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The Clinical Studies Program has made the GRE General Test optional for the Fall 2021 admission cycle. In considering who to make offers for interviews and eventual admission to the program, we take a holistic approach. We consider applicants’ undergraduate and graduate transcripts, letters of recommendation, Curriculum vitae, and personal statements, especially as they provide information about candidates’ prior research skills and training as an indicator of future success in graduate school. We also take into account previous clinical experience, though that is not a prerequisite. For those that do submit GRE scores, we will also consider these scores as we review candidate’s qualifications. Applications without GRE scores will be given equal consideration.
The Clinical Studies Program (CSP) at the University of Hawaii has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1972. Questions can be addressed to the Commission on Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, or (202) 336-5979. Browse a list of APA-accredited doctoral programs in psychology. CSP is also a member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science which is an alliance of leading, scientifically oriented, doctoral training programs in clinical and health psychology in the United States and Canada. Academy membership is open to doctoral programs with strong commitments to, and established records of successful clinical science training.
- Learn about the Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CCBT)
- Learn about the Clinical Respecialization Program
The Clinical Studies Program
The Clinical Studies Program is based on the scientist practitioner model of training. The goal of the program is to train PhD clinical psychologists who are well versed in empirically based methods of assessment and treatment, and who can contribute to this body of knowledge as clinical researchers and scholar clinicians. Three tenets guide the doctoral training in clinical psychology at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa: (1) Clinical practice should be based on the knowledge derived from basic areas of psychological inquiry (e.g., social psychology, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, psychobiology, and learning); (2) Practice, research, and training in clinical psychology should be sensitive to individual differences; and (3) Principles of accountability and scholarship should be reflected in clinical practice. Clinical practice should be empirically based and clinicians should engage in ongoing assessment of clients throughout treatment.
- For a detailed description of the CSP program, please review the CSP Program Handbook.
- For a detailed description the CSP practicum, please review the CSP Practicum Handbook.
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The Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy
The Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CCBT) is a training, service and research university-based clinic housed in the Department of Psychology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. The CCBT provides practicum training to UH Psychology Clinical Studies Program graduate students and post-doctoral residents, under the supervision of Department faculty members who are also licensed clinical psychologists in Hawaiʻi. Consulting and clinical assessment and intervention services are provided to clients, their families, and community organizations. CCBT research has contributed to the advancement of knowledge at the local, national and international level.
Admissions criteria include research and clinical experience, grades, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation (preferably from professors and those who have supervised applicants in a research setting). Applicants must also demonstrate a strong background in psychology at the undergraduate level, with coursework in statistics, methodology, and abnormal psychology. Applications are competitive with less than one in ten applicants gaining admission each year.
In addition, we are seeking applicants who can demonstrate foundational knowledge in up to six areas of Discipline Specific Knowledge (DSK). These include; (1) Affective Aspects of Behavior, (2) Biological Aspects of Behavior, (3) Cognitive Aspects of Behavior, (4) Developmental Aspects of Behavior (over the complete lifespan), (5) Social Aspects of Behavior, and (6) History of Psychology.
Foundational knowledge may be demonstrated in three ways.
- By passing an upper level undergraduate course from an accredited 4-year institution with a grade of B or better that specifically focuses on a particular DSK knowledge area.
- In some cases, multiple classes might be submitted to fulfill a requirement, (e.g., submitting a child & adolescent development course along with a course on adult development to fulfill the Developmental Bases of Behavior requirement)
- By passing a graduate course from an accredited institution that provided a broad survey of the scope of knowledge in a particular DSK knowledge area with a B or better.
- By passing the GRE Psychology Subject test with a subtest score greater than or equal to the 50th percentile in a particular knowledge area. Please note that the GRE subject test only provides subtest scores in Biological, Cognitive, Developmental, and Social Aspects of Behavior – Note: There are no GRE subtest scores for Affective Bases of Behavior or the History of Psychology.
Applicants may mix and match methods to demonstrate foundational knowledge in each knowledge area to create a portfolio unique to their own experience.
Prior to the end of the semester of their first year of admission, syllabi for classwork submitted in fulfillment of foundational knowledge requirements in each DSK knowledge area will be reviewed by the Director of the Clinical Studies Program, who will consult with UH Mānoa Psychology Department faculty who teach equivalent courses in assessing whether classes submitted meet requirements. What constitutes classwork in this area is defined by the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Accreditation in the Implementing Regulation called “C-7 D. Discipline-Specific Knowledge” found here: Section C: IRs Related to the Standards of Accreditation.
NOTE: Candidates who have deficits in meeting any DSK foundational knowledge requirements will still be considered for admission. In this case, if a student is offered and accepts admission into the Clinical Studies Program, the student must develop a plan to fulfill these requirements with their advisor before students end their first semester. The plan may be executed through work completed at UH Mānoa or another institution, through taking the GRE Psychology Subject test, or some relevant combination.
Program Course of Study (Overview)
All CSP students take graduate courses in core clinical topics, statistics and research methodology, history and systems, basic areas of psychology, plus clinical and other elective courses. Students complete at least four semesters of clinical practicum training, one-year of internship and a clinical comprehensive exam. Students complete empirical master’s theses and doctoral dissertations and are encouraged and supported to conduct clinical research throughout their graduate years.
Program Area Faculty
- Bruce F. Chorpita
- Kentaro Hayashi
- Velma Kameoka
- Jason Schiffman
- Yiyuan Xu
- Rosemary Adam-Terem
- A. Aukahi Austin
- Kathleen Brown
- June Ching
- Eric Daleiden
- Patrick DeLeon
- Ian Evans
- Gary Farkas
- Raymond Folen
- Gayle Hostetter
- David Jackson
- Aaron Kaplan
- Scott Keir
- Michael Kellar
- Melinda Kohr
- Frederic Manke
- Barbara Melamed
- Steven Miyake
- Jon Mond
- Jill Oliveira Gray
- Trina Orimoto
- Scott Shimabukuro
- Lesley Slavin
- Tracie Umaki
- Stephen N. Haynes
- Elaine M. Heiby
- Anthony J. Marsella
- Arthur Staats