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Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Program

Our Program

Our Ph.D. Clinical Psychology 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.

Our Ph.D. Clinical Psychology Program was recently named as one of the 50 Great Tuition-Free Doctoral Programs in Clinical and Counseling 2018


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 continue to be among the leading researchers in their fields. By using a mentorship model of research training, 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, 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 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.

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.

Prospective applicants can confirm the program's accreditation status with the American Psychological Association's Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation.

Applicants should carefully review instructions provided on our Admissions page. For additional questions about the clinical program, e-mail the Director of Clinical Training, Dr. Steven Bruce, at