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
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
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.
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.
program requires cultural experiences and requires cultural
integration in all courses and activities.
program provides extensive teleconferencing and telehealth experience,
in that all courses are instructed via audio-visual teleconferencing across
program has to be completed full-time; part-time study is not allowed
to assure cohort cohesiveness.
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.
present, the program is able to offer paid teaching, research or service
assistantships to all interested students.
program is difficult, course intensive, and demanding; students
are advised to enter the program with full knowledge and awareness about the
program requires intense study for five full-time years; there are no
short-cuts; transfer of previously taken courses are determined on a
case-by-case basis and are not guaranteed.
at least two face-to-face
retreats per year at which all doctoral students attend.
The program functions on a cohort model and admits eight students per year. It
is anticipated that half of the cohort will reside and do the bulk of their
graduate studies in Fairbanks; the other half of the cohort will reside in
Anchorage. All courses will be co-taught across campuses via video-conference.
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.
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.
deadline for RECEIPT of applications is February 1. Please note that any
applications received after this date will not be considered under any
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.
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Department of Psychology
P.O. Box 756480
Fairbanks, Alaska 99775
Department of Psychology
Anchorage, Alaska 99508