Doctoral students are accepted into a specific research lab at the time of admission to the Doctoral Program. Students spend their first year in the program as a research apprentice in the ongoing investigative work of that faculty member. During the second year, the student begins to develop their Research Qualifying Paper (RQP), which is an original empirical study that is modest in scope, often uses existing data within the research lab, and is conducted with substantial support from the student’s research mentor. A modified version of the RQP can be used to obtain a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology on the way to obtaining the doctorate. The fourth year of training is focused on completion of the final research milestone, the dissertation. The dissertation is an original empirical study that is more ambitious in scope and requires a greater level of independent functioning than the RQP.
The following faculty members serve as primary research mentors:
Behavioral Medicine Research Emphasis:
- Brian Hitsman, Ph.D. (Nicotine Dependence)
- Laurie Keefer, Ph.D. (Gastroenterology)
- David Mohr, Ph.D. & Michelle Burns, Ph.D. (Center for Behavioral Information Technology)
- Bonnie Spring, Ph.D. (Health Promotion & Evidence-Based Practice)
- Michael Wolf, Ph.D. (Health Literacy & Learning Program)
Neuropsychology & Behavioral Neuroscience Research Emphasis:
- James Reilly, Ph.D. (Laboratory of Cognitive Control and Clinical Neuroscience)
- Emily Rogalski, Ph.D. (Cognitive Neuroimaging in Aging and Dementia)
- Lei Wang, Ph.D. (Neuroimaging & Applied Computational Anatomy)
- Sandra Weintraub, Ph.D. (Clinical Neuropsychology)
Policy Research Emphasis:
- Neil Jordan, Ph.D. & Eugene Griffin, Ph.D., J.D. (Mental Health Services and Policy)
- Linda Teplin, Ph.D. & Karen Abram, Ph.D. (Program in Health Disparities and Public Policy)
Psychopathology and Treatment Research Emphasis:
- Jacqueline Gollan, Ph.D. (Stress and Depression Lab)
- Molly Losh, Ph.D. (Neurodevelopmental Disabilities Lab)
- Mark Reinecke, Ph.D., ABPP, ACT (Child and Adolescent Mood Laboratory)
Find out more about the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program research labs.
Publications & Dissertations
View a sample list of recent student research publications and dissertation topics.