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Clinical Psychology PhD

Advance your career with a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from UT Tyler.

  • Uniquely focused on mental health for underserved populations.
  • Offering specializations that are in demand across the nation.
  • Our student financial support is among the best in the state.
  • Earn a UT System-caliber degree on a supportive campus.

Why UT Tyler?


You will receive a generous financial support package to allow you to focus on your studies.


Our five-year residential PhD provides a strong foundation in scientific and behavioral psychology through coursework, research and assessment/therapy training.

Extensive Practice

You will develop interview, therapy and assessment skills in our on-campus clinic in your second year. Clinicals thereafter are external, culminating in a 12-month internship.

Research Mentorship

UT Tyler’s award-winning, nationally recognized faculty will mentor you throughout your research experiences.

Meet a Professor

Dr. Adam McGuire

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Dr. McGuire has published articles on PTSD and trauma-related distress, veterans, and positive psychology principles. He teaches applied therapy for clinical psychology graduate students, which introduces basic clinical skills and includes training in motivational interviewing and mindfulness-based approaches. He has a dual-appointment at the VISN 17 Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans and partners with Veterans Affairs Medical Centers to conduct research on trauma recovery in veterans.

Three High-Demand Concentrations

Veterans/Active Duty Military

Serve the mental health needs of military veterans, service members and their families.

Rural Mental Health

Prepare to work with populations experiencing the greatest need for services. Tele-mental health training included.


Specialize in an area of practice that is in high demand as the number of older adults continues to increase.

Growing Career Opportunities

The demand for clinical psychologists is projected to surge statewide by 21 percent and nationally by 14 percent through 2028, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Meet a Professor

Sarah Sass

Associate Professor, Coordinator of the Clinical Psychology M.S. Program

Sarah Sass conducts research on the treatment and prevention of high levels of anxiety and depression. She approaches this work using various methods, including psychophysiological ones. The work aligns with a social justice framework in promoting culturally-informed treatment approaches and delivery methods that reduce barriers to care, particularly in rural populations. She collaborates in this work with faculty in education and engineering, has published articles in top-tier journals, and teaches courses at the graduate and undergraduate level including abnormal psychology, applied therapy skills, cultural diversity, and cognitive behavioral treatment approaches.

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