Loyola University Chicago

Department of Psychology

Clinical Psychology Program



Clinical Psychology PhD Program Overview

The clinical psychology PhD program at Loyola University Chicago adheres to the scientist-practitioner model of clinical training and is designed to develop skilled, creative professionals prepared to succeed in a variety of settings (e.g., clinical, research, academic). The program strives to provide a balance of training and experience in research, clinical work, and teaching. The mission of the program is to provide students with a strong foundation in general psychology along with training focused on the integration of research and practice of clinical psychology. Students are exposed to a range of clinical training and research, with an orientation toward social justice applications of both research and practice. Located in Chicago, Illinois, students have access to a variety of community-based research and clinical externship opportunities. Formal specialization is available in the area of clinical child psychology and/or neuropsychology. Specifically, the program seeks to enable its students to develop the following proficiencies:

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge of the substantive content in the field of clinical psychology
  • Knowledge of theories and methodological approaches in psychology
  • Design and implementation of psychological research
  • Specialized knowledge of clinical assessment, treatment, and psychopathology, including integration of research and practice
  • Effective communication of psychological information across contexts
  • Knowledge of and adherence to the ethical standards of the profession
  • Awareness and integration of intersectional dimensions of diversity and individual differences in the application of psychological principles and approaches

Accreditation and Admissions

The clinical psychology program has been fully accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1959 (APA, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242; 202.336.5979).
This doctoral program receives many applications each year but only selects five to six full-time students. All applications are reviewed by an admissions committee, and those in the final group of approximately 40 applicants are interviewed individually by at least two faculty members and an advanced graduate student. As part of the interview process, students are invited to Loyola to participate in a day-long program of activities that includes an orientation, question-and-answer period, opportunities to meet all of the clinical faculty and current graduate students, and a tour of the department and campus.
Please see the Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data page for more information about our selection process and some characteristics of our current student body and their accomplishments. Specifics about the program can be found on the detailed program description page. Previous internship placements and employment outcomes can be found here.
The 35 students in the clinical psychology program represent a diversity of backgrounds, interests, and experiences. The eight full-time clinical faculty are diverse in gender, cultural and ethnic background, training experiences, and current research, teaching, and clinical interests. The characteristics and pursuits of our clinical faculty and student body, combined with the rich resources of the Chicago area, offer a unique opportunity to study a broad spectrum of clinical issues and populations.