Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program
Welcome to the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Texas Tech University. Our training program is accredited by the American Psychology Association (APA) and we adhere to the scientist-practitioner training model. Our graduate students get training experience in research and clinical work. We are very proud of our students and our program graduates!
The sections below and links to the right contain more detailed information about our training program. Choosing a Clinical Psychology doctoral training program is a very important decision so I want to encourage you to read our information in detail to help you make an informed decision in deciding where you should apply. I also encourage you to visit our faculty webpages. Because we strongly adhere to a mentorship model of research training, this will give you a better sense of the type of research we do. In addition, please click on the link labeled Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data. The information on this link offers a ‘snapshot’ of our students and should give you a better sense of how many students apply each year, our average class size, general qualifications of our students, internship placements, and other information. We are very proud of our graduate students so you should visit the Clinical Psychology Graduate Student Council page and read about our student accomplishments (links are provided on the right).
You may also be interested in the following document that is provided by the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP): Interested in Clinical Psychology Graduate School? What You Need to Know!
Please do not hesitate to contact me at Joaquin.Borrego@ttu.edu if you have any additional questions about our training program.
Joaquin P. Borrego, Jr., Ph.D.
Director, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program
Texas Tech University
The Ph.D. Program in Clinical Psychology has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1972. The clinical training program is based on a scientist-practitioner training model with a roughly equal emphasis on the scientist and practitioner components of training. In fact, our students indicate that the integration of these two aspects of training is a major strength of the program. Our graduates are able to pursue positions in clinical practice, research, teaching, or a combination of these. The clinical program does not offer a terminal master’s degree, but students often obtain an MA as they work towards the Ph.D. Throughout content and applied areas of training, the program encourages awareness of and respect for diversity of culture, language, national origin, race, gender, age, disability, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, lifestyle, and other individual differences.
Several additional aspects of the Clinical Psychology Training Program at Texas Tech University deserve highlighting. Class sizes are small enough to allow for a great deal of one-on-one attention from professors as well as for encouraging class discussion, critical analysis of material, and creative thinking. Some classes are taken with graduate students from other programs in the department, whereas others are taken largely or exclusively with students from the Clinical program. Clinical training within the program is provided through a series of courses in psychological assessment, psychotherapy, and clinical practica. A wide variety of additional clinical training as well as research training opportunities are available, so much so that students often report having difficulty choosing amongst them! Furthermore, a growing number of part-time employment opportunities in University affiliated and community agencies are available to students and are coordinated with the student’s training program. Thus, students have many opportunities to gain valuable assessment and therapy experience, experience which can be very helpful in obtaining internship placements. Feedback from internship sites across the country that have accepted students from our program consistently indicates that our students demonstrate strong assessment and therapy skills in addition to an impressive level of professionalism.
Clinical students from all levels of the program are supportive of each other. The input and advice received from more advanced students can be very valuable for first- and second-year students. The Clinical Council, a student-based organization serving the needs of clinical graduate students, organizes social events, shares information, supports students completing various program requirements (e.g., proposing or defending dissertations, applying for internship), and works with faculty to maintain the very positive relationship that exists between graduate students and faculty.
Historically, most of our Ph.D. graduates pursue careers involving primarily clinical practice. However, in recent years, an increasing proportion of our graduates have obtained positions involving a combination of research, teaching, and practice. We believe that the roughly equal emphasis of our APA approved program on the scientific and practitioner aspects of training, with particular attention given to their integration, provides a solid foundation in the clinical, academic, and research areas so that our graduates may successfully pursue careers in any one or combination of these areas.
The Clinical Psychology doctoral program is housed within the Department of Psychological Sciences. The Department of Psychological Sciences has its own building on the Texas Tech University campus that houses offices, research labs, conference rooms, and classrooms (one devoted to statistics/computing). The Department of Psychological Sciences also houses the Psychology Clinic which includes eight therapy rooms, two group rooms, one child therapy room, and five assessment/testing rooms. Graduate students have access to computers, printers, and different types of software (e.g., SPSS).
