Application Deadline: November 15, 2019.

2020 Interview Dates: February 7, February 21. 

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Student Admissions, Outcomes, & Other Data has statistics on students that entered the program in the past and their progress. 

Admission to CU Denver's Clinical Health Psychology PhD Program is competitive with an average of 5 students admitted each year. Students in the program receive the highest quality training and mentoring as well as financial assistance. Minimum requirements for admission include a BA or BS from an accredited college or university, GPA of 3.5, valid GRE scores (see “How long are GRE scores valid?”) and undergraduate courses in Introductory Psychology, Statistics, Research Methods, and Abnormal Psychology. The GRE Psychology Subject Test is not required, but is encouraged and may be helpful to supplement your application, particularly if you do not have a degree in Psychology.

We strongly value diversity and encourage applications from prospective students with a variety of life backgrounds and experiences. The admissions committee looks favorably on courses in the biological and physical sciences, demonstrated interest and/or experience in health psychology research and clinical work, interest in a scientist-practitioner model of training and career, and interpersonal skills and abilities that are suitable for teaching, research, and clinical work in psychology.

Applicants are asked to identify one to three core faculty members (see “Core Faculty” list below) within the Clinical Health Psychology Program as a potential research mentor. Incoming students have one primary research mentor although opportunities for collaboration exist across mentors and their research labs. Because we use this method of training, the degree of compatibility between your interests and those of the identified core faculty mentor(s) is a very important consideration with regard to admission.

Each year many applicants who exceed the minimum requirements are not selected for admission. Whereas the admissions committee considers all applicants with excellent academic credentials, research potential, and clinical interest or experience, successful applicants are those who also best demonstrate an excellent fit with our program and faculty in their applications and interviews.

Core Faculty

Elizabeth Allen, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology. Expertise: Couples Functioning & Mental Health, Military Marriage, Relationship Education, Infidelity

Edward Dill, Ph.D. Not currently accepting new students​​. Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology.  Expertise: Clinical Child and Adolescent (Pediatric) Psychology, Psychological Assessment, Quantitative Methods, Health-Related Quality of Life, Psychosocial Correlates of Health, Victimization and Bullying

Kevin Everhart, Ph.D. Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology. Expertise: Clinical Psychology, Psychological Assessment, Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology, Infant Mental Health

Jim Grigsby, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology. Expertise: Neuropsychology, Cognitive Neuroscience

Kristin Kilbourn, Ph.D., M.P.H. Associate Professor of Psychology. Expertise: Psychosocial Oncology, Palliative Care, Caregiver Stress

Krista W. Ranby, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology. Expertise: Relationship Partners and Health Behavior, Smoking, Physical Activity, Social Psychology, Quantitative Methods

Kevin Masters, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology. Expertise: Spirituality & Health, Cardiovascular Disorders, Exercise

Jonathan Shaffer, Ph.D. M.S. Assistant Professor of Psychology. Expertise: Behavioral Cardiology, Geriatric Cardiology, Meta-analysis, Psychometrics

Sneha Thamotharan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology. Expertise: Health Disparities/Health Equity; Pediatric Health Services; Preventive Medicine; Youth of Color; Minority Youth; Pediatric Psychology

Amy Wachholtz, Ph.D., M.Div., M.S., Associate Professor of Psychology & Clinical Health Psychology Program Director. Expertise: Pain management, psychopharmacology.


Affiliated Faculty

Mitchell Handelsman, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology & CU President's Teaching Scholar. Expertise: Ethics, Teaching

Peter Kaplan, Ph.D. Professor & Chair. Expertise: Postpartum depression and child development

Carly Leonard, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Psychology. Expertise Relevant to Clinical Health: Individual differences in attentional processes, Perceptual influences on decision-making, Goal-related changes in perceptual processingResearch methods: Psychophysics, EEG/ERP, eye-movements, puillometry 

Adria Pearson-Mauro, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus. Expertise: Chronic/Severe Mental Illness, Women's Mental Health, ACT Treatment Development and Outcomes Research

Jennifer Morozink Boylan, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences. Expertise: Cardivascular Psychophysiology, Health Disparities, Psychological Well-Being

Jason Watson, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology. Expertise: Cognitive psychology, attentional control, working memory, potential cognitive benefits of naturalistic settings