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Clinical Psychology

Clinical Psychology

In the Counseling and Clinical Psychology Department

FAQ

To find the application, please visit the Office of Admission

The code for Teachers College is 2905. This is different from Columbia's code.

The undergraduate transcript must include a course in statistics and at least nine additional credits from among the following areas, at least one of which should include a laboratory experience: personality, social psychology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, physiological psychology, learning theory, psychology of perception, and experimental psychology. An applicant may be accepted with a deficiency in one of these areas on condition that the deficiency be remedied (either during the summer or without degree credit, during the first semester).

The clinical psychology program operates under a mentorship model. Applicants are advised to name a preferred professor(s) in their application.

Your application will be directed towards the faculty member you named in your application. Those applicants who do not name a specific preferred advisor will have their material reviewed by that faculty member whose work is seen as most compatible with the interests and experience of the applicant. However, the final group of applicants is discussed among all faculty members during the final admissions meeting.

For a brief overview, see http://www.tc.edu/ccp/Clinical/faculty.asp. You can also look up journal articles by each professor for more details on past research.

The following full-time, tenure-line faculty are likely to accept at least one new doctoral student for the next academic year: Professors Bonanno, Cha, Farber, Midlarsky, Miller, and Verdeli.

The program's training model is that of scientist-practitioner. In general, we strive for a 50-50 balance between research and clinical training; however, at our best, these two activities are merged. In addition, the amount of time students spend in faculty members' research labs varies significantly by professor, the nature of the research project, and students' year of training.

We have a broad-based psychodynamic orientation, one that in recent years has primarily emphasized a relational perspective. Most of the courses and clinical supervision proceed from this general model. However, new courses in family therapy, CBT, IPT, and neuropsych have been added to the curriculum, and our newer faculty tend to be familiar with these newer approaches; in addition, supervisors with expertise in these modalities are available to our students.

The program was granted full and 7-year approval (max term allowed) by the APA Commission on Accreditation in May 2009. The next APA site visit is scheduled for 2015.

Financial Aid information can be found here or by contacting the Office of Financial Aid for more information

The PhD is awarded through Columbia University.

We will notify students in February. In March, we will host an "Admissions Day" to which approximately 30-40 applicants will be invited.

Applicants will interview with the faculty member interested in working with them and with current graduate students. This interview day will also include an orientation, Q & A with the Director of Training, Q & A with students, and (most likely) a colloquium presentation.

If you have specific questions that are not answered here, you may contact any of the following students who will follow up via email at their earliest convenience.  

Devlin Jackson (Advisor: Dr. Farber): dah2178@tc.columbia.edu

Laura Meli (Advisor: Dr. Bonanno): lm3165@tc.columbia.edu

Srishti Sradana (Advisor: Dr. Verdeli): ss4677@tc.columbia.edu

Jillian Arenz (Advisor: Dr. Verdeli): jma2220@tc.columbia.edu

Mandy Newman (Advisor: Dr. Farber): mn2685@tc.columbia.edu 

Clayton McClintock (Advisor: Dr. Miller): chm2130@tc.columbia.edu

As much as this would seem to make sense, the answer, unfortunately, is "no"---we'd really prefer you wouldn't. The reason is fairly simple: we receive over 300 applications annually, and an even greater number of inquiries. We have a small program with only 6 full-time, tenure-line faculty. We simply do not have time to meet with all--or even a small fraction--of those who would like to meet with us to discuss the program or their options or faculty research interests, etc. Relatedly: different faculty members have different feelings about email correspondence from prospective applicants. Some encourage correspondence and questions; others feel they simply do not have time for this. Applicants should first attempt to get their questions about the admissions process answered through the TC admissions office; our liaison in this office is Ms. Nicole Carrasquillo (nc2629@tc.columbia.edu). Questions that that office cannot answer may be addressed to Rebecca Shulevitz, Clinical Program Secretary (shulevitz@tc.edu).

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