Application Deadline: December 1*
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
*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.