PhD Program in Clinical Psychology

The PhD Program in Clinical Psychology at Pacific University adheres to a scientist-practitioner model. Students are trained to truly integrate the science and practice of psychology by completing specific requirements in didactic instruction and experiential practica. Graduates are capable of functioning as scientists and practitioners, but are trained with a particular emphasis on the research and academic aspects of psychology. Additionally, in accordance with competencies outlined by the American Psychological Association as essential for psychologists and the current projections regarding the new and innovative ways in which psychologists will need to practice to meet the needs of our clients and communities in the future, students are trained to evaluate and administer programs and outcomes, to develop innovative interventions, to be competent supervisors and consultants, and to function effectively in integrated healthcare settings. Additionally, although a generalist program, all students receive training in the research and clinical aspects of complementary healthcare, including special training in the research and practice of mindfulness.


Consistent with the scientist-practitioner training model, the program has six primary goals:  

  1. To produce competent scientists
  2. To produce competent practitioners who are skilled in using evidence-based clinical practices
  3. To produce clinical psychologists who are skillful in integrating the science and practice elements of clinical psychology into all of their work
  4. To produce clinical psychologists who adhere to the ethical standards of our field
  5. To produce clinical psychologists who are sensitive to cultural diversity
  6. To produce clinical psychologists who have the skills necessary to be successful in the future practice of clinical psychology


The first cohort of students began this Fall 2013. In accordance with APA policy, the program is not eligible to apply for accreditation until a sufficient number of students has matriculated at each level of the program,  including candidacy status (see the APA Commission on Accreditation website for further details: As soon as the program reaches eligibility to initiate the accreditation process, the program faculty will initiate an application to the American Psychological Association. Pacific University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).