Clinical Psychology

The Clinical Psychology Program at Duke University is a Ph.D. program for students seeking excellence in academic, scientific, and clinical training.

The clinical psychology program has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1948. Our most recent site visit was in March 2013, and we were re-accredited for the maximum duration, seven years. Our next site visit will be in 2020. The APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation is located at the following address:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First St., NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Telephone: (202) 336-5879

Additional Information

The Clinical Psychology Program at Duke University is a Ph.D. program for students seeking excellence in academic, scientific, and clinical training. This program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) and by the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS). Our program has a strong history of scientist practitioner (Boulder) model and more recently has adopted a clinical science model of training in which the science of psychology and its clinical application are mutually interdependent and mutually evolving. That is, our program is designed to train clinical scientists who are capable of functioning successfully in academic, research, clinical, and community settings. Within this multifaceted training framework, we seek to develop students who are interested in careers in which the science of psychology is applied to address public health issues related to mental and physical diseases both nationally and internationally. The program is not appropriate for students interested solely in clinical practice and not in research. Rather, we strive for excellence in both the science and practice of clinical psychology.

At Duke, graduate training in clinical psychology emphasizes three domains of knowledge: adult clinical, child clinical, and health psychology. The expertise of the faculty, drawn from the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in the Duke University Medical Center, extends to a large number of interdisciplinary problems involving human behavioral and physical adaptation in its varying social contexts. Duke University’s Clinical Psychology Program is annually ranked among the top clinical psychology programs in the United States. Duke’s doctoral program in Clinical Psychology is a member of The Academy of Psychological Clinical Science, which is a coalition of doctoral training programs that share a common goal of producing and applying scientific knowledge to the understanding, assessment, and amelioration of human problems.

Specific interests include intervention and prevention methods across the life course for such phenomena as aggression and antisocial behavior, depression, personality disorders, eating disorders and obesity, substance abuse, HIVAIDS, cardiovascular disease, and chronic pain. Our faculty also study behavioral cardiology, behavioral medicine, global mental health, reducing disparities in minority mental and physical health services, assessment and intervention in pediatric psychology, and gene-environment interaction.

Clinical program faculty are also actively involved in University Institutes, including the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS), Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), and Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI).

Each year the Department admits 4-6 clinical graduate students, which will result in approximately 30 students being advised by our faculty at one time. As of September, 2015, our faculty advise a total of 30 students receiving clinical training, (5 males and 25 females, 7 of whom are racial/ethnically diverse). In the past, our Department has been fortunate to have students matriculate with excellent undergraduate training, outstanding academic performance, and average GRE scores of 160 (quantitative) and 165 (verbal). For more detailed program statistics, please see our section on Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data.

In accordance with American Psychological Association requirements, a more complete description of the clinical program's goals, clinical training resources, and special requirements can be found in the on-line Clinical Graduate Student Handbook.

The clinical psychology program has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1948. Our most recent site visit was in March 2013, and we were re-accredited for the maximum duration, seven years. Our next site visit will be in 2020. The APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation is located at the following address:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First St., NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Telephone: (202) 336-5879

The Duke Psychology Clinic has been providing psychological services to the Triangle community for over twenty years and is committed to working with adults who are seeking services for a range of psychological and adjustment difficulties.  As  part of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University, the Clinic functions as a training center for the Ph.D. program in clinical psychology. Psychotherapy is provided by advanced graduate students who are supervised by experienced clinicians. With our commitment to training and intensive supervision, the Clinic is dedicated to providing high-quality care to our clients.

Services

The Duke Psychology Clinic offers short- and long-term individual psychotherapy for adults seeking treatment for a range of psychological difficulties. The Clinic treats a wide-range of presenting concerns, including depression, anxiety, inattentiveness/hyperactivity, self-esteem, eating concerns, relationship difficulties, adjustment, and coping with stressors. In addition, the Clinic has a long-standing reputation in the community for effectively assisting individuals who have experienced traumatic events. Therapeutic work is individually-focused and clinicians work with their supervisors to tailor treatment to the needs of each client. The treatment approach utilized integrates principles from a range of evidence-based treatments in order to best address the client’s presenting concerns, including cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and interpersonal approaches.

We offer:

  • Respected community reputation in the treatment of mental health concerns

  • Affordable session fees

  • Convenient location and flexible hours

  • Assessment to further tailor treatment

  • Availability of long-term treatment 
  • Enthusiastic therapists receiving supervision from experienced clinicians

Obtaining Services

Services are available to individuals throughout the community. Those seeking services or who would like to make a referral should begin by calling a Clinic Coordinator, (919) 660-5771. Because the Clinic is a training center, utmost care is taken to ensure we can provide appropriate services; clients in crisis or in need of a higher level of care are typically referred to a more suitable clinic.

Location

The Clinic is located in Suite 312 of the Psychology/Sociology building on Duke's West Campus.
Please click here for directions to the clinic.

