Ph.D. Program in Clinical-Community Psychology

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




 Prospective Students

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 joint program continues to be fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).  However, the joint program is currently under review by the APA Commission on Accreditation (CoA).  The joint program underwent a site visit on October 28-30, 2015.  We expect a decision by the CoA shortly after their October 20-23, 2016 meeting.  We will publish both the outcome and our accreditation status as soon as we receive the CoA’s final decision on the accreditation of the current program. We will also post any updates on program restructuring as they are received.

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 Ph.D. Program in Clinical-Community Psychology with Rural, Indigenous Emphasis desires to attract mature, committed, and responsible individuals of diverse personal, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds who are interested in both clinical and community research and practice with a rural and indigenous emphasis.

Given this philosophy, the program has many unique features that combine to make for a rigorous training experience that requires a student's full-time commitment.  The following features of the program are particularly noteworthy and more detail can be gleaned from the Student Handbook

  • The program does train one-on-one psychotherapists, but the primary mission and goals of the program are to train students to be skilled in rural clinical-community practice; the program leads to license eligibility as a psychologist.
  • Although the program is designed to meet the current psychologist licensure requirements in Alaska, the program is not designed to train one-on-one therapists. 
  • Although students may reside in different communities (Anchorage or Fairbanks), each student is one of a cohort that includes students in both communities.
  • Students are not permitted to switch campus of residence once admitted into the program.
  • The program requires cultural experiences and requires cultural integration in all courses and activities.
  • The program provides extensive teleconferencing and telehealth experience, in that all courses are instructed via audio-visual teleconferencing across both campuses.
  • The program has to be completed full-time; part-time study is not allowed to assure cohort cohesiveness.
  • Students cannot be in the program successfully and maintain full-time employment; Indeed, given that the program is always considered a full-time commitment and classes are taught during the daytime hours, the faculty strongly discourage employment or studies outside of the university.
  • At present, the program strives to offer paid teaching, research or service assistantships to all interested students, but due to variability of funding opportunities, we can not guarantee we will be able to do so.
  • The program is difficult, course intensive, and demanding; students are advised to enter the program with full knowledge and awareness about the program demands.
  • The program requires intense study for five full-time years; there are no short-cuts.
  • There are at least two face-to-face retreats per year at which all doctoral students attend.

The program functions on a cohort model.  Based on structural changes and the Fairbanks campus no longer admitting students, the program projects admitting five students in AY 2017-2018 on the Anchorage campus.  Students are strongly encouraged to be full-time students (i.e., not engage in other full-time gainful employment or other studies) throughout their attendance in the Ph.D. Program in Clinical-Community Psychology with Rural, Indigenous Emphasis.  Admissions to the program occur only once yearly, specifically for the Fall Semester. 

To identify candidates, the Ph.D. faculty has designed a screening and selection process intended to evaluate all applicants in a manner that is comprehensive, fair, and objective. All candidates who are finalists for admission are required to attend an in-person interview.  Interviews will take place within the first week in March.  The interview process is an opportunity for you to learn about our program as well as for us to learn about you. This interview is an essential part of the application process; thus, we will not be able to conduct telephone interviews or further consider applicants who choose not to appear for interviews. 

The deadline for RECEIPT of applications is January 15.  Please note that any applications received after this date will not be considered under any circumstances.

Final decisions regarding admissions to the Ph.D. Program in Clinical-Community Psychology with Rural, Indigenous Emphasis will be completed by April 1, as recommended and adopted by the Council of University Directors Clinical Psychology



Prospective Students






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

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