Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology


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The Department of Psychology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) grants a Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology, preparing students for careers as researchers, educators, direct service providers, and administrators. Although the program offers the opportunity for strong clinical training, its primary emphasis is on the methods of behavioral science, and the program offers unusually rich opportunities for research and training. We offer training emphases in severe mental illness/psychiatric rehabilitation and clinical health psychology.  The program is a member of the Council of Clinical Health Psychology Training Programs.







Clinical Psychology Core Faculty

  • Melissa A. Cyders, Associate Professor,  Ph.D., 2009, University of Kentucky.  Interests:  impulsivity, fMRI, alcohol use, emotions, risk-taking, addictive behaviors.
  • John C. Guare, Clinical Associate Professor and Assistant Director of Clinical Training,  Ph.D., 1991, University of  Pittsburgh.  Interests:  health psychology, diabetes, obesity.
  • Adam T. Hirsh, Associate Professor, Ph.D., 2008, University of Florida. Interests: biopsychosocial aspects of pain.
  • John H. McGrew, Professor,  Ph.D., 1991, Indiana University.  Interests:  health psychology, psychiatric rehabilitation, autism.
  • Kyle S. Minor, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., 2012, Louisiana State University. Interests: schizophrenia, schizotypy, early psychosis, disorganized speech, neurocognition, stress, affect.
  • Catherine E. Mosher, Associate Professor, Ph.D., 2007, University at Albany, State University of New York. Interests: behavioral oncology.
  • Kevin L. Rand, Associate Professor, Ph.D., 2006, University of Kansas.  Interests: psychosocial aspects of cancer, end-of-life issues, hope, optimism, stress and coping.
  • Michelle P. Salyers, Professor and Director, Clinical Psychology Program, Ph.D., 1998, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). Interests: psychiatric rehabilitation, severe mental illness, recovery, staff burnout, implementation of evidence-based practices.
  • Jesse C. Stewart, Associate Professor, Ph.D., 2003, Ohio University. Interests: heart disease, stroke, diabetes, obesity, inflammation, autonomic function, depressive/anxiety disorders, insomnia, stressful life events, eHealth/internet interventions, cognitive-behavioral therapy.
  • Tamika Zapolski, Assistant Professor, Ph.D., 2013, University of Kentucky. Interests: alcohol use among African Americans, impulsivity, and risky behaviors.


  • The Clinical Psychology Program is committed to promoting a diverse faculty and student body. Diversity enriches the graduate education experience, and we strive to create and maintain a welcoming environment for students, staff, and faculty that values differences in age, disability, race and ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation, nationality and language, religion, culture, and socioeconomic status.
  • Diversity is a campus-wide value as well. IUPUI ranks in the top 20 non-HBCU schools in the US for minority students. IUPUI is notable in winning the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from Insight Into Diversity magazine 5 years in a row (in 2016).  This award is given on the basis of a "strong commitment to diversity and inclusion through their innovative programs, hiring practices, training, curricula and on-campus support systems." The School of Science, in particular, embodies a clear commitment to inclusion and diversity:
  • Clinical Psychology faculty members conduct research on diversity issues, including minority health and health disparities. For example, Dr. Adam Hirsh conducts research examining the mechanisms that give rise to disparities in pain care for racial/ethnic minorities and low income patients. Dr. Jesse Stewart conducts clinical trials involving vulnerable populations, examines race/ethnicity as a moderator of relationships between psychosocial factors and health-related outcomes, and has a growing interest in immigrant heath disparities. Dr. Tamika Zapolski studies substance abuse and related problems, particularly problematic drinking, among African Americans. Drs. Michelle Salyers, Kyle Minor, and John McGrew’s research focuses on adults with severe mental illness who are often socially disadvantaged and stigmatized. In addition, Dr. Salyers is working with colleagues on cultural adaptations to an illness management program for people with severe mental illness in Kenya. Dr. Kevin Rand's research includes studying symptom priorities and goals-of-care interventions for improving the treatment of African-American chronic pain patients.
  • We are actively engaged in mentoring international students and students from underrepresented groups and in fostering their successful careers in academia and beyond. For example, some of our doctoral students have been scholars for the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB).  The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Scholars Program is designed to address the shortage of minority faculty members at institutions of higher education by providing mentorship, networking, and training in conducting research, securing faculty positions, and progressing in academia.
    For information about our former and current SREB Scholars, click the links below:
  • Our faculty members are also actively engaged in mentoring undergraduate students from underrepresented groups in conducting research and pursuing graduate education. For example, we currently have undergraduate students participating in the Diversity Scholars Research Program and the Olaniyan Scholars Program, and most recently, IUPUI is a host for a baccalaureate program (IPREP) to prepare underrepresented post-baccalaureate students for careers in academia; several of our faculty mentor students in this program. These students actively participate in our labs and enrich the research training and experience of our graduate students.
  • Applicants and current students can click the links below for more information about diversity programs here at IUPUI.
  • Our commitment to diversity is also clear in our training approach to graduate education. We offer a specific course on diversity, and we integrate issues of cultural relevance and adaptation throughout our other coursework (e.g., intervention, assessment, research methods). In their clinical training, students have abundant opportunities to work with diverse client populations given our rich variety of community practicum training sites. Finally, as of 2017, the Psychology Department offers a doctoral program focused on issues of diversity in Applied Social and Organizational Psychology. This program aligns nicely with the Clinical Psychology program's appreciation of diversity, and we look forward to increased opportunities for our students to have additional electives and research collaborations in this critical area.


The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. For questions about accreditation, please contact:

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

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