Deadline for Fall 2024 Applications is December 1, 2023
For those applying for Fall 2024 admission we are likely to admit students into labs focused on the following research areas:
- Early neurodevelopment, including infant neuroimaging and maternal-child mental health (Alexander Dufford, Ph.D.)
- Veteran suicide prevention (Alan Teo, M.D., M.S.)
- Aging and neurodegeneration (Jacob Raber, Ph.D.)
- The Layton Aging and Alzheimer's Disease Center is one of several dozen NIA Alzheimer's Disease Centers in the U.S. and the only one of its kind in Oregon. Our center is recognized as a national leader in dementia care and research. Research studies at the Layton Center include clinical trials, and studies focused on behavioral interventions, caregiving, advanced technology, and healthy aging. (Miranda Lim, M.D., Ph.D.)
- Improving patient-centered outcomes among individuals with cancer (Shannon Nugent, Ph.D. and Donald Sullivan, M.D.)
- Cognitive and biological risk factors for suicide in youth with mood disorders (Rebekah Huber, Ph.D.)
Qualified applicants will have
- Intellectual and personal passion for addressing problems related to mental suffering, and a desire for strong scientific and clinical training in the field of clinical psychology.
- We are a mentor-based program; most applicants can potentially work with more than one mentor, and we appreciate the applicant's explanation of how interests fit with one or more faculty member. At the same time, due to existing mentoring commitments, not every faculty will accept a student each year. Please review our faculty who serve as research mentors.
- Undergraduate degree in psychology or related field* from an accredited U.S. institution, or international equivalent**.
- Earned a 3.0 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale or equivalent.
- Or equivalent evidence of academic qualification and readiness.
Evidence of training and background in the field of Psychology and suited to program training demands and goals.
OHSU welcomes applications from students with diverse backgrounds.
The Clinical Psychology PhD (CPP) program requires that all applicants have taken the Psychology GRE subject test prior to their application being reviewed for admission into the program. Applicants can submit the program application with preliminary scores or with a scheduled date for when they anticipate completing the subject test, but applications will not be considered complete nor will they be reviewed until official scores are submitted to the program. Please refer to the ETS.org site for additional details and dates concerning GRE Subject Tests.
A copy of the applicants official score report should be submitted to Oregon Health & Science University, institution code 4865. Please note that scores are valid for 5 years and that submitted scores must be within the last 5 years.
The CPP program requires that all enrolled students have met and submitted subject test results evidencing a score of 25th percentile or higher in the following domains – Biological, Cognitive, Developmental and Social.
The program reserves the right to review and admit applicants who submit scores that do not meet the 25th percentile requirement; however, any student who is admitted with scores below the 25th percentile will need to retake the subject test, earning a score at or above the 25th percentile in the four psychology domains listed above, within the first year of the academic program.
We strongly recommend that you prepare for the Psychology GRE subject test. There are books, study guides and practice tests available including the GRE Psychology Test Practice Book – ETS.
Please note that the General GRE is no longer an admissions requirement.
*Must demonstrate preparation for advanced study in psychology.
**If a master's degree has been obtained, the transcript will be considered with the admissions materials, but no master's credit will transfer and no courses will be waived.
Sound like you?
Accepting Applications from September 1 - December 1, 2023
i. A baccalaureate or equivalent from a recognized academic institution is required (accredited U.S. academic institution or equivalent foreign institution). If a prior master’s degree has been obtained, that transcript will be considered for admission, but no master’s credit will be transferred from prior institutions. Grades and coursework undertaken will be considered from all previous training.
ii. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of all undergraduate courses of at least 3.0 (based on a letter grade system of A=4 points, B=3 points, C=2 points, D=1 point, F=0 points), or its equivalent in other grading systems.
iii. Unofficial transcripts from each college and/or university attended. All unofficial transcripts must be submitted (uploaded into the application system) by the December 1 deadline. If admitted, official transcripts will be required prior to starting the program.
iv. Three letters of recommendation. The online application will allow you to enter the name, position, institution, phone number, and email address for each reference. Each reference will receive an automated email with a request to upload their letter to the system. You will be able to view the progress of each letter. Letters must be received by the December 1 application deadline.
v. 2-page personal statement detailing your interest in the program, prior research and clinical experience or interest, and why you are a good fit for Clinical Psychology PhD program, and what you diversity you would bring to our program. This personal statement should include the names of several OHSU research mentors who you are interested in working with, and why you are interested in working with them.
