Clinical Psychology, PhD

Regarding GRE scores: the psychology GRE scores can come in at the end of December as long as everything else in your application arrives by the December 1 deadline.

Interview Dates: February 13 and 17, 2017

Graduate Open House in the fall of each year: Fall 2017 - November 16, 2016, 4–7 p.m.  (

Accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association since 1993, University of Massachusetts Boston (UMass Boston) program in clinical psychology is based on the “scientist-practitioner” model. Our educational mission is to train psychologists who will be

  1. engaged in scientific and scholarly activities
  2. developing graduates who are able to provide affirming support to people across sociocultural groups including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, class, religion, language, and age. (All of our courses highlight social and cultural approaches to normal and abnormal development, especially as they help to build an understanding of perspectives of underserved and/or marginalized groups.)
  3. engaging in research and scholarly inquiry as well as clinical practice to address social inequities and health disparities, including but not limited to class, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender, disability, age, language and religion. (Consistent with the urban mission of UMass Boston, our program emphasizes the development of culturally responsive clinical and research practices. We strive to infuse all aspects of our training with an emphasis on cultural competence. Moreover, we hope to instill a lifelong commitment to meeting the needs of underserved and/or marginalized individuals, families, and communities, coupled with a strong sense of social responsibility. Thus, we encourage students to pursue careers in which they will work effectively and affirmingly with underserved and/or marginalized individuals, families, and communities.)

Our training model is biopsychosocial in its scientific orientation and places special emphasis on the roles of culture and context in understanding the complexities of multiple dimensions of human behavior and functioning. The program prepares clinical psychologists who have an excellent foundation in psychological science and are able to translate their basic knowledge into practical applications to meet the needs of children, adolescents, and adults from diverse socio-cultural groups. Graduates of the program have the requisite skills to translate basic psychological knowledge into practical applications, and to advance understanding of key human problems through research and other scholarly activities. Graduates also have the coursework and supervised pre-doctoral clinical training required to be eligible to sit for the Massachusetts licensing examination for health service provider psychologists.

Our program emphasizes

  • Theoretical issues in normal and abnormal development from infancy through adolescence and adulthood.
  • Sociocultural, ethnic, and minority issues. The course work highlights social and cultural approaches to normal and abnormal development, especially as they help to build an understanding of the perspectives of ethnic minority and low-income groups.
  • A biopsychosocial approach to explaining and treating problems in living, symptomatic behavior, and mental illness, and opportunities for interdisciplinary study. The program draws not only on faculty from the Psychology Department who adopt a biopsychosocial perspective, but also from other departments, including the Departments of Anthropology and Sociology and the university’s research institutes. Research training gives students skills for analyzing problems from a variety of social science perspectives.
  • Specialized assessment and intervention skills. The program trains students in a broad range of assessment and intervention skills that not only enable them to treat problem behavior, but will help them promote healthy adaptation, and prevent individual and social problems from developing.

*Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002, Telephone: 202.336.5979/Email:, Web:

Clinical Psychology PhD Program, University of Massachusetts Boston, 100 Morrissey Blvd, Boston, MA 02125, Telephone: 617.287.6340, Email:

Wei Zhang, Professor of Chemistry and Director of the Center for Green Chemistry, works with student in lab.

Graduate Studies Showcase: Nov. 16

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