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Welcome to the Department of Psychology!

The Department of Psychology promotes behavioral science through excellent teaching in undergraduate and graduate training programs, nationally and internationally recognized research, and outstanding service to the University, profession, community, and the people of Oklahoma.

The Department of Psychology at Oklahoma State University was established in 1958. The Department offers undergraduate and graduate courses with a faculty of 21 full-time members. There are over 600 undergraduates majoring in Psychology and approximately 45 graduate students in the Department. The Department offers doctoral degrees in two programs, Clinical Psychology and Experimental Psychology. Located in North Murray Hall, the Department maintains offices and research laboratories for faculty and graduate students and a large computer lab.



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Program Overview | Clinical Faculty | Application Information | Psychology Clinic 

Program Overview

The intent of our doctoral program in clinical psychology is to train students to become scientific clinical psychologists. It is our view that clinical psychology must be a science-based discipline, as the scientific method provides the strongest basis for developing new knowledge in our field and for disseminating services that are shown scientifically to be effective. We train our students to be leading researchers, critical consumers of the scientific literature, and clinicians who depend on scientific findings to guide their applied activities. All of our doctoral students are expected to conduct original research, and most of our graduates make ongoing contributions to the scientific literature over the course of their careers. All students are trained to function independently as research scientists and to use scientific evidence in all phases of developing and applying clinical services. These commitments are expressed through the following specific goals: (1) Students acquire and demonstrate the knowledge and skills required to conduct and evaluate empirical research in areas of importance within clinical psychology; (2) Students acquire and demonstrate knowledge of the broad base of psychological theory and research related to the field of clinical psychology; (3) Students acquire and demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical bases and empirical support for current methods of clinical practice and the skills required to implement theory-based, evidence based practice; (4) Students acquire and demonstrate the skills necessary to conduct themselves ethically and professionally; and (5) Students acquire and demonstrate the skills necessary to conduct themselves in a culturally competent manner in their research and clinical practice. Students are expected to participate in a variety of research experiences throughout their training to develop the necessary conceptual skills to design and evaluate clinical research. The clinical faculty publish in top quality refereed research journals and are active leaders in professional organizations. 

The clinical psychology program at Oklahoma State University has been continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1971. The program integrates scientific and professional training through research, practicum, and didactic experiences. The program has recently transitioned from a scientist-practitioner model to a clinical science model and is a member of the Academy of Psychological Clinical Science. Our program recognizes clinical training as a core competency in the development of clinical scientists and we believe that clinical competency facilitates and informs clinical science. Thus, we strive to provide excellent clinical training that integrates science and practice through the development of knowledge and skills in basic psychology, research methodology, clinical theory, assessment, case conceptualization, prevention, and treatment procedures. Four specialized tracks are offered: clinical child, health psychology, pediatric psychology and adult psychopathology.

Students will participate in seminars, core courses, and clinical practicum that focus on the science and evidence-based practice of clinical psychology. Students acquire clinical training through a departmental training clinic and external practicum sites. Students are required to complete a one-year APA-approved internship prior to completion of the Ph.D. degree. Students who enter with a master's degree follow a similar curriculum. Please note that the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program requires a minimum of four years of full-time study on campus plus an additional 1-year internship for program completion, and that at least two years must be at this institution and one year must be in full-time residence.

The clinical psychology program at Oklahoma State makes student admissions, outcomes, and other data available. In the application review process, the Admissions Committee considers: (a) research experiences, (b) fit of applicant's interests to program and faculty research interests, (c) letters of recommendation, (d) GRE/GPA, and (e) quality of undergraduate/graduate training. Also in the spirit of these policies, our Graduate Student Handbook and Clinical Program Supplement are available for download. It contains specifics on what is required of our graduate students.

Clinical Faculty


Application Information

The deadline for the Clinical Program is December 1st of each year. 
The Clinical Program expects prospective students to attend Interview Weekend held in February.
Applicants will be notified by late December if they are to be invited.

GRE Codes

Institution code: 6546
Department code: 2016

Please apply using the new graduate college online application: http://www.applyweb.com/apply/oksugrad/

For more information about the Clinical Program contact:

Stephanie Sweatt, Ph. D.
Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training
116 North Murray
Stillwater, OK 74078
Telephone: (405) 744-9449

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 First Street, N.E.
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: (202) 336-5979
Fax: (202) 336-5978
TDD: (202) 336-6123

Web: www.apa.org/ed/accreditationEmail: apaaccred@apa.org

Assistant Professor, Cognitive Psychology

Click here to go directly to Interfolio and submit an application!

DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY, OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY is seeking an outstanding scientist to fill a full-time, Assistant Professor, tenure track position in Psychology beginning August 2019.  The area of specialization is in cognitive psychology, with a focus on the interface between high level cognition and law. Ideal candidates will have a strong background and research expertise in either memory or decision-making as it relates to the law, and the individual would be expected to teach a course in the psychology of law as part of their instructional responsibilities. Candidates are expected to have a record of and dedication to scholarly activity, and to interact well with colleagues and students. They must also demonstrate the capacity to maintain a high-quality research program leading to scholarly productivity in the form of professional publications, presentations, and grantsmanship. Competitive salary and start-up funds are available.

Candidates will be expected to serve as a research mentor for doctoral students, to supervise undergraduate research, and to provide quality classroom instruction for both graduate and undergraduate courses. Typical teaching load is two courses per semester. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. A successful faculty candidate should be willing to teach from a multicultural perspective and should be willing to mentor ethnically and racially underrepresented students. Diversity is a core value of the Department of Psychology and we maintain two programs to encourage the recruitment, retention, and success of diverse students.

The Department has 23 full-time faculty and offers Ph.D. degrees in experimental psychology and clinical psychology. The experimental program has concentrations in Developmental, Comparative-Neurobiological, Cognitive, and Social-Personality. The Department offers training to approximately 50 doctoral students and 600 undergraduate majors. Applicants are encouraged to visit the Department website at http://psychology.okstate.edu.

OSU is located in Stillwater, OK, an environmentally clean, safe, pleasant city of 45,000 located in north central Oklahoma, approximately 70 miles from both Oklahoma City and Tulsa. Stillwater public schools were recently selected as one of the “100 Best Public School Systems in America,” and the city has excellent affordable housing.

For full consideration, application materials must be received by October 15, 2018. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. It is anticipated that interviewing will begin in late November or early December. Applications should include a cover letter indicating research and teaching interests, vita, reprints/preprints, summary of course evaluations/evidence of teaching excellence, and three letters of recommendation. The application portfolio will be submitted electronically using Interfolio at http://apply.interfolio.com/54216. Please direct questions to Dr. Jennifer Byrd-Craven, Chair, Psychology Search Committee, Department of Psychology, Oklahoma State University, 116 North Murray, Stillwater, OK 74078-3064; (405) 744-2914; psychologysearch@okstate.edu.

Oklahoma State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/E-verify Employer, committed to diversity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability protected veteran status or other protected category.  OSU is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans for its openings.  OSU will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.  However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.  41 CFR 60-1.35(c)