Clinical Psychological Sciences


The Clinical Program aligns itself as a clinical science training program and is a charter member of The Academy of Psychological Clinical Science, which is a coalition of doctoral training programs that share a common goal of producing and applying scientific knowledge to the assessment, understanding, and amelioration of human problems. Membership in the Academy indicates that our program is committed to excellence in scientific training, and to using clinical science as the foundation for designing, implementing, and evaluating assessment and intervention procedures. As such, we aim to train scholars who are first and foremost excellent researchers, involved in generating new knowledge in psychology.  This skill is buttressed and informed by competence in the consumption and professional application of psychology for the prevention and remediation of clinical problems.  The Program is designed to give each student a broad background in psychology, and within psychology a broad background in clinical psychology. The background in general and clinical psychology is provided by didactic courses and seminars. The clinical experience is provided by participation in clinical practica and courses (see Purdue Psychology Treatment and Research Clinics (PPTRC) pages). Research experience is provided by participation on a research team as well as a first-year project, M.S. Thesis, Preliminary Paper/Examination, and Ph.D. dissertation. 


Students are expected to take courses in the various areas of psychology that will give them a sound foundation in statistics and experimental design, the biological bases of behavior, the cognitive-affective bases of behavior, developmental aspects of behavior, and the social bases of behavior. Within the program, students take courses that give them the research and statistical methods commonly used in clinical and related area of psychology, an understanding of the assessment and evaluation of adults and children, the planning and execution of procedures for treatment and behavior change, an understanding of individual differences and the processes underlying individual behavior, the history and systems of psychological theory and application, and the ethics and codes of conduct for psychologists. Competence in the sociocultural foundations of human behavior and the role of individual and cultural diversity in understanding psychopathology and behavior change is provided throughout the curriculum.


The Clinical Program is accredited by (1) the APA CoA (Commission on Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, Phone: 202-336-5979), by whom it has been continuously accredited since 1948, and by (2) PCSAS (Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System). PCSAS is an organization designed to accredit high-caliber clinical science doctoral programs. PCSAS was created in 2008 to promote superior science-centered education and training in clinical psychology, to increase the quality and quantity of clinical scientists contributing to the advancement of public health, and to enhance the scientific knowledge base for mental and behavioral health care. The Clinical Program is a member of the PCSAS Founder's Circle.

The Clinical Program was recently accredited by PCSAS and re-accredited by APA CoA in the fall of 2018 and received full accreditation from each organization until 2028.

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data (pdf).

Clinical Program Contact: (765) 494-6977

Graduate Faculty

Clinical Faculty

Affiliated Faculty

Courtesy Appointments:

Adjunct Appointments:

  • Ellen B. Dennehy, Ph.D.
  • Kelly Scott Earnst, Ph.D.
  • William Kronenberger, Ph.D.
  • Ann Lagges, Ph.D.
  • Brian Primeau, Ph.D.
  • Jill Salem, Ph.D.
  • Deborah K. Sokol, Ph.D.

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Psychological Sciences, 703 Third Street, West Lafayette, IN 47907, (765) 494-6061 FAX: (765) 496-1264

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