Overview

The Department of Psychology at the University of Miami has offered the Ph.D. Degree since 1959.  The clinical program has been APA accredited since 1966.  Since 1962 the Department has granted over 500 Ph.D. degrees.  It is the largest Ph.D. granting department in the University.

There are 43 full time faculty.  In addition, there are faculty whose primary appointments are in other departments including Biomedical Engineering, Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry.  These faculty teach courses, supervise research, and serve on thesis and dissertation committees.

Each year, the faculty publish approximately 100 journal articles, chapters, and books, and make numerous convention presentations, invited addresses, and colloquia.  Faculty are currently involved in externally funded research projects with annual funding levels in excess of $17 million per year.

The Department is located in the Flipse Building (completed in 2003), with 54,000 feet of office, laboratory and classroom space that houses the faculty, graduate students, and several research labs, as well as the Department's Psychological Services Center (training clinic) and Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (a department affiliated clinic).  Also on the Coral Gables Campus is the Behavioral Medicine Building, which houses laboratory space for behavioral neuroscience and animal research.  A Neuroscience and Health Annex that will house a 3T

Excellent research facilities are available on both the Coral Gables and Medical Campuses.  The Department's own microcomputer lab permits most statistical analyses to be done on site.  There are laboratories for both animal and human work and facilities for biochemical assays.  The University library holds almost 3 million volumes and provides access to over 30,000 serials.  Cooperative research arrangements exist with the Dade County Public Schools as well as private schools and preschools.

The Department averages about 75 graduate students (80% women; 30% minorities) in residence from all areas of the United States and several foreign countries.  An additional 15 to 25 students are usually on internship or working on dissertations.  All graduate students receive tuition remission and stipends.  All doctoral programs emphasize research while providing training in applied aspects of the various subfields.  Only students pursuing the Ph.D. are admitted.  Fifteen to twenty students are admitted each year from 400-500 applicants.  GRE scores for the middle 50% of successful applicants range from 500-650 (V) and 650-780 (Q), and applicants generally have undergraduate GPA's of 3.5 or higher.  The advanced test in Psychology is desirable but not mandatory

Since 1987, the Department has been organized into three main graduate Divisions: Adult, Child, and Health.  The Adult Division houses the adult clinical track; its faculty leadership includes psychologists specializing in adult psychopathology, personality, and social psychology.  The Child Division houses two clinical tracks (child/family clinical and pediatric health) as well as a non-clinical program in applied developmental psychology.  Its leadership includes psychologists specializing in child psychopathology, child health, and family systems, as well as developmental psychology.  The Health Division houses the health clinical track, as well as a behavioral neuroscience program.  Its leadership includes faculty trained in the neurosciences and in clinical psychology, with an emphasis on adult health issues (cardiovascular disease, psychoneuroimmunology, cancer).  The APA accredited clinical program extends across all three Divisions.  An additional Community Outreach and Development Division integrates the Department's research and service activities with governmental and non-governmental entities throughout south Florida.

In recent years, the Department's research programs have been ranked among the top departments nationally for National Institute of Health funding in psychology departments; at present the Department receives $17 million annually in federal and state funds, including a program project, multiple R01 grants and several federally-funded training grants.  Graduate students in Clinical Psychology are involved in all of the funded research, and in all the training grant activities.

The department is highly respectful of cultural and individual diversity, including diversity with respect to age, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, language, national origin, race, religion, culture, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.  This respect for diversity applies to the program's policies for recruitment, retention and development of faculty and students, and in its curriculum and field placements.  Issues of diversity are integrated into coursework, practicum, and research activities.  In fact, the greater Miami area is one of the most ethnically- and culturally-diverse metropolitan areas in the country.  Attention to diversity issues is incorporated in all required courses.  Through placements at program-approved practicum sites, all students develop clinical skills working with ethnically- and socioeconomically-diverse clinical populations.  In their research activities, nearly all of our clinical students work with poor, ethnic minority, disabled, and/or gay populations.  Funded research in HIV/AIDS, minority health (children and adults), and the school system provides opportunities for students to benefit from the rich cultural diversity of the greater Miami area.