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.
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
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 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.
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
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.
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 January 15. 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