The Clinical Health Psychology program at the University of North Texas prepares you to work as a clinical researcher and practitioner in health care settings or in a professional career in academic or applied settings.
While pursuing the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Clinical Health Psychology, you'll receive broad and general training in the foundations of psychology and the activities pertaining to clinical health psychology. Our curriculum places strong emphases on:
- An interdisciplinary understanding of biopsychosocial factors relevant to health and illness and the applications of this knowledge to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation
- The integration of biological and behavioral science approaches to the promotion of health, the prevention and treatment of illness, and the identification of etiological and diagnostic correlates of illness and health
- Mind/body interaction as you focus on knowledge of the physiological and psychological antecedents of illness and health
Throughout the program, you're mentored by faculty researchers and have opportunities to work on a supervised practicum team. Additional training is accomplished through external practica in health-related settings, such as hospitals.
Our doctoral program is accredited as a program in clinical psychology by the American Psychological Association's Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation (750 First St. NE; Washington, D.C. 20002-4242; telephone 202-336-5979).
Research centers and facilities
Our program houses cardiovascular health and sleep health laboratories. You may participate in research from the beginning of your training in a laboratory or interdisciplinary research center.
The UNT Psychology Clinic delivers professional services and referrals to clients and offers professional and competencies training to graduate students. The clinic includes psychotherapy rooms, rooms for research, and rooms with one-way mirrors for live observation of individual and group sessions. Extensive digital recording capabilities are available for use in supervision and training.
The Center for Psychosocial Health Research performs research on wellness while battling a chronic illness. This builds a foundation for the future development of psychosocial and behavioral interventions that encourage health-related behavioral change.