Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

In 1971, the State Council of Higher Education approved VCU's doctoral program and the Clinical Program subsequently graduated its first doctoral student in 1975. In the same year, the APA Committee on Accreditation granted full approval to the clinical doctoral program, and the program has maintained fully accredited status since that time. The program was admitted to the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science in 1995 and is a member of the Council of Clinical Health Psychology Training Programs. The clinical program presently has 50-55 students at various levels of training, which accounts for more than one third of the total departmental graduate student enrollment. Since our first graduate in 1975, we have graduated over 285 Ph.D.'s in clinical psychology who have taken faculty, staff, administrative, or practitioner positions in psychology programs housed in university departments of Arts and Sciences and medical schools, community mental health centers, clinics, hospitals, prisons, private practice, and state departments of mental health. For more detailed program statistics, please see our section on VCU Clinical Psychology Student Outcomes 2022 - PDF. (Please contact the program assistant at if you have difficulty accessing this PDF.)

Program Description and Values

The Clinical Psychology program at VCU follows the scientist-practitioner model and operates within a biopsychosocial perspective. Our cornerstone training guideline is that a scientifically embedded doctoral program needs to be based in the most up-to-date theory and empirical findings from basic and applied psychology. We offer concentrations in behavioral medicine and clinical child.

Please see the VCU Bulletin for additional degree information.

Mission Statement: The clinical psychology program at VCU is committed to excellence in scholarship and clinical training from the scientist-practitioner model. Our goal is to train clinical psychologists in scientific principles and empirically-supported theoretical models to guide the study and treatment of psychopathology for diverse groups of individuals. 

APA Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation
750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979

Contact Information

Director of Clinical Training 
Rosalie Corona, Ph.D.
Heather A. Jones, Ph.D.

Assistant to the Clinical Director
Christopher Kleva

Virginia Commonwealth University
Department of Psychology
Clinical Psychology Program
806 West Franklin Street
Box 842018
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2018