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2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

Psychology: Clinical PhD

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The Clinical Psychology PhD program follows a clinical science model. Clinical science is defined as a psychological science directed at the promotion of adaptive functioning; at the assessment, understanding, amelioration, and prevention of human problems in behavior, affect, cognition, or health; and at the application of knowledge in ways consistent with scientific evidence. We expect our students to contribute to the science of clinical psychology, and to learn to infuse their clinical work with empirical findings and theoretical concepts.

One Clinical Elective

The following electives have been taught over the past 5 years:

Distribution in Biological Bases of Behavior

Distribution in Cognitive Bases of Behavior

Distribution in Social-Affective Bases of Behavior

A preliminary requirement consisting of three components

a second-year research project, a third-year research project, and a clinical competency requirement.

A doctoral dissertation and oral defense of the dissertation.

A one-year, APA-approved, clinical internship.

Completion Timeline

  • The curriculum is sequential and designed to provide students with a strong foundation in the science and practice of clinical psychology.
  • In the first year, core coursework focuses on the introduction to psychopathology, assessment, and intervention, as well as statistics and research methods in clinical psychology.  
  • During the second year, core coursework focuses on advanced statistics, psychological interventions with adults and children, and a full year of practicum training in assessment and intervention.  
  • In the third year, students continue clinical practica and complete all remaining coursework. 
  • Clinical electives also are offered on a variety of topics, and the curriculum includes breadth courses in the history of clinical psychology as well as the biological, cognitive-affective, and social bases of behavior.  
  • Ethics and diversity are infused throughout the core curriculum. Our program recognizes cross-cultural issues in clinical research and practice and in our curriculum, and welcomes cultural diversity among our students and the clinical populations we serve.
  • Clinical training places a heavy emphasis on the scientific foundations of clinical psychology; students are trained to use empirically supported assessment and treatment practices. Clinical training occurs in the in-house  Psychological Services Center, a wide range of advanced external practica, and optional lab-based clinical experiences.

Total Credit Hours: Minimum of 72

Instruction Method

  • In Person (100 percent of courses offered in person)

Full/Part Time Options

  • Full Time

Credits Required

  • 72 Hours


  • 5 Years

Application Fee

  • $75

Admissions Tests**

  • GRE

Program Contact

Mary Wlodarczyk
213 Park Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260
Email: psych@buffalo.edu
Phone: 716-645-8617
Fax: 716-645-3801

SED Statement

This program is officially registered with the New York State Education Department (SED).

Online programs/courses may require students to come to campus on occasion. Time-to-degree and number of credit hours may vary based on full/part time status, degree, track and/or certification option chosen. Time-to-degree is based on calendar year(s). Contact the department for details.

** At least one of the admissions tests are required for admission. Test and score requirements/exceptions vary by program. Contact the department for details.

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