Clinical Psychology

Integrating science and practice to enhance psychological knowledge, health, and well-being.

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 faculty planning to recruit and mentor new graduate students for admission
to the program in Fall 2021 are Drs. Masuda, Nakamura, and Papa.

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.

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.

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.

Undergraduate Prerequisites

Admissions criteria include research and clinical experience, grades, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation (preferably from professors and those who have supervised you in a research setting). Applicants must demonstrate a strong background in psychology at the undergraduate level, with coursework in statistics, methodology, abnormal psychology, and other basic areas such as physiological, cognitive, learning, behavioral, social, and developmental psychology. Applications are competitive with less than one in ten applicants gaining admission each year.

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.

Clinical Psychology

Program Area Faculty

Affiliate Faculty

  • Bruce F. Chorpita
  • Kentaro Hayashi
  • Velma Kameoka
  • Jason Schiffman
  • Yiyuan Xu

Clinical Affiliates

  • 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

Emeritus Faculty

  • Stephen N. Haynes
  • Elaine M. Heiby
  • Anthony J. Marsella
  • Arthur Staats