Our mission is to advance knowledge that promotes psychological well-being and reduces the burden of mental illness and problems in living and to develop leading clinical scientists whose skills and knowledge will have a substantial impact on the field of psychology and the lives of those in need. Our faculty and graduate students promote critical thinking, innovation, and discovery, and strive to be leaders in their field, engaging in and influencing research, practice, policy, and education. Our pursuit of these goals is guided by the values of collaboration, mutual respect, fairness, and the highest ethical standards.
Information about the Clinical Psychology Graduate Major
UCLA's Clinical Psychology program is one of the largest and most highly regarded and selective in the country, and aims to produce future faculty, researchers, and leaders in clinical science. The program has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association (Commission on Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington D.C., , 202- 336-5979) since 1949, and the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System (PCSAS) since 2012. Admissions decisions are based on evidence of research interests and extensive experience, psychology major or equivalent, outstanding academic and GRE performance, dedication to and suitability for a career as a clinical scientist, and superior letters of recommendation. The distinguished faculty and outstanding graduate students are engaged in research activities addressing a host of critical psychological and mental health problems. Their research and clinical work are facilitated by on-campus resources including the departmental Psychology Clinic, the Semel Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital, and the David Geffen School of Medicine.
The curriculum is designed to produce clinical scientists: clinically well-trained psychologists devoted to the continuous development of an empirical knowledge base in clinical psychology, with a particular emphasis on preparing graduates for employment in academic and research settings. The program's breadth provides a foundation for a variety of professional functions involving issues of optimal development and psychological disability on an individual, couple, family, and community basis. At the same time, depending upon the student's interests, there is opportunity for more intensive concentration in particular areas of clinical psychology.
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