Clinical Science (CS) Concentration

Do you want to study the assessment, etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of psychopathology?

Graduate Students choosing the Clinical Science (CS) concentration as either a primary or a secondary concentration work across labs that include a focus on the study of psychopathology and personality in the broadest sense. 


Core members in the CS concentration work with researchers from the other concentrations and from many other departments and research centers, including the Department of Neurology, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Human Genetics, and the Facility for Education and Research in Neuroscience (FERN).

Students utilize a range of scientific methodologies to investigate biological, cognitive, affective and social processes that are associated with risk and intervention for psychopathology.

Students learn to apply the perspective and skills of a clinical scientist to research, teaching, and professional environments including academic departments, research institutes, medical schools, community mental health facilities, or other practice settings. 

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data (pdf) 

Our Clinical Science concentration is accreditated by the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS)

Applicants who choose Clinical Science as their primary concentration should be aware of the following information before applying (click title for pdf): 

1. Admissions

2. Time to Completion 

3. Program Costs

4. Internship Placements

5. Attrition 

6. Licensure 

The two core courses for the Clinical Science concentration are:

(1) Psychopathology

(2) Research Methods

Additional Required Courses for those in the APA-approved clinical training program include methods of assessment, intervention/treatment strategies and ethics.

Breadth of knowledge in psychology is provided by taking courses within other concentration areas that meet APA requirements for discipline specific knowledge. These courses focus on research drawn from biological, cognitive, affective, social and developmental psychology.

The clinical science training sequence consists of supervised, graded practicum experiences designed to prepare competent clinicians who employ empirically supported assessment and treatment procedures.

Initial Clinical Training in assessment and therapy is provided through the in-house training clinic. Subsequently, students participate in supervised clinical work at various approved external sites including the Emory Psychiatry DepartmentGrady Memorial Hospital, and theVeteran’s Administration Hospital.

APA-approved Internship

Students with a primary concentration in Clinical Science (CS) must also apply for and complete an APA-approved internship before their PhD is conferred.

One option for internship is Child and Adolescent Mood Program (CAMP) in the Emory University School of Medicine. CAMP is fully accredited by the APA.

Becoming Eligible for Licensure as a Health Service Provider

Successful completion of the CS concentration, including the APA-approved internship, makes CS students eligible to apply for licensure as a clinical psychologist in Georgia (and in many other jurisdictions) but students must also meet any additional requirements of the state which typically include a year of supervised postdoctoral clinical work, and passing state licensure exams.

The Emory Clinical Science (CS) doctoral program is accredited by both of the accrediting bodies in the field: the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Accreditation (APA-CoA) (since 1963) and the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) (since 2014). Our program is a member in good standing of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science

*Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the APA Commission on Accreditation:

American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979

Our faculty and curriculum embody the values embraced by both organizations. Our clinical science training model and vision is most consistent with the standards of the PCSAS. Presently, PCSAS is working toward ensuring that:

1) Graduates from its programs are fully license-eligible to pursue licensure for professional practice in the majority of states
2) The American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) provides parity for and recognition of PCSAS within all of its regulatory standards.

If and when those changes are realized, our program may consider remaining accredited solely by PCSAS. However, any such consideration would be based on clear evidence that our graduates can continue to obtain the sorts of successful career positions they have long enjoyed (e.g., as university professors, college teachers, public policy analysts, faculty in medical centers, research institutes and VA settings, licensed clinical psychologists, and administrators/directors of a variety of community agencies/organizations).

Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS)
1800 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 402
Washington, DC 20036-1218
Phone: (301) 455-8046