Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program

About the Clinical Psychology Program

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

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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.

Dennis Burchette Jr.

“I continue to be amazed at the endless possibilities that are available through the clinical and research aspects of this program.”

Dennis Burchette Jr.

Clinical Psychology Graduate Program

Saba Masood

“As a first-generation immigrant, my personal interest in the field came from wanting to learn about and understand the complexities of working with those from diverse backgrounds and delivering culturally-informed care.”

Saba Masood

Clinical Psychology Graduate Program


Informational Webinar: Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program

Male and female students listen to a man talk

4:30 to 6 p.m. Central Time Wednesday, Oct. 28 the Department
Register by Oct. 21

Topics include:

  • Application process
  • Curriculum
  • Affiliated internship
  • Practicum/internship training sites
  • Research opportunities
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Program outcomes
  • Funding
  • Q&A

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

UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Clinical Psychology Program

Meet the Chair

Beth Kennard, Psy.D., ABPP

Graduate School: Psy.D., Baylor University, 1984
Postdoctoral Training: UT Southwestern Medical Center

“Because we are located in a university medical 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 doctoral interns.” Read Dr. Kennard’s full message.

Betsy Kennard, Ph.D.

Contact the Clinical Psychology Program

Adrianna Harris

Education Coordinator

Phone: 214-648-5267

Adrianna Harris

Marisol Lucio

Senior Administrative Assistant

Phone: 214-648-5247

Marisol Lucio