In addition to practicum training in the Psychology Clinic, graduate students in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program also get clinical training at different practicum sites such as the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, University Medical Center, the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) of the South Plains, StarCare, and an outpatient VA clinic to name a few. Numerous faculty also conduct research at the Texas Tech Health Sciences Center and in the community.
The Clinical Psychology doctoral program at Texas Tech is interested in training students who value the scientist-practitioner model. The Clinical Program admits students who have an interest both in conducting research and in doing clinical work. Given this, our Program is not a good match for those solely interested either in research or in seeing clients. Our training program has an equal emphasis on the science and practitioner aspects of becoming a clinical psychologist. Although a Psychology major is not required at the undergraduate level, the vast majority of our graduate students have a Psychology major and take courses such as Research Methods, Statistics, and Abnormal Psychology as undergraduate students.
In addition to adhering to the scientist-practitioner model, our training program also uses the mentorship model. Given this, it is very important that students have research interests that are similar to our faculty as individual Clinical faculty make offers to students. That is, each student is admitted to a particular lab with a faculty mentor, in addition to being admitted to the Clinical Ph.D. program (and the Graduate School). Thus, a good fit between the applicant, our program’s training model, and research interests that match at least one of our Clinical Psychology faculty members is essential.
The Clinical faculty take a holistic approach to reviewing applications. Information related to academic achievement (overall GPA, Psychology GPA, and last 60-hours GPA), GRE scores (GRE Psychology subject test not required), research and applied/volunteer experiences, 3 letters of recommendation, personal statement that describe goals and interests, and overall match are a few of the factors that are used to evaluate applications.
Applications are due December 1st of each year and the program hosts an Interview Day in early to mid-February. Following careful review of written applications, potential mentors conduct phone interviews with the top-ranked applicants. Based on these initial phone interviews, candidates being considered for offers are invited to campus for our Interview Day. A group of 20-25 prospective students are invited for Interview Day. These interviews with the Clinical faculty and visits with graduate students presently in the program are a very important part of the application process that helps both the Clinical faculty and the applicant decide how good the fit is between the Clinical program and the interests, goals, and preparation of the applicant. While attendance at Interview Day is highly encouraged, if students are unable to travel to campus due to financial reasons, a phone interview can be arranged. Admissions offers are usually made in mid to late-February. Please note that applicants have until April 15th to decide on whether to accept an offer. Students should not feel pressured from any training program to make a decision before the April 15th deadline.
Clinical Psychology students come from a variety of backgrounds and from many locations, mostly the United States but some from abroad. Almost all students have had an undergraduate major in psychology. On average, one incoming student a year has completed either a master’s degree in psychology or some graduate work.
The TTU Clinical Psychology doctoral program adheres to the offers and acceptances policy outlined by the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP): CUDCP Policy for Graduate School Offers and Acceptances
As noted above, prospective applicants are encouraged to review our public disclosure data. Please refer to the document titled, Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data. Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data
For application instructions, please go to the following link: How to apply
Applicants who are admitted to the Clinical Psychology doctoral program are guaranteed financial support. This financial support is in the way of a 20-hour assistantship for four years. The assistantship is contingent upon being in good academic standing and making adequate progress through the program. Assistantships are generally in the form of research assistantships and teaching assistantships. Teaching assistantships can be in the form of being the instructor of record for an undergraduate course (e.g., Psy 1300: General Psychology) to serving as a graduate level TA. Other employment opportunities include working as a Co-Director in the Psychology Clinic or being an assistant in the Undergraduate Advising Office. In addition to these assistantships, advanced graduate students qualify for assistantships through different practicum sites. Although funding is only guaranteed for years 1-4, there are times when funding is available for students in their 5th year and beyond. The availability of these funds varies year to year and students who are in good academic standing and are making good progress in meeting program milestones are in the best position to receive an assistantship when available.
The TTU Graduate School also offers competitive scholarships and fellowships. Information can be found through their website: Graduate School Scholarships
Prospective students are also encouraged to visit the following TTU Graduate School webpage titled, Funding your education
The Ph.D. doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Texas Tech University is fully accredited by the American Psychology Association (APA).
Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:
American Psychological Association
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, N. E.
Washington, DC 20002-4242