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Psychology PhD (Clinical Psychology Specialization)
The PhD program in Clinical Psychology Specialization is the first and longest standing program at a Historically Black College or University. Accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1987, we are dedicated to bringing well-being and health to diverse groups in globally unserved settings by rigorously grounding psychological science in transcultural contexts. Our mission is to train scientist-practitioners from diverse backgrounds to apply their services to understanding and reducing societal problems.
STUDENT ADMISSIONS, OUTCOMES, & OTHER DATA (as of September 2019)
Established in 1930 under the leadership of Dr. Francis Sumner, the Department of Psychology at Howard University hailed influential alumni such as Drs. Kenneth Clark, Mamie Clark, James A. Bayton, and Leslie Hicks. It was in this department where Drs. Kenneth and Mamie Clark conducted their seminal research on children’s awareness of racial differences between “colored” and “whites.” This Doll Experiment (1950) provided the foundation for the Brown v. Board of Education case, which led to the landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to rule that ‘separate was not equal.’ This rich tradition has been carried by graduates of the Clinical Psychology PhD program for the past 3 decades, who have tirelessly worked at the forefront of addressing the wellness of unserved communities through scholarship, advocacy, and clinical services.
The Clinical Psychology Specialization program at Howard University is a full time, five-year program of study that trains culture-relevant practitioner-scientists to apply the science of psychology to understand how individuals interact with their communities to affect mental and physical well-being.
What sets our program apart?
- Awarded the 2005 APA Richard Suinn Minority Achievement Award, honoring excellence in training ethnic minority PhD students
- Unique research collaborations with Howard University Hospital and other Howard PhD programs in neuropsychology, developmental, social, and personality psychology
- Specialized child, adult, and quantitative statistics tracks
- Active international research programs in Africa and Asia
Contact Information for the Commission of Accreditation: APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002. TEL: (202)336-5979
We are proud of our students who successfully matched at APA Accredited Internships (2019-20). So proud!
- Maxwell Anderson, Walter Reed National Military Hospital Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
- Kanesha Banks, Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Cleveland OH
- E'leyna Garcia. UCSF/ SFGH Child & Adolescent Services, San Francisco, CA
- Mary Katherine Howell, VA Medical Center, Washington DC
- Amanda Terry, Children's Hospital of Michigan, Detroit MI
- Lauren Thompson, Rutgers Student Health, New Brunswick NJ
Also congratulations to students who received post-doctoral training fellowships (2019-20).
- Joanna Smith, Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, Delaware
- Sharon Rose, Norton Sound Health Corporation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology (Rural and Remote Village-Based Clinical Track), Nome Alaska
- Keri Kerk, Atlanta VA Medical Center
- Sharlene Leong, Cleveland Clinic - Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, Neuropsychology Postdoctoral Fellowship
Congratulations to students and faculty who were recently awarded grants by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Mental Health
- Dr. Jules Harrell (PI) was awarded a 3-year grant by the National Science Foundation, Developmental Mechanisms of African American Ethnic and Racial Identity During the Transition to Adulthood, to examine the multifaceted ways in which African American ethnic identity and racial identity (ERI) - the personal significance and meaning of race and ethnicity to an individual - shapes the association between racial discrimination experiences and biopsychosocial development during the transition to adulthood.
- Drs. Ezer Kang (PI), Olayinka Omigbidun (Co-I), GiShawn Mance (Co-I), Woojae Kim (Co-I) were awarded a 3-year grant by the National Institute of Mental Health, Improving Child Mental Health Service Utilization in Ibadan Nigeria Using a Community Based Participatory Research Approach, to explain the interactive pathways of socio-cultural and individual factors that influence guardians’ willingness to utilize accessible mental health services for their children at the University College Hospital in Ibadan (UCH).
- Mary Katherine Howell was awarded the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein predoctoral research training grant through the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS).
Howard alumni, Irvin D. Reid and Pamela Trotman Reid established a $1 million Psychology Endowment which will fund three undergraduate and graduate scholarships and a faculty award. The Irvin D. Reid and Pamela Trotman Reid Scholarship of $10,000 will support an undergraduate student majoring in psychology; the Irvin D. Reid and Pamela Trotman Reid Dissertation Fellowship of $5,000 is for a Ph.D. candidate in the department of psychology; and the Irvin D. Reid and Pamela Trotman Reid Faculty Award of $15,000 will be awarded a tenure-track assistant faculty. Our gratitude to Drs. Reid and Trotman Reid for their generous support.
Congratulations to Dr. GiShawn Mance and Sharlene Leong (PhD Candidate), among the 2018 recipients of the Irvin D. Reid and Pamela Trotman Reid Award for Excellence (April 2018).
Brandi Walker, PhD, is an active duty officer in the Army's Medical Services Corp, serving as a clinical psychology resident at Tripler Army Medical Center.
The following documents must be included in your application packet due December 1
- Howard University Graduate School online application
- Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts
- Three letters of recommendations
- GRE scores (Verbal, Quantitative, Analytic)
- Personal statement of interest to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology Specialization at Howard (include interest in research with specific faculty)
- Autobiographical statement
- Non-refundable application fee ($75)
- Writing sample
- Application Checklist & Supplement Application (email directly to Dr. Ezer Kang, firstname.lastname@example.org)
- PSYCH 210 Ethics in Professional Psychology. First Year Seminar (3 credits)
- PSYCH 280 Clinical Assessment I
- PSYCH 281 Clinical Assessment II
- PSYCH 294 Individual Psychotherapy I
- PSYCH 296 Individual Psychotherapy II
- PSYCH 291 Family Assessment and Therapy
- PSYCH 220 Psychopathology
- PSYCH 233 Neuropsychology
- PSYCH 288 Neuropsychological Assessment
- PSYCH 207 Statistics I
- PSYCH 208 Statistics II
- PSYCH 206 History and Systems
- PSYCH 205 General Research Methods
- PSYCH 315 Complex Case Conceptualization, Consultation, and Supervision
In order to train students to approach clinical practice and research with multidiscplinary views, students are also required to take Breadth and Minor courses in areas of neuropyschology. developmental, experimental, personality, and social psychology - subdisciplines that intersect with Clinical Psychology Specialization. Child/Adolescent or Adult tracks are also offered to students who are interested in coursework that is more tailored to their research and clinical interests.
Howard places a high emphasis on clinical field training. Students gain supervised training through different placements in the District of Columbia and Maryland areas. Students receive supervised clinical training in areas of psychological assessment, evidenced-based intervention, and community-consulation laison.
- Assessment and Therapy Practicum 1-6 (Years 1-3)
- Externship (Year 4)
- Internship (Year 5)
APA Accredited Internship Placement 2018
Alumni EPPP Licensure Pass Rate (2015-17)
APA Accreditation (1st Clinical Psychology PhD Program at a HBCU)