Program Director: Amy Wachholtz, PhD                            

Program AssistantAnne Beard

CHP Admissions:

Admissions and outome data can be found here.

CU Denver and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have provided clear statements that we must stand together against racism and injustice. The Clinical Health Psychology program is aligned with these values. Assistant Professor Dr. Sneha Thamotharan has compiled a helpful site of resources regarding racial justice.

The Psychology Department at CU Denver offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree with an emphasis in Clinical Health Psychology (CHP).  Our program adheres to the scientist-practitioner model. Training emphasizes the contribution of research to the understanding, treatment and prevention of a wide range of health-related problems, and the application of knowledge that is grounded in scientific evidence.  

Students are trained in a variety of approaches and techniques for evaluating, diagnosing and treating a wide range of psychological disturbances. Because our program places an emphasis on health, our students are also trained to assess the psychological factors associated with different medical problems and learn to design effective interventions that integrate biological, psychological and social factors. Students acquire research expertise by completing a master's thesis and doctoral dissertation, and demonstrate competence in clinical assessment and intervention through several applied practica experiences, a clinical competency evaluation, and a pre-doctoral internship. The CHP program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA).

CU Denver is the premier research university in Colorado and the PhD program in Clinical Health Psychology was conceived as an important bridge between the Downtown Campus and the Anschutz Medical Campus (AMC).  The program is housed on the Downtown Campus which is located in the heart of Denver close to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the LoDo District and the state capital.  The Anschutz Medical Campus includes over 5 million square feet of research, educational and clinical space on 227 acres.  The PhD program offers research and clinical opportunities for its students at AMC in addition to the many relationships it has established with other clinical facilities in the Denver area.

The University of Colorado Denver’s Clinical Health Psychology program welcomes and appreciates diversity.  We actively and intentionally value all persons and aim to foster a culture of inclusion in which all individuals- whether from underrepresented, represented, or well represented groups- feel uniquely esteemed and respected.  As psychologists, we understand that a culture of inclusion encourages diverse perspectives. This is part of our mission to equip future researchers and clinicians to be culturally competent and responsive as they actively contribute to the science and practice of psychology.  Cultural competence is strongly emphasized in our curriculum, clinical training, research, and numerous events in both the University and Denver communities. In our large urban setting, students in our program have excellent opportunities in research and clinical work to better understand and serve diverse populations, including opportunities in bilingual training. Moreover, students and faculty in the program have a wide range of research interests, including research focused on health disparities, religious diversity, military couples, and pain and opioid addiction across diverse populations. Student research regarding diversity is encouraged. Applicants and current students can click the link below for more information about diversity programs at CU Denver.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Licensure information:

We are an APA approved program and most states and territories in the United States use APA requirements for licensing psychologists, including the state of Colorado.  However, as state requirements may change without any notice to doctoral programs, we are unable to confirm that our program meets the licensure requirements for any specific state or territory.  If you intend to pursue such credentialing and licensing in a different state or territory, we advise you to contact the applicable state credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if our program meets its eligibility criteria.  Many students find the following link is a helpful place to start in researching a state or territory’s requirements: . If you have further questions, you are welcome to contact the program director, Amy Wachholtz, PhD, or the program assistant, Anne Beard, MA with questions in this regard and we will do our best to assist you in your career planning.