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Clinical Community Program

USC’s Doctoral Program in Clinical-Community Psychology bridges the psychology subfields of clinical and community psychology. The program provides doctoral level training in understanding the causes of psychological well being and unwanted psychological conditions, and in what intervention strategies are needed to promote more positive lives for people.

Our Focus

We define health along a broad continuum of mental and physical well being that extends beyond the simple absence of pathology or disease. Our program places a particular focus on understanding the role of environmental influences on psychological well being, in part because of community psychology’s focus on the social causes of stress. We consider the integration of cultural factors into research and applied practice to be critical to the future of our nation’s health. 


Our Goal

The goal of the Doctoral Program in Clinical-Community Psychology is to educate doctoral students as clinical-community scientists who are prepared to work in a range of roles and contexts. Students who wish to focus on applied practice work without a strong grounding in scientific approaches to their work are not likely to be satisfied in our program. Our training model provides: (a) training in research and research methods that help inform the planning or delivery of psychosocial interventions and (b) knowledge of how to develop and implement applied practices that are contextually appropriate and grounded in empirical science. Our program exists in the context of USC and is a Carnegie I Research Institution for its high research productivity and a Department of Psychology that is consistently one of the top departments on campus for extramural research funding. Admissions Criteria. Apply to the program.»


Scientific Principles and Approaches

A fundamental aspect of our training is that scientific principles and scientific approaches are a critical part of addressing societal problems. Basic research, applied research, translational research, dissemination research, and the implementation of this knowledge into routine practice through organizational change are keys to improving the human condition. Objectives for Our Training.


Our Faculty

Program faculty members predominantly have a philosophical orientation of critical realism. This philosophy means that theory and its ongoing evolution is a fundamental driving force for science. Essential elements to good science include the use of multiple approaches, multiple observations, the triangulation of research methods, and constructive criticism from others to refine our concepts and theories. Clinical-Community Mentors for 2019-2020.



The Clinical-Community Program in the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina is accredited as a program in Clinical Psychology by the American Psychological Association (APA)'s Commission on Accreditation.* The program recently had a site visit in November 2014 and was awarded accreditation based upon this review.  The prior site visit was in 2009 and the next site visit will be in 2019.

This document contains the APA required Student Admissions, Outcome and Other Data (pdf) for the Clincal Community Program.

Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the APA's Commission on Accreditation:

*American Psychological Association, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242. Phone: 202.336.5979