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Health Service Psychology Psy.D.

Earn a Doctor of Psychology in Health Service Psychology

The Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Health Service Psychology (Combined Clinical/School) provides students with broad practitioner-scientist training with an emphasis on clinical practice. The aim is to prepare students for careers as health professionals in clinical and school settings. The overarching program model is the provision of psychological health services, with emphasis on cognitive-behavioral psychology. Graduates from the program are well prepared to function as licensed professional psychologists in a variety of roles across a variety of settings. 

Program Overview

Program Goals

The program combines a strong focus on academic research, clinical practice and evidence-based treatment. As a practitioner-scientist program designed to adhere to APA accreditation guidelines, the Psy.D. program's primary goal is to train practitioners, scholars and applied researchers in the area of health service psychology. Graduates will be competent in evidence-based practice (assessment, intervention, and consultation). Further, they will be equipped to function as licensed professional psychologists in a variety of roles across a variety of settings (clinics, hospitals, schools, agencies, etc.).

For additional information, you can visit our program page or contact:

Dr. Mary Short
Full Professor of Clinical Psychology
Program Director
ShortMB@uhcl.edu

Shelly Matejka, Administrative Assistant
matejka@uhcl.edu


Admission Requirements


  • Health Service Psychology Psy.D.
  • Admission Deadline

    Fall Only: December 15

  • Application
    • Applicants must apply for admission to both the Doctorate of Psychology program and to University of Houston-Clear Lake through ApplyTexas.org.
    • Complete the additional requirements with the PsyD Program before December 15.
  • Requirements

    Admitted students typically have these qualifications:

    • Earned Bachelor's, Master's, or Specialist degree in psychology, clinical psychology, school psychology, or a closely related discipline
    • GPA of 3.4 or higher
    • Score of 300 or higher on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), with a minimum score of 3.5 in Analytical Writing
    • Research evidence/potential (publication, thesis, formal research project, participation in research)

    You must submit the following documents through ApplyTexas.org

    • A current curriculum vitae
    • A statement of purpose
    • Transcripts 
    • Scores on the general test of the GRE and TOEFL (if required)
    • You must also have three (3) Recommendations for Applicant Admission submitted on your behalf. Each writer must complete the recommendation form and write a separate letter. Each recommender should email their letters to Psyd@uhcl.edu.
    • A $50.00 check or money order made payable to the UHCL Psy.D. program

    For a more detailed explanation, you can download the Application and Admission Process.

    After initial review of the application materials (application, recommendations, and supplemental material) an admissions committee will invite selected applicants to campus for an interview. Interviews will typically be scheduled in February. Applicants will be notified of their program admission status by April 15.

  • Transcripts

    Students should submit official transcripts from every college or university attended to the Office of Admissions at Admissions@uhcl.edu. These should be sent to UHCL electronically for all universities attended.


Degree Requirements

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Locations

University of Houston-Clear Lake

University of Houston-Clear Lake

2700 Bay Area Blvd
Houston, TX 77058
Phone: 281-283-7600

About UHCL


Accreditations and Distinctions

The University of Houston-Clear Lake is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of the University of Houston-Clear Lake may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC's website (www.sacscoc.org).

The Psy.D. in Health Service Psychology was accredited on contingency by the American Psychology Association in April 2019. Questions related to the program's accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 1st Street NE, Washington, DC 20002; Phone: 202-336-5979; Fax: 404-679-4558; apaaccred@apa.org; www.apa.org/ed/accreditation


Health Service Psychology Psy.D. Faculty

Sara Elkins
Sara Elkins

Sara Elkins

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3315
Email: elkins@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou 2529.06

Sara Elkins Faculty Bio

Sarah Griffin
Sarah Griffin

Sarah Griffin

Assistant Professor of Health Service Psychology & Clinical Psychology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3355
Email: griffins@uhcl.edu
Office: B1508.03

Sarah Griffin Faculty Bio

Tessa Kritikos
Tessa Kritikos

Tessa Kritikos

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3464
Email: kritikos@uhcl.edu

Tessa Kritikos Faculty Bio

Valerie Morgan

Valerie Morgan

Assistant Professor of Health Service Psychology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3375
Email: morganva@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou 2529.03

Valerie Morgan Faculty Bio

Erik Reinbergs
Erik Reinbergs

Erik Reinbergs

Assistant Professor of School Psychology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3322
Email: reinbergs@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou Building 2617.14

Erik Reinbergs Faculty Bio

Anthony Roberson
Anthony Roberson

Anthony Roberson

Assistant Professor of School & Health Service Psychology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Email: robersona@uhcl.edu

Anthony Roberson Faculty Bio

Mary Short

Mary B. Short

Professor of Clinical Psychology and Department Chair for Clinical, Health and Applied Sciences ,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3324
Email: ShortMB@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou 1508.26

Mary B. Short Faculty Bio

Rick Short
Rick Short

Rick J. Short

Professor of Psychology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3300
Email: Short@UHCL.edu
Office: Bayou 1529.05

Rick J. Short Faculty Bio

Gill Strait

Gill Strait

Associate Professor of School Psychology and Health Service Psychology, School Psychology Program Director ,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3494
Email: strait@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou 2529.04

Gill Strait Faculty Bio