How to Apply

A complete application 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 2020
  • 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 (michie@phhp.ufl.edu)

3. Official GRE Scores

The GRE General Test is required and must be from within the past 5 years. 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 2020 admissions.)

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. Undergraduate GPA and GRE scores (verbal, quantitative, and writing) and the score on the GRE Psychology Subject Test also affect the committee’s decision.

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 TE@admissions.ufl.edu

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 (Please not 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

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 following faculty have openings in their laboratories for new students in Fall 2020:

Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology

Clinical Health

Neuropsychology

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.