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Psychology

Our division supports innovative psychological research, world-class graduate and postdoctoral training, and high quality, evidence-based clinical services. Across a large number of federally funded research labs and faculty groups, the division aims to integrate clinical psychology research, education and care. While our work has evolved since the division was formally established in 1970, our ultimate goal of fostering overall health and well-being in our clients/patients and communities has remained our top priority.

Division Leadership

About Our Division

 Education

The division houses or is affiliated with a wide range of educational programs:

Graduate & Internship Programs

Clinical Psychology Master of Arts (MA)
MA students should expect to receive a foundation in academic clinical psychology, while also gaining education and research exposure to major areas of study within clinical psychology, including clinical adult psychology, clinical child psychology, clinical neuropsychology, forensic psychology, health psychology/behavioral medicine and policy. Visit the Clinical Psychology MA page.

Clinical Psychology PhD
This APA-accredited program is unique in that it is one of only a few programs rooted within an academic healthcare system. The interdepartmental structure of the program provides an invaluable opportunity for students to receive a true balance of research and clinical training. Visit the Clinical Psychology PhD page to learn more and apply.

Clinical Psychology Internship
Also APA-accredited, this residency focuses on the reciprocal and complementary relationship between clinical practice and research. The program is designed for those who wish to pursue careers in clinical practice, teaching and research. Learn more on our internship page.

Postdoctoral Training Programs

Clinical Neuropsychology Fellowship
In this two-year fellowship offered by the Department of Psychiatry, fellows can expect to receive residency training in the science and practice of clinical neuropsychology. More information is available on the fellowship page.

NU-MHE T32 Fellowship
The department also supports the Northwestern University – Mental Health Earlier T32 (NU-MHE T32) Post-Doctoral Fellowship, which is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and housed within the Institute for Innovations in Developmental Science (DevSci) at Northwestern. Visit the T32 website.

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 Research

Research labs and programs within the Division of Psychology study human behavior and brain function across multiple psychiatric and developmental disorders. The primary goal of our research is to inform early identification, prevention and treatment of these disorders. Also central to our division is collaboration – both within the department and outside it, with other renowned departments and institutions. Our research groups conduct innovative studies with cutting-edge methods as well as translate our science into practice to improve the standard of care for the millions affected by psychological difficulties. Learn more about our research and labs here.

 Patient Care

The clinicians in the Division of Psychology have a broad range of clinical backgrounds but all share a commitment to providing exceptional evidence-based assessment, psychotherapy and other psychological services. Besides general outpatient clinical services, we have numerous specialty clinical programs including neuropsychology, OCD and anxiety-related disorders, and women's mental health. Visit our Patient Care page for more information.

Our clinicians also recognize that the stigma of psychological difficulties can sometimes impede individuals from seeking services, even as stigma fortunately diminishes in many communities. With this in mind, we strive to compassionately help individuals and families feel comfortable to seek psychological services with our clinicians and to work tirelessly with our clients to improve whatever is bringing them to our clinics.

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