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Department of Psychology

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    Be a Leader in Community Health

    Gain the experience you need to help improve psycho-social mental health understanding and treatment.

Clinical-Community Psychology

Our program provides doctoral-level training in psychological science and health service psychology. You’ll study health at the individual, family and community levels to build an understanding of psychological well-being and the intervention strategies necessary to promote more positive health.  

Program Vision

Integrating the fields of Clinical and Community Psychology, we Use Science to promote positive Change for people and society.

Focus on Community Wellness 

Our program places a particular emphasis on understanding the role of environmental influences on psychological well-being, in part because of our area’s focus on the social causes of stress. You'll learn how to integrate cultural factors into your research and applied practice as a critical contributor to the future of our nation’s health.  

Engage with Your Community 

A fundamental aspect of your training will be community-based engagement as a means of addressing societal problems. This research style will prepare you for a career in clinical science research, service organizations, policy leadership positions, nonprofit work, federal government projects or independent practice, among many others. 

Other Program Values

We emphasize:

  • High quality, federally funded research
  • Applied interventions that improve wellbeing
  • Prevention science
  • Diversity, equity and inclusiveness
  • Community-based participatory research and intellectual humility with our partners

Work with Outstanding Faculty 

Our faculty members are nationally and internationally recognized for excellence in research, editor roles in professional journals and leadership roles in national organizations. You’ll work with faculty mentors in clinical and community settings to help improve mental health throughout South Carolina and beyond.  


The Clinical-Community Program in the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina is accredited as a program in Clinical Psychology by the American Psychological Association (APA)'s Commission on Accreditation. * The program had a site visit in November 2019 and was awarded full accreditation for the longest period possible based upon this review. The next site visit will be in 2029. 
This document contains the APA required Student Admissions, Outcome and Other Data (PDF) for the Clinical Community Program. 

Questions related to the program's accredited status should be directed to the APA's Commission on Accreditation: 

*American Psychological Association, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002-4242. Phone: 202.336.5979 

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