Department of Psychology

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

Admissions Data on Incoming Classes

Year of Admission 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Number of Applicants 150 161 201 196 264 168 193 230 211 231
Number Offered Admission 13 11 8 9 10 10 8 11 6 10
Size of Incoming Class 8 7 7 4 8 5 6 6 5 5
Number Receiving Financial Support* 8 7 7 4 8 5 6 6 5 5
Average GRE (Verbal) 610 560 625 570 155 158 158 159 158 157
Average GRE (Quantitative) 680 600 680 660 153 152 157 155 156 154
Average GRE (Writing) 4.4 4.6 4.8 5 5 4 4.4 4.5 4.4 4.1
Average Undergraduate GPA 3.7 3.8 3.6 3.8 3.6 3.6 3.8 3.7 3.9 3.8

*Assistantship Stipend, Tuition Waiver and Health Insurance Subsidy

Time to Completion for all students entering the program

Outcome Year in which Degrees were Conferred
2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 Total
Total number of students with doctoral degree conferred on transcript 10 3 5 9 8 4 9 48
Mean number of years to complete the program 6.6 7.4 5.7 6.1 5.9 6 6.1 6.2
Median number of years to complete the program 6.33 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Time to Degree Ranges N % N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students in less than 5 years 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students in 5 years 0 0 0 0 2 40 1 11 2 25 0 0 3 33 8 17
Students in 6 years 7 70 2 67 3 60 6 67 5 63 4 100 4 44 31 65
Students in 7 years 2 20 0 0 0 0 2 22 1 12 0 0 1 11 6 13
Students in more than 7 years 1 10 1 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 11 3 6

Prior Graduate Work: Seventeen percent (17%) of the PhD graduates from our program during the 7-year period that ended Summer 2017 had earned Master’s degrees (including successful defense of a thesis) from other institutions prior to admission to our PhD program, and were able to use the thesis and some of the coursework completed at those other institutions to fulfill some of our program requirements. Those students completed our program in an average of 5.6 years, compared to 6.3 years for the other students. Policies and procedures for using graduate work from another institution to fulfill program requirements may be found by clicking here.

Program Costs*

Description 2017-2018 1st-year Cohort Cost

Tuition for full-time students (in-state) 

$0

Tuition for full-time students (out-of-state) 

$0

Tuition per credit hour for part-time students (if applicable enter amount; if not applicable enter “N/A”)

N/A

University/institution fees or costs 

$597

Additional estimated fees or costs to students (e.g. books, travel, etc.) 

$250

*Costs are per semester: All first-year students have assistantships that pay a stipend and include a waiver of resident and non-resident tuition. Historically, all clinical psychology doctoral students who are making adequate progress through the program have received tuition waivers and assistantships up until the point that they leave for internship. For more information on the funding packages students receive, visit the financial assistance webpage.

Internship Placement - Table 1

Outcome Year Applied for Internship
2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017
N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students who obtained APA/CPA-accredited internships 4 100 4 100 9 100 8 100 4 100 8 100 4 100
Students who obtained APPIC member internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained other membership organization internships (e.g. CAPIC) that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained internships conforming to CDSPP guidelines that were not APA/CPA- accredited (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained other internships that were not APA/CPA-accredited (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students who obtained any internship 4 100 4 100 9 100 8 100 4 100 8 100 4 100
Students who sought or applied for internships including those who withdrew from the application process 4 - 4 - 9 - 8 - 4 - 8 - 4 -

Internship Placement - Table 2

Outcome Year Applied for Internship
2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017
N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students who sought or applied for internships including those who withdrew from the application process 4 - 4 - 9 - 8 - 4 - 8 - 4 -
Students who obtained paid internships 4 100 4 100 9 100 8 100 4 100 8 100 4 100
Students who obtained half-time internships* (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Auburn’s clinical program has one of the highest internship match rates in the country. According to a recent report by the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC), Auburn was one of only a handful of programs to have a 100% match rate between 2011-2016. This is well above the national average of 79%.

Recent Internship Sites

2016-2017:

  • Central Alabama VA Health Care System
  • Charleston Consortium
  • Children’s Mercy Kansas City
  • University of Mississippi Medical Center/VA Jackson
  • University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • Southwest Consortium/New Mexico VA Health Care System
  • VA Boston Healthcare System
  • VA Maryland Health Care System/University of Maryland School of Medicine

2015-2016:

  • Ann Arbor VA Health System
  • Colorado Children’s Hospital
  • Hampton VA Medical Center
  • Vanderbilt University/VA Medical Center Consortium

2014-2015:

  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital
  • Portland VA Medical Center
  • South Texas VA Health Care System
  • The May Institute, Inc.
  • Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • University of Texas Health Sciences-San Antonio

2013-2014:

  • Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Columbia University Medical Center
  • Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital
  • James H. Quillen VA Medical Center
  • Marcus Autism Center
  • Mississippi State Hospital
  • Portland VA Medical Center
  • University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • University of Rochester School of Medicine

2012-2013:

  • Cincinnati VA
  • Federal Medical Center - Devens
  • Oklahoma Health Science Center
  • James Haley VA (Tampa)

2011-2012:

  • Mendota Mental Health Institute
  • University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center
  • University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • Wright-Patterson USAF Medical Center

2010-2011

  • Baylor College of Medicine
  • Central Alabama VHCS
  • Hines VA Hospital
  • James Haley VA (Tampa)‚Ä®Vanderbilt – VA Internship Consortium

