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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
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Directors' Message

The Division of Psychology within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences offers a doctoral degree (PhD) in clinical psychology that has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1972 (APA, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 1st St. NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242; 202.336.5979)

The Clinical Psychology PhD Program is unique. It is one of only a handful of programs that is embedded within an academic healthcare system, and the only program that is also part of a Carnegie One Research University (RU/VH). The program is supported by both the Feinberg School of Medicine and The Graduate School at Northwestern University. The program takes advantage of its interdepartmental and interdisciplinary placement within Northwestern University by offering a true balance of research and clinical training. This unique setting also provides opportunities for translational research and practice that span molecular to social models of disease and epidemiologic to clinical and neuroimaging methodologies.

The PhD program in clinical psychology is a full-time program, typically taking five to six years to complete, including a yearlong clinical internship. The intensive course of study is designed to develop clinical psychologists who will be competitive for careers in academic healthcare systems and similar settings. Nearly all of our students' obtain postdoctoral fellowships or positions in academic health systems, children's hospitals or VA medical centers.

Research labs are organized into the following research emphases:

  • Behavioral Medicine 
  • Neuropsychology & Behavioral Neuroscience 
  • Mental Health Policy
  • Psychopathology & Treatment

Clinical training is organized into the following clinical emphases:

  • Adult Clinical Psychology
  • Behavioral Medicine/Health Psychology (Major Area of Study)
  • Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology (Major Area of Study)
  • Clinical Neuropsychology (Major Area of Study)

All students take the core curriculum. Elective courses are also offered and are organized within the research and clinical emphases. For example, the elective courses offered by the Clinical Neuropsychology Emphasis are designed in accordance with APA Division 40 “Houston Conference” guidelines. Students can elect specific research and clinical emphases, working closely with primary research and clinical mentors within those emphases.

Please review our list of faculty recruiting students and follow us on Facebook or Twitter for updates. 

Thank you again for your interest in the Clinical Psychology PhD Program at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Please feel free to explore our website and contact us with any questions or concerns.

Jason Washburn
Jason Washburn, PhD, ABPP
Director of Graduate Studies

Olivia Harner
Olivia Harner, PhD
Associate Director of Graduate Studies

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