Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program

About the Clinical Psychology Program

The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at UT Southwestern Medical School is an American Psychological Association-accredited training program that prepares skilled psychologists to serve as clinicians as well as researchers. The Program includes an affiliated, and separately APA-accredited, predoctoral internship in clinical psychology.

The Doctoral Program’s basic training philosophy reflects a clinician-researcher model of training that prepares individuals for the practice of clinical psychology, broadly conceived. The combined experience of clinical and research settings reflects the Program’s clinician-researcher philosophy. The Clinical Psychology Program’s model provides research training that equips students pursuing more clinically oriented careers with the skills to critically evaluate scientific material. Students pursuing academic or research careers have a solid clinical foundation to build on.

Goals, Objectives, and Competencies

Goal 1. To produce graduates who have a broad and general knowledge of scientific psychology.

Objective 1.1. Students will demonstrate proficient knowledge about broad and general areas of scientific psychology. 

  • Competency 1.1.1. Students will be knowledgeable in core areas of general psychology.
  • Competency 1.1.2. Students will successfully demonstrate knowledge of research problems and methods. 

Goal 2.  To produce graduates who have specialized knowledge and entry-level practice skills in clinical psychology. 

Objective 2.1. Students will demonstrate knowledge and competence in psychological assessment.

  • Competency 2.1.1. Students will demonstrate knowledge in psychometrics.
  • Competency 2.1.2. Students will attain knowledge of psychological assessment instruments and techniques.
  • Competency 2.1.3. Students will obtain clinical competence in psychological assessment skills.

Objective 2.2. Students will display knowledge of and competence in diagnosis, case formulation and clinical interventions.

  • Competency 2.2.1. Students will be able to competently derive an accurate diagnosis and case formulation of patients in clinical settings. 
  • Competency 2.2.2. Students will achieve basic competencies (at a level preparatory for a preclinical internship placement) in psychotherapy. 

Goal 3. To produce graduates who have the ability to develop, disseminate, and/or evaluate scientific knowledge directed toward understanding and improving human functioning.

Objective 3.1. Students will develop competence in the science and methodology of psychology.

  • Competency 3.1.1. Students will demonstrate an understanding of and basic competence in application of research tools and design. 

Objective 3.2. Students are expected to develop skills at disseminating knowledge of psychology in the classroom, at professional meetings, and in peer-reviewed publications.

  • Competency 3.2.1. Students will demonstrate competency in oral and written presentations in the science of psychology.

Goal 4. To produce graduates who have knowledge of and adhere to the ethical and sensitive practice of professional psychology.

Objective 4.1. Students will attain entry competency in their knowledge of current ethical standards and their application in complex research and clinical situations.

  • Competency 4.1.1. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of ethical guidelines and display solid problem-solving skills when confronted with ethical situations in clinical and research settings. 

Objective 4.2. Students will demonstrate knowledge of and sensitivity to issues of cultural and individual diversity in both the clinical practice of psychology and in the conduct of scientific research. 

  • Competency 4.2.1. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of individual and cultural diversity, and be able to competently demonstrate sensitivity to these issues in both clinical and research settings. 

This Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program and the affiliated internship are accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). The APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation can be contacted at or:

APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202-336-5979
TDD/TTY: 202-336-6123
Fax: 202-336-5978

Message from the Program Chair

Beth Kennard, PsyD, ABPP
Beth Kennard, Psy.D., ABPP

Beth Kennard, Psy.D., ABPP
Professor, Psychiatry
Graduate School: Psy.D., Baylor University, 1984
Postdoctoral Training:
UT Southwestern Medical Center

Thank you for your interest in the UT Southwestern Medical Center Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program. Our graduate program includes an affiliated Predoctoral Internship Program. Both programs are separately accredited by the American Psychological Association.

I want to highlight the unique aspects of our training programs. Because we are located in a medical university center, we provide a wide variety of both clinical and research experiences, with access to diverse psychiatric and medical populations. In addition to the large on-campus faculty, we have an extensive volunteer faculty in the community who provide training and supervision of our graduate students and predoctoral interns.

We provide specialty training in health psychology/behavioral medicine, neuropsychology, child psychology (child health psychology, child neuropsychology, and specialty training in eating disorders and autism), and general clinical psychology.

In your search for programs, it is important to be aware of the “program outcomes,” which are described on all APA-approved program websites. We are very proud of our training outcomes:

  • An average of 4.5 years to completion of the Ph.D., including the predoctoral internship program 
  • 100 percent internship match every year
  • A low attrition rate (2.2 percent in past five years)
  • An average national licensure exam score of one standard deviation above the national mean
  • 100 percent of our graduates are placed in either postdoctoral fellowships or employment

We hope that you will consider our Clinical Psychology Graduate Program for your graduate training. Please contact us if we can assist you in your application process.