2009-2010:

  • Boston Consortium – PTSD/Behavioral Sciences
  • DuPont Hospital for Children
  • Federal Medical Center – Devens
  • Hennepin County Medical Center
  • University of Alabama, Birmingham
  • Utah State University Counseling Center
  • Wyoming State Hospital

2008-2009:

  • Central Alabama VHCS
  • South Texas VHCS
  • University of California, San Diego Consortium
  • University of Rochester School of Medicine
  • VA Gulf Coast HCS

2007-2008:

  • Central Alabama VHCS
  • Central Arkansas VHCS
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • New York University/Bellevue Hospital
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School
  • William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute/University of South Carolina
  • Yale University

Attrition

Variable Year of First Enrollment
2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017
N % N % N % N % N % N % N %
Students for whom this is the year of first enrollment (i.e. new students) 7 - 4 - 8 - 5 - 6 - 6 - 5 -
Students whose doctoral degrees were conferred on their transcripts 7 100 4 100 3 38 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students still enrolled in program 0 0 0 0 3 38 5 100 6 100 6 100 5 100
Students no longer enrolled for any reason other than conferral of doctoral degree 0 0 0 0 2 25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Licensure

Outcome 2007-2017
The total number of program graduates (doctoral degrees conferred on transcript) between 2 and 10 years ago 55
The number of these graduates (between 2 and 10 years ago) who became licensed psychologists in the past 10 years 46
Licensure percentage 84%

According to the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB, 2012), 29 graduates from our program took the EPPP between August 2007 and July 2012. The national pass rate of designated and accredited doctoral programs (N = 20,727 exams) was 76.40%, compared to 96.55% for Auburn graduates. The average percent correct by content area is listed below:

EPPP Content Area National Results Auburn's Results
Biological Bases of Behavior 68.90% 70.14%
Cognitive-Affective Bases of Behavior 69.10% 74.95%
Social and Cultural Bases of Behavior 69.70% 75.15%
Growth and Lifespan Development 68.30% 71.33%
Assessment and Diagnosis 66.00% 75.12%
Treatment/Intervention 72.40% 78.80%
Research Methods and Statistics 62.10% 74.14%
Ethical/Legal/Professional Issues 73.70% 76.91%

Current Positions of Recent Alumni

Graduates of our program are well prepared to pursue both clinical- and research-focused careers. Below, we present a selection of current positions held by our recent alumni (i.e., those who have graduated since 2009). 

Site Job Title Setting
University of Florida Postdoctoral Associate Hospital/Medical Center
Vanderbilt University Medical Center Postdoctoral Fellow Hospital/Medical Center
Yale University School of Medicine Postdoctoral Fellow Hospital/Medical Center
Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center Resident in Psychology Hospital/Medical Center

Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hospital/Medical Center

Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hospital/Medical Center

Private practice

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Independent Practice

Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

Psychology Fellow

Hospital/Medical Center

Auburn University

Assistant Clinical Professor

Psychiatric Facility

Marcus Autism Center, Emory University

Postdoctoral fellow

Clinic for children with developmental disabilities

VA Palo Alto Health Care System

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hospital/Medical Center

Morehead State University

Assistant Professor

Academic Teaching

Malmstrom Air Force Base

Staff Psychologist, ADAPT Program Manager

Hospital/Medical Center

Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center

Psychologist I

Psychiatric Facility

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Clinical Assistant Professor

Hospital/Medical Center

South Carolina Department of Mental Health-Sexually Violent Predator Program

Clinical Chief Psychologist (Clinical Director)

Correctional Facility

VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System

Clinical Psychologist

Hospital/Medical Center

DePelchin Children's Center

Staff Psychologist Supervisor

Community Mental Health Center

Central Alabama Veteran's Health Care System

Staff Psychologist

Hospital/Medical Center

Hill Air Force Base

Behavioral Health Optimization Program Psychologist

Hospital/Medical Center

United States Penitentiary, Marion located in Marion, Illinois

Sex Offender Management and Treatment Program Coordinator

Correctional Facility

Marcus Autism Center, Emory University

Psychometrist

Hospital/Medical Center

Hennepin County Medical Center

Senior Clinical Psychologist

Hospital/Medical Center

Central Arkansas Veterans Affairs Hospital

Staff Psychologist

Hospital/Medical Center

Columbus Psychological Associates

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Independent Practice

Arkansas Children's Hospital

Pediatric Psychologist, Assistant Professor, Co-Training Director

Hospital/Medical Center

Mississippi State University

Associate Professor

Academic Teaching

Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego - Autism Discovery Institute

Clinical Psychologist

Hospital/Medical Center

Missouri University of Science & Technology

Assistant Professor

Academic Teaching

Central Connecticut State University

Associate Professor

Academic Teaching

Student Presentation and Publication Data

In addition to their theses and dissertations, our students are frequently involved in additional research projects during their time at Auburn. The following data reflect the proportion of our students who authored or co-authored publications in peer-reviewed professional/scientific journals or presentations at professional meetings during each year for the past seven years: 

Academic Year 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017
% of students presenting Papers/Posters* 57% 58% 70% 57% 83% 82% 71%
% of students with Professional Publications 43% 28% 33% 34% 44% 44% 50%

*excluding presentations at non-refereed and in-house functions

Last Updated: September 07, 2017