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. 

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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 Co-Director
ShortMB@uhcl.edu

Dr. Thomas Schanding
Associate Professor of School Psychology
Program Co-Director
schandingjr@uhcl.edu

Rose McLaren, Administrative Assistant
McLaren@uhcl.edu


Admission Requirements

  • Health Service Psychology Psy.D.
  • Admission Deadline

    Fall: Dec. 15

  • Application
    Applicants must apply for admission to both the Doctorate of Psychology program and to University of Houston-Clear Lake through ApplyTexas.org.
  • Requirements

    Admitted students typically have these qualifications:

    • Specialist or Master’s degree in School Psychology or Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology or related field.
    • 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

    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.


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

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Accreditations and Distinctions

University of Houston–Clear Lake and the Doctor of Psychology program are approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS). The contact information for SACS is: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033; Phone: 404-679-4500; Fax: 404-679-4558; www.sacscoc.org

The Psy.D. in Health Service Psychology anticipates review for accreditation by the American Psychological Association when eligible. 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

Steven Bistricky
Steven Bistricky

Steven Bistricky

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3404
Email: bistricky@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou 2233.12

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Sara Elkins
Sara Elkins

Sara Elkins

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3315
Email: elkins@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou 2617.15

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Ryan Marek
Ryan Marek

Ryan Marek

Assistant Professor in Health Services Psychology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3409
Email: Marek@uhcl.edu
Office: Arbor 1309.06

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William Norwood
William Norwood

William Norwood

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3320
Email: Norwood@uhcl.edu
Office: Bayou 2529.06

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Thomas Schanding

Thomas Schanding

Associate Professor of School Psychology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3484
Email: schandingjr@uhcl.edu
Office: B2529.04

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Mary Short

Mary B. Short

Professor of Clinical Psychology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

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

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Julia Strait
Julia Strait

Julia Strait

Assistant Professor of School Psychology and Health Services Psychology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3357
Email: straitj@uhcl.edu
Office: Arbor Central 1309.04

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Gill Strait

Gill Strait

Assistant Professor of School Psychology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3494
Email: strait@uhcl.edu
Office: Arbor Central 1309.02

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