General Introduction to the Doctoral Program

We take great pride in our graduate program in psychology, and we are pleased that you are interested in exploring what we have to offer at University of Cincinnati. Our department is over one hundred years old, with a rich tradition in research training in a range of specialty areas in psychology and a clinical program that has been continuously accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (750 First St. NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242) since 1948.* Because we believe in the importance of mentoring, our admissions process is based on a mentor model in which the quality of the match between faculty and students is crucial.

Our department has strong collaborative relationships with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, as well as numerous other programs within the University and educational, research, and service agencies outside of the University. Our faculty are also affiliated with a number of prominent multidisciplinary institutes across the university: Industry 4.0/5.0, Digital Futures, and the Institute for Research in Sensing (IRiS). Our departmental connections within and outside the university are a critical component in the graduate school experiences of our students. We encourage you to gain all the benefits possible from these connections leveraged by our outstanding faculty, and the wealth of educational assets available in the Cincinnati area. 

Our department is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse group of faculty and graduate students. We firmly believe that a diversity of identities and experiences strengthens the discipline. Members of underrepresented groups, in particular people of color and those with other marginalized identities, are particularly encouraged to apply to our doctoral program and join our diverse body of students. For clinical students, several placements are available at sites that serve clients from minoritized groups and the clinical curriculum includes a course on issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion in clinical practice.