How to Apply to Our Graduate Program

The Department of Clinical and Health Psychology uses the UF Graduate School’s online application and the Department’s application form.

A complete application packet 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 2021
  • 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 (

3) 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

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) 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 note the Clinical Faculty members who 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

6) 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.


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 waived for 2021 admissions and the foreseeable future. They will not be requested if not included in your application. Scores included in your application will be removed before the faculty review.

The following faculty have openings in their laboratories for new students in Fall 2021:

Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology

  • TBD

Clinical Health

  • TBD


  • TBD

For additional information regarding Ph.D. Program Admissions, please contact the Program Director, David Janicke, Ph.D., ABPP., at or the Academic Coordinator, Melissa Naidu at 352-273-6142 or via email at