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 aim is to prepare students for careers as health professionals in clinical
and school settings. The overarching program model is the provision of psychological
health services, with emphasis on cognitive-behavioral psychology. Graduates from
the program are well prepared to function as licensed professional psychologists in
a variety of roles across a variety of settings.
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,
For additional information, you can visit our program page or contact:
Dr. Mary Short
Full Professor of Clinical Psychology
Dr. Thomas Schanding
Associate Professor of School Psychology
Shelly Matejka, Administrative Assistant
- Health Service Psychology Psy.D.
Fall: Dec. 15
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
- Scores on the general test of the GRE and TOEFL (if required).
- 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.
For a more detailed explanation, you can download the Application and Admission Process.
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 typically be scheduled in February. Applicants will be notified of their program admission status by April 15.
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Accreditations and Distinctions
University of Houston–Clear Lake and the Doctor of Psychology program are approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS). The contact information for SACS is: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033; Phone: 404-679-4500; Fax: 404-679-4558; www.sacscoc.org
The Psy.D. in Health Service Psychology was accredited on contingency by the American Psychology Association in April 2019. Questions related to the program’s accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 1st Street NE, Washington, DC 20002; Phone: 202-336-5979; Fax: 404-679-4558; email@example.com; www.apa.org/ed/accreditation