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.
In 2006-2007 the Chronicle of Higher Education reported a one-time survey of faculty productivity that ranked the clinical program fifth in the nation on the Faculty Scholarly Productivity Index. Rankings were based upon journal publications, book publications, citations of journal articles, federal research awards, and honors and awards.
In addition, the Clinical Psychology program was selected for the 2007 Outstanding Training Program in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology Award by the Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (Division 53) of the American Psychological Association.
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.
Commission on Accreditation
750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Director of Clinical Training
Assistant to the Clinical Director
Elizabeth (Liz) Sadock
Virginia Commonwealth University
Department of Psychology
Clinical Psychology Program
806 West Franklin Street
PO Box 842018
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2018