Directors' Message

The Division of Psychology within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences offers a doctoral degree (PhD) in clinical psychology that has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1972.

The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program is unique.  It is one of only a handful of programs in the United States based in a department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences in an academic medical center.  The Program is supported by both the Feinberg School of Medicine and The Graduate School at Northwestern University. The program takes advantage of its placement within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences by offering a true balance of research and clinical training.  This unique setting also provides opportunities for translational research and practice that span molecular to social models of disease, and epidemiologic to clinical and neuroimaging methodologies.

The doctoral program in clinical psychology is a full time program, typically taking five to six years (including internship) to complete. The intensive course of study is designed to develop clinical psychologists who will be competitive for careers in academic medical centers and other healthcare facilities.

Research labs are organized into the following Research Emphases:

Clinical Training is organized into the following Clinical Emphases:

All students take the core curriculum.  Elective courses are also offered and are organized within the research and clinical emphases.  For example, the elective courses offered by the Clinical Neuropsychology Emphasis are designed in accordance with APA Division 40 “Houston Conference” guidelines.  We are a mentor-based program, and students are accepted into specific research labs and work closely with primary mentors who are the heads of those labs.

In the upcoming academic year (2016-2017), we will select eight (8) students for admission to the 2016-2017 cohort. We are a mentor-based program, and as such, admissions are organized within specific lab(s).  Please return to this website (or follow us on Facebook or Twitter) in early summer 2016 for a listing of labs that will be recruiting applications for the 2016-2017 cohort.

Thank you again for your interest in the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.  Please feel free to explore our website and contact us with any questions or concerns.

Jason Washburn, PhD

Dr. Jason J. Washburn
Director of Education and Clinical Training

Mark A. Reinecke, PhD, ABPP, ACT

Dr. Mark A. Reinecke
Division Chief, Psychology