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 overarching program model is the provision of psychological health services,
with emphasis on cognitive-behavioral psychology. As one of only four programs nationwide
to offer this combined course of study, we emphasize multidisciplinary integration
throughout our students' training.
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.) with particular competencies in behavioral health, prevention and health psychology.
For additional information, you can visit our program page or contact:
Dr. Mary Short, Program Director
Rose McLaren, Administrative Assistant
- Health Service Psychology Psy.D.
Fall: Jan. 10, 2018
ApplicationApplicants must apply for admission to both the Doctorate of Psychology program and to University of Houston-Clear Lake through ApplyTexas.org.
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 that provides your reasons for pursuing this degree and how it fits into your career goals. The Statement of Purpose (not to exceed 2 pages, single-spaced) includes the following:
- Research and clinical/school psychology experience and interests.
- Other relevant experiences (i.e., volunteer experiences).
- Post-graduation professional goals.
- A list of program faculty with whom the applicant would like to work and why.
- Transcripts from all colleges and universities previously attended - except University of Houston-Clear Lake transcripts, which will be generated internally. These transcripts are in addition to the official transcripts sent directly to the university Admissions office.
- Scores on the general test of the GRE and TOEFL (if required). While official scores are reported to the university through the standard reporting processes of the respective testing services, you must enter your scores into the ApplyTexas.org program application form as indicated.
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.
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 be scheduled for February 2018. Applicants will be notified of their program admission status by April 15, 2018.
For a more detailed explanation, you can download the Application and Admission Process.
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Accreditations and Distinctions
The Doctor of Psychology program is pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.