Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program

Our educational philosophy is to produce scientist/practitioners who possess expertise in both research and clinical practice. Our program and the associated career opportunities fit the needs of both students whose primary interest lies in psychological research and those who are primarily focused on a career in clinical practice.

Program Mission Statement

Through a rigorous foundation in scientific psychology as well as broad and general training in research and clinical practice, the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program at Sam Houston State University provides candidates with opportunities to develop attitudes, knowledge, and skills to become effective clinical psychologists as well as researchers and scholars.

Flexible Mentor Model

Students are admitted to the program under a primary research mentor. This faculty member serves as the supervisor for a student's first-year research assistantship and students will be generally expected to complete thesis and dissertation projects with their primary research mentor. Nonetheless, they are encouraged to interact and engage in research with other faculty members as time and workload allow. Students who develop research interests that fall outside their primary mentor's areas of expertise may conduct thesis and/or dissertation research under the supervision of other faculty members with the approval of all faculty members involved.

Forensic Emphasis

In addition to a broad and general clinical training, the program also trains students to become legally informed clinicians, with both knowledge and experience in providing forensic assessment and consultation to the legal system.

Commitment to Diversity

Our program affirms the principle that clinical psychologists should be trained to offer services to diverse populations. In pursuit of this goal, students entering our training program will be required to provide services to persons whose cultural backgrounds, beliefs, religious values, or lifestyles may be different from their own. Should unanticipated conflicts arise for any student, faculty are committed to working with the student to be certain cultural competence is achieved.


The Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at Sam Houston State University has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association since 2006. The last re-accreditation was in spring 2011 and the next re-accreditation will be in 2018.

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association

750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
(202) 336-5979