Health Psychology Ph.D. Program

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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.

The Doctoral Program in Health Psychology at UNC Charlotte offers training in one of the following concentration areas:

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 a concentration in one of the following areas: GeneralClinical, and Community.

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

Important Information for Applicants 

Application Deadline

All materials must be submitted to The Graduate School by November 15th of each year, 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. For more information, please visit the "Information for Applicants" tab.

The Graduate School Recruitment Fair

Date: October 10, 2019
Time: 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Location: Third Floor Salons, Student Activity Center (The SAC)

For more information about the event: 

Program Updates

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Webb who received the Bank of America Award for Teaching Excellence!

The award is one of the most important and prestigious traditions at UNC Charlotte. It honors outstanding tenured teachers on our campus and provides an example of the University’s commitment to excellence in teaching. For more information about the award: https://

Here is what was shared about Dr. Webb on the website about the finalists: When engaging with students, Webb strives for respect, fairness, transparency and authenticity. She considers her classroom a space where students are co-creators in the process of learning with the goal of enhancing student motivation and learning. “I do not believe in lecturing at students,” said Webb. “I view the classroom as a creative space for our collective wisdom to dynamically unfold through lively exchanges in which we can comfortably debate the merits of multiple sides of an issue. Engaging this critical lens supports students’ consciousness-raising capacities and cognitive flexibility as personal resources.” 

She also uses group projects and assignments around community engagement and advocacy themes to “advance students’ ability to synergize their collective personal strengths in a meaningful way to help strengthen campus or community resources.” 

Congratulations to all of our students who applied for internship this year.  All three students matched with the APA accredited program that was their first choice!

  • Nadia Jafari is headed to the National Psychology Training Consortium in Washington State, where she will specialize in integrated primary care.

  • Ana Orejuela will be completing her internship at the James A Haley Veterans Administration Hospital in Tampa, FL, where she will complete rotations in health psychology, trauma, and general clinical psychology.

  • Olivia Riffle will be completing her internship at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Medical Center in Houston, TX., where she will receive excellent training in general clinical and clinical health psychology.

Congratulations Ana, Olivia, and Nadia!!!!

Congratulations to Lydia Roos who was selected as the recipient of the national P.E.O. Scholar Award!!

The P.E.O. Scholar Award is a competitive, merit-based award intended to recognize and encourage academic excellence and achievement by women in doctoral-level programs. Scholars have demonstrated their ability to make significant contributions in their chosen field of study and a positive impact on society, having assumed leadership positions in university academics and scientific research.


The Clinical Psychology program at UNC Charlotte has been APA-accredited since 2012. We are excited to announce that the Clinical Psychology program has received APA accreditation until 2027! For any questions about the program’s accreditation status or about APA accreditation, in general, please contact:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation / American Psychological Association

750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242                             

Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: / Web: