Psy.D Program in Clinical Psychology

The Indiana State University Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program is based on a practitioner-scientist model.  The primary goal of the program is to prepare individuals to become competent professional psychologists through balanced training in clinical competencies and research, to contribute to the science of psychology.

The program has  been APA-accredited since 1985. Our students are required to complete a dissertation, thus we place somewhat more emphasis on research skills than do some Psy.D. programs. Students interested in a doctoral program that provides rigorous training in clinical skills as well as research opportunities may be particularly suited for our program.

PsyD Students

The Psy.D. Program at ISU adheres to the belief that thoughtful training in diversity issues is crucial in developing a professional identity that values and pursues excellence in clinical practice.  In addition, we are committed to creating a culture of acceptance and inclusion that values the contribution of diverse perspectives such as those influenced by gender, ethnicity, race, culture, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability and personal experience.  The program strives to develop in our students a professional identity grounded in an active sense of social responsibility combined with an appreciation and respect of cultural and individual differences.

Over the past 3 years, we have had 100% placement among students that participated in the Internship match and 100% were matched to APA-accredited internship sites (based on 24 students that participated in the match between 2016-2019).

We currently have seven clinical and five experimental faculty members that teach in the Psy.D. program.  Please click here to learn more about the research interests of our clinical faculty and experimental faculty.

We have approximately 30-35 students on campus each year (1st-4th year students, 7-9 per cohort) and 7-9 students on internship.   Our students come from a variety of backgrounds and from many different parts of the US.  Almost all students have a bachelor's degree in psychology and typically 1-2 students each year enter with a master's degree or having completed some graduate coursework.

Are you a student interested in learning more about our graduate program in Clinical Psychology? Please take a moment and read an informational letter from our Department's chairperson, Dr. Virgil Sheets.

*Questions related to the programs accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
Phone (202)336-5979 / Email: apaaccred@apa.orgWeb:


Department of Psychology