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Our approach to education integrates strong training in the theoretical frameworks underlying evidence-based practice in clinical psychology, along with application of these skills via diverse clinical experiences within the greater Chicagoland area.  We believe that clinical psychologists should be both scientists who are knowledgeable in formulating and solving scientific problems, as well as professionals who are experienced in the use of empirically-based clinical techniques. Furthermore, we are committed to training students to understand and value the unique experiences of individuals from diverse backgrounds and the implications of those experiences for mental health and treatment.  

Our core curriculum is designed to immerse students in clinical experiences early on, while providing high quality coursework to prepare them for success at the internship level and beyond. Of note, our internship match rate for the past 4 years has been 100%, which far exceeds the national average. Our graduates obtain highly competitive fellowship placements and go on to work in a variety of settings including academic medical centers and community agencies across the US and Canada.

In addition to didactic training, the individual instruction and supervision provided by the core program faculty are major strengths of our program. We offer specialty tracks in neuropsychology, health psychology and psychopathology, and as a part of these tracks, students obtained specialized didactic and clinical training in their area of interest, while being mentored by research-focused faculty with expertise in these domains. This clinical program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association and received the maximum term for reaccreditation during our last site visit.

We are currently accepting applications for our doctoral program, and particularly value applications from members of underrepresented groups. For more information on our commitment to diversity and inclusion, please read the RFUMS Diversity and Inclusion Statement The application deadline is December 17, 2020.  Each year we offer a scholarship to a student from an underrepresented group which covers tuition for the duration of the time in the program.  Please see individual faculty pages for information about faculty accepting students for fall 2020.  These pages will be updated in early fall. Given COVID-pandemic, we plan to host a virtual interview day for a subset of highly qualified applicants, which will be held on February 19, 2021. Interview invitations are anticipated to be extended in late January 2021.