Clinical Psychology

The clinical psychology concentration is committed to the clinical science model. Our goal is to train clinical psychologists who are capable of integrating research and applied clinical activities. We provide rigorous training in scientific methods and clinical activities, with an emphasis on those that are informed by empirical research. We emphasize theoretically informed, applied research that is capable of producing results with meaningful implications for positive change at the level of the individual, family, and community. Many of our faculty approach clinical psychology from social psychological and contextual perspectives. A social psychological approach uses theory and research from social psychology to understand emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal functioning. A contextual perspective stresses the impact of social and cultural factors on the individual and vice versa.

We are strongly committed to promoting diversity and training early career scientists of diverse backgrounds. We encourage students from backgrounds historically underrepresented in the sciences to apply, including but not limited to BIPOC, LBGTQIA+, first generation college students, and those of low socioeconomic status.

We require a minimum of 3 full-time academic years of graduate study plus internship prior to receiving the doctoral degree; at least 2 of the 3 academic training years must be at the program from which the doctoral degree is granted; and at least 1 year must be in full-time residence at the program.

Learn more about the research we conduct and how we train students in research and clinical work. For more information about our program and applying, including Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data, visit the Prospective Students tab above. 

The clinical psychology program has been APA-accredited since 1987. Our accreditation was most recently renewed in 2015 for the maximum 7-year period.

Any questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, American Psychological Association, 750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002. Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: apaaccred@apa.org / Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditation

Mason's Center for Community Mental Health

The Center for Psychological Services of George Mason University provides psychological assessment and treatment services to the Northern Virginia community. The Center is a training facility for graduate psychology students and a setting for clinical research investigations.


The Dr. Jennifer DiMauro Honor Fund

The Psychology Department remembers Dr. Jennifer DiMauro, an alum of the Clinical Program. She is described as one of those rare individuals who was able to meaningfully connect with a wide variety of people both personally and professionally. To help honor her memory, the Department has set up a fund to support free assessments.