Clinical Psychology

Saint Louis University’s graduate program in clinical psychology trains students to become competent and ethical scientist-practitioners capable of delivering health services in a wide variety of environments. 


About the Program

Most admitted students enter SLU’s graduate program in clinical psychology after completing their undergraduate degrees, and complete both their master’s and doctoral degrees in clinical psychology. SLU does not offer a terminal master’s degree in clinical psychology.

Levels of Education and Training Opportunities

You can specialize your graduate studies in clinical psychology by choosing from one of the following education and training opportunities, as defined by the Taxonomy for Health Service Specialties: clinical child psychology, health psychology, clinical neuropsychology, trauma psychology or sports psychology.  In addition to a research project or dissertation, each area of study requires two to three years of courses and practicums, depending on which specialty you choose. 

Area of Emphasis, Experience or Exposure

Clinical Neuropsychology

Elective graduate courses for students interested in the field of clinical neuropsychology include Fundamentals of Neuropsychology, Neuropsychological Assessment, Memory and Cognition, Physiological Psychology  and Psychopharmacology. Supervised clinical experience in neuropsychological assessment, consultation and treatment is offered through external placements.

Areas of Experience or Exposure

Clinical Child Psychology

Elective graduate courses for students interested in clinical child psychology include Child Assessment and Psychopathology, Child Interventions, Couples and Family Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Interventions, and Psychopharmacology. External placements involving pediatric, child and adolescent assessment, consultation and intervention are also available.

Health Psychology

Students interested in health psychology should consider taking courses in Clinical Health Psychology, Cognitive Behavior Interventions, Psychopharmacology, Sports Psychology, and Addictions: Assessment and Interventions. Additional courses related to health psychology are offered in SLU's College of Public Health and Social Justice. External placements in the application of psychological services to enhance physical well-being and health are available.

Trauma Psychology

Students interested in working in the field of trauma are offered elective graduate coursework in the Psychology of Trauma, Cognitive Behavioral Interventions, and Addictions: Assessment and Interventions. Additional courses related to traumatic stress are offered in SLU's College of Public Health and Social Justice. Supervised clinical training experiences with those who have experienced trauma are offered within the Psychological Services Center on a trauma-focused team. 

Sports Psychology

Elective graduate courses in Sports Psychology, Health Psychology and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions are offered to students interested in sports and performance psychology. Students work with teams and athletes across the community, including the SLU Department of Athletics, through research, practicum and clinical training opportunities. 

Program Highlights

Training in psychological assessment and intervention for children, adolescents and adults is provided through SLU’s on-campus Psychological Services Center.

Advanced clinical training opportunities in neuropsychology, pediatric and clinical child psychology, health psychology and academic psychology are available through collaborative relationships with medical centers, agencies and practitioners in the St. Louis community. Specialized research, clinical and academic opportunities also are available through various fellowships, grants and contracts.

Curriculum and Program Details

Thirty-six credit hours are required for the master's degree, including 30 credit hours of departmental and clinical core coursework and six credit hours of thesis research. Each student must complete and defend a thesis. Upon completion of the master's degree, doctoral students complete an additional 42 credit hours of coursework and 12 credit hours of dissertation research.

Ph.D. students conduct a public presentation and oral defense of the dissertation following completion of this research project. They must also complete an APA-approved internship in clinical psychology prior to receiving their doctoral degree.

Research opportunities are available in a variety of areas, including domestic violence, trauma, neuropsychology, health psychology and clinical child psychology.

Faculty
  • Kira Hudson Banks, Ph.D.
  • Phyllis Terri Friedman, Ph.D.
  • Annie Garner, Ph.D.
  • Jeffrey D. Gfeller, Ph.D.
  • Paul J. Handal, Ph.D.
  • David A.S. Kaufman, Ph.D.
  • Michael J. Ross, Ph.D.
  • Jillon S. Vander Wal, Ph.D.
  • Terri L. Weaver, Ph.D.
  • Jeremiah Weinstock, Ph.D.
  • Chammie Austin, Ph.D.
  • Patrice Pye, Ph.D.
  • Honore Hughes, Ph.D.

Find more information on faculty research and clinical interests here.

Careers
SLU’s American Psychological Association accredited clinical psychology program will train you to be a competent and ethical scientist-practitioner in a variety of health care settings. Job possibilities include clinical psychology, clinical health psychology, neuropsychology, and child and pediatric psychology.

Students in our graduate program in clinical psychology have gained professional experience through internships at Baylor College of Medicine, Boston Medical Center, Vanderbilt University VA Medical Center, Rush University Medical Center and University of Louisville, among others.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
All students admitted to SLU’s graduate psychology program are considered for assistantships. Learn more about scholarships and financial aid at Student Financial Services.
Accreditation and Program Outcomes
The graduate clinical psychology program is accredited by the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation. Information on accreditation standards can be found on their website. Learn more about student admission, outcomes and other data, and look at the student manual and handbook

Applicant Criteria

Most students enter the program with a bachelor's degree and complete both the Master of Science degree and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in the clinical program.

  • Applicants with bachelor's degrees must apply to the M.S. degree program and will eventually petition to the Ph.D. program.
  • An applicant who already has earned a Master of Arts or Master of Science degree in psychology will apply to the Ph.D. degree program.
  • Sufficient TOEFL scores (for international applicants)

Students admitted to the program typically will have an average undergraduate GPA of 3.7 (on a 4.0 scale) and both verbal and quantitative GRE scores above the 50th percentile. Admitted students typically have also relevant clinical and research experience. Applications must be submitted by Dec.1.

You’ll need the following items to apply:

Application Requirements

Application form and fee
Transcript(s)
Three letters of recommendation
GRE scores
Résumé
Interview
Personal statement
Diversity statement

Requirements for International Students

Assistantship Application Deadline

Students who want to be considered for an assistantship must submit their application by Dec. 1. All applicants accepted for admission are considered for assistantships. No separate assistantship application is required.

Review Process

Applications are reviewed by a committee of psychology department faculty members.


Added Value

Accredited by the APA

SLU’s clinical psychology program has been continually accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1965. Questions related to the program's accreditation status should be directed to the American Psychological Association's Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979
apaaccred@apa.org
apa.org/ed/accreditation