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PhD Program in Clinical Health Psychology

​​Program Director: Kevin S. Masters, PhD                            

Program AssistantAnne Beard

CHP Admissions:

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 effective 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. The CHP program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA).

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 program 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 University and program are 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, race/ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, age, and gender. Cultural competence is strongly emphasized in our curriculum, clinical training, research, and numerous events in both the University and Denver communities. In our large urban setting, students in our program have excellent opportunities in research and clinical work to better understand and serve diverse populations, including opportunities in bilingual training. Moreover, students and faculty in the program have a wide range of research interests, including research focused on health disparities, religious diversity, military couples, and pain and opioid addiction across diverse populations. Student research regarding diversity is encouraged. 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


News and Events

2018 CHP Admissions

December 1 Application deadline

Feb. 1-2 & 15-16 Interviews

April 15 Admissions decisions finalized


Getting Into Clinical Psychology Graduate School (APA)

The Portable Mentor: Expert Guide to a Successful Career in Psychology (CUDCP)

In the News

April 2017 Stephanie Hooker is named Outstanding PhD Student in CLAS for 2016-2017

April 2017 CHP Newsletter

March 2014 CHP Program is awarded full accreditation by the American Psychological Association

October 2014 CHP Program Director Kevin Masters is named editor of The Annals of Behavioral Medicine

October 2014 CHP Program and Experiential Learning