September 2016

Dear Prospective Applicant:

We welcome your interest in our program; all of the information provided on our program website, including detailed application information and instructions, is provided within our recently updated 2017 Applicant Brochure which is downloadable.

See the attached set of tables for program related data on admissions, costs, attrition, internship match rates, and licensure of alumni. This information is being provided in accordance with the Commission on Accreditation's (2012) Implementing Regulation C-20 “Disclosure of Education/Training Outcomes and Information Allowing for Informed   Decision-Making to Prospective Doctoral Students."

As you read our program description and explore the match between our program and your interests, we encourage you to observe how we integrate the academic, research and applied aspects of our program. We truly expect each of our graduates to be able to function as a competent and clinically informed researcher and educator, and also a scientifically-based practitioner. That is what the future of this profession will require.

We look forward to your application.

Warmest Regards,

Clinical Program Faculty


UM-St. Louis Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology


Commitment to Diversity

The American Psychological Association's (APA) Diversity Handbook defines diversity as:

Diversity refers to the mixture of differences and similarities that can exist among a combination of individuals (Thomas, 1999). According to Thomas, diversity is not just a function of race or gender or any other us-versus-them dyad, but a complex and ever-changing blend of attributes, behaviors, and talents.

Our program recognizes the importance of cultural and individual differences and diversity in the training of psychologists. These include, but are not limited to ethnicity, race, culture, age, disability, gender, gender identity, language, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and social economic status. Thus, we are committed to achieving a diverse study body and welcome inquiries about our program from potential applicants. During the selection process, all students receive full consideration and are judged only by criteria required for success in the program. In the spirit of equal opportunity, due consideration is granted to qualified applicants from historically marginalized and underrepresented populations. Our program is committed to developing culturally competent psychologists as outlined by the competencies put forth by the APA. n regard to the program curriculum, all clinical psychology students take Multicultural Issues in Clinical Psychology and diversity issues are woven throughout other coursework designed to prepare students to work with diverse populations. Students are able to pursue a focus area in Gender and Diversity Studies. The program maintains a Diversity Committee to promote professional enrichment experiences related to multiculturalism and facilitate an open dialogue regarding diversity issues.  Students also gain significant experience working with diverse populations in their program-based practica and clerkships. The majority of the clientele at each of our department clinics (i.e., Community Psychological Service, Center for Trauma Recovery, and Children’s Advocacy Services of Greater St. Louis) represent underserved and diverse populations. Students leave the Clinical Psychology program with a strong foundational knowledge base and practical experiences working with diverse populations.

A number of clinical faculty are members of the UM-St. Louis Safe Zone community.  Moreover, the University of Missouri-St. Louis has been named a recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. UMSL is one of just two Missouri Institutions with this distinction. UMSL’s commitment to diversity is reflected in numerous offices and campus-wide initiatives designed to promote an inclusive campus community. UMSL has dedicated campus resources for veterans, multicultural and international students, students with disabilities, and students who identify as gender or sexual minorities. See the Chancellor’s Cultural Diversity Council website ( for links to relevant campus offices, student organizations, and available diversity courses, in addition to a calendar of local diversity events. Additionally, The Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity ( provides resources concerning equal opportunity laws and campus policies.

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Living and Learning in Metropolitan St. Louis

Located near the largest and most advanced Pre-Columbian archaeological site north of Mexico, the Metropolitan St. Louis area continues to be shaped by its indigenous, immigrant and refugee populations (  Our students have their choice of different neighborhoods in which to live (, with these communities supported through a wide range of organizations and collaborations (

Accreditation Status

The University of Missouri-St. Louis Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology has been continuously approved by the American Psychological Association since 1977. Our program's accreditation was fully renewed in December 2014 for 7 years. 

Training Goals

Our program is in accordance with the scientist-practitioner model of training, and is based on the understanding that doctoral-level psychologists in the future are unlikely to function solely in a service capacity as psychotherapists. Indeed, our alumni surveys indicate that most of our graduates have some combination of supervisory, teaching, training, administration, program evaluation, basic research, grant-writing, and other non-service roles in addition to, or rather than, direct service responsibilities. The program curriculum provides academically rigorous preparation so that our graduates can excel in these complex roles and responsibilities. This means that all of our students are expected to develop strong research skills, and strong clinical skills, and to form professional identities that integrate science and practice.

Strong Research Environment

Our program has a significant research emphasis and is embedded within a strong research university. The University of Missouri-St. Louis faculty continues to be among the leading researchers in their fields, according to the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index from Academic Analytics. In this national index, UM-St. Louis ranked fifth in the country in faculty research productivity among small research universities, following notable schools such as San Diego State University, Boston College and Georgetown University.

We use a mentorship model of research training, believing that students who work closely with their research advisor are most successful in gaining the conceptual and methodological skills needed to function as scientists. Thus, our students select research topics that fall within their faculty advisor's program of research, and that also allow for growing independence and personal achievements in professional research activities (conference presentations, publications, involvement in preparation of grant applications).

Excellence in Clinical Training

In addition to providing high quality clinical training in assessment and intervention in our primary training clinic: Community Psychological Service, our program is also affiliated with two specialty training clinics that provide supplementary experiences (Center for Trauma Recovery, and the Children's Advocacy Center). A number of our faculty members are involved in clinical research aimed at the development and evaluation of new interventions. Our UM-St. Louis campus has been ranked one of the top 15 in the nation for its strong relationship with the local community. Thus, research and clinical experiences are truly integrated in the best of the Scientist-Practitioner tradition.



The Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology (the psychology national licensing exam) is considered one of the most objective criteria for evaluating the quality of clinical psychology training programs. Graduates of the program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis have consistently scored in the top 15% of all training programs in the United States on this exam.

Discover the benefits of St. Louis Living:

The University of Missouri-St. Louis is located in the heart of the St. Louis metropolitan area, with all that this great city has to offer. For information about St. Louis, we invite you to explore the following link to Websites about St Louis. St. Louis is a very affordable place to live, which helps ease the stresses of graduate school. To see the cost of living in St. Louis compared to that of another city, go to and select the Salary Calculator in the top left column.

Prospective Applicants can confirm the program's accreditation status with the American Psychological Association's Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation. Phone: 202-336-5979; Fax: 202-336-5978; Web: ; Address: 750 First Street, NE. Washington, D.C. 20002.

Applicants should carefully review instructions provided on our Admissions page. For any questions related to the online application, contact Clara Jackson in the Graduate Admissions Office (314-516-5458), For additional questions about the clinical program, e-mail the director, Dr. Steven Bruce, at, or write to the following address:

Clinical Psychology Program
University of Missouri-St. Louis
Department of Psychological Sciences
Clinical Psychology Training Program
One University Boulevard
St. Louis, MO 63121-4499

For additional information beyond that provided on this front page, use the tabs to the right (i.e., Program Information, Admissions Criteria, Financial Support, Faculty, Clinics).