Psychology with a Specialization in Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.)

Rehabilitation Track

Students in the clinical psychology program can complete a Rehabilitation Concentration. As of today, this is the only clinical psychology doctoral program in the nation with a concentration in rehabilitation.

The clinical psychology doctoral program is pleased to partner with our counseling and rehabilitation science faculty to offer a concentration in rehabilitation. This concentration includes APA-accredited clinical psychology doctoral training plus a unique emphasis for students who are interested in working with people across the lifespan affected by any injury or chronic condition that leads to disability. 

When emphasizing rehabilitation, clinical psychologists study and apply psychological principles on behalf of persons who have disability due to injury or illness. Clinical psychologists who work in the area of rehabilitation often work in teams to assess and treat cognitive, emotional, and functional difficulties, as well as help people to overcome barriers to participation in life activities. Clinical psychologists focused on rehabilitation are involved in practice, research, and advocacy, with the broad goal of fostering independence and opportunity for people with disabilities.

As a student in this concentration, you will fulfill the usual requirements for the Ph.D. in Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Psychology and take rehabilitation-specific doctoral seminars as your elective requirements. Your clinical psychology practicum and internship activities also may be oriented toward rehabilitation issues, and your research (e.g. dissertation) must be conducted under the mentorship of the counseling and rehabilitation science faculty. Students who pursue a rehabilitation concentration can receive a formal letter from the director of clinical training upon graduation that indicates that the student has met the program requirements for the concentration. 

More information on program requirements for the rehabilitation concentration can be found in the 2019-2020 Graduate Bulletin.

Learn more about rehabilitation psychology from the American Psychological Association and the APA's Division of Rehabilitation Psychology.

Featured Faculty

Patrick Corrigan
Distinguished Professor of Psychology
Nicole Ditchman
Associate Professor of Psychology
Kelly Kazukauskas
Clinical Associate Professor Director, Counseling and Rehabilitation Science Program
Jonathan Larson
Associate Professor of Psychology
Eun Jeong Lee
Associate Professor of Psychology
Lindsay Sheehan
Senior Research Associate
Frank Lane
Associate Professor of Psychology Chair, Department of Psychology