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Clinical Medical Psychology Ph.D. Program

The Ph.D. program in Clinical Medical Psychology is currently offered on the Mercer University School of Medicine Macon Campus. Beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year, some second through fourth year courses may be offered on the Atlanta Campus.

Clinical psychologists study both normal and abnormal functioning and treat patients with mental and emotional problems. They also study and encourage behaviors that build wellness and emotional resilience. Today, as the link between mind and body is well-recognized, more and more clinical psychologists are teaming with other healthcare providers to provide whole-person healthcare for patients (American Psychological Association Website, 2011).

The interface between psychology, health, and disease represents the focus of Mercer University’s Ph.D. program in Clinical Medical Psychology. Approved in April of 2011 by the University’s Board of Trustees, the new program is the university’s sixth Ph.D. program and the first in the School of Medicine. The five-year Ph.D. in Clinical Medical Psychology is one of only a handful of such programs in the United States offered within a school of medicine. It is designed to produce graduates who are eligible for licensure as practicing clinical psychologists, particularly in integrative health care settings. Graduates will also be prepared for careers in research and in higher education, especially medical education.