Graduate Programs


The University of Toledo's Clinical Psychology doctoral program has a long history of providing superior training in the science and practice of psychology. 

UToledo has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1979. We offer a science-based, flexible program that focuses on three traditional functions — clinical research, assessment and evidence-based psychotherapy.  

UToledo's Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program emphasizes both research and practice. Our graduate students obtain strong research and statistical skills, as well as exceptional training in evidence-based practice and empirically-supported principles and treatments.  

To enhance the flexibility and breadth of their training, students also can opt to minor in a subdiscipline of their choice. We offer the following minor areas, designed to match faculty expertise and student interest:  

  • Quantitative psychology 
  • Health psychology 
  • Experimental psychopathology 

Students also have the opportunity to obtain advanced, integrative research training by receiving joint mentorship from a faculty member in UToledo’s Experimental Psychology program. 

Doctoral Psychology students complete a master's thesis and earn an M.A. degree while pursuing their Ph.D. Most students spend four years at UToledo and one year completing an internship elsewhere.

Top Reasons to Study clinical psychology at UToledo

  1. Fully accredited by the American Psychology Association.
  2. Full financial support.

    Most of our graduate students receive tuition support and stipends for four years. UToledo offers three types of assistantships:  

    • Teaching assistantships 
    • Research assistantships 
    • Community externships. Students have been placed at: 
      • VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System 
      • The Center for Forensic Psychiatry, Department of Health and Human Services 
      • The Cullen Center – ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital 
      • Harbor Behavioral Health  
      • VA Toledo Community-Based Outpatient Clinic 
      • Unison Health 
      • The University of Toledo Counseling Center 
      • The Toledo Hospital Family Medicine Residency Program at St. Luke’s Hospital 
      • Zepf Center 
  3. Clinical experience.

    UToledo Clinical Psychology doctoral students work at the UToledo Psychology Clinic (UTPC), which provides outpatient mental-health services to the Toledo community. Ph.D. students are closely supervised by expert faculty, who are licensed clinical psychologists.  

    • Year 1: Intake interviews and psychological assessments 
    • Year 2: Psychotherapy 
    • Years 3 and 4: Continue to develop diagnostic and treatment skills at UTPC. Students complete externships in community agencies or hospitals. During year 4, students have the opportunity to learn supervision skills by overseeing students in their earlier years of training under the supervision of faculty members. 
    • Most 5th-year students complete their training in full-time, American Psychological Association-accredited internships outside the Toledo area. 
  4. Teaching experience.
    Get vital practice by teaching undergraduate courses on your own. 
  5. State-of-the-art computer labs.
    The UToledo Psychology department has two labs equipped with more than 50 computers with data collection and data analysis programs. It also offers a psychophysiological laboratory with state-of-the-art equipment for physiological recordings. 

UToledo doctoral Psychology students learn research skills through a combination of course work and practical experience. First-year students take statistics and research methods courses that prepare them to complete their master's thesis research.  

Graduate students work with their mentors in their research labs. They also present at national and international conferences and publish their research in peer-reviewed journals. 

Clinical Psychology faculty conduct research in areas such as: 

  • Child and adult anxiety
  • Cyberpsychology
  • Community psychology
  • Emotion regulation
  • Health psychology
  • Personality assessment
  • Personality disorders
  • Posttraumatic stress
  • Suicide and self-injury
  • Self-regulation and coping
  • Serious mental illness


What jobs can I get with a clinical psychology degree?

93% of students earning a doctorate in our Clinical Psychology program passed the licensure exam from 2005-15. Visit UToledo’s professional licensure page for more information. 

UToledo's Ph.D. program prepares students for careers in: 

  • Academia (teaching, research, clinical work) 
  • Hospital medical centers 
  • Community mental-health centers 

Internship Opportunities For Clinical Psychology Doctorate

Fifth-year UToledo students in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program complete their training with full-time internships outside the Toledo area. 

We have placed 100% of our students during the past three years into APA/CPA-accredited, national internships and externships. 

100% of these internship placements are fully funded. 

Examples of recent internship sites include:

  • Atascadero State Hospital (California Department of State Hospitals) 
  • Baylor College of Medicine/Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Cincinnati VA Medical Center
  • Durham VA Medical Center
  • Henry Ford Hospital Health Sciences Center
  • Hutchings Psychiatric Center – New York State Office of Mental Health
  • VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System
  • Western State Hospital






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Last Updated: 11/16/23