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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
      • Application Deadline: December 15
  • Application
    • Apply online through GoApplyTexas.org for admission to the University of Houston-Clear Lake as a graduate student.
      • Select Four-year College/University and Graduate School.
      • Select "HSH-Health Service Psychology-PsyD" as your first choice major only. 
    • Apply to the program by submitting additional supporting documents. Submit documents for admission after completing the Apply Texas application.  All required documents are due by the program application deadline.
      • Program application is only available within the selected Fall semester. 
  • Application Requirements
    • Official Transcripts: Students should submit official transcripts from every college or university attended to the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Office of Admissions or International Admissions.
      • Please review New Student Admissions in the Graduate Catalog under Transcripts and Records Information to learn how to submit an official college transcript to UHCL.
    • Official GRE Scores:
      • General GRE Exam, www.gre.org.
      • GRE scores expire after 5 years of the testing date.
      • Submit official GRE scores to UHCL through the ETS system. It may ETS two weeks from the date the test is taken to send the official score report.
      • UHCL GRE Code: 6916 – UNIV HOUSTON CLEAR LAKE – Grad
    • Required Additional Supporting Documents:
      • The following two documents should be emailed to the Clinical, Health & Applied Sciences department assistant (Shelly Matejka) at Psyd@uhcl.edu:
        • Curriculum Vitae: An expanded résumé describing previous education; all work experience; relevant course work and relevant volunteer activities; any honors, presentations, papers, avocations or other relevant life experiences
        • Statement of purpose and goals (not to exceed 1,000 words): describing your reasons for wanting this degree and how it fits into career goals.
      • Three (3) letters of recommendation and recommendation forms should be submitted directly by the recommenders to Psyd@uhcl.edu. Recommendations from academic faculty and/or work supervisors who know the applicant well are preferred.

      • Program Application Fee: In addition to the university application fee, there is an additional program application fee of $50 for the Health Service Psychology Psy.D. program. The program application fee may be paid by credit card online or by check payable to "University of Houston-Clear Lake" and send it to: 

        UHCL PsyD Program Applications
        University of Houston-Clear Lake
        2700 Bay Area Blvd., Box 73
        Houston, TX 77058

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

  • Qualification for Admissions

    The following qualifications are the typical qualifications. They are not requirements, as all applications are reviewed.

    • Degree Requirements: Earned Bachelor's, Master's, or Specialist degree in psychology, clinical psychology, school psychology, or a closely related discipline.
    • GPA Requirements: GPA of 3.3 or higher for those entering with an undergraduate degree only or GPA of 3.5 or higher for those entering with graduate credit or an earned graduate degree.
    • GRE Requirements: Overall GRE Score of 300 or higher (Combined Verbal and Quantitative Reasoning), with a minimum score of 3.5 in Analytical Writing.
  • Admission Review 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

Interested in discovering the sort of classes you’ll need to take in order to earn your degree from the College of Human Science and Humanities at University of Houston-Clear Lake? Find out now.


Health Service Psychology, (Clinical Psychology/School Psychology), Psy.D.


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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 Director of Clinical Training,
Human Sciences and Humanities

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

Mary B. 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