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Applications for Fall 2021 are due November 15, 2020

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

If doing a search for ‘Psychology’, make sure to select the one under College of Public Health and Health Professions.

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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 (michie@phhp.ufl.edu)

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. 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 TE@admissions.ufl.edu

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 Major Area of Study and the faculty member(s) with whom you would prefer to work (Please refer to the list of faculty accepting students for this year and list 1 to 3 with whom you are interested in working). Describe your interest areas in clinical psychology, why you are a good fit for our program, and your career plans. 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.

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

Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology

Clinical Health

Neuropsychology / Congnitve and Emotion Neuroscience

6) Diversity Statement

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.

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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

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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.


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