George Washington University

At A Glance

Mission Statement: Accredited by the American Psychological Association, the clinical psychology Ph.D. program follows a scientist-practitioner model. Students are trained as applied researchers and scientists, developing skills in research and practical methods used to advance knowledge of the causes, prevention, and treatment of emotional, behavioral, and physical health problems within diverse communities. We embrace a community psychology orientation that emphasizes multiple influences on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities, and values engaging communities in all aspects of the work that we do. Our training is grounded in developmental and social-ecological perspectives that attend to the intersection of multiple forms of diversity and recognize the impacts of systemic oppression on individuals and communities. We aspire to train behavioral scientists who are able to identify, implement, and evaluate strategies to promote equity and social justice and to reduce health and mental health disparities in a variety of settings. Faculty subscribe to a range of theoretical orientations, including cognitive-behavioral, family systems, social-ecological, and community frameworks. These perspectives enable students to develop a broad base of knowledge and the opportunity to specialize in particular areas of research and evidence-based application

Program Information

Full-Time Faculty: 21

Faculty Who Identify as CP: 9

Students Admitted Each Year: 5

Research Interests of Faculty: Our faculty members are engaged in prevention science research areas including the following: Sexual health promotion among racial and sexual minorities, internalizing problems in urban and African American adolescents, interventions which will prevent perinatal depression, behavioral genetic research techniques to examine determinants of children's and parent's emotional and physical health, father involvement and coparenting in low-income and ethnic minority parents, they interplay of personality and genetic factors with unemployment stress in the onset of depression, risk and protective factors in suicide in African American adolescents and young adults, relationships among human made and natural disasters with mental health and emergency preparedness, sustainable interventions to decrease HIV/AIDS.