Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences
Department of Psychology
About the Clinical Health Concentration
The 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.
The 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 2018 is December 1, 2017.
Interview day for the fall of 2018 is February 9, 2018
Licensure. 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.
Thank 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 care.
We 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
The 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 doctoral-level psychologists.
To read more about the grant: Primary Integrated Care Training Grant
Receive additional information about clinical health program and the grant: Clinical Psychology Program
National Distinctions and Student Success in Doctoral Training in Clinical Health Psychology
The clinical psychology program at East Carolina University is accredited by the American Psychological Association. In our most recent site visit, we were accredited for the maximum duration, seven years. Our next site visit will be in 2019. The APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation is located at the following address:
APA Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation 750 First Street NE Washington DC 20002-4242(202) 336-5979