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Clinical Science Overview


The Clinical Science Program was established in 1968, has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1975, and was accredited by the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System in 2011. We offer integrated experiences in applied and basic research, practica in assessment and intervention, and coursework that emphasizes the interdependence of theory, research, and practice.


Our overall goal is to train clinical researchers who produce, apply, and disseminate scientific knowledge. We train clinical scientists who keep abreast of current theory and research and contribute to the knowledge base in clinical psychology. With a focus on both science and practice, our program’s overarching curricular theme is to integrate the two. The integrative theme is also reflected in collaborative, translational research in which faculty and students apply basic psychological theories and empirical findings to real-world clinical problems such as depression, anxiety, child maltreatment and trauma, aggression, couples’ distress in cancer patients.  Our program’s training model is consistent with the vision of the Delaware Project.  Specifically, we train students to emphasize continuity across a spectrum of research activities concerned with (a) basic mechanisms of psychopathology and behavior change, (b) intervention generation and refinement, (c) intervention efficacy and effectiveness, and (d) implementation and dissemination.To learn more about the research interests of individual faculty, visit the Research Projects webpage and review​ individual faculty profiles​.​


Our faculty research mentors are Mary Dozier, Adele Hayes, Julie Hubbard, Roger Kobak, J-P Laurenceau, Naomi Sadeh​Robert Simons, and Jeffrey Spielberg ​ (view their webpages by clicking on their names). Ryan Beveridge and Tim Fowles​ offer state of the art training in the dissemination and implementation of evidence based treatments in the community at the Center for Training, Evaluation, and Community Collaboration; C-TECC). Faculty members maintain visible and well-funded research programs. Much of this work is interdisciplinary, including collaborative projects with scholars in medical schools, universities, educational systems, and community agencies in the surrounding area. Members of the clinical faculty have been active in national, state, and local organizations concerned with advancing psychological knowledge; have played leadership roles in national organizations (e.g., the Academy for Clinical Psychological Science, the Delaware Project); and serve on many journal editorial boards, grant review study sections at the National Institute of Mental Health, and national task forces.


The Clinical Science Program offers external research and clinical training opportunities through affiliations with community mental health centers and medical centers in the surrounding areas. All provide training in evidence-based practice. Our faculty members also have research collaborations with the University of Pennsylvania Center for Anxiety Treatment and Research, the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center, the State of Delaware Department of Children, Youth, and Families, Wilmington Head Start, A. I. DuPont Hospital for Children, a network of social service agencies in Philadelphia, and area schools. These sites provide unique opportunities to apply clinical science to diverse problems and populations in community settings.

​Further community collaboration is offered to students through C-TECC.  C-TECC is an innovative program established at the University of Delaware to advance clinical science in academic, public, and community settings.  In partnership with multiple community agencies and organizations, C-TECC conducts research and evaluation, trains mental health providers in evidence-based practices, and builds capacity in mental health care systems.  A principal C-TECC mission is training the next generation of mental health professionals. Post-doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate students learn to build productive working relationships with diverse community partners. Through collaboration with these partners, C-TECC faculty, professionals, and students work to apply scientific methods to the analysis and solution of challenges facing mental health services. 

Faculty accepting graduate students for 2018-2019:

J-P Laurenceau

Naomi Sadeh

Jeffrey Spielberg

Future Accreditation Plans

The University of Delaware's program is accredited by PCSAS (Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System) and by the APA (Committee on Accreditation, American Psychological Association). 

We are committed to training clinical scientists who can ease the burden of mental illness and promote well-being in society through research, treatment development, and service delivery.  Our training opportunities emphasize continuity and interdependence across laboratory, clinical, and community contexts. Innovative training initiatives that break down traditional silos across the broad spectrum of clinical science require flexible pedagogy and implementation. 

The tenets and expectations of PCSAS are highly consistent with our training goals and methods, and we plan to maintain PCSAS accreditation indefinitely. Our clinical science training program is also due for re-accreditation by APA in 2021. We plan to maintain APA accreditation until programs accredited by PCSAS are given the same access to internship and licensure opportunities as are programs accredited by APA.

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

American Psychological Association

750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002

Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail:


For questions about the program not covered on the web site, please contact one of the Co-Directors:

Ryan Beveridge                                                                       Mary Dozier​                               

​301 McKinly Hall                                                                      215 Wolf Hall​

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