Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

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 has 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 Psychology program is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association.

For the program of study, requirements, and list of courses for the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, please visit the Academic Catalog.

Core faculty: Patrick Brice, Carolyn Corbett, Lori Day, Donna Morere, and Lawrence Pick

For more information: Email Dr. Carolyn Corbett, Clinical Psychology Program Director, or call 202-651-5540.

Program Mission Statement

The Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology has as its ultimate mission increasing the number of psychologists with appropriate training in both the practice of psychology and understanding deaf and hard of hearing people and their families.  In a unique ASL/English Bilingual setting, our aim is to train psychologists who 1) have an understanding of the science of psychology and its research and analytic methods; 2)  are skilled in the theory, methods, and research of practice in clinical psychology; and 3) are knowledgeable about the languages and cultures of deaf, hard of hearing, and hearing people and appreciate their great diversity.   By way of this training, the scientific knowledge base of psychology and Deaf people will expand through the research and scholarly work of graduate students, program graduates, and faculty. 

Sign Language Skills for Admission

Sign Language fluency or skill, is not a pre-requisite for application or admission to the Ph.D. program. However, all students are expected to display a high degree of proficiency in sign communication as a part of their professional training by the time they complete the program. Applicants who are accepted for the program with no previous exposure to sign language will be asked to begin courses in sign language and other activities to build communication skills as soon as possible, frequently starting the spring or summer before enrolling in the program. Additional sign language will be recommended or required as needed to assist students in achieving necessary levels of competence, and to be approved for practica and internships. Courses for developing sign language competency are available throughout the program

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 web site for more information and a checklist of application requirements. Detailed program information and course descriptions are also available in the Graduate Catalog.



First Date for Consideration of Application: February 1
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 recommended (by invitation in February-March)

Prior Degrees Required

Psychology M.A. preferred
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


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