Clinical Psychology Program

Welcome to the Clinical program's webpage, where you'll find information on Auburn’s training opportunities in clinical psychology. These opportunities include specialized curriculum, research training resources and clinical practica. Additionally, you will find information on internship outcomes, full disclosure data, and program faculty.

About the program

Auburn's scientist-practitioner program in clinical psychology first received accreditation status from the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1981. Our next accreditation site visit will be held in 2016. Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
 Phone: (202) 336-5979

Students in our doctoral clinical program receive didactic and experiential training in scientific research, clinical practice (clinical assessment and intervention), and teaching in psychology. Clinical students specialize in one of two tracks: an adult track and a child track. However, all students complete a core set of broad and general as well as clinical coursework. The theoretical orientations of the clinical faculty range across a variety of perspectives with an emphasis on cognitive-behavioral views. For this reason, the program exposes students to a range of supervision experiences so that the students will be prepared to choose a theoretical orientation that will be most useful in their future careers.

Additional information on the clinical program can be found in the program handbook

Research Training

Throughout their training, students participate in research in order to develop a firm understanding of the research methods used to study the critical problems that face clinical psychologists. Faculty research laboratories engage in research that spans a variety of areas important in understanding brain functioning and behavior across both laboratory and applied settings.

Graduate students work closely with faculty members to advance their own research interests. Students also have the opportunity to participate in grant writing, publish research, and present at professional conferences. Learn more about their clinical research.

Clinical Practice

Graduate students take courses that are oriented to introducing them to the conceptual foundations of psychology and to psychopathology, assessment, and treatment. Thus, the graduate program in clinical psychology at Auburn University stresses the importance of a strong empirical basis for applied clinical work. Students also participate in a number of campus and community-based practicum positions to gain clinical training. In this way, the program maintains a commitment to the scientist- practitioner model for graduate education in clinical psychology.

Practicum Opportunities


The teaching of psychology is a key aspect of the program’s doctoral training. Graduate students have opportunities to serve as graduate teaching assistants for faculty-led courses or as instructors of record for their own courses. Additionally, students participate in coursework designed to promote their professional development in teaching.

Graduate Student Teaching

Program goals

Informed by the above training philosophy and model, the following goals and objectives serve as guiding foci with which competencies and successful completion of training milestones are associated:

Goal #1: Research

To produce graduates who understand research methodology, adopt a scientifically minded orientation to evaluating information presented to them, and conduct and disseminate methodologically sound research relevant to the practice of psychology.

  • Objective 1A:  We expect our students to critically evaluate scientific information relevant to the field of clinical psychology and to use appropriate research methodology to test scientific hypotheses relevant to their track-specific area.
  • Objective 1B: We expect our students to conduct and disseminate methodologically sound research projects relevant to the field of clinical psychology and their track-specific area (adult, child).
  • Objective 1C:  We expect our students to develop competence in applying ethical principles relevant to their research, giving consideration to individual differences and diversity.

Goal #2: Practice   

To produce graduates who are well prepared in theory-based and empirically supported approaches to assessment and intervention.

  • Objective 2A:  We expect our students to develop knowledge of mental disorders/psychosocial impairments and skills to diagnose mental disorders.
  • Objective 2B: We expect our students to understand the theory associated with different assessment methods and develop competence in assessment and report writing, in their track-specific areas.
  • Objective 2C:  We expect our students to develop the knowledge and skills to apply current approaches to psychological intervention, including empirically supported techniques, relevant to their track-specific areas.
  • Objective 2D:  We expect our students to develop competence in applying ethical principles relevant to their applied clinical experiences, giving consideration to individual differences and diversity.

Goal #3: Teaching

To train graduate students to become competent teaching assistants and instructors for undergraduate courses in psychology.

  • Objective 3A: We expect our students to learn the basic principles of effective teaching.
  • Objective 3B: We expect our students to learn different methods for imparting psychological knowledge to undergraduate students.

For more information

Contact Dr. Chris Correia
Director of Clinical Training

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Auburn University Office of the Provost

The Department of Psychology's doctoral clinical program at Auburn University adheres strictly to this university policy. Furthermore, our clinical program is deeply committed to fostering a learning environment that supports cultural and individual differences and diversity.

Last Updated: August 20, 2015