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Health Psychology Ph.D. Program

 Program Description

A particular emphasis of the program is on the development, implementation, and evaluation of prevention and treatment interventions that involve multiple disciplines. The program has links with other colleges, departments and programs in the university that allows students to select health courses across disciplines. Please see our Student Handbook for more information.

The Health Psychology Ph.D. Program at UNC Charlotte offers students an opportunity to obtain their Ph. D in Health Psychology with an emphasis in one of the following areas: General, Clinical, and Community.

The Health Psychology Program does not offer training at the MA level.  Please visit the Department of Psychology for more information about their MA Program in Psychology 

Fall 2015 Program Meetings:  TIME: 11:00 AM to Noon  LOCATION:  Colvard 3120

 September 4th – program updates

 October 2nd  - research presentation TBD

 November 6th – research presentation TBD

 December 4th – program updates


Congratulations to the Community Psychology program for receiving the 2013 Outstanding Program Award from the Society for Community Research and Action (Division 27 of the American Psychological Association)!!!  The program received this award in recognition of its innovative approach and focus on community research and action.

Also, congratulations to the Clinical Psychology program for receiving APA accreditation! 

What is Health Psychology?

Health psychology is dedicated to conducting basic and applied research examining the contribution of biological, psychological, behavioral, social, cultural, and environmental factors to health and illness. Health Psychology builds from principles and theories of other areas of psychology, biology, health, and social sciences. Health psychologists are concerned with promotion and maintenance of health, the prevention and treatment of illness across the lifespan, and improvement of systems that promote and maintain health.

 What Do We Look for in an Applicant?

  • A combination of a strong academic background and relevant experience.
  • At least 18 hours of coursework in psychology, including Introductory Psychology, Research Methods, and a Statistics course.
  • A Bachelor or Masters degree in psychology, gerontology, public policy, or other related disciplines.

 Application Deadlines:

All materials must be submitted to The Graduate School by November 15th, to be fully considered for admission during the Fall Semester. Students with master's degrees in psychology or health related fields (biology, gerontology, nursing and allied health, public policy, and other health disciplines) as well as highly disciplined and competent undergraduates are encouraged to apply.

Accreditation Status of the Clinical Psychology program

We are extremely pleased to announce that the Clinical Psychology Program at UNC Charlotte is now APA-accredited!  Our accreditation extends for five years from the date of our last site visit, which was October 2, 2012 and our next site visit will be in 2017.  If you have any questions about our program's accreditation, please contact Dr. Amy Peterman, the Director of Clinical Training ( If you have general questions about accreditation, please contact APA:

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


For more information on the Clinical program please visit:

For additional information about the Health Psychology Ph.D. program, please contact: Dr. Virginia Gil-Rivas at 704-687-1330 or


Annual Health Psychology Program Information Session: This session provides applicants with the opportunity to meet our faculty and students and learn about our program. Please RSVP at 

DATE: Friday, September 18

TIME: 10:00 AM to Noon 

LOCATION: Cone 112


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The Health Psychology Program is located on the 4th floor of Colvard