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How to Apply

Anticipated clinical program admissions process for 2014:

Our program usually admits between 4 and 6 students per year and we anticipate admitting a similar number of new students for the incoming class of 2014. Given the relatively large size of our faculty, no faculty member takes a student every year.  We suggest that you email faculty members with whom you might like to work, and ask if they might take a new student in the coming year. They may be able to tell you if they are certain that they cannot take a student. They may not be able to tell you for sure whether they will be able to do so.  We also suggest that you mention more than one faculty person who might serve as a good mentor match for you, when you make your application.

Our interview day this year will be February 14, and we will send invitations to interview at least two weeks before that date. Generally, applicants can expect to have 3 interviews with faculty members, a group meeting with the Director of Clinical Training, a lunch meeting with the director of Graduate Studies, and a Friday evening reception on interview day.

Program Description

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 from the Division of Medical Psychology of the Duke University Medical Center, extends to a large number of interdisciplinary problems involving human behavioral and physical adaptation in its varying social contexts.

 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, reducing discrepancies in minority mental and physical health services, assessment and intervention in pediatric psychology, and gene-environment interaction.

Clinical program faculty are actively involved in P&N Cross-Program Interest Areas and University  Institutes, including the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS), Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) , Institute for Genone Sciences and Policy (IGSP), and Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI).

Our training program follows the scientist-practitioner model. We aim to prepare graduates to be outstanding scientists and outstanding clinicians, who will conduct research and practice in an ethical manner, with sensitivity to individual, cultural, racial and ethnic diversity. We are a member program of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science, committed to training scientists who will study significant clinical questions. Our faculty members have exercised leadership roles both in the Academy and on the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology.

Each year the Department admits 4-7 clinical graduate students, which will result in 30-40 students being advised by our faculty at one time. As of September, 2012, our faculty are advising a total of 35 students receiving clinical training, (4 males, 31 females, 8 of whom are racial/ethnic minority students). In the past, our Department has been fortunate to have students matriculate with excellent undergraduate training, outstanding academic performance, and GRE scores ranging between 1300-1600.  For more detailed program statistics, please see our section on Admissions and Current Student Characteristics (below).

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 Graduate Handbook, which includes information concerning 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

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

Each year we receive between 250 and 330 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 range from a total of 1300 to 1600 and grades are usually quite high. 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 30 applicants are contacted for interviews with our faculty. Interviews are required for clinical applicants. Interviews take place in early February with invitations extended in mid-January.

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.

Data on Incoming Classes              
Academic Year 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Number of Applicants 283 269 238 241  244 316 328
Number Offered Admission 10 10 10 5  5  7 7
Number Accepting Admission 7 7 6 4  5  4 5

Applicant Data (averages)              
Academic Year 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
GRE - Verbal 644 674 670 670  668  164/(670)  165/(690)
GRE - Quantitative 719 736 748 748  710  157/(730)  160/(760)
GRE - Writing 5.4 5.4 4.75 4.6  5.1 4.9  5.0
GPA 3.8 3.8 3.6 3.8  3.78  3.7  3.77


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