Department of Psychological Sciences

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

Admissions Data on Incoming Classes

Year of Admission 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 2020-2021
Number of Applicants 196 264 168 193 230 211 231 235 174 150
Number Offered Admission 9 10 10 8 11 6 10 11 9 6
Size of Incoming Class 4 8 5 6 6 5 5 5 6 6
Number Receiving Financial Support* 4 8 5 6 6 5 5 5 6 6
Average GRE (Verbal) 570 155 158 158 159 158 157 162 160 158
Average GRE (Quantitative) 660 153 152 157 155 156 154 156 157 154
Average GRE (Writing) 5 5 4 4.4 4.5 4.4 4.1 4 4.7 4.75
Average Undergraduate GPA 3.8 3.6 3.6 3.8 3.7 3.9 3.8 3.8 3.8 3.7

*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 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020 Total
Total number of students with doctoral degree conferred on transcript 10 3 5 9 8 4 9 4 5 7 64
Mean number of years to complete the program 6.6 7.4 5.7 6.1 5.9 6 6.1 5.8 5.8 5.7 6.1
Median number of years to complete the program 6.33 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Time to Degree Ranges N % N % N % 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 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students in 5 years 0 0 0 0 2 40 1 11 2 25 0 0 3 33 1 25 1 20 2 29 12 19
Students in 6 years 7 70 2 67 3 60 6 67 5 63 4 100 4 44 3 75 4 80 5 71 43 67
Students in 7 years 2 20 0 0 0 0 2 22 1 12 0 0 1 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 9
Students in more than 7 years 1 10 1 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5

Prior Graduate Work: Twenty-two percent (22%) of the PhD graduates from our program during the 10-year period that ended Summer 2020 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 (median 5 years), compared to 6.3 years (median 6 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 2020-2021 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 

$700

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

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Outcome Year Applied for Internship
2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
N % N % N % 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 5 100 7 100 5 100
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 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 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 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 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 5 100 7 100 5 100
Students who sought or applied for internships including those who withdrew from the application process 4 - 4 - 9 - 8 - 4 - 8 - 4 - 5 - 7 - 5 -

Internship Placement - Table 2

Outcome Year Applied for Internship
2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
N % N % N % 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 - 5 - 7 - 5 -
Students who obtained paid internships 4 100 4 100 9 100 8 100 4 100 8 100 4 100 5 100 7 100 5 100
Students who obtained half-time internships* (if applicable) 0 0 0 0 0 0 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

2020-2021:

  • VA Maryland Health Care System/University of Maryland School of Medicine
  • Cincinnati VA Medical Center
  • Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • Ann Arbor VA Health System

2019-2020:

  • Kennedy Krieger/Johns Hopkins
  • Cincinnati VA Medical Center
  • Nationwide Children's Hospital
  • University of Washington School of Medicine
  • Boston VA Healthcare System
  • Texas Child Study Center

2018-2019:

  • Salem VA Medical Center
  • Kennedy Krieger/Johns Hopkins
  • Marcus Autism Center at Emory University
  • Emory University/Grady Health System
  • Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital

2017-2018:

  • Charleston Consortium
  • Children’s Mercy Kansas City
  • University of Wisconsin - Psychiatry
  • Malcolm Grow Medical Clinic & Surgery Center (US Air Force)

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 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
N % N % N % 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 - 5 - 5 - 6 -
Students whose doctoral degrees were conferred on their transcripts 7 100 4 100 6 75 5 100 6 100 2 33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Students still enrolled in program 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 66 4 80 5 100 5 100 6 100
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 1 20 0 0 0 0 0 0

Licensure

Outcome 2010-2020
The total number of program graduates (doctoral degrees conferred on transcript) between 2 and 10 years ago 52
The number of these graduates (between 2 and 10 years ago) who became licensed psychologists in the past 10 years 47
Licensure percentage 90%

Representative Positions of Alumni

Graduates of our program are well prepared to pursue both clinical- and research-focused careers. Below, we present a selection of positions held by our recent alumni. 

Site Job Title Setting
Atlanta VA Healthcare System Staff Psychologist Hospital/Medical Center
Eastern Oregon University Assistant Professor of Psychology Academic Teaching
Clinical Psychologists, P.C., Auburn, AL Clinical Psychologist Independent Practice
University of Florida Clinical Assistant Professor Hospital/Medical Center
Federal Correctional Institution, Mendota Staff Psychologist Correctional Facility
San Diego VA Healthcare System Interprofessioanal Addictions Fellow Hospital/Medical Center
University of Mississippi Medical Center Postdoctoral Fellow  Hospital/Medical Center
Auburn University Adjunct Clinical Faculty Academic Teaching
National Center for PTSD, VA Boston Healthcare System and Boston University School of Medicine Postdoctoral Fellow Hospital/Medical Center
Lighthouse Counseling Center Postdoctoral Fellow Independent Practice
Johns Hopkins University Assistant Scientist Hospital/Medical Center
Nationwide Children's Hospital  Postdoctoral Fellow  Hospital/Medical Center
Harvard University Postdoctoral Fellow University, Non-teaching
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Psychologist Hospital/Medical Center
Vanderbilt University Medical Center Assistant Professor Hospital/Medical Center
Yale University School of Medicine Assistant Professor 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

Private practice

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Independent Practice

Jesse Brown VA Medical Center

Psychology Fellow

Hospital/Medical Center

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

Hill Air Force Base

Behavioral Health Optimization Program Psychologist

Hospital/Medical Center

United States Penitentiary, 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, 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 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020
% of students presenting Papers/Posters* 57% 83% 82% 71% 72% 71% 68%
% of students with Professional Publications 34% 44% 44% 50% 53% 55% 55%

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

Last Updated: September 30, 2020