Clinical & School Psychology

There’s a reason for everything we do, but what drives those actions? If you have a deeply committed interest in discovering what can propel children and families forward in their social and educational development, a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and Human Development is right for you.

The Curry Impact

The Curry School’s Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology prepares its students to make substantial contributions to the field of psychology. Our curriculum emphasizes that we should be mindful of ethnic, cultural, individual and socioeconomic differences in today’s society. You will gain knowledge of what effects behavioral systems and individual functioning, especially in learning and family environments, in addition to a grounding in many areas of psychological development. Upon graduation, you will have the expertise to step into a research or practice leadership position, specializing in children and families, and school psychology.

“I was hooked by Curry’s emphasis on learning…and the many opportunities to make this experience your own. This is the best place to study clinical psychology and learn how to use it in both practice and research. ”

– Pooja Datta, 4th Year Ph.D. Student, Clinical & School Psychology


Graduates of Curry’s Psychology Ph.D. program often find rewarding employment as mental health practitioners, school psychologists, professors, and researchers. Thinking about becoming a clinical psychologist? Listen as J. Kim Penberthy describes her experience as a U.Va. Medical School clinical psychologist.

Potential job titles include general or school clinical psychologist, industrial-organizational psychologist, or assistant professor.

In addition to the reward of improving mental health and happiness, attaining a doctorate degree in psychology positively impacts your marketability and earning potential. A doctorate degree is required for work at the university level and to enable advancement in certain positions.

  • Ph.D.

    The University of Virginia’s Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology degree prepares you for applied (professional), rather than academic, psychology. This degree offers two tracks, both requiring coursework in clinical and school training. The Clinical-School Track will enable you to apply for both clinical psychology and school psychology licensure. The General Clinical Track requires less school-specific training and will enable you to apply for clinical psychology licensing only.

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  • 14 th

    Best Doctoral Program in School Psychology, Best Counseling Degrees

  • 97 %

    of Program Graduates Became Licensed Psychologists in the Past 10 Years, Curry School Data

  • 18 th

    Best Education Graduate School in the Country, U.S. News & World Report

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