Psychology (Clinical)

The doctoral training program in clinical psychology prepares students for the doctorate (Ph.D.) in psychology and for careers combining research and clinical practice. The program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and adheres to the “scientist-practitioner” model of training.
  • At present, cognitive-behavior therapy, behavior therapy, and related approaches are well represented among the interests of core faculty members and students, but this is not an exclusive interest and the program welcomes other points of view.
  • The Department of Psychology offers graduate coursework and research supervision in psychological sciences (biological-cognitive, social, and developmental areas) in addition to clinical psychology.
  • Following a generalist framework, the clinical training program trains students to work with individuals across the lifespan and also offers more specialized emphases in child clinical and clinical neuropsychology.
  • There is no terminal Master’s program in clinical psychology, though students do earn an M.A. in the process of attaining their Ph.D.
  • The combined expertise of full-time clinical faculty and off-site practicum supervisors allows for training in broad areas of psychological assessment, psychotherapy, and consultation.
  • Our geographic location allows for exposure to a range of rural populations and their particular mental health needs.

 Research Facilities

  • Each clinical faculty member has designated lab space and most have advanced equipment specific to their research interests.
  • Two of the labs have psychophysiological monitoring equipment including an 8-unit Mindware Bionex unit and software for data acquisition and analysis.
  • Other labs use sophisticated remote recording equipment to monitor interactions and employ the use of mobile observation equipment.
  • Faculty members often collaborate with other faculty in the Department and with faculty at other institutions across the country.
  • In addition to journals received by the library and faculty, students have access to inter-library loan and psychology search engines.
  • Students are able to access the library holdings and search engines from their home computers.


In most years we admit three to five students:
  • The actual number varies depending on factors such as University support and the availability of a suitable faculty advisor for each student.
  • Most clinical faculty members mentor between two and five students.
  • The 20 students currently in the program represent a wide age range, vary in diversity, and come from all regions of the United States and Canada.
  • In the past, students have been able to secure some financial support from the Department and Graduate Student Government in order to attend conferences.

This program will prepare students to be eligible for licensure within the State of Maine. Visit the UMS State Authorization & Licensure page to learn more about the licensure requirements in other states and territories, in addition to the contact information needed to inquire further into the licensure requirements associated with this program.

Degrees offered: PhD

Program Format: On Campus

Application deadline: December 1 (Fall only)

Test Required: None

Contact: Jeffrey Hecker

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Program Website: Psychology (Clinical)