Research Division Ph.D. Program

Research Division (Ph.D. Program)

Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with Curricular Emphasis in Trauma Psychology

This emphasis is designed to train students who have a particular interest in conducting research and working clinically with people who have experienced trauma.


Program Details
The Ph.D. program in clinical psychology - trauma track, is closely tied to the Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience. The Ph.D. program was initiated in 2015, with 2 to 4 students accepted into the program annually from a pool of 150 to 250 applicants. Students are often mentored by Institute faculty and researchers, including Dr. Chip Benight, Dr. Heather Littleton, and Dr. Kristi Samuelson. As such, through faculty research labs within the Institute, students have the opportunity to work on many Institute research initiatives, collaborate with research affiliates, and attend meetings and lectures to learn about the larger research mission within the Institute. Throughout their research training, students learn grant writing skills and publish and present their work in peer-reviewed journals and conferences. Students can explore with their faculty mentors how to get involved with Institute research and are encouraged to reach out to other Institute affiliates about shared research interests.


The Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs is an APA accredited program that is built on the Boulder Scientist/Practitioner Model.  The program has been accredited since 2007 and has full accreditation through 2029.  A curricular focus in Trauma Psychology was approved in 2014.


Application Due Date: For current application deadlines, visit the Application FAQ Page. 


For more information, visit the PhD in Clinical Psychology - Trauma page.


The Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience is pleased to support this program with financial, research and other infrastructure support for students and faculty.


The Veterans Health and Trauma Clinic, the mental health clinic under the auspices of the Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience, will serve as the primary clinical training site for students in the Ph.D. program.


If you have additional questions about the Ph.D. program, click the link below. 

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