The Clinical Psychology Program is based on the clinical science model, and as such, takes an empirical perspective on the science and practice of clinical psychology. Mentored research activities, course work in basic and clinical psychology, teaching, and clinical practica represent the training experiences available in this model. The critical role of empiricism as a unifying perspective for research experiences and clinical activities is viewed as an important aspect of the program. This integration is achieved by the student typically being involved in course work, research activities, and clinical practicum during each semester of residency on campus. Students work closely with selected faculty members within the context of one-to-one interactions with research faculty or small practicum teams in the clinical setting. Within this "learning by doing" approach, students are continuously involved in active research projects as well as actual supervised clinical practice.
The Clinical Program's commitment to a clinical science training model is reflected in the research productivity of our graduate students. In recent years, graduate students have published an average of eight publications, and presented an average of 16 conference presentations, prior to completing their terminal internship placements.
This link provides a list of the interests and expertise of individual faculty members.
Facilities and Resources
The Program has many resources available for graduate students.
Students benefit from faculty affiliations with multidisciplinary research institutes and centers around campus including:
- The Owens Institute for Behavioral Research (OIBR): The OIBR sponsors numerous colloquia and seminars on topics of interest to psychologists and includes special interest groups that focus on Family Research, Behavioral Health, Cognitive Studies, and Models and Methods
- The Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute (BHSI): The BHSI provides grant opportunities, seminars, colloquia, and interdisciplinary training within 4 divisions, including the Neurosciences Division
- The Bioimaging Research Center (BIRC): The BIRC offers opportunities to carry out clinical research using state-of-the-art neuroimaging tools including MRI/fMRI, MEG, and EEG technologies.
- The Institute of Gerontology: The Institute of Gerontology provides a variety of resources including seed grants, specialized courses and special presentations and meetings geared toward graduate students with an interest in aging issues.
Clinical training resources:
The Psychology Clinic, the program's teaching clinic, is located in the Psychology Building and offers excellent facilities for observation and supervision. The clinic, directed by Dr. Emily Mouilso, provides outpatient services to adults and children from Athens and surrounding counties as well as students, faculty, and staff of the University of Georgia.
Graduate students in clinical psychology also benefit from numerous external practicum training opportunities in the surrounding area. Examples of current and recent external sites include Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Grady Memorial Hospital/Emory University, Virtually Better, Baldwin State Prison, and Morgan County Schools.
Other program and campus resources:
The Clinical Psychology program has multiple standing committees aimed at addressing training needs. The Student-Faculty committee elects faculty and student cohort representatives to facilitate communication regarding graduate training. The Diversity Committee maintains an agenda devoted to promoting cultural competence and awareness of diversity issues in clinical training, as well as increasing diversity among clinical psychology trainees.
The Clinical Program, Psychology Department, and University also have many resources for teaching and professional development, including a program-wide weekly proseminar devoted to topics of professional interest and department-wide colloquia and seminars. The UGA Center for Teaching and Learning also maintains numerous programs and resources aimed at supporting graduate student teaching and professional development.
All clinical faculty and students have offices and laboratory space in the Psychology Building, allowing for frequent interaction between students and faculty. Students have easy access to several excellent computer labs and to the University's Main Library and Science Library, as well as comprehensive access to most journals electronically from any computer.
Graduate students may take advantage of the many cultural and athletic events held on campus and may use the Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities, which has been described as the best facility of its type in the country.
There are currently 30 students enrolled in the program, 86% of whom are women. The median age of students is approximately 25. Students come from geographically and culturally diverse backgrounds, and the program has a strong commitment to cultural diversity in its student body.
Dr. Emily Mouilso
Director of Clinical Training
*Please note, due to the high volume of requests we receive, we no longer send research requests to our doctoral students.*
Ms. Melissa Mattox
Student Affairs Professional
The Clinical Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association and the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System. Questions related to the program’s APA accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 335-5979 / Email: email@example.com
Questions related to the program’s PCSAS accredited status should be directed to:
Alan G. Kraut, Executive Director
Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS)
1800 Massachusetts Ave NW, Suite 402
Washington, DC 20036-1218 USA