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 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:


Training Goals and Objectives  

The Clinical Psychology program adheres to a scientist-practitioner, or Boulder, training model. As such, the scientific basis of clinical psychology is emphasized throughout the program.  Such scientific foundation is provided so that students are able to: (a) skillfully conduct original psychological research; and b) wisely consume and apply psychological research in their practice, whether in evidence-based assessment and treatment, or in broader community interventions.  The health psychology emphasis supplements this clinical training and provides a broad, interdisciplinary perspective on mental and physical health.  Such a holistic perspective expands students’ clinical psychology training and provides an innovative way to understand risk, mental and physical disease/illness, and health promotion. 

Our program has the following training goals for our students:

  1. To obtain strong research skills that contribute to the science of psychology;
  2. To obtain the basic knowledge and foundational competencies for the practice of clinical psychology;
  3. To achieve a broad and general understanding of the science of psychology;
  4. To achieve knowledge regarding clinical health psychology and competency in clinical health psychology

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. Richard McAnulty;

Dr. Charlie Reeve;

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.  Please see the current program handbook or the Graduate School catalog for more information.


Clinical Training Requirements

Clinical students are required to complete practica as part of their clinical training.  These are typically one year long placements that require approximately 15-20 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 some of our recent practicum sites:

  • Charlotte VA Health Care Center
  • Carolinas Rehabilitation Center
  • Department of Bariatric Surgery, Novant Health
  • UNC Charlotte Counseling Center
  • UNC Charlotte Department of Psychology LD/ADD Clinic
  • Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders Treatment
  • CHS Myers Park Internal Medicine
  • CHS Elizabeth Family Medicine
  • Midtown Family Medicine, Novant Health
  • 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. Since our initial accreditation in 2012, all (100%) students have matched to, and completed, an APA-accredited internship.  These typically take place in an academic or VA medical center, or a Counseling and Psychological Services center on a university campus. 

The following is a partial list of sites where our students have completed internships.

  • Appalachian State University Counseling Center
  • Cherokee Health System
  • Colorado State University Counseling Center and Student Health Services
  • Henry Ford Health System
  • Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center
  • Nemours/Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children
  • University of Miami Medical Center/Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • UNC Charlotte Student Counseling and Psychological Services Center
  • University of Washington Medical Center
  • Veterans Affairs, Connecticut Health System