1. Is this an accredited program?
We are currently preparing our application for accreditation.
2. Who can I contact if I have more questions about the program?
Ms. Rachel Baker
Graduate Administrative Assistant
Department of Psychology
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858
3. What will this program train me to do?
Graduate of the Pediatric School Psychology concentration will:
be able to practice within a variety of settings that serve children and adolescents with health-related problems.
have the knowledge and skills to serve children with a range of health-related programs within and across medical, home, and school settings.
be competent to work with children and adolescents who have acute and chronic medical disorders, providing the usual array of direct and indirect services to enhance the educational and behavioral health of the child.
have a preventive orientation, able to provide primary prevention and health promotion programs designed to impact the entire school population.
4. What is the application deadline?
5. When can I begin the program?
The Program begins in fall semesters only. New students are not admitted at any other time of the year.
6. Can other courses transfer from other programs?
It is possible. However, transfer course requests are considered by the program on case-by case basis.
7. Do I need a mentor for the program?
The program is based on a mentorship model. Applicants who share the research interest of our faculty will be assigned to those faculty for advising. Please visit our Faculty listing to view their research areas.
8. What are the areas of study in the Ph.D. program?
There are three areas of concentration:
Clinical Health Psychology
Occupational Health Psychology
Pediatric School Psychology
9. How many students are admitted each year?
Eight to ten students are admitted to the program each year.
10. Can I take graduate courses in your department without being a graduate student at ECU?
Most classes with clinical training are not open to non Ph.D. students.
11. I don't have any research experience. Can I still apply to your program?
Yes, but it is very hard for the admissions committee to assess an applicant's ability to work in a scientific/practitioner oriented graduate program. You will need to address this issue thoroughly in your application.
12. How long will it take to earn a Ph.D. if I already have a masters?
Students with a Master's degree will require a minimum of 3 additional years to complete their degree.
13. Do I have to have a Bachelor's degree in Psychology to apply to the Ph.D. program?
You must have a BA/BS in a related field. Psychology is preferred but not required.
14. Stipends, tuitions, waivers, health insurance, etc.
All students in the Ph.D. program will receive a monthly stipend for 9 months, full tuition waiver and health insurance. However, University fees are the responsibility of the student.