Clinical Psychology program

The Clinical Psychology program adheres to the Boulder Conference Scientist-Practitioner Model. Students who are interested in the science and practice of Clinical Psychology will match well to our program. It is essential that students in this program aspire to be excellent researchers as well as excellent practitioners. Graduates are eligible for licensure as clinical psychologists and health services providers in psychology, and may assume positions in mental health or medical centers, universities, private practice, or other applied settings.

Accreditation Status of the Clinical Psychology program

The Clinical Psychology Program at UNC Charlotte has been accredited by the American Psychological Association. 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:

 Goals and Objectives  

The mission of the Clinical program is to offer broad training in the science and practice of clinical psychology.  In addition, the program provides students with specialized knowledge and skills in clinical health psychology.  The Clinical Psychology program is one of three psychology doctoral programs at UNC Charlotte and it has two sister programs in General Health Psychology and Community Health Psychology.  The Clinical Psychology program is supported by Health Psychology and the Department of Psychology, both of which are components of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.  Health Psychology provides an organizing structure for these programs and handles administrative tasks, financial management, and coordination of health psychology courses, but each program functions separately to admit and evaluate students, determine curriculum, create and monitor practica, etc.  The Director of Clinical Training (DCT, currently Amy Peterman) coordinates and manages clinical training (e.g., practicum placement and internship) and accreditation issues.   The Clinical Psychology program has the following goals and objectives:

Goal 1:  To obtain strong research skills that contribute to the science of psychology. 
Objective 1:  Students will obtain knowledge of research methodologies in psychology and expertise in statistical techniques.
Goal 2:  To obtain the basic knowledge and foundational competencies for the practice of clinical psychology.
Objective 1:   Students will acquire knowledge of the etiology, expression, and diagnosis of psychopathology.
Objective 2:  Students will acquire knowledge and skills of clinical psychological assessment.
Objective 3:  Students will acquire knowledge and skills in psychological treatment and intervention.
Objective 4:  Students will acquire knowledge of ethical issues in psychology and behave ethically. 
Objective 5. Students will demonstrate knowledge of cultural and diversity issues in the practice of clinical psychology. 
 Goal 3:  To achieve a broad and general understanding of the science of psychology.
Objective 1:  Students will acquire knowledge of the breadth of scientific psychology, including biological, cognitive/affective, social, and developmental domains.
Goal 4:   To achieve knowledge in clinical health psychology and competency in clinical health psychology practice.
Objective 1:  Students will acquire knowledge of clinical health psychology.
Objective 2:  Students will become competent in the provision of clinical health psychology intervention and treatment.       

Clinical program Faculty

Dr. Amy Peterman (Director of Clinical Training);; 704-687-1345
Dr. Laura Armstrong; 
Dr. Fary Cachelin;
Dr. Jim Cook;
Dr. George Demakis;
Dr. Virginia Gil-Rivas;
Dr. Ryan Kilmer;
Dr. Tierney Lorenz;
Dr. Richard McAnulty;
Dr. Charlie Reeve;
Dr. Rich Tedeschi;
Dr. Jennifer B. Webb;

Clinical Coursework 

Academic coursework for clinical students includes courses in the following areas: core clinical/practice; foundational scientific psychology; research methodology/statistics courses; health psychology; and interdisciplinary approaches to health.  Here is the complete list of courses:

Core Clinical/Practice
PSYC 8050            Topics in Psychological Treatment (3)
PSYC 8107            Ethical and Professional Issues in Psychology (2)
PSYC 8141            Intellectual Assessment (4)
PSYC 8142            Personality Assessment (4)
PSYC 8150            Introduction to Psychological Treatment (4)
PSYC 8151            Behavior Disorders (4)
PSYC 8240            History and Systems of Psychology (3)
PSYC 8245            Clinical Supervision and Consultation (3)
PSYC 8450            Practicum in Clinical Psychology (1-3 hours per semester for a minimum total of 6 credit hours for students with a MA degree in clinical; for students without prior graduate clinical training, a minimum of 9 is required.
PSYC 8950            Internship (3)
Breadth Course Requirements (Foundational/Scientific)  
Cognitive:            PSYC 6116 Cognition (3) or PSYC 8316 Cognitive Neuroscience
Developmental:   PSYC 6120 Developmental Psychology (3)
Physiological:      PSYC 6113 Physiological Psychology (3)
Social:                 PSYC 6130 Social Psychology (3)
Research Methodology and Statistics
PSYC 8102            Research Methodologies in the Behavioral Sciences (3)
PSYC 8103            Basic Quantitative Analyses for the Behavioral Sciences (3)
Advanced Research and Methodology (3).  See the Student Handbook for courses that fulfill this requirement.
Health Psychology
PSYC 8200            Introduction to Health Psychology 1 (3)
PSYC 8201            Introduction to Health Psychology 2 (3)
PSYC 8243            Diversity in Health Psychology (3)
Interdisciplinary (9 credit hours) 
See the Student Handbook for courses that fulfill this requirement.


Clinical Training Requirements


The Clinical program requires that students complete practica as part of their clinical training.  These are typically one-year long placements that require approximately 15 hours of clinical work per week.  They are under the supervision of a licensed psychologist.  Practica vary widely in terms of setting, patient/client population, clinical experiences offered, and the nature of supervision, among other things.  While they differ, all sites provide students a solid grounding in the practice of clinical psychology and a foundation for internship and beyond.  Here is a list of our current practica sites:

UNC Charlotte Counseling Center
UNC Charlotte Department of Psychology LD/ADD Clinic
Renfrew Center
CW Williams Community Health Center
CMC Elizabeth Family Medicine
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center Department of Neurology
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Care Center


 Pre-doctoral Internship

The Clinical program requires that student complete a year-long pre-doctoral internship, after completion of their coursework and practica and after they have successfully proposed their dissertation.  Students participate in the nation-wide Match.  As of the spring of 2012, eight of eight students have matched at either APA approved of Association of Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) member internships.  Here are the sites where our students have completed or are completing their internship:

Western Carolina University Counseling and Psychological Services Center (Cullowhee, NC)
Henry Ford Hospital (Detroit, MI)
Jackson Memorial Hospital (Miami FL)
Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare All Saints (Racine, WI)
Lone Star Psychology Residency Consortium (McAllen, TX)
East Carolina University School of Medicine Department of Psychology (Greenville, NC)
St. James Hospital (Olympia Fields, IL)
Georgia Southern University Counseling Center (Statesboro, GA)
Wayne State University (Detriot, MI)