VCU Psychology Department

Do physicians’ racial biases affect clinical decision making?

Research has demonstrated that automatic, and sometimes unconscious, racial bias can affect how we make decisions about others. But can it influence something as important as a medical decision? read more...


What affects parenting in high-risk communities?

We know that living in high-risk communities is stressful for parents and youth. How does stress, including exposure to violence, affect parents’ management of their adolescents? read more...


How can we predict future rates of tobacco use?

Longitudinal population-based surveys of tobacco use can depict current prevalence levels as well as transitions over time, but how can they be used to forecast those in the future? read more...


Can coping skills help the bereaved bend but not break?

How do college students cope when a loved one dies? Bereavement is difficult at any time in life, but is coping with bereavement different for college undergraduates? read more...

school lunch

Why are VCU researchers dumpster diving?

If school cafeterias force children to take fruits and vegetables on their lunch trays, will students eat them? Will they like them more over time when fruits and vegetables are served regularly? read more...

Clinical Psychology

In 1971, the State Council of Higher Education approved VCU's doctoral program and the Clinical Program subsequently graduated its first doctoral student in 1975. In the same year, the APA Committee on Accreditation granted full approval to the clinical doctoral program, and the program has maintained fully accredited status since that time. The program was admitted to the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science in 1995 and is a member of the Council of Clinical Health Psychology Training Programs. The clinical program presently has 50-55 students at various levels of training, which accounts for more than one third of the total departmental graduate student enrollment. Since our first graduate in 1975, we have graduated over 285 Ph.D.'s in clinical psychology who have taken faculty, staff, administrative, or practitioner positions in psychology programs housed in university departments of Arts and Sciences and medical schools, community mental health centers, clinics, hospitals, prisons, private practice, and state departments of mental health.

Program Description and Values

The Clinical Psychology program at VCU follows the scientist-practitioner model and operates within a biopsychosocial perspective. Our cornerstone training guideline is that a scientifically embedded doctoral program needs to be based in the most up-to-date theory and empirical findings from basic and applied psychology. We offer concentrations in clinical health psychology (behavioral medicine) and child/adolescent clinical psychology.

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APA Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation
750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979

Contact Information

Director of Clinical Training
Rosalie Corona

Assistant to the Clinical Director
Shaina Gulin

Virginia Commonwealth University
Department of Psychology
Clinical Psychology Program
806 West Franklin Street
PO Box 842018
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2018