Welcome to the Clinical Psychology Program
Director of Clinical Training/Division Head: Rebecca E. Ready, Ph.D. (e-mail)
The University of Massachusetts Amherst Clinical Psychology Program offers a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and espouses the clinical science model of training. We prepare students for careers in clinical research. Faculty and students engage in basic and applied studies of psychopathology, development, emotion, cognition, psychotherapy, neuropsychology, and family systems. Students who are interested in research and academic careers will thrive in our program.
Consistent with our clinical science model, we train all of our students to engage in empirically supported clinical practice, although our program is inappropriate for students interested in full-time practice with a minimal research commitment. Students have the opportunity to engage in psychotherapy and neuropsychological assessments with clients from across the lifespan, from diverse backgrounds, and in a wide variety of settings. In research and practice, we appreciate and consider issues of diversity in terms of culture, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, and other individual differences. Please see program’s Statement of Support for Cultural Diversity and for a Community Process that Affirms Diversity (page 7 of Handbook)
The Clinical Psychology Program operates the Psychological Services Center, which provides evidence-based mental health services to the University and surrounding communities and engages in naturalistic psychotherapy and neuropsychological research.
Within our doctoral program we offer a Concentration in Child, Adolescent, and Family (CAF) and maintain a strong relationship with the Center for Research on Families. The clinical program is also the home of the Rudd Adoption Research Program which conducts research on adoption and connects adoption research with policy and practice.
The University of Massachusetts, Amherst Clinical Psychology Program has been continuously accredited since 1957 by the American Psychological Association.
For information about our accreditation status, you can contact the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, located at 750 First Street, NE • Washington, DC • 20002-4242 and can be reached by calling (202) 336-5979.
APA required information regarding students time to completion, program cost, internship rate, attrition rate and licensure percentage can be found by downloading the .pdf located on the right-hand side of this page.
Our program is also a member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science.
For additional information about our program, please see our FAQ page, Student Handbook (located on right hand side of this page), and current faculty. A useful resource is a CUDCP information sheet on selecting a graduate program and it can be found here.
As a member of the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP), the Clinical Psychology program at UMass Amherst adheres to CUDCP’s policies and guidelines for graduate school admissions, offers and acceptance. For additional information about these policies, please visit this page.
More information about clinical programs and tips on submitting your applications can be found at clinicalpsychgradschool.org, a resource provided by CUDCP.
Questions can be directed to individual faculty or to our program e-mail.