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Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program

The Clinical Psychology doctoral program follows a clinical-science training model. Clinical science is a psychological science focused on using scientific methods and evidence to inform the assessment, understanding, treatment, and prevention of human problems in behavior, affect, cognition, or health.  Consistent with this model, students are involved in clinical research continuously from the time of their arrival at the program, and the program is best suited for students who desire academic or research-oriented careers in clinical psychology.

The program follows a mentorship model in which students are admitted to work closely with a single faculty member.  The clinical faculty represent a strong, productive, and collegial group of researchers who conduct cutting-edge research in fundamental areas of clinical psychology, with particular expertise in alcohol and substance misuse, anxiety and mood disorders, developmental psychopathology, temperament, personality pathology, psychophysiology, assessment, and advanced quantitative methods.  The program has emphases in both adult and child psychopathology and interventions.  Active involvement in clinical research, attendance at conferences and workshops, and presentation and publication of scientific results are expected outcomes for all students.  An overview of the clinical psychology program can be found here.

The education of graduates of the clinical psychology program has established strong research and clinical connections across the University and throughout the Buffalo community, including at the Research Institute on Addictions, Buffalo VA Medical Center, Buffalo General Hospital, Erie County Medical Center, Women and Children’s Hospital, and Roswell Park Cancer Institute, as well as in the UB Departments of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, and School Psychology.

The Clinical Psychology PhD program is licensure-qualifying for NYS, and has been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1954.  The program was last reviewed in 2009 and received a full reaccreditation through 2016.  For questions regarding our accreditation status, please contact: Committee on Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242, Phone: 202-336-5979.  In addition to APA accreditation, the program was admitted to the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science in 2008.  The program also was accredited by the Psychological Clinical Science Accreditation System in 2017.  Why does our Clinical Training Program have two accreditations?  UB Statement of Accrediation Clinical Psychology

Faculty members who are accepting students vary from year to year, so prospective students are encouraged to check the list of faculty accepting students before applying.

Clinical Psychology Core Faculty

Bowker, Julie, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
The roles that peer relationships, particularly friendships, play in social and emotional development during late childhood and early adolescence

Colder, Craig, Ph.D.
Individual, family, and community influences on child and adolescent aggression and substance abuse.

Gainey, Kristin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Adult mood and anxiety disorders; vulnerability/protective personality traits; emotion regulation; structural models of emotional disorders; assessment

Hawk, Larry, Ph.D.
Smoking and smoking cessation; ADHD; the role of motivation and cognition in psychopathology and treatment; clinical psychophysiology.

Ostrov, Jamie, Ph.D.
Subtypes of aggression and victimization; developmental psychopathology; social dominance; interpersonal relationships; applied developmental psychology; prosocial and play behavior.

Read, Jennifer, Ph.D.
Professor, Clinical Area Head and Director of Clinical Training
Social and individual-level factors in the etiology and treatment of alcohol misuse; affective and cognitive determinants of heavy drinking, PTSD-alcohol use disorder comorbidity.

Roberts, John, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Psychosocial factors in the onset, maintenance and recovery from depression; health behavior and psychological functioning among HIV+ individuals.

Simms, Leonard, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Understanding the phenotypic description and structure of personality and psychopathology; applied psychometric development and evaluation of psychological assessment tools.

Taber-Thomas, Sarah, Ph.D.
Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Psychological Services Center
Dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments for children; parenting; child maltreatment; disruptive behavior disorders

Tiffany, Stephen T., Ph.D.
Empire Innovation Professor and Psychology Department Chair
The psychopathology of addictive disorders in adolescents and adults including assessment, diagnosis, and treatment; behavioral medicine.

Student Learning Overview

A description of the Clinical curriculum, requirements, goals, and objectives for student learning can be found here: Student-Learning-Overview-The-Clinical-Psychology-Ph

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