Ph.D. Program Clinical Psychology

Mission Statement

The APA-accredited Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Southern Methodist University follows a clinical scientist model and is a member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science. As such, the primary goal of the program is to train clinical scientists, and the single most important component of the doctoral training is research. To that end, we expect our students to be actively engaged in research throughout their training through collaborative, lab-directed studies as well as independent mentored projects. Students are expected to participate substantially in scientific publications, conference presentations, grant applications, and make other meaningful contributions to research. Moreover, the clinical science model recognizes the reciprocal relationship between research and clinical application. Students should apply scientific knowledge to their clinical work as well as use their clinical work to inform their research. State-of-the-science training will be provided in evidence-based assessment, diagnosis, and intervention.

The Department of Psychology at Southern Methodist University values diversity and is committed to (1) recruiting and retaining faculty members, students, and staff from various backgrounds, and (2) contributing to research and education that emphasizes multicultural issues. Click here for our complete Diversity Mission Statement.

Information about APA accreditation and membership in the Academy:

The clinical Ph.D. program at SMU was founded in 2004 and has been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 2009. The next evaluation for accreditation will take place in 2020. APA accreditation is essential for students who are applying for internships, post-doctoral training, and jobs, as it indicates that the primary professional organization and evaluating body has concluded that the program provides training experiences that are consistent with the national standards established by the field of clinical psychology.

In the spring of 2019, the clinical program was accepted as a member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science (APCS).

APA Contact Information:
American Psychological Association
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202-336-5979 TDD/TTY: 202-336-6123
Fax: 202-336-5978

Statement on Licensure
The doctoral program in clinical psychology at SMU adheres to APA accreditation standards and prepares students for entry into the profession of clinical psychology. Given the varied and changing requirements across jurisdictions, we cannot assure, nor is it our responsibility to assure, that graduates will meet all requirements for licensure in all states or territories. Doctoral trainees in this program are encouraged to become familiar with state licensing laws and discuss their curricular plan with the Directors of Clinical Training as needed. Accompilation of licensure requirements, organized by jurisdictions, is available here and updated annually. Items highlighted in yellow reflect a change in progress or a lack of verification by the board administrator in the jurisdiction.

Program Details
To learn more about our program, see our graduate student handbook.

Graduate Funding Opportunities
All graduate students who are making good progress in the program receive financial support for five years. In addition, there are other sources of support from the College and University. To see some of the other opportunities, please go to:

Our department has state-of-the-art research and training facilities, including digital observational equipment, psychophysiological assessment tools, and virtual reality technology.

We have multiple interview/therapy rooms for research and clinical training, almost all of which are equipped for video-recording and/or observation.

Applying to the Program
There is a December 1 deadline for receipt of applications. For more information see applying to SMU.

Please contact Dr. Jouriles ( if you have any questions about the program or the application process.

This program meets Texas licensure requirements. It has not yet been determined if the program meets licensing requirements in other states.