The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine typically admits eight (8) new students in the fall of each year to the PhD Program. Because we are a mentor-based program, it is critical that your application reference the faculty with whom you hope to work with during your tenure at Northwestern.  Please note that this list is subject to change, so please visit this page before writing your essays and submitting your application.  

The following PhD Program Faculty will be recruiting for this year's recruitment season (For start date Fall 2016): 

Behavioral Medicine Emphasis:

Dr. James Griffith

Dr. Brian Hitsman

Dr. Michael Wolf

NOTE: Laurie Keefer is no longer recruiting

Neuropsychology & Behavioral Neuroscience Emphasis:

Dr. Ken Paller 

Dr. Matthew Smith

Dr. Sandra Weintraub

Policy Emphasis:

As of July 15th, 2015, no labs are recruiting this year in the Policy Emphasis. 

Psychopathology & Treatment Emphasis:

Dr. Inger Burnett-Zeigler

Dr. Colleen Cicchetti & Dr. Karen Gouze

Dr. Jackie Gollan

Dr. Molly Losh

Dr. Stephen M. Schueller

Dr. Laurie Wakschlag, PhD & Dr. Amelie Petitclerc, PhD (New Addition!)

Please Note: There is a separate APA-accredited doctoral program in clinical psychology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences (WCAS) on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University. More information on the Weinberg College of Arts & Science (WCAS) clinical psychology program at the WCAS website. There are many differences between our program and the WCAS program. For example, the WCAS program operates from a clinical scientist model, whereas our program operates from a scientist-practitioner model (50% research and 50% clinical). 

See “Application Procedure” below to apply. The application deadline for the 2015–2016 recruitment sason (for a start date of September 2016) is Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at midnight Central Standard Time.

Student Admissions, Outcomes, & Other Data

Learn more about our American Psychological Association (APA)-accedited doctoral program via our reporting on student admissions, outcomes and other data.

Joint JD and PhD Program

The Clinical Psychology PhD Program offers a formal Joint PhD and JD program. Learn more about the schedule and admissions process of this seven-year program, sponsored by The Graduate School at Northwestern University and Northwestern Law.

CUDCP Admissions Policy & Fact Sheet

The Clinical Psychology PhD Program follows the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology's (CUDCP) policy on Admissions Offers and Acceptances. We also encourage you to review the CUDCP fact sheet on Graduate Programs in Clinical Psychology

Getting into Graduate School

For a great website on graduate education in psychology and mental health, see:

Contact Us

Please direct all questions to the Division of Psychology Admissions Assistant:

Email Us
Phone: 312-908-8262
Fax: 312-908-5070