Program Director: Kevin S. Masters, PhD
Program Assistant: Anne Beard
The Psychology Department at CU Denver offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree with an emphasis in Clinical Health Psychology (CHP). Our program adheres to the scientist-practitioner model. Training emphasizes the contribution of research to the understanding, treatment and prevention of a wide range of health-related problems, and the application of knowledge that is grounded in scientific evidence.
Students are trained in a variety of approaches and techniques for evaluating, diagnosing and treating a wide range of psychological disturbances. Since our program places an emphasis on health, our students are also trained to assess the psychological factors associated with different medical problems and learn to design efective interventions that integrate biological, psychological and social factors. Students acquire research expertise by completing a master's thesis and doctoral dissertation, and demonstrate competence in clinical assessment and intervention through several applied practica experiences, a clinical competency evaluation, and a pre-doctoral internship. In 2014 the program was awarded full accreditation by the American Psychological Association (APA) as a Clinical PhD program.
CU Denver is the premier research university in Colorado and the PhD program in Clinical Health Psychology was conceived as an important bridge between the Downtown Campus and the Anschutz Medical Campus (AMC). The Downtown Campus is housed in the Downtown Campus which is located in the heart of Denver close to the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, the LoDo District and the state capital. The Anschutz Medical Campus includes over 5 million square feet of research, educational and clinical space on 227 acres. The PhD program offers research and clinical opportunities for its students at AMC in addition to the many relationships it has established with other clinical facilities in the Denver area.
Our program is committed to diversity. We encourage applications from prospective students with a variety of life backgrounds and experiences. We recognize that diversity is a broad concept, encompassing a range of dimensions such as culture, socioeconomic background, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, age, and gender. Diversity is also represented in our faculty and student research interests; for example, research is being done among military and veteran couples (Beth Allen, Relationships Studies Laboratory), and religious couples (Kevin Masters, CALM Heart Lab). Applicants and current students can click the links below for more information about diversity programs at CU Denver.
Office of Diversity and Inclusion
Educational Opportunities Program
List of University Diversity Students Resources