Clinical Program Overview

The UM Clinical Program trains its graduates to be scientists and practitioners, with a strong emphasis on clinical science. The Clinical Program is a founding member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science ( In addition, the clinical program abides by the American Psychological Association (APA) standards and principles for accreditation and has been continuously accredited by APA since 1966. The APA Commission on Accreditation can be contacted at:

American Psychological Association
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202-336-5979

Since 1987, the Psychology Department has been organized into three divisions (Adult, Child, and Health). A fourth division, Cognitive Neuroscience, was added in 2018, but it does not have a clinical training track or component.

The Clinical Program emphasizes the integration of science and practice. It prepares students to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the field and to the practice of clinical psychology. In addition to broad and general training in clinical psychology, the UM Clinical Program provides training in four substantive track-specific areas of focus: adult clinical, clinical child, pediatric health, and health clinical psychology. As such, the UM Clinical Psychology Program cuts across the first three department divisions, as indicated below.

Clinical Tracks

To facilitate the clinical-science training component, the Clinical Program uses a "mentor model" for research training. Applicants are admitted to the program based in part on their "match" with the specific research interests of a faculty mentor. Mentors closely supervise the research activities of the students working in their labs. Applicants to the UM Clinical Program should identify the specific program track and the specific faculty mentor(s) of interest in their application materials. Information about student admissions and other outcome data can be found below.

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data

Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data (pdf)

Program Philosophy

The Clinical Program’s educational model and curriculum plan focus on two major and interrelated goals that integrate science and practice: 1) to produce graduates who have the requisite knowledge and skills to produce and disseminate knowledge in clinical science and who understand the interface between science and practice, and 2) to produce graduates who have the requisite knowledge and skills for entry into the practice of professional clinical psychology with a track-specific area of focus (adult, child, pediatric or health psychology), and who understand and value the importance of a scientific basis to clinical practice.

Clinical Program Administration and Faculty

The Director of Clinical Training (Annette M. La Greca, Ph.D.) oversees the Clinical Program. Several faculty serve on the Clinical Advisory Group that provides additional input:

Amy Weisman de Mamani, Ph.D. (adult clinical track)
Kristin Lindahl, Ph.D. (child clinical and pediatric health tracks)
Patrice Saab, Ph.D. (health clinical track)
Jill Ehrenreich-May, Ph.D. (clinical research coordinator)
Saneya Tawfik, Ph.D. (Director of the Psychological Services Center)

The Clinical Faculty also participate in overseeing the Clinical Program to ensure compliance with APA Standards and Guidelines.


Adult Division (Adult Clinical Track):

Aaron Heller, Ph.D.; adult clinical; cognitive neuroscience
Kiara Timpano, Ph.D.; adult clinical
Amy Weisman de Mamani, Ph.D.; adult clinical
Daniel Bradford; Ph.D.; adult clinical

Child Division (Clinical Child Track and Pediatric Health Track)

Brian Doss, Ph.D.; adult clinical; clinical child
Jill Ehrenreich-May, Ph.D.; clinical child
Amanda Jensen-Doss, Ph.D.; clinical child
Annette M. La Greca, Ph.D.; clinical child; pediatric health
Kristin Lindahl, Ph.D.; clinical child

Health Division (Health Clinical Track)

Michael Antoni, Ph.D.; health clinical
Sannisha Dale, Ph.D.; health clinical
Gail Ironson, Ph.D.; health clinical
Frank Penedo, Ph.D.; health clinical
Patrice Saab, Ph.D.; health clinical
Steven Safren, Ph.D.; health clinical

Psychological Services Center

Saneya Tawfik, Ph.D.; clinical child


Clinical Program Details

The following are links to pages containing specific information about our Clinical Training Program. More information about the specific tracks of our clinical program will be found following the links provided off the main menu (see Graduate Overview). More information about our entire department can be found throughout this website