITP Plus for China scores (click for details: TOEFL ITP China)
  • Pearson PTE Academic scores (click for details: PTE Academic)
  • Duolingo scores (click for details: Duolingo)
  • Documented departmental interviews (in person or via Skype/Zoom)
  • Documentation of extensive experience with living and working in an English-language environment
  • Any combination of these alternatives

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 the quality of the undergraduate preparation in basic science and psychology, letters of recommendation and personal statements.

Official GRE Scores are WAIVED

The GRE General Test and GRE Psychology Subject Test are NOT required for admissions. Scores included in your application will be removed before the Admissions Committee review.