The Clinical Health Psychology PhD Program has six components: Core Courses & Electives, Master's Thesis, Clinical Practica, Comprehensive Clinical Competency Evaluation (CCCE), Doctoral Dissertation, and Pre-Doctoral Internship. Each component contributes to developing the scientist-practitioners who are the hallmark of clinical health psychology training. It is possible to complete the program in five years. The CHP PhD program is a full-time, residency-based program. Educational activities are completed on-campus for didactic, research, and clinical training. PhD students are required to complete their training on campus for no less than 3 years prior to their full time APA approved internship. Click here for CU Denver and Anschutz Medical Center course descriptions.
The Clinical Health Psychology PhD program at the University of Colorado Denver is an APA accredited program that is compliant with national standards to prepare students to practice clinical psychology. However, the practice of psychology is regulated at the state level. State licensing authorities determine specific educational and training requirements for licensure in their state. Of note, most States require post-doctoral training as well as examinations beyond pre-doctoral educational and training requirements. As such, a PhD degree from our program (or any PhD program) in Clinical Psychology is not sufficient, in and of itself, to meet licensure requirements in most states. However, our program does meet the pre-doctoral training requirements for most states which can be found here: CU Denver State Authorization page.
- Personality Assessment
- Cognitive Assessment
- Advanced Psychopathology
- Advanced Cognition & Emotion
- Advanced Developmental Psychology
- Diversity in Clinical Psychology
- Advanced Biological Bases of Behavior
- Clinical Research Methods
- Clinical Behavioral Medicine
- Clinical Practica
- Master's Thesis
- Advanced Social Psychology
- Psychotherapy I
- Psychotherapy II
- Health Psychology I
- Health Psychology II
- Ethics & Professional Issues
- Advanced Statistics
- Multivariate Statistics
- Pre-Doctoral Internship
Sample PhD Curricula
Goal #1: Prepare students to be entry-level clinical psychology scientists.
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Goal #2: Students will be trained to be capable entry-level practitioners of clinical psychology.
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Goal #3: Students will be trained to be competent as entry-level clinical psychology professionals with knowledge and skills in clinical health psychology.
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