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.
- 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
Sample curriculum for students entering in odd or even years
Goal #1: Prepare students to be entry-level clinical psychology scientists.
Objectives for Goal #1:
- Students will acquire knowledge of research methods in clinical psychology.
- Students will acquire basic understanding of statistical analytic methods in clinical psychology.
- Students will be able to conduct empirical research to contribute to the knowledge base in clinical psychology.
Competencies for Goal 1 Objectives:
- Demonstrate entry-level ability to review, integrate, and critically evaluate research in clinical psychology.
- Demonstrate entry-level ability to design and conduct empirical research.
- Demonstrate entry-level ability to disseminate research findings.
- Demonstrate critical and integrative thinking skills as well as intellectual curiosity.
Goal #2: Students will be trained to be capable entry-level practitioners of clinical psychology.
Objectives for Goal #2:
- Students will acquire knowledge of theory and research to understand psychological disorders.
- Students will acquire knowledge of theory and research and related skills to conduct effective evidence-based psychological assessment and psychotherapeutic interventions.
- Students will acquire knowledge regarding the application of ethical concepts and awareness regarding professional activities.
- Students will be knowledgeable and sensitive to individual, group, and cultural differences in clinical practice.
Competencies for Goal 2 Objectives:
- Demonstrate entry-level knowledge of psychological disorders.
- Demonstrate entry-level ability to diagnose psychological disorders.
- Demonstrate entry-level ability to conduct psychological assessment.
- Demonstrate entry-level ability to select and deliver empirically-supported and evidence-based psychological interventions.
- Understand ethical principles and demonstrate ethical behavior in the application of clinical practice.
- Demonstrate sensitivity to cultural and diversity issues and adapt clinical practice accordingly.
Goal #3: Students will be trained to be competent as entry-level clinical psychology professionals with knowledge and skills in clinical health psychology.
Objectives for Goal #3:
- Students will acquire basic knowledge of biopsychosocial principles and research relevant to clinical health psychology.
- Students will acquire basic, entry-level skills to conduct research on health psychology topics and provide clinical psychological services in clinical health psychology settings.
Competencies for Goal #3 Objectives:
- Demonstrate knowledge of biopsychosocial principles.
- Demonstrate knowledge of clinical health psychology research
- Demonstrate knowledge and entry-level skill in application of clinical psychological skills in clinical health psychology settings