Hours

During the academic year, clinic hours are 9a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays. Hours are slightly abbreviated during the summer months.

Staff

Ronald Batson, M.D.
Director, Duke Psychology Clinic
Licensed Psychiatrist & Supervisor

David Rabiner, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences
Licensed Psychologist & Supervisor

Timothy Strauman, Ph.D
Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Professor, Department of Psychology & Neuroscience
Licensed Psychologist

Ali Giusto
Graduate Student, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience
Clinic Coordinator

Financial Disclosures: Dr. Batson is a consultant to NCCRM. 

Directions to the Duke Psychology Clinic

Current Practicum Supervisors

  • Ronald Batson, M.D.
  • Melanie Bonner, Ph.D.
  • Sarah Cook, Ph.D.
  • John Curry, PhD
  • Geraldine Dawson, Ph.D.
  • Christopher Edwards, Ph.D.
  • Aaron Hervey, Ph.D.
  • Scott Kollins, Ph.D.
  • Christian Mauro, Ph.D.
  • Rhonda Merwin, Ph.D.
  • Jesse Murray, Ph.D.
  • David Rabiner, Ph.D.
  • Zach Rosenthal,PhD
  • Rebecca Shelby, Ph.D.
  • Moria Smoski, Ph.D.
  • Tamara Somers, Ph.D.
  • Scott Swartz, Ph.D.
  • Karen Wells, Ph.D.
  • Julia Woodward, Ph.D.
  • Nancy Zucker, Ph.D.
Practicum descriptions

Internships:

  • Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Cambridge Hospital, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • Children’s Hospital, Boston, Harvard University, Boston, MA
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
  • Children's Hospital at Stanford / Children's Health Council
  • Clarke Institute (Center for Addiction and Mental Health), Toronto, Ontario
  • Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
  • Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
  • McLean Hospital, Harvard University, Belmont, MA
  • Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston Consortium), Charleston, SC
  • Miami/Dade County Department of Human Services, Miami, FL
  • Miami Veterans Administration Health Care System, Miami, FL
  • Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY
  • Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH
  • New York Univesity/Bellevue Hospital
  • North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Administration Medical Center, Gainesville, FL
  • University of Arizona College of Medicine, Tucson, AZ
  • University of California-Los Angeles
  • University of California-San Diego/Veterans Affairs, San Diego, CA
  • University of California-San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • University of Colorado Health Center, Boulder, CO
  • University of Florida Health Science Center, Gainesville, FL
  • University of Kansas Medical School
  • University of Michigan/Rackham Institute
  • University of Mississippi Medical/VA Jackson
  • University of New Mexico Health Science Center
  • University of North Carolina Medical School, Chapel Hill, NC
  • University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA
  • University of Wisconsin Medical Center, Madison, WI
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center, Durham, NC
  • Veterans Administration Maryland Health Care System/Univ. of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center, Northport, NY
  • Veterans Administration Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA
  • Veterans Administration Medical Center, Salem, VA
  • Veterans Administration Puget Sound-American Lake, Tacoma, WA
  • Virginia Treatment Center for Children, Virginia Commonwealth Univ., Richmond, VA
  • Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA

Each year we receive between 300 and 350 completed applications for admission to our clinical psychology program. A variety of bases for admission are utilized, although some common themes emerge. Applicant's GRE scores and grades are usually quite high (see chart below). In our search for qualified graduate students, we look for the potential to conduct original research, to engage in scholarship, to work effectively with others, including future clients, and to have an impact on the broader field of clinical psychology. We seek applicants who are interested both in research and in clinical practice.  It is important for applicants to consider and to articulate potential matches with the research interests of one or more potential faculty mentors. While an undergraduate integrative psychology major is not required, most of our students were psychology majors. Every year about 20 applicants are contacted for interviews with our faculty. Interviews are required for clinical applicants. Interviews take place in late January - early February with invitations extended a few weeks prior to interviews.

All students accepted into the program are guaranteed five years of stipend support, as well as full tuition. Stipends may be based on fellowships, research or teaching assistant positions, or, for more senior students, their own external research support.

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

Data on Incoming Classes              
Academic Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Number of Applicants 241 244 316 328 341 289 286
Number Offered Admission 5 5 7 7 4 7 10
Number Accepting Admission 4 5 4 5 4 4 7

 

Applicant Data (averages)              
Academic Year 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
GRE - Verbal 670 668 164 (670) 165/ (690)  161 165 163
GRE - Quantitative 748 710 157 (730) 160/ (760)  157 158 161
GRE - Writing 4.6 5.1 4.9 5.0  4.4 5.4  5.2
GPA 3.6 3.8 3.78 3.7  3.77  3.7  3.68

 

Applicants: Please see our Departmental Application FAQ.

The full list of admitting faculty can be found here.  Pending funding, the following clinical faculty are considering taking graduate students in the current admissions cycle: