PhD in Clinical Adolescent Psychology

Program Philosophy

We embrace the cognitive-behavioral orientation, and believe people must be understood within their myriad and intersecting contexts (e.g., race, gender, sexual orientation, age, cultural background). The Program operates according to a scientist-practitioner model based on the premise that there is synergy between the practice and science of psychology. Thus, the science and practice of psychology are integrated throughout our curriculum. The objectives of the Program are to educate students about: (1) issues that presently define the knowledge base in clinical psychology; (2) clinical skills needed to become ethical and competent practitioners; and (3) processes of learning and problem-solving that will be needed regardless of their professional career path. Additionally, depending on their particular career trajectories, students may take elective coursework or practica to augment their clinical and/or research skills. Our faculty approach clinical work from a variety of theoretical perspectives including cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and emotion-focused. At graduation, our students are prepared to work in academic, research, and practice settings.

Purpose of  the Admission Process

A major goal of our program is retention and graduation of admitted students within the prescribed time limits, a goal best accomplished by selecting applicants who have the educational foundation, motivation, and personality characteristics required to successfully complete an intensive and rigorous doctoral program. Applicants who pass the initial screening are required to participate in a personal interview conducted by the doctoral admissions committee, interested faculty, and currently enrolled doctoral students.

Admission to the program is competitive, and is granted jointly by the Graduate School and the Clinical Adolescent Psychology Program. A limited number of slots (about 6 to 8) is available annually with entry in the fall semester only. Because of the competitive nature of the process, meeting minimal standards does not guarantee admission. Invitations for a personal interview with the admissions committee will be made to designated applicants who have passed the initial screening. In cases where such an interview would impose a financial hardship, a telephone or Skype interview may be arranged. If you are interested in applying to the Clinical Adolescent Psychology Program, please refer to the link below to identify faculty accepting students for Fall 2017 and the department only accepts students once a year.  Please submit your application materials by February 1.

Faculty and Staff in Psychology

The program recommends admission to the Graduate School, and the Graduate School, in turn, monitors procedures and minimum requirements and makes the final decision on your admission. All applicants are notified in writing of the admission committee’s recommendation to the Graduate School no later than April 1. The Graduate School will inform applicants of their final admissions status by a separate letter.

Program Information

Ph.D. in Clinical Adolescent Psychology Application

Application Instructions. – Please read all information carefully before applying to the program.  More specifically, each applicant must complete the Prairie View A&M Graduate School Application (i.e., Apply Texas) and the Ph.D. in Clinical Adolescent Psychology Application.  If you have any questions about this process or need further assistance, please contact Mrs. Mokeitha Williams (  Please submit your application materials by February 1.

Contact Information for Application Inquiries:

Department of Psychology
College of Juvenile Justice & Psychology
Prairie View A&M University
P.O. Box 519, MS 2600
Prairie View, TX 77446-0519
Phone: (936) 261-5208

Dr. Pamela Martin  ( / 936)261-5208)


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