Frequently Asked Questions
The Application Process
What is the application deadline?
The application deadline is December 1.
What are the benefits of an integrated program?
The integrated approach facilitates a multidisciplinary focus on the discovery and application of scientific knowledge to questions related to physical and mental health, and most importantly, their interaction. Many health psychologists and clinical scientists focus on prevention and intervention through research designed to foster physical and mental health, respectively, and reduce the risk of disease and promote adjustment to illness. This program will focus on biopsychosocial mechanisms of mental and physical disorder as well as developing and testing intervention approaches at both the micro (i.e., individual) and macro (i.e., community) levels. Health psychologists are in demand as the rise in health care costs associated with behavioral factors/unhealthy lifestyles, such as smoking, alcoholism, and obesity, has made prevention and treatment more critical. Clinical scientists are in demand because of the rising costs of some of the most common mental disorders, including depression, anxiety, and stress disorders. Graduates will be strong candidates for faculty positions in academic psychology departments, medical schools and schools of public health, as well as positions within multidisciplinary clinical and research teams in many medical fields (e.g., oncology, psychiatry).
Who are the faculty?
The HPCS faculty members have strong expertise in clinical science and health psychology, across a number of areas: psychosocial determinants of physical and mental health and illness; stress, coping, and adjustment to chronic illness; suicide and depression; addiction, self and identity in illness; neurobiological bases of emotion function and dysfunction; social-cognitive risk factors for mental disorders; the neurobiology of affect and stress; adherence to treatment; health communication; and health disparities. Within these areas, research training in our program spans diverse populations with regard to gender, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, and socioeconomic background. Faculty information can be found here.
What type of jobs do students go into after graduation?
Our program is new, and we therefore do not yet have our own outcome data. Graduates of similar programs are strong candidates for faculty positions in academic psychology departments, medical schools, and schools of public health. Graduates also will be well-positioned to join multidisciplinary clinical and research teams in many medical fields (e.g., oncology, psychiatry). Many health and clinical psychologists focus on prevention through research and clinical interventions designed to foster physical and mental health, and reduce the risk of disease. Others work on evidence-based policy initiatives.
How do I apply?
The application is completed online. You can go directly to the general admissions page on the Graduate Center's website to begin your application. In general, the following documents will be requested:
a. Application is available online.
b. A minimum of two letters of recommendation from faculty members or research supervisors personally acquainted with the applicant's academic achievement. (The email address of your recommenders will be requested as part of the online application form.)
c. An official transcript from each college or university attended, bearing the seal and/or signature of the appropriately authorized college official.
d. Scores for the Graduate Record Examination General Test.
How is this program different than the other clinical programs at the Graduate Center?
Doctoral students in the Health Psychology and Clinical Science training area will receive a thorough grounding in an integrated program of psychological science that encompasses both clinical science and health psychology/behavioral medicine. This approach includes training in current theoretical perspectives, diverse scientific research methods, and the conduct of preventive and intervention trials. The other three clinical psychology programs at the Graduate Center are focused primarily on training scholar practitioners with more emphasis on clinical training, or scientist practitioners with a dual emphasis on clinical practice and research. Students in these programs often choose to pursue careers as practitioners. In contrast, the primary goal of the Health Psychology and Clinical Science program is to train research scientists in the development and application of basic theories and research in psychology to issues of the relationship between physical and mental health, with a focus on how biopsychosocial factors shape health-behavior processes.
Can I enroll part-time?
This is a full-time program. In addition to coursework, students will be actively involved in research and may have teaching responsibilities. This requires a full time commitment.
Can I take all of my classes in the evening?
Classes are offered at a variety of times throughout the day and evening. However, it is rare that required doctoral courses will be offered in the evening.