Ponce School of Medicine and Health Sciences has been training a new
generation of Clinical Psychologists that can competitively provide
evidence-based interventions to diverse populations in different health
and social contexts. During the past years, many research projects have
been developed by faculty. Through these projects, students have had an
opportunity to gain experience in the development of new psychological
knowledge and in the adaptation and creation of psychological tests for
use with Latino populations.
This scientific activity and the success of the PsyD Program provided
the foundation for the creation of a PhD in Clinical Psychology which is
the next step in achieving our main programmatic goals. The new PhD
program will train students in two general areas of scientific inquiry;
behavioral neuroscience and psychosocial / clinical research. The latter
includes, but is not limited to, the following areas: health psychology,
psychopathological conditions (depression, anxiety disorders,
addictions, etc.), cultural adaptation of tests and test construction,
Cost per credit is US$337.00. Other annual fees apply.
Classes are offered Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays (daytime).
Classes begin in July.
The PhD Program in Clinical Psychology offers a five-year curriculum
26 credits in Psychological
30 credits in Clinical
18 credits in research
9 credits in elective
Students must complete:
A minimum of four semesters
of Research Practicum
A minimum of one thousand
one hundred hours of Clinical Practicum
A research project to
fulfill doctoral dissertation requirement
A one year pre-doctoral
Bachelor’s degree (BS/BA):
The applicant must present evidence of the successful completion of
a bachelor’s degree in a college level institution accredited by the
PR Council of Education or by a US accrediting organization with a
minimum of 15 credits in Psychology including the following courses:
Abnormal Psychology (Psychopathology)
Experimental Psychology or
GPA - minimum of 3.0 (on a
GRE –600 score (279 new
score) or above or EXADEP- 500 score or above, no more than five
Submit the following
from all institutions attended (undergraduate and graduate)
Three letters of
recommendation written by professors or individuals familiar
with the applicant’s professional work and skills using the
format provided with the application form.
Certificate of No Penal
Record (Criminal Background Check)
fee of US$100.00, non-refundable
In evaluating the applicants, emphasis is placed upon the following:
• Potential to work with individuals, analytical skills and
understanding of ethical standards of the profession.
• Past experience in research projects or potential for the development
of research skills.
• Academic achievement, motivation, and emotional stability.
• Writing skills - will be documented in the interview.
Upon acceptance, all students are required to submit the following:
• Written confirmation of acceptance and a non-refundable deposit of
US$100.00 to secure the seat in the entering class.
• Physical Exam (using a form provided by the Admissions Office)
• Evidence of up to date immunization record (must include Varicella, Td
Adult, MMR and three doses of Hepatitis B).
• Other documents will be notified as pertinent.
How to Apply
Application for Admission to the PhD in Clinical Psychology
be obtained personally at the Admissions Office.
Deadline to submit a complete application: March 15