Clinical Psychology Program



The Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology is designed for full-time students to graduate in two calendar years. Part-time students are not admitted to the program.  This program adheres to a scientist-practitioner model and is designed to prepare students for doctoral level training in clinical psychology or other applied disciplines within psychology by earning a Master of Arts in Psychology. Students who do not wish to pursue further studies may be eligible for licensure in North Carolina as a psychological associate.


Applicants who have prior research and/or clinical experience are given preference in the admissions selection process. All applications and supporting materials are submitted online. When the Graduate School has received the completed online file, the Department of Psychology is notified for action. Admission to the Clinical Program is highly selective and each year we receive many more applications than we are able to admit. Please see the information about the admission selection process and the frequently asked questions (FAQ) for the Clinical Program. This information will help you to prepare your application.

Financial Aid

Most entering graduate students are awarded an assistantship, either within the psychology department or in another department at the university. Assistantship stipends and duties differ depending on the student’s placement. Out-of-state students may apply for a waiver of the out-of-state portion of their tuition. We try to obtain some funds for partial or full waivers of out-of-state tuition for all out-of-state tuition; however this is not always possible. Most out-of-state students are able to pay in-state tuition for the second year of the program.

Coursework and Training Opportunities

The two-year Clinical Psychology program emphasizes coursework in assessment, research methods/design and statistics, evidence based psychotherapy (cognitive and behavioral modalities), and psychopathology (abnormal psychology), with additional courses in neuropsychology and advanced general psychology. All students are required to complete an empirical master's thesis under the supervision of our excellent faculty.

Practicum experiences

  • WCU Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) specializes in psychotherapy and counseling, primarily with emerging adults
  • Jackson County Psychological Services (JCPS) serves a variety of needs in children, adolescents, and families, including the provision of comprehensive psychological assessment
  • Charles George VA Medical Center, Asheville, NC (VAMC) provides comprehensive services for veterans, including diagnostic assessment, group therapy, and brief consultation
  • Center for Research, Assessment, and Treatment Efficacy, Asheville, NC (CReATE) specializes in data-driven evaluation, comprehensive psychological assessment, and empirically-supported treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, behavioral disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, nonverbal learning disorders, traumatic event exposure and related conditions, substance abuse/addiction and dual diagnosis
  • TEACCH Autism Program (TEACCH) provides clinical services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families, such as diagnostic evaluations, parent training and parent support  groups, social play and recreation groups, individual counseling for  higher-functioning clients, and supported employment
  • Department of Corrections (DOC) offers an opportunity to work with incarcerated populations who are dealing with a variety of psychosocial issues, including depression, substance use disorders, post-traumatic stress, personality disorders, and anxiety.
  • Psychology Clinic (McKee Clinic) is our department's clinic, which serves children, adolescents, and adults with a primary focus on comprehensive psychological assessment, assessment of cognitive abilities and learning disabilities. Opportunities to provide brief psychotherapy may also be available.


Psychology and affiliated faculty available to mentor clinical students: 

L. Alvin Malesky, Jr., Ph.D.
, Department Head - Psychology
Research: Forensic psychology;expert witness testimony; sex offenders and internet usage

Kia Asberg, Ph.D., Director  Clinical Psychology
Research:Traumatic stress, child maltreatment, interpersonal violence, substance use, incarcerated women
Amy Noll McLean, Ph.D.
Research: Evidence-based treatments for chronic depression and anxiety, affective neuroscience, mindfulness, effects of stress on health
David McCord, Ph.D.
Research: Five factor model of personality, MMPI-2-RF, evolutionary psychology, RDoC lab
Alistair Harvey, Ph.D.
Research:Effects of alcohol intoxication on perception, attention and memory
Erin Myers, Ph.D.
Research: Status-signaling properties of self-esteem, fragile self-esteem, gender, and narcissism
Tom Ford, Ph.D., Director – Experimental Psychology
Research: Prejudice, disparaging humor and discrimination, humor and coping with stress
Nathan Roth, Ph.D., Director – Psychology Clinic
Research: Child and adolescent psychopathology, trauma, and animal assisted therapy
Nathan Schilling, Ph.D.
Research: Pediatric school psychology, students with chronic health difficulties, TBI in children

Ellen Sigler, Ph.D.
Research: Help-seeking behavior in college students, educational psychology, learning, eye-tracker technology

Cathy Grist, Ph.D.
Research: Social-emotional interventions for pre-school children, emotion regulation in children
Jamie Vaske, Ph.D.
Research: Biosocial criminology, corrections, gender and crime, quantitative methods
Al Kopak, Ph.D.
Research: Substance use among juvenile and adult offenders, substance use treatment
Please see individual faculty pages for more detailed information about opportunities to get involved in research.





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