Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Psychology
Clinical Health concentration will train psychologists in the science
of psychology, as well as train them to deliver clinical services in
settings such as primary health care hospital teams, rehabilitation,
psychiatry, oncology, cardiology, geriatrics, pain clinics, sleep
medicine, pediatrics, health maintenance organizations, community mental
health agencies, and in the private practice of health psychology.
clinical health program is based on a mentorship model. Students are
commonly admitted to perform research with a specific faculty mentor.
The mentorship model allows for a rich training experience.
Additional information about our our policies regarding student selection, program preparation, and admission policies can be found here.
Specialty training in clinical neuropsychology is also available for interested doctoral students. Information can be found here.
The clinical psychology program at East Carolina University is accredited by the American Psychological Association
Application deadline for the fall of 2019 is December 1, 2018.
Interview day for the fall of 2019 is February 8, 2019.
National Distinctions and Student Success in Doctoral Training in Clinical Health Psychology
Clinical health psychology faculty currently hold awards from both
federal funded agencies, such as NIH, as well as industry funded
ECU has a 93% placement rate in accredited internships (national
avg: 53%). Examples of sites include:Brown University, University of
Florida, Buffalo VAMC, Cherokee Hospital Systems, etc.
Currently training 24 doctoral students.
50% of the students published a peer reviewed article in the past
year. Additionally, 91% of the students presented research at a national
professional meeting. Check out some of our
students research accomplishments.
For additional information, please contact:
Ms. Peggy Fleming Graduate Administrative Assistant
Department of Psychology
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
ECU cannot confirm whether any of its courses or programs meets
requirements for professional licensure outside of the State of of North
Carolina. ECU strongly encourages students to contact applicable
licensing boards in states they wish to pursue licensure prior to
seeking admission or beginning study in an academic program. ECU
Criminal Background Checks.
Having a history of criminal charges may impact a student's ability to
participate in selected community practica and obtain licensure in some
states. The Clinical Health Concentration requires all incoming students
to have a background check completed during the Fall semester of your
1st year. If the background check reveals a history of criminal charges,
students may be prevented from participating in selected practica and
in some instances continuing in the program.
you for your interest in doctoral studies in Health Psychology at East
Carolina University. Our program began in 2007 and endeavors to produce
state-of-the-art scientist practitioners in health psychology. The
Department of Psychology at East Carolina University offers a Ph.D.
program in health psychology with a concentration in clinical health.
Our program combines a lifespan approach to understanding health with an
emphasis on prevention and care, from primary to tertiary, within
mental health and healthcare settings. Students are trained in both
research and practice, with practicum experiences in our in-house
psychology clinic (PASS Clinic), as well as primary care, and outpatient
and inpatient medical settings across medical subspecialties. For
example, some program faculty provide psychological services in medical
clinics, such as cardiology, family medicine, and pediatrics,
accomplishing fully integrated psychosocial care with ongoing medical
believe the training program at East Carolina University is among the
most innovative in the country with training as a clinical psychologist
and an emphasis on health psychology in clinical medical settings. We
hope you agree and will consider East Carolina for your future studies.
Tomorrow Starts Here.
Robert A Carels, Ph.D., MBA, Director of Clinical Training
Samuel F. Sears, Ph.D. Director of Doctoral Studies
Primary Integrated Care Training Grant Awarded
Departments of Psychology and Family Medicine at ECU were awarded a
$730,000 Graduate Psychology Education (GPE) Program grant from the
Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA) to train
To read more about the grant: Primary Integrated Care Training Grant
Receive additional information about clinical health program and the grant: Clinical Psychology Program