Dr. Carolyn Corbett, Director of Clinical Training
Hall Memorial Building, Room S412

The Department of Psychology offers a doctorate (Ph.D.) in clinical psychology, with specialization in working with deaf and hard of hearing populations. The program is based on a "scholar-practitioner" training model, with a life-span development philosophy and offers courses and opportunities for supervised practice with deaf people, with both early- and late-onset hearing loss.  Students also develop general clinical skills through work with hearing populations.

The Clinical Psychology Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Information, comments, or questions about our accreditation can be directed to the Commission on Accreditation at the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 First Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242. Their phone number is (202) 336-5979 or (202) 336-6123 (TDD) and their web address is http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/index.aspx for the Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation.

The clinical program trains psychologists in both clinical and research skills. It prepares them to contribute to the field both by providing clinical services to deaf and hard of hearing individuals and by expanding the knowledge base in areas of psychology important for working effectively with these populations. The doctoral program typically requires a minimum of five years for completion, one year of which is a full-time clinical internship. Students who are new signers, or who do not have a defined research area upon entering the problem may take longer to complete their degree. Students may apply to be awarded an M.A. in Psychology after completion of their predissertation research project and the comprehensive examination. This is usually awarded after the third year of study and is not a terminal degree.


Admissions Procedures

Applicants for the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology must complete the application procedures and meet the requirements for graduate study at Gallaudet University. Visit the Graduate Admissions website for more information and a checklist of application requirements. Detailed program information and course descriptions are also available under the 'Courses' and 'Requirements' tab.  

For Consideration of Application: January 15

Program Specific Requirements

GRE General Test
Three Letters of Reference
Narrative Statements - Essay
Writing Sample
On-campus Interview by invitation in February-March

Prior Degrees Required

Undergraduate Psychology Major or Minor, or Related Field

Prerequisite Coursework

Child Development
Abnormal Psychology
Experimental Psychology
18 hours of Undergraduate Psychology courses preferred

Prior Professional and/or Research Experience