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Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (Clinical)

Faculty working with Students: 11
Students: 39
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 79.49%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall December 1
  • Pullman: Yes
Tests required:
  • GRE waived for Fall 2023 admissions

Degree Description:

The Clinical Psychology Program at Washington State University is based on the scientist-practitioner model of training.  The Program is designed to integrate theory, research, and clinical practice in the training of students.  Students are thus involved in research activities each semester in the Program and clinical practica beginning in the third semester until the start of the 12-month internship.  The goal of the program is to train highly competent clinical psychologists who will obtain high quality APA-accredited internships and, with graduation, make positive contributions to the field of clinical psychology.  Given that our graduates can potentially make contributions to clinical psychology in academic, research, medical, clinical, or community settings dependent on their interests and goals, the Program provides broad, general clinical training during the four to five years that students are at the University.  Areas of interest within the Clinical Psychology Program include: Clinical Health and Primary Care Psychology,  Neuropsychology, Adult Psychopathology, Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Diversity, and Quantitative Methods in Psychology.  The Program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association [750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002; (202) 336-5979].

Admission Requirements:

Admission to our graduate program is competitive.  To merit consideration the applicant must have completed at least 18 credits in psychology and earned at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA.  Applicants with less than these numbers will not be considered for admission regardless of circumstances.  For those who meet this requirement, evaluation of the application is based on: undergraduate GPA (3.0 minimum); graduate GPA (if any); GRE scores (subject test is not required; Verbal + Quantitative score averages approximately 319 for admitted students but there is no specific minimum); letters of recommendation; clinical, research, and/or teaching experience; the variety and difficulty of coursework completed, with the expectation that the student has completed a large number of upper-division courses both within and outside of the major; extracurricular activities; jobs related to psychology; and a demonstrated ability to function independently and responsibly.  The department actively recruits students from cultural groups that have been under-represented in professional psychology.

Student Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to:

  1.  To produce graduates who have a broad knowledge of scientific psychology.
  2.  Students will acquire detailed knowledge about psychopathology.
  3.  To produce graduates who are capable of contributing to current knowledge in clinical psychology.
  4.  Successful completion of an empirical doctoral dissertation.

Student Opportunities:


The Clinical Program operates on the proposition that research training is an integral part of the education of clinical psychologists.  Although the program admits only persons who expect to receive a Ph.D., each student who enters at the bachelor’s degree level is expected to complete an empirical master’s project while in progress toward the doctoral dissertation. Students may conduct research under the supervision of either clinical or experimental faculty.  In addition to the master’s project and dissertation, clinical students are expected to be involved in research activity under the direction of a faculty member during each semester in residence.


Exposure to professional clinical activities begins in the fall semester of the second year of graduate training and continues through the completion of the clinical internship.  To provide broad clinical training for students, the Department of Psychology offers a variety of different clinical experiences.  The Psychology Clinic in the Department of Psychology is staffed by faculty and clinical graduate students and provides assessment, diagnostic, and psychotherapy services for a fee to the University and surrounding communities.  The University Counseling Services is staffed by clinical and counseling psychology graduate students and faculty psychologists, and provides ongoing counseling and emergency services to students.  The University Health and Wellness Services provides assistance to students through the Behavior Medicine Service, which is staffed by clinical graduate students, physicians, and a psychiatrist. The University of Idaho Child and Adolescent Study Center provides assessment and therapy to children and adolescents.

Career Opportunities:

Post-Graduate Employment Opportunties:
1. Post-doctoral (one to two year) positions in universities and medical schools; 2. Staff psychologist positions in VA Health Care Centers; 3. Faculty positions as clinical psychologists at Universities; 4. Staff psychologist positions in hospitals and clinics; 5. Staff psychologist positions in medical schools; 6. Clinical psychologist in private practice.