vi. The Psychology GRE subject test is a requirement for admission into the Clinical Psychology program. Official scores are required to be submitted before applications are reviewed to ensure full consideration for admission into our program. Please provide your preliminary results or include the date you are scheduled to take the psychology subject test with your application. Official scores can be submitted to the program after the submission of your application. Please refer to our website for additional details.
vii. Curriculum vita/resume
viii. TOEFL scores for international students whose native language is not English and who have not earned a degree from a regionally-accredited U.S. institution. 550 on paper-based 213 on computer-based 80 on web-based.
ix. $70 application fee
Prior to admission, we will require
1. Official transcripts from each college and/or university attended.
2. Prospective students are not required to disclose criminal convictions prior to receiving an offer of admission. Following a conditional admission offer, prospective students will undergo a pre-matriculation background check pursuant to policy and procedures available on the OHSU Public Safety website. However, OHSU is a university of health professions, and it is possible that professional and occupational licensure requirements may prohibit individuals with criminal convictions from ultimately obtaining a professional license. Licensure requirements vary by state and prospective students are encouraged to consult their state licensing agency for more information.
If a prospective student is denied admission due to a criminal conviction, they may appeal the final admissions decision to the Office of the Provost at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. (a) a federal background check (b) comply with OHSU requirements, including drug screen prior to matriculation. Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) has a drug testing policy for all health care related employees including clinical psychology doctoral students. Despite changes in Oregon statute regarding marijuana use and possession, OHSU will continue to adhere to federal law and maintain a zero-tolerance policy in this regard. Test results are confidential as required by federal and state laws. Tests are paid for by OHSU.
4. OHSU requires immunizations for its students in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and from the State of Oregon. Students must comply with OHSU pre-entrance immunization requirements per Policy 03-30-150 and Policy 02-90-010, and remain in compliance for the duration of their enrollment at OHSU.
This means that all admitted students must provide proof of full COVID-19 immunization or receive an approved medical or religious exception prior to the start of the academic program. Admission into OHSU academic programs are considered conditional until proof of full vaccination is provided or a medical or religious exception is approved by OHSU. If students have not met the COVID-19 policy requirements by the first day of their academic program, their conditional offer of admission to OHSU will be withdrawn and they will be unable to take courses or start their programs of study or other academic activities.
OHSU does not allow unvaccinated students to participate in in-person direct patient contact or in simulation activities involving in-person direct contact with standardized patients, and as such, entry into clinical programs for unvaccinated students will be prohibited.
English Language Requirement
We require TOEFL scores, taken within the past two (2) years, for international students whose native language is not English. This requirement is waived for international applicants who have received a degree from a regionally-accredited institution within the United States. 550 on paper-based 213 on computer-based 80 on web-based.
OHSU's code for TOEFL scores is 4865.
While not required at the time of application, a World Education Services (WES) International Credential Advantage Package (ICAP) credential evaluation may eventually be required for all foreign colleges attended, regardless of country of origin. You are responsible for the full cost of this service. If you have already completed a similar credential evaluation through WES or another company, the Office of Graduate Studies may evaluate on a case-by-case basis whether a WES ICAP will be needed.
Office of International Affairs
To obtain an I-20 or for more information about OHSU's resources on visa statuses, immigration services, and international student resources, contact the Office of International Affairs.
The Clinical Psychology Program is able to provide appropriate accommodations during the application process if requested. If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in admissions, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies no later than November 1. We cannot guarantee an accommodation if your request is not made in a timely manner.
Please begin an application prior to requesting accommodation.
Do you require official transcripts to apply?
No. If admitted, official transcripts will be required prior to starting the program.
What are your minimum GPA requirements?
A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of all undergraduate courses of at least 3.0 (based on a letter grade system of A=4 points, B=3 points, C=2 points, D=1 point, F=0 points), or its equivalent in other grading systems.
Who should write my letters of recommendation?
Request letters from individuals who know you well, have worked directly with you, and who can speak of your experience and its relationship to the program.
May I contact faculty?
Yes, and we encourage applicants to do so.
I believe I qualify for an application fee waiver. How can I be sure?
Check your eligibility and learn how to request a waiver by viewing the Graduate Studies Application Fee Waiver policy. Once applied, the fee waiver will expire after 30 days. Trailing documents like letters of recommendation can still be received after that time window, but your online application must be complete and submitted within the 30-day time-frame.
Where do I start?
Create an account, provide your information and submit your supporting documentation--all through our online application portal.