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PhD Program in Clinical Health Psychology

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PhD Admissions

Application Deadline: December 1*

Questions about the application and supporting materials: Marissa.Tornatore@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, a valid (that is, current) GRE and undergraduate courses in Introductory Psychology, Statistics, Research Methods, and Abnormal Psychology. 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 GRE and GPA scores along with other information about students that have been accepted into the program in past years, 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 core faculty member (see list below) within the Clinical Health Psychology Program as a potential research mentor. Incoming students typically have one primary research mentor although opportunities for collaboration exist. 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 meet and 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.

Clinical Health Psychology Core Faculty

Elizabeth Allen, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology. Expertise: Couples Functioning & Health, Military Marriage, Relationship Education, Infidelity

Edward J. 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 & Director, Psychological Services Center. Expertise: Clinical Psychology, Psychological Assessment, Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology, Infant Mental Health

James Grigsby, Ph.D. Professor of Psychology. Expertise: Neuropsychology, Cognitive Neuroscience

Kristin Kilbourn, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Psychology. Expertise: Stress and Health, Psychosocial Oncology, Palliative Care, Psychoneuroimmunology, Caregiver Stress

Krista Ranby, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Psychology. Expertise: Social Psychology, Substance Abuse

Kevin S. Masters, Ph.D. Professor & Clinical Health Psychology Program Director. Expertise: Spirituality & Health, Cardiovascular Disorders, Exercise

Barbara Walker, Ph.D. Clinical Professor of Psychology & Coordinator of Clinical Training. Expertise: Clinical Health Psychology, Chronic Pain, Integrated Primary Care

Clinical Health Psychology Affiliated Faculty

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

Michael Zinser, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychology. Expertise: Clinical Psychology

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*Students are admitted only in the fall semester. International students should submit all materials at least two weeks before the deadline to ensure they arrive on time.​​​

How Do I Apply?

Applying to the CHP Program involves completing an Online Application, Personal Statement and Supporting Materials. More information about the Personal Statement and Supporting Materials is provided below.

Personal Statement

In the Personal Statement, applicants provide the names of the faculty members with whom they would like to work and answers to three key questions. The admissions committee pays close attention to the Personal Statement. 

Applicants can fill out the Personal Statement Template below and upload it into the online application, or they can directly input the same information into the space provided for the Personal Statement in the online application. 

Personal Statement Template 2014.pdfPersonal Statement Template 2014.pdf

Supporting Materials

Supporting materials are submitted electronically by the issuing organization or uploaded to the online application.

  • Resume or Curriculum Vita: Include education, employment, publications, theses, research and other activities related to clinical health psychology
  • Letters of Recommendation: Three, at least two of which must be academic references, are required. Recommenders can upload them to the online application or email them to CHP_Admissions@ucdenver.edu
  • Transcripts: One official transcript from each college and university attended.       Address for standard mail: The Graduate School, University of Colorado Denver, Campus Box 163, PO Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217                          Address for an item that requires a signature: The Graduate School, University of Colorado Denver, 1380 Lawrence Street Suite 1251, Denver, CO 80204
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Scores: Take the GRE General Test (verbal, quantitative, analytical writing) at least six weeks before December 1 to ensure that the scores arrive on time. CU Denver's school code is 4875; the Psychology Department code is 2001.
  • Application Fee: $50 for US citizens; $75 for international students   ​​
  • International Students - The additional admissions requirements for international students can be found at CU Denver International Graduate Admissions.

 

After I Apply

The admissions committee reviews all applications and invites the top candidates to campus interviews. Interview days are typically in February and early March and consist of individual and group meetings with faculty and students. In-person interviews are strongly preferred but telephone interviews can be arranged if necessary. ​​​​

Transfer Students/Credits

A maximum of 24 credit hours of transfer course work may be applied toward the doctoral degree though the program does not guarantee that any transfer credits will necessarily be accepted. Decisions must be made on a course by course, case by case basis. Transfer credit is defined by the Graduate School as any credit earned at another accredited institution in the United States, or credits earned as a non-degree student within the University of Colorado system. All transfer courses must meet the following criteria: 

  • The courses are recommended for transfer by the Program Director, the course instructor(s), and the student's primary advisor for transfer and are approved by the Graduate School Dean.
  • The courses are graduate level (5000 or above).
  • The student received a grade of B or better (no pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory grades are transferable).
  • The courses were completed within five years of the student's request for transfer.

In some instances the Program Director, course instructor(s), or student's primary advisor may accept the transfer of credits only if additional requirements are satisfied that demonstrate the student's competence in the subject matter under consideration. Determination of these requirements is at the discretion of the Program Director, course instructor(s), or student's primary advisor and will be decided on a case by case basis.  ​