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Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology


Dr. Lawrence Pick, Program Coordinator 

The Department of Psychology offers a doctorate (Ph.D.) in clinical psychology, with specialization in working with deaf and hard of hearing populations. The program is based on a “scholar-practitioner” training model, with a life-span development philosophy and offers courses and opportunities for supervised practice with deaf people, with both early- and late-onset hearing loss. Students also develop general clinical skills through work with hearing populations.

The clinical program trains psychologists in both clinical and research skills. It prepares them to contribute to the field both by providing clinical services to deaf and hard of hearing individuals and by expanding the knowledge base in areas of psychology important for working effectively with these populations. The doctoral program typically requires a minimum of five years for completion, one year of which is a full-time clinical internship. Students may apply to be awarded an M.A. in Psychology after completion of their predissertation research project and the comprehensive examination. This is usually awarded after the third year of study and is not a terminal degree.

The Clinical Psychology Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Information, comments, or questions about our accreditation can be directed to the Commission on Accreditation at the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002. Their phone number is (202) 336-5500 and their web address is for the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation.

Admissions Procedures

Applicants for the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology must complete the application procedures and meet the requirements for graduate study at Gallaudet University. Visit the Graduate Admissions website for more information and a checklist of application requirements.  

First Date for Consideration of Application: January 15
Last Date for Completed Application: February 1

Program Specific Requirements

GRE General Test

Three Letters of Reference

Narrative Statements – Essay

Writing Sample


On-campus Interview by invitation in February-March 

Prior Degrees Required

Undergraduate Psychology Major or Minor, or Related Field

Prerequisite Coursework


Child Development

Abnormal Psychology

Experimental Psychology

18 hours of Undergraduate Psychology courses preferred

Prior Professional Experience


Program of Study

Students complete approximately 100 hours of academic credit, including the following areas: biological bases of behavior, social bases of behavior, cognitive and affective bases of behavior, human development, research and analytic methods, ethics, psychological assessment, and psychological interventions. The program includes supervised practicum experiences and a research-based dissertation.

Sign Language Requirements

Students must attain prescribed levels of sign language competency to enter their first practicum and to be permitted to apply for an internship. Students are required to score 2+ or above on the GU-ASLPI (Gallaudet University American Sign Language Proficiency Interview) before beginning their practicum, and a 3 or above before beginning their internship.

Practicum Opportunities

Students from this program may participate in practicum activities with the Gallaudet University Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). Students who undertake or intend to undertake a practicum experience with the CAPS may not also receive clinical services from the center. Such students need to seek practitioners not associated with the CAPS and would be responsible for the costs of such services. The CAPS maintains a listing of outside service providers, many of whom have reduced fees for Gallaudet students. We recommend that students applying to this program carry health insurance with sufficient mental health benefits to cover the cost of such outside services.

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Courses & Requirements

First Year Fall Semester
First Year Spring Semester
First Year Summer
Second Year Fall Semester
Second Year Spring Semester
Second Year Summer
Third Year Fall Semester
Third Year Spring Semester
Fourth Year Fall Semester
Fourth Year Spring Semester
Fifth Year Fall-Spring-Summer

Admissions Requirements

Hearing Undergraduate