Career Placements:

2011 Graduates

1. Onondaga Case Management Services
Syracuse, NY

2. Northern California Health Care System
Sacramento, CA

3. Department of Pediatric Psychology
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, AR

4. Private Practice
Littleton, CO

2010 Graduates

1. Health and Wellness
Washington State University
Pullman, WA

2. Mayo Clinic,
Rochester, MN

3. The Help Group
Sherman Oaks, CA 91401

4. Department of Psychology
Washington State University
Pullman, WA

5. Brooke Army Medical Center
Warrior Resiliency Program
Department of Behavioral Medicine
3851 Roger Brooke Drive
Fort Sam Houston, TX

6. University of Alaska-Anchorage
Center for Behavioral Health Studies
Anchorage, AK

7. Department of Neurology
University of California-Davis
Sacramento, CA 95817

8. Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Salem, Virginia 24153

9. VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Palo Alto, CA 94304

2009 Graduates

1. Trillium Health Center
Mississauga, Ontario

2. Department of Psychiatry and Division of Neurology
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

3. James A. Haley Veterans Hospital
Tampa, Florida

4. Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

2008 Graduates

1. Department of Psychology
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL

2. Evergreen Behavioral Health
Vancouver, WA

3. Puget Sound Psychology and Consulting
Seattle, WA

4. St. Peter Regional Treatment Center
St. Peter, MN

5. Platteville Family Resource Center
Platteville, WI

2007 Graduates

1. Alcohol Drug Abuse and Treatment Program
Cannon Air Force Base
New Mexico

2. Merit Care Health System
Detroit Lakes, MN

3. VA Loma Linda Healthcare System,
Loma Linda, California

4. Department of Psychiatry
University of Washington School of Medicine
Seattle, WA

5. Private Practice in Forensic Psychology
Seattle, WA

6. Zablocki VA Medical Center
Milwaukee, WI

2006 Graduates

1. Department of Veterans Affairs
St. Augustine, FL

2. Foothills Medical Center-Sleep Center
Alberta Health Services
Alberta, Canada

3. Portland VA Medical Center
Portland, OR

4. Fargo VA Medical Center
Fargo, ND

5. Department of Rehabilitative Medicine
St. Mary’s Hospital
Tucson, Arizona

6. Assistant Dean of Students for Chemical Health and Outreach Programing
Counseling Services
St. Cloud State University
St. Cloud, Wisconsin

7. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA

8. Department of Psychiatry/Psychology Division
David Geffen School of Medicine
Los Angles, CA

Faculty Members:

Barry, Christopher, PhD

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Self-perception (e.g., narcissism, self-esteem) and personality features in children and adolescents as they relate to youth delinquency and aggression, as well as the association of social media behavior with self-perception and adolescent mental health.

Barry, Tammy, Ph.D.

Location: Pullman

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Child externalizing behaviors
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
Aggression and disruptive behavior disorders in children and adolescents

Burns, Leonard, PhD

Location: Pullman

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

– Internal and external validity of sluggish cognitive tempo relative to attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder,
– Oppositional defiant disorder and callous/unemotional traits within and across cultures.

Cuttler, Carrie, PhD

Location: Pullman

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

My research focuses on elucidating the beneficial and detrimental effects of chronic cannabis use and acute cannabis intoxication. Our current and recent work examines links between cannabis use and mental health, physical health, stress, and cognition. I am also examining effects of cannabis with different concentrations of THC and CBD as well as effects of cannabis concentrates on and cognition.

Gartstein, Masha, PhD

Location: Pullman

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

In the last 5 years I have focused on understanding biological underpinnings of temperament. The Gartstein lab is recording infant electroencephalogram (EEG) in the context of laboratory activities designed to mimic every day situations that elicit specific emotional reactions. We also examine how maternal wellbeing during pregnancy effects infant temperament, considering psychosocial and physiological stress (i.e., chronic cortisol levels), as well as substance use).

Marcus, David, PhD

Location: Pullman

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

(a) psychopathy and other externalizing disorders; (b) interpersonal factors in psychopathology and psychotherapy; and (c) cognitive factors in health anxiety.

Schmitter-Edgecombe, Maureen, PhD

Location: Pullman

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Clinical and Cognitive Neuropsychology, Everyday Functioning, Gerontechnology, Cognitive and Health Interventions

Scott, Walter, Ph.D.

Location: Pullman

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Social Cognitive Approaches to Personality/Psychopathology
Applications of Personality Science to Personality Assessment
Cognitive Self-Regulation, Depression, Memory
Cognitive Self-Regulation and Depression in American Indian Youth

Strand, Paul S., PhD

Location: Tri-Cities

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Child Emotional and Social Development; School Readiness

Tragesser, Sarah, PhD

Location: Tri-Cities

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Wright, Bruce, M.D.

Location: Pullman

Serves as: chair, co-chair, or member of graduate committee

Research Interests

Adult psychopathology, Clinical health psychology

Contact Information:

Psychology Department