Clinical-Community Psychology Ph.D.

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    Clinical-Community Psychology Ph.D.

    Help address major healthcare and social problems relevant to the cultures, individuals, groups, families and communities in Alaska.

Explore the clinical-community psychology doctoral degree program at the University of Alaska Anchorage

Serving the diverse needs of Alaska, from rural communities to major city hubs, UAA’s Ph.D. in clinical-community psychology with a rural, Indigenous emphasis focuses on research, evaluation, prevention, clinical practice, community service, and social action.

Clinical-community psychology scholarships and financial aid
In addition to university and private scholarship opportunities, you may qualify to earn one of the following types of paid graduate assistantships with tuition remission:
  • Teaching assistants lecture, lead discussion groups, assist lab classes, counsel students, proctor exams, grade tests and papers, and assist with classroom instruction processes.
  • Research assistants support UAA research initiatives and participate in psychology research projects supervised or directed by faculty.
  • Service assistants have a variety of opportunities at UAA to provide administrative and teaching support to other academic departments.
  • Clinical assistants supervised by faculty provide administrative support to UAA’s Psychological Services Center.
Learn about other financial aid opportunities at UAA.

Rural, Indigenous emphasis

UAA’s doctorate in psychology program offers a unique service delivery model that integrates clinical, community, and cultural psychology, with a focus on rural and Indigenous issues.

Earn both a master’s and doctoral degree

UAA offers the option to complete a master’s degree in clinical psychology along the way to earning your Ph.D. in clinical-community psychology. This combined degree pathway allows you to earn both graduate degrees in the same amount of time it takes to complete the Ph.D.

Clinical psychology program accreditation
Accredited as a clinical psychology program by the American Psychological Association*, UAA’s Ph.D. in clinical-community psychology helps prepare you for licensure as a psychologist.

Questions related to the program's accreditation status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979

Clinical-Community Psychology Ph.D.

Degree Type:

  • Doctoral

Emphases: Rural, Indigenous

Program Length: Five Years

Availability:Anchorage campus

Accredited by: American Psychological Association

Did you know..

Graduate program faculty represent a wide array of research and applied experiences and interests. Their specialties include clinical and community approaches to substance use disorders, suicide, resilience among cultural minorities and health disparities.

What can you do with a psychology doctoral degree from UAA?

A scientist-practitioner graduate program, UAA’s Ph.D. in clinical-community psychology with a rural, Indigenous emphasis prepares scholars and clinicians to provide a broad array of doctoral-level psychological services in clinical, community, research, and academic institutions.

Clinical-community psychology careers

UAA alumni who have earned a Ph.D. in psychology have served in various roles, including leadership roles at a variety of healthcare systems, academic institutions, and professional organizations throughout Alaska, including:
  • Alaska Psychology Internship Consortium
  • Alaska Family Medicine Residency
  • Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association
  • Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
  • Alaska Psychological Association
  • Norton Sound Health Corporation
  • Southcentral Foundation
  • University of Alaska Anchorage and University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Pacific University

By the numbers..

Placement of UAA Ph.D. in psychology candidates in an APA-accredited internship.
UAA Department of Psychology, 2016–2017

Clinical-community psychology doctoral degree program highlights

UAA’s Ph.D. in clinical-community psychology integrates cultural diversity and social justice into research and practice to develop applied knowledge and skills through hands-on experiences.
  • Develop advanced skills in applied research design and analysis. You will have extensive opportunities for community-based graduate research through coursework, assistantships, independent projects, and a doctoral dissertation.
  • Increase your level of competency in clinical psychology practice with at least four clinical practicum semesters. Hands-on training in a clinical setting starts with a supervised clinical practicum in the UAA Psychological Services Center and builds up to clinical practicum placements in which you’ll handle more complex cases in a community setting.
  • Gain competency in community psychology with skills training and development. This program component starts with coursework to develop foundational skills and knowledge and is followed by a supervised practicum in a community-based setting.
  • Participate in a first-year cultural experience that creates opportunities to interact with cultural elders and advisors. In a non-classroom setting, you will be exposed to diverse worldviews, values, and life experiences of different cultures, including Alaska Native and Native American culture.

Amazing stories from clinical-community psychology alumni

High school was a struggle for me. I didn’t believe I had what it took to succeed in college. UAA opened the door and welcomed me. The psychology faculty were accessible and supportive. In 2013, my son watched as I was granted a Ph.D. in clinical-community psychology. I would not be where I am today without UAA and the faculty who believed in my potential.

Rebecca Volino Robinson
B.A. Psychology ’08, M.S. Clinical Psychology ’11, Ph.D. Clinical-Community Psychology ’13 Former Assistant Professor of Psychology, UAA Psychologist, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
Students around campus

UAA’s student chapter of the Alaska Psychological Association offers professional development and networking activities and events for graduate students in psychology

Student with professor

A low-cost mental health clinic, UAA’s Psychological Services Center serves the Anchorage campus and community. As a doctoral student, you will have opportunities to work in the Center, providing clinical services to the community while gaining practicum experience.

Psychological Services Center
A student presenting at the undergraduate research symposium

Serve and lead in the campus and Anchorage communities. As a Ph.D. candidate, you could be a representative on a psychology graduate program committee. You could also join faculty mentors who are actively involved in community engagement and social justice.

Clinical-community psychology doctoral degree program curriculum

Integrating clinical, community and multicultural psychology with all program courses and activities, UAA provides rigorous training in program development, implementation and evaluation; advocacy; prevention and health promotion; community development; and change and community leadership.

In addition to coursework, you will need to fulfill the following requirements to earn your doctorate in psychology:
  • Clinical competency
  • Community competency
  • Research competency
  • Ph.D. candidacy
  • Doctoral dissertation proposal defense
  • Doctoral dissertation
  • Pre-doctoral internship

Top classes for psychology doctoral candidates

  • Native Ways of Knowing
  • Multicultural Psychological Assessment I and II
  • Research Methods