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.

Important Information for Applicants 

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.

For more information, please click on "Application Information"

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. 

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 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.  

Program Meetings Fall 2019:

Date: September 6th, October 4th, November 8th
Time: Noon (12pm)
Location: TBD

Program Updates

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.  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:

For more information on the Clinical concentration please visit: 


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