New Applicants

The APA accredited Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program at Sam Houston State has much to offer to students interested in becoming clinical psychologists. This page highlights some of the key components of our Program. 


Training in Clinical Psychology

Our program focuses on training students in the development of generalist skills in clinical psychology and prepares graduates for research and practice in diverse professional settings.

The first Clinical Psychology Ph.D. from SHSU was awarded in 2002. Since that time, our graduates have been successful in obtaining internships, employment, and licensure across the country.

Internship, Postdoctoral Fellowship, and Employment Sites for recent graduates include:

  • University psychology departments
  • Medical schools
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons
  • Private practice
  • State hospitals


Training in Forensic Psychology

The Program exposes all students to applications of clinical psychology within the legal system such that students who desire substantial expertise in forensic psychology will have the basic preparation they need to pursue postdoctoral specialty training and conduct legally-relevant clinical psychology research.

  • All students complete courses in Forensic Assessment and Mental Health Law.  
  • All students conduct supervised court-ordered evaluations as part of their training. 


Research Expertise of the Program Faculty

Areas expertise among the faculty include:  

  • Court-ordered evaluations of competence and sanity
  • Risk assessment
  • Substance abuse treatment with juveniles
  • Recovery from interpersonal violence
  • Assessment in death penalty cases
  • Close relationships
  • Neurobehavioral dsysfunction
  • Expert testimony
  • Consultation with attorneys
  • Women's health  


Opportunity to Publish and Present Research as a Graduate Student

Since 2000, graduate students have authored or co-authored more than 55 publications (articles and book chapters). Student publications have appeared in top peer-reviewed journals, such as:  

  • Journal of Abnormal Psychology
  • Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
  • Psychological Assessment
  • Professional Psychology: Research and Practice
  • Clinical Psychology Review
  • Law and Human Behavior
  • Behavioral Sciences and the Law
  • Criminal Justice and Behavior
  • (click to view publication list

Students have authored or co-authored more than 115 papers presented at national research meetings such as the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Psychology-Law Society (AP-LS) since 2000. (click to view publication list)


Our Students are Recognized for Outstanding Scholarship

National research awards received by program students include:

  • Minority Affairs Dissertation Grant: American Psychology-Law Society
  • Grants-in-Aid: American Psychology-Law Society
  • Dissertation Scholarship: American Academy of Forensic Psychology
  • Chris Hatcher Memorial Scholarship: Association for Threat Assessment Professionals