Department of Psychology

PhD Concentration in General Clinical Psychology

The Department of Psychology offers a doctoral concentration in clinical psychology which provides education and training in psychological science and practice that will prepare individuals for licensure* as doctoral-level psychologists in health-service fields.  The program focuses on the biological, psychological, behavioral, social and cultural influences on the development, assessment, and treatment of mental health, substance use, and behavioral disorders. Emphasis is placed on translational training whereby treatment issues guide training and research, and scientific research in turn informs training methods and empirically supported assessments and treatments.

Students have opportunities to achieve excellence in conducting and disseminating cutting-edge research, clinical practice, and teaching, as these relate to behavioral health.  A feature of the program is to train ethical, competent professionals to work with increasingly diverse and underserved populations through didactic and practical experiences that promote cultural competency.

Clinical training focuses on services for adults including evidence-based psychotherapy and comprehensive assessments. While there may be some opportunities to engage in neuropsychological assessment or clinical work with adolescents, our program has a general adult focus.

Graduates will be equipped to meet current and emerging needs for clinical psychologists. Students will progress from gaining competency in research skills, assessment, and evidence-based practices, to preparing for more advanced supervisory, consultation, and organizational leadership roles in health-care delivery systems.

For more information, including Admission, Degree, & Course Requirements for a Ph.D. in Psychology, please see the current UNCW Graduate Catalogue.

Consumer Disclosure Information: Educational Requirements for Licensure in Psychology

*UNCW's PhD General Clinical Psychology program satisfies the educational requirements for licensure in North Carolina and prepares students to sit for applicable exams.  However, requirements in other states may be different. If you are considering a degree program that leads to, or in order to qualify for, a professional license and/or certification, please note that at this time UNCW may or may not be able to determine whether the program meets requirements outside of North Carolina. See this document regarding disclosure as required by the U.S. Department of Education.  Prior to enrolling, please discuss this important topic with the Graduate Coordinator (