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The University of Connecticut is located in Storrs, a quiet, rural community in the northeastern quadrant of the state, approximately 20 miles from Hartford, 90 miles southwest of Boston, and about 150 miles northeast of New York. There are approximately 19,000 undergraduates and 7,000 graduates at the Storrs campus. The University provides many cultural activities and attracts top-flight entertainment. Outdoor sporting and recreational opportunities abound.

The Clinical Psychology Program is one of seven programs within the Department of Psychological Sciences. The clinical faculty is committed to advancing scientific knowledge in applied clinical areas. Our Program centers on a commitment to scholarship and emphasizes the significant role played by theoretical and empirical knowledge in understanding complex human behavior. The faculty share the belief that scientific methodology represents the essential underpinnings of all activities engaged in by professional practitioners. The faculty also shares a commitment to furthering their own professional expertise as well as to expanding the knowledge basis of the discipline of clinical psychology. We are particularly proud of the fact that five of our clinical faculty members have been recognized as outstanding educators by a variety of university and national organizations.

The mission of the Program is to train psychologists who can use psychological theory and methods of empirical inquiry with sophistication. Program objectives are to graduate new generations of professionals who demonstrate (a) a thorough understanding of the knowledge base in clinical psychology and an appreciation of current issues in the field; (b) the ability to generate independent research, evaluate and critique empirical work and contribute to the empirical literature relevant to the content and practice of Psychology; (c) the ability to use a variety of empirically supported techniques in the areas of assessment and intervention and to assess the efficacy of those efforts; (d) the ability to create and implement innovative psychological strategies and procedures that will help to promote human welfare, and evaluate the efficacy of those strategies; (e) a recognition of the interdependence of science and practice and an ability to integrate the two perspectives; (f) an understanding and appreciation of human diversity and the ability to approach clinical work, research and training from a stance of cultural humility; and (g) the ability to hold self-critical and self-corrective attitudes informed by ethical principles and professional standards toward all of your scientific and clinical endeavors.

Six to nine new students are admitted to the Clinical Psychology Program each year. The Program encourages diversity in ethnicity, race, gender, physical challenge, and sexual and gender identity. At any given time, there are between 40 and 50 students in the Program, which can be completed in five years of full-time study plus a year of internship. The Program does not accept students on a part-time basis. The Program requires a minimum of three years full-time graduate study, at least 2 of which must occur at the University of Connecticut, and a year-long internship (or an equivalent 2 year part-time sequence). The course of study requires a research M.A. thesis or its equivalent, a research doctoral dissertation or a three-paper thesis, a written general examination, and a one-year block internship. Students who enter the Program with an M.A. that did not require a research thesis will be expected to meet an equivalent research requirement. A more detailed description of the academic, research, and clinical components of the curriculum is found here.