Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine typically admits six (6) to 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 2017): 

Behavioral Medicine Emphasis:

Brian Hitsman, PhD

Siobhan Phillips, PhD 

Michael E. Newcomb, PhD (ISGMH)

Neuropsychology & Behavioral Neuroscience Emphasis:

Robert Hanlon, PhD ABPP-CN and Michael Brook, PhD

Sandra Weintraub, PhD, ABCN/ABPP

Policy Emphasis:

Neil Jordan, PhDCassandra Kisiel, PhD, and Heather Risser, PhD (MHSPP)

Psychopathology & Treatment Emphasis:

Evan Goulding, MD/PhD and Cynthia Dopke, PhD  

Molly Losh, PhD

Laurie Wakschlag, PhD

Please Note: There is a separate APA-accredited and PCSAS-accredited PhD program in clinical psychology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences (WCAS) on the Evanston campus of Northwestern University. More information on the WCAS clinical psychology program can be found on 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 2016–2017 recruitment sason (for a start date of September 2017) is December 1, 2016 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