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 human problems, and the application of knowledge that is grounded in scientific evidence.
Students are trained to work within the community to use clinical psychological tools and techniques to diagnose and treat mental health conditions, promote health and prevent illness, apply behavioral interventions in the treatment of illness, and improve the health care system. 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. The program is seeking accreditation by the American Psychological Association (APA) as a Clinical PhD program and has been granted a site visit by the APA in spring 2014.
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 located in the heart of Denver just steps from 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 is pursuing externship, internship and post doctoral opportunities for its students at AMC in addition to the many relationships it has established with other medical facilities.