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Medical/Clinical Psychology PhD

The Psychology Ph.D. program with a concentration in Medical/Clinical Psychology is a collaborative effort of faculty in the Department of Psychology and throughout the UAB Health System. Along with the traditional domains of clinical psychology—psychopathology, psychotherapy, and assessment in children and adults—our program specializes in medically relevant areas such as health psychology and behavioral medicine, pediatric psychology, neuropsychology, rehabilitation, geropsychology, substance abuse, and health disparities. Academic courses, research, and clinical practice are sequentially organized and integrated, and all major program elements include training in understanding and addressing mental and physical health concerns across diverse groups.

Interdisciplinary Engagement and Opportunity

More than 70 research and clinical faculty are associated with our program. They represent a wide variety of interests and are located in academic departments and centers across the university and the UAB Medical Center, as well as in affiliated and community-based health care facilities. This large faculty collaborates to provide a wide range of didactic learning, research, and clinical training opportunities to our students in a research-focused and strongly interdisciplinary academic health care context.

Because academic courses, research, and clinical training are directed by faculty from the Department of Psychology as well as other UAB entities, the VA Medical Center, Children’s of Alabama Hospital, and the community, our students have access to a wide variety of potential role models for psychologists in a variety of research settings and health service roles.

Participating Academic Units and Facilities

In addition to the Department of Psychology, the following UAB departments and research and clinical facilities participate in our program:

  • Alabama University Center of Excellence on Developmental Disabilities
  • Civitan International Research Center
  • Comprehensive Center for Healthy Aging
  • Department of Health Behavior
  • Department of Medicine:
    • Division of Clinical Immunology & Rheumatology
    • Division of Preventive Medicine
  • Department of Neurology
  • Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Department of Pediatrics
  • Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology
  • McKnight Brain Institute
  • School of Nursing

Accreditation and Professional Licensure

The Psychology Ph.D. with a concentration in Medical/Clinical Psychology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association to award the doctorate in clinical psychology. Contact the Commission at 750 First Street NE, Washington DC, 20002-4242 or call (202) 336-5979 for questions about the accreditation status of this program.

Professional licensure is required or useful for professional health service practice, research, education, and public service within the field of clinical psychology, and graduation from an accredited program such as Medical/Clinical Psychology is sufficient to meet educational requirements for licensure in most states and territories. However, all U.S. jurisdictions require additional training, supervised clinical experience, and/or passage of one or more examinations before a professional license is granted. For more information on requirements of specific states and territories, please visit UAB’s Professional Licensure and Certification General Disclosures page.


We invite you to explore our website to see what our program can offer you. If you have additional questions, please contact the director or the graduate programs manager.


Edwin W. Cook III

Associate Professor
Director, UAB Medical/Clinical Psychology Program
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Terri M. Roberson

Graduate Programs Manager
Phone: (205) 934-8723
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