Clinical & School Psychology

Mission Statement

The Clinical and School Psychology Program at the University of Virginia prepares Ph.D. psychologists to be leaders in the research and practice of promoting the development and well-being of children, adolescents, and young adults in context. The program is unique in that it integrates training in clinical and school psychology, recognizing the critical role that classrooms and schools play in the shaping of youth’s well-being, mental health, and development from preschool through college. Education and training includes strong, integrated grounding in: the foundational elements of clinical and school psychology, research skills essential to consuming and producing new knowledge and interventions in applied settings, and clinical skills necessary to provide competent, ethical assessment, intervention, and consultation services. The program embraces a scientist-practitioner model and is committed to training scholars and practitioners who integrate awareness and knowledge of individual and cultural diversity into their daily work.

Upcoming Events

Clinical and School Psychology Open House 
When: 9/26 from 6:00pm – 7:30pm EST
Where: Zoom
What: This event is an opportunity for prospective applicants to learn about the program mission, applied training experiences, and research opportunities; tips will also be shared about the application review process. The last hour will be reserved for applicants to meet with one or two faculty or staff associated with research advisors admitting students (i.e., Williford, Downer, Lyons, Mazurek, and Smith) in small groups to learn about their lab and current research.

4th Annual Diversifying Clinical and School Psychology Event 
When: 10/17 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm EST
Where: Zoom
What: This event is geared toward prospective applicants who identify as an underrepresented minority within the field of clinical or school psychology (e.g., racial-ethnic minorities, members of the LGBTQIA+ community). The session will address program-specific initiatives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Attendees will also have opportunities to meet current graduate students to learn about life at UVA and in Charlottesville, as well as talk with program faculty in small groups.


  • 14 th

    Best Doctoral Program in School Psychology, Best Counseling Degrees

  • 97 %

    of Program Graduates Became Licensed Psychologists in the Past 10 Years, School of Education Data

  • 15 th

    Best Education Graduate School in the Country, U.S. News & World Report

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