Ph.D. Program in Clinical-Community Psychology

Offered Jointly by the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Alaska Anchorage



The University of Alaska system continues to face serious financial challenges due to the State of Alaska’s extreme fiscal shortfalls. In light of these challenges, the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) - University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Joint Clinical-Community Psychology PhD program will likely undergo structural changes.  The UAF Chancellor announced that during the academic year 2016-2017,  the UAF portion of the joint program will undergo early program review for significant structural changes over the next year that may involve “elimination, consolidation, or refocus."  This announcement was a result of the unanimous concurrence of both UAF and UAA Provosts and Deans that “given the seriously impacted budget the administration will be recommending to the UAA and UAF Chancellors and, after due process, the UA Board of Regents, that the UAA/UAF Joint PhD Program be restructured to eliminate the UAF portion of the program. Most likely, the program will be discontinued at UAF.  The program will continue at UAA.  Consequently, the program will no longer admit students to the UAF campus, but will continue admitting students only at the UAA campus."  

The Commission on Accreditation has confirmed our program's full accreditation status with the American Psychological Association. 

If you have any questions, please contact UAA Program Director, Dr. James Fitterling at 907.786.1580 or via email at or UAA Program Coordinator, Anissa Hauser at 907.786-1640 or via email at


The UAF-UAA Ph.D. Program in Clinical-Community Psychology is a scientist-practitioner program in clinical psychology that seeks to educate scholars and clinicians, who have strong commitments to research, evaluation, clinical practice, and community-based action, solidly grounded in the cultural contexts of all affected stakeholders.  The program integrates clinical, community, and cultural psychology with a focus on rural, indigenous issues and an applied emphasis on the integration of research and practice.  Through combining the spirit of clinical and community psychology, the program promotes contextually-grounded and culturally appropriate research, evaluation, prevention, clinical service, community work, and social action, relevant to individuals, groups, families, and communities. 

The Ph.D. Program in Clinical-Community Psychology with Rural, Indigenous Emphasis is a program jointly delivered and administered by the Departments of Psychology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the University of Alaska Anchorage.  All program courses are co-taught across campuses via videoconference and all program components are delivered by faculty at both campuses.  The program is designed such that the student experience is as similar as possible regardless of residence (Fairbanks or Anchorage).

The program is on the forefront of creative and enriching knowledge dissemination that is relevant to rural communities; focuses on public service, the uniqueness of rural environments; and the celebration of diversity.  The program has many unique features that combine to make for a rigorous training experience that requires a student's full-time commitment.  Individuals interested in additional detail about the program are encouraged to peruse the Student Handbook

The program maintains and regularly updates a Policy and Procedure Manual. Student rights and grievance procedures are covered in detail in the Student Handbook The program also regularly collects outcome data from students and other sources.  Students are asked at the end of every academic year to fill out the Student Satisfaction and Cultural Competency Surveys and in October the Outcomes Committee collates the Student Admissions, Outcomes and Other Data.  All outcomes data are used to document progress toward the Program's Outcomes Goals, Objectives, and Benchmarks and the Program's Process Benchmarks.

The program encourages active student engagement and student faculty interaction as related to program administration.  This interaction is exemplified by student representation on almost all program committees

The UAA-UAF Ph.D. Program in Clinical-Community Psychology is approved by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities as a doctoral degree granted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks and by the University of Alaska Anchorage. 

The UAA-UAF Ph.D. Program in Clinical-Community Psychology is accredited as a clinical psychology program by the American Psychological Association*.





February 2016 Newsletter

October 2015 Newsletter

February 2015 Newsletter

September 2012 Newsletter

February 2011 Newsletter

December 2011 Newsletter


April 2012
The Ph.D. Program was accredited by the American Psychological Association as a Clinical Psychology program, effective retroactively to the site visit date in November 2011.

June 2009
Program was approved as a Western Regional Graduate Program.  To learn more click here.

Spring 2017 Schedule

Spring 2017 Textbook

Student Handbook

Course Descriptions



University of Alaska Fairbanks
Department of Psychology

P.O. Box 756480
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775

telephone 907.474.7012
fax 907.474.5781



University of Alaska Anchorage
Department of Psychology

3211 Providence Drive, SSB 303
Anchorage, Alaska 99508

telephone 907.786.1640
fax 907.786.1669

  * 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





  UAF and UAA are an affirmative action/equal opportunity employers and educational institutions.

Nondiscrimination Policy

       In accordance with University of Alaska Board of Regent’s Policy 01.02.020 and federal and state law, this program shall not engage in illegal discrimination against any individual because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, physical or mental disability, marital status, pregnancy or parenthood.  Decisions affecting individuals shall be based on the individual’s qualifications, abilities and performance, as appropriate.

This policy is also in accordance with the APA Ethics Code, which says:  In their work-related activities, psychologists do not engage in unfair discrimination based on age, gender, gender identity, race, ethnicity, culture, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, disability, socioeconomic status, or any basis proscribed by law. part 3 Human Relations.