Clinical Psychology

Program Overview/Mission

The Clinical Psychology program at University of Houston-Clear Lake offers a MA degree and provides academic coursework and clinical training that prepare graduate students for careers in the mental health field.  The coursework and training also meets the requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor or Licensed Psychological Associate in Texas.  

The 63-hour program features courses in individual and group therapy, assessment of cognitive and personality functioning, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. You can also take courses to gain more specialized training in behavioral medicine, acceptance and commitment therapy, behavioral parent training, and the development and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders.
                  

Goals and Objectives

The field of psychology, this program, and its individual faculty highly value diversity, understanding, inclusiveness, compassion, equal human rights, and strongly reject and condemn violence, intimidation, discrimination, and judgmental action towards groups or individuals in all forms. Given our field's acute focus and understanding of the human toll exacted by these societal problems, psychology has an important ethical role in advocacy and educating the broader public in hopes of minimizing these problems for individuals and groups in our societies. Review the APA Advocacy page to learn more about some of these important areas and how they can be supported.


Program Degrees

Admission Requirements

  • Clinical Psychology M.A.
  • Admission Deadline

    Dec. 10- Jan. 25

  • Application

    Step 1: Apply online for admission to the University of Houston-Clear Lake as a graduate student.
    Step 2: Apply online to the Clinical Psychology Program before January 25.

  • Prerequisites
    Graduate admission to the university. The program requires five prerequisite undergraduate psychology courses (15 hours): Introductory Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Social Psychology, Theories of Personality and one (3 additional hours) of upper-level psychology. Preference is given to applicants with all prerequisites completed.
  • Requirements
    • Submit GRE scores (not more than 5 years old) through the standard reporting procedures.
    • Submit official transcripts from all institutions attended.
    The following two documents must be uploaded to your UHCL E-Services account (assigned after you have completed the ApplyTexas online application):
    • 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 2 pages single-spaced, describing your reasons for wanting this degree and how it fits into career goals.

    Three (3) letters of recommendation and recommendation forms (found on program homepage) should be submitted directly by the person making the
    recommendation to clinicalschool@uhcl.edu. Recommendations from academic faculty and/or work supervisors who know you well are especially preferred. 

    In addition to the university application fee, there is an additional application fee of $35 for the Clinical Psychology application. Make check payable to "University of Houston-Clear Lake" and send it to:

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


Additional Admission Information

Admission is competitive. The program accepts a new cohort of approximately 10 students each year. Students wishing to enroll in this degree plan must formally apply. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the faculty coordinator.

Program Faculty

Steven Bistricky
Steven Bistricky

Steven Bistricky

Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology,
Human Sciences and Humanities

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

Faculty Bio

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

Faculty Bio

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

Faculty Bio

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

Faculty Bio

Mary B. 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

Faculty Bio

Curriculum and Instruction

While enrolled in our program, you would have many significant training experiences outside the classroom. For example, you would participate in a two-semester clinical practicum in our on-site Psychological Services Clinic and a 500-hour internship placement under the direct supervision of a practicing psychologist. In addition, you may have the opportunity to work with faculty on research projects, especially research related to the faculty member’s research expertise. Through research experiences, you may have the opportunity to present at local and national conferences, and possibly co-author manuscripts.

Please read the Clinical Psychology Program information and Frequently Asked Questions about our program for more details.                         

Student Resources

Information for Current Students

University Student Resources 

Additional Information

A doctorate in Health Services Psychology (combined Clinical and School Psychology) is also offered at University of Houston-Clear Lake. A separate admissions process is required for enrollment in this program. For information, please contact the Administrative Assistant for the program Rose McLaren, 281-283-3491 or McLaren@uhcl.edu

For information on admission to the Clinical Psychology Program, please contact:
Dr. Steven Bistricky
Clinical Psychology Program Director
Bistricky@uhcl.edu