Application Deadline: December 1
2016 Interview Dates: February 4-5, February 18-19
Questions about the online application: GraduateAdmissions@ucdenver.edu
Questions about the CHP Program and admissions process:CHP_Admissions@ucdenver.edu
Admission to CU Denver's Clinical Health Psychology PhD Program is competitive with an average of 5 students admitted each year. Students in the program receive the highest quality training and mentoring as well as financial assistance. Minimum requirements for admission include a BA or BS from an accredited college or university, GPA of 3.5, valid GRE scores (within 5 years of the year in which the exam was taken) and undergraduate courses in Introductory Psychology, Statistics, Research Methods, and Abnormal Psychology. The program does not disqualify applicants on the basis of scores alone, but the average scores of all students in the CHP program may be useful for potential applicants:
Average GPA (undergraduate or graduate): 3.69
Average GRE Verbal score: 158.5 (78.1 percentile)
Average GRE Quantitative score: 152.2 (52.4 percentile)
Average Analytical Writing score: 4.6 (65.6 percentile)
We strongly value diversity and encourage members of underrepresented groups to apply. The admissions committee looks favorably on courses in the biological and physical sciences, demonstrated interest and/or experience in health psychology research and clinical work, interest in a scientist-practitioner model of training and career, and interpersonal skills and abilities that are suitable for teaching, research, and clinical work in psychology. For statistics on students that have been accepted into the program in the past and their progress, click on the "Program Data: Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data" tab on the left hand side of this page.
Applicants are asked to identify at least one to three core faculty members (see list below) within the Clinical Health Psychology Program as a potential research mentor. Incoming students have one primary research mentor although opportunities for collaboration exist across mentors and their research labs. Because we use this method of training, the degree of compatibility between your interests and those of core faculty mentors is a very important consideration with regard to admission.
Each year many applicants who exceed the minimum requirements are not selected for admission. Whereas the admissions committee considers all applicants with excellent academic credentials, research potential and clinical interest or experience, successful applicants are those who also best demonstrate an excellent fit with our program and faculty in their applications and interviews.
Elizabeth Allen, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology. Expertise: Couples Functioning & Health, Military Marriage, Relationship Education, Infidelity
Edward Dill, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Psychology. Expertise: Clinical Child and Adolescent (Pediatric) Psychology, Psychological Assessment, Quantitative Methods, Health-Related Quality of Life, Psychosocial Correlates of Health, Victimization and Bullying
Kevin Everhart, Ph.D. Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology. Expertise: Clinical Psychology, Psychological Assessment, Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology, Infant Mental Health
Jim Grigsby, Ph.D.Professor of Psychology. Expertise: Neuropsychology, Cognitive Neuroscience
Kristin Kilbourn, Ph.D.Associate Professor of Psychology. Expertise: Stress and Health, Psychosocial Oncology, Palliative Care, Psychoimmunology, Caregiver Stress
Krista W. Ranby, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychology. Expertise: Relationship Partners and Health Behavior, Smoking, Physical Activity, Social Psychology, Quantitative Methods
Kevin Masters, Ph.D.
Professor & Clinical Health Psychology Program Director. Expertise: Spirituality & Health, Cardiovascular Disorders, ExerciseJonathan Shaffer, Ph.D.
, Ph.D., M.S., Assistant Professor of Psychology. Expertise: Behavioral Cardiology, Geriatric Cardiology, Meta-analysis, PsychometricsBarbara Walker, Ph.D.
Clinical Professor of Psychology, Coordinator of Clinical Training, & Director of the Psychology Clinic. Expertise: Clinical Health Psychology, Chronic Pain, Integrated Primary Care, Processes of Evidence-Based Psychology Practice, and Chronic Disease Management
Mitchell Handelsman, Ph.D.Professor of Psychology & CU President's Teaching Scholar. Expertise: Ethics, Teaching
Peter Kaplan, Ph.D.Professor & Chair. Expertise: Postpartum depression and child development