Clinical Psychology

Graduate Program

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and other Data (Click here)

Faculty Interviewing Applicants for Fall 2019 Admission

Patricia Brennan, Linda CraigheadScott Lilienfeld, Rohan Palmer, Michael Treadway, Irwin Waldman, and Elaine Walker.

The number of applicants we will be able to accept will be determined by the amount of funding available at the time offers are made. Each faculty member will review the folders of any student who designates them as a potential mentor, so you do not need to contact the faculty member directly. Other faculty members, except those listed above, are NOT considering applications this year.

Due to the volume of applicants, it is the clinical program's policy that faculty and graduate students are not able to respond to anything other than brief e-mail inquiries until applicants are invited for an interview.


The goal of the graduate program in clinical psychology is the education of clinical psychologists with a firm grounding in research, theory, and practice. We are a clinical science program, which means that we prepare students to make substantive contributions to the understanding of the assessment, etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of psychopathology. We also prepare them to become competent clinicians who know how to make use of the available evidence and contribute to the training of future psychologists.


  • Prepare psychologists with a broad base of knowledge of psychology and more specific knowledge of clinical psychology able to disseminate this knowledge through teaching, training or other activies in which scientific thinking and research skills are needed.
  • Prepare psychologists to design, implement and disseminate results from scientific research.
  • Prepare psychologists who are competent in diagnosis and assessment with sensitivity to relevant issues in assessing diverse populations.
  • Prepare psychologists who are competent to provide psychoeducation, psychotherapy as well as evidence-based interventions and have the ability to identify and modify those as needed to serve diverse populations in a respectful, ethical manner.


The primary emphasis of our clinical curriculum is to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to function as productive clinical researchers in psychology. This requires a basic understanding of the determinants of human behavior, including biological, psychological, and social factors, and a strong background in research design and quantitative methods. Also central to our curriculum is training in clinical practice through coursework in assessment and treatment, and through supervised clinical practica. Finally, our curriculum provides supervised teaching experiences for all students. The goal and philosophy of the clinical program are consistent with the goals of the Psychology Department and the mission of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

We expect that students who complete our program will be able to apply the perspective and skills of a clinical scientist to research, teaching, and/or clinical work in various professional environments including academic departments, research institutes, medical schools, community mental health facilities, or other practice settings. Our clinical program is both accredited by the American Psychological Association and a member in good standing of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science, and our faculty and curriculum embody many of the values embraced by both organizations.


The clinical program has been accredited continuously since 1963 by the Commission on Accreditation, the American Psychological Association.

*Questions related to the program's accredited 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 /E-mail: Web:

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

The clinical program has been accredited by the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System since May 2014, see

The Emory Clinical Doctoral Program is accredited by both of the two major accrediting bodies in the field, the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Accreditation (CoA) and the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS). 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 in the majority of states in which they may pursue professional practice; and 2) the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) provides parity for and recognition of PCSAS within all of its regulatory standards. If and when these 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).


Director of Clinical Psychology and Director of Clinical Training: Dr. Linda Craighead,

A Note on Interviews, Visits, and Contacting Faculty: Because of the volume of applications each year, we cannot arrange visits or interviews with prospective applicants until February, at which point we invite about 25 applicants to Emory to interview. If you are interested in the program and have questions, you should contact faculty whose work looks like the best match for you and who are taking students for the current year, or contact Paula Mitchell, our academic coordinator, at

The deadline for applications for Clinical Psychology is December 1, 2018. The online application will open in September 2018,

PLEASE NOTE: We strongly encourage you to use the online application. This allows the Psychology program to have immediate access to your application, and it will allow you to track which credentials we have received.

Applications will be reviewed in early January and about 20 to 25 applicants will be invited for the initial interview date which is tenatively scheduled in February. Due to the number of applications received, we are not able to interview all applicants or to schedule interviews before that time. Applicants who are no longer being considered will be notified as soon as possible, however we maintain a secondary/wait list of another 20 to 25 applicants who remain under consideration in case we determine that additional applicants should be interviewed. These applicants will be notified once our final acceptances have been received and they are no longer in consideration.