Clinical Program

Program Overview

The mission of the Clinical Area of emphasis (hereafter refers to as the Clinical Area) of the PhD in Psychology of our graduate program is to develop psychologists who are critical thinkers, who can master clinical and research skills to investigate and provide services to the community, and in particular to disadvantaged populations.  The Clinical Area is devoted to developing sensitive psychologists who are respectful of individual differences and knowledgeable of the roles culture, context and individual factors play in the development of human behavior, health and psychopathology in order to promote individual and social changes. In addition, it is devoted to developing psychologists that value diversity and pluralism.  Our training philosophical model is based on a developmental framework and competency-based approach.  The Clinical Area trains the broad range of core competencies in academic psychology in the substantive area of training in accordance with the American Psychological Association’s Standards of Accreditation for Health Service Psychology (2015).  Students enrolled in this program are required to be fluent in Spanish.

The Clinical Area specific aims are:

Aim 1. To train students in the creation, implementation, and dissemination of research in clinical psychology with sensitivity to cultural and ethical awareness

Aim 2: To train students to become competent in health service psychology by mastering scientific psychology knowledge, clinical skills, intervention skills, assessment and critical thinking with sensitivity to cultural and ethical awareness

The University of Puerto Rico is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) and by the Puerto Rico Council on Higher Education since 1946.  The University of Puerto Rico (UPR) was founded in 1903 and is the premier institution of higher learning of the island.  The University of Puerto Rico is the main public university of Puerto Rico.  The Psychology Department offers a Philosophy Doctorate (PhD) in Psychology.   Clinical Psychology is one of the four areas of emphasis of the graduate program within the Psychology Department housed in the Faculty of Social Sciences. The Clinical Area is accredited by  the American Psychological Association (APA). The next site visit is in 2029. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail: