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.
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.
CURRY’S CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY PROGRAM BY THE NUMBERS
Best Doctoral Program in School Psychology, Best Counseling Degrees
of Program Graduates Became Licensed Psychologists in the Past 10 Years, Curry School Data
Best Education Graduate School in the Country, U.S. News & World Report
- Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL)
- Center for Clinical Psychology Services
- Curry Autism Spectrum Disorder Research Group
- Curry Autism Spectrum Services
- Prisoners and their Families Project
- Youth-NEX (The UVa Center for Effective Youth Development)
- Young Women Leaders Program
- Youth Violence Project
We are APA approved as a Combined Program in Clinical and School Psychology, as well as a fully approved program in School Psychology by NASP.
Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association at:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street NE
Washington, DC 20002
Julia Blodgett Clinical Assistant ProfessorCatherine P. Bradshaw Professor, Associate Dean for Research & Faculty DevelopmentDewey Cornell Professor of EducationJason T. Downer Professor of Education, Director, CASTL , Program Area Director, Clinical and School PsychologyMichael Lyons Assistant Professor of EducationJoyce Matthews-Rurak Assistant ProfessorMicah Mazurek Associate Professor of EducationRobert C. Pianta Dean , Novartis Professor of Education, Founding Director, Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and LearningPeter L. Sheras ProfessorAntoinette R. Thomas Associate ProfessorPatrick H. Tolan Charles S. Robb Professor of Education, Director Emeritus, Youth-Nex | The UVA Center to Promote Effective Youth DevelopmentAmanda P. Williford Research Associate Professor