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.







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 are committed to creating and maintaining a welcoming environment for our students, including those from minority and underrepresented groups.
  • Diversity is a campus-wide value as well. IUPUI was recently ranked 19th best non-HBCU school in the US for minority students.
  • Our faculty conduct research involving diversity issues, including minority health. For example, Dr. Adam Hirsh conducts research examining the mechanisms that give rise to disparities in pain care for African American and low socioeconomic patients. Dr. Jesse Stewart is interested in studying how race and ethnicity moderate the relationships between psychosocial factors and health-related outcomes, including cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes. Dr. Tamika Zapolski studies substance abuse and related problems among African Americans, particularly problematic drinking.
  • Our program is actively engaged in mentoring graduate students from underrepresented groups and guiding them toward academic and research careers. For example, some of our doctoral students are Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Scholars. The SREB Doctoral 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 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. These undergraduate 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.


The program is accredited by the American Psychological Association and is a member of the Council of Clinical Health Psychology Training Programs. We offer training emphases in clinical health psychology and severe mental illness/psychiatric rehabilitation.

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