Program in Clinical Psychology College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Program in Clinical Psychology College of Arts and Sciences Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Stony Brook, NY
student ratio
Not Reported
total students
average amount to complete degree
January 15
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
1 Degree Offered
degrees offered


Stony Brook University, State University of New York -- Overview of Graduate Programs in Psychology at Stony Brook University

Stony Brook University (SBU) is a public research university located on the North Shore of Long Island, New York. Founded in 1957, it was formerly known as the State University of New York (SUNY) at Stony Brook. It is considered the flagship campus of the SUNY system.

Stony Brook University is home to 16 of the highest ranked graduate education programs in the nation. Graduate programs in clinical psychology began at Stony Brook University in 1966. Today, the Department of Psychology is one of Stony Brook's largest graduate departments.

The department is organized into 4 PhD program areas: Clinical Psychology, Cognitive Science, Integrative Neuroscience, and Social and Health Psychology. In addition, students may earn a Master's degree in one of the specific program areas or in Psychology broadly.

The Clinical Psychology Program at Stony Brook

The university's highly ranked Clinical Psychology Ph.D. Program is among the top 12 (U.S. News and World Report). This program was one of the first in the nation to support a behavioral tradition in clinical psychology. While maintaining its behavioral roots, the program today includes broader perspectives oriented around an empirical approach to clinical psychology. Graduate students embrace an empirical perspective to psychological problems while developing into skilled clinicians. For more information, see:

The Cognitive Science Program (formerly Experimental/Cognitive Psychology) at Stony Brook

This Ph.D. program focuses on graduate research and coursework in language, memory, decision-making, and visual attention and perception. Strong interdisciplinary research collaborations exist with Computer Science, Linguistics, Integrative Neuroscience, and Medicine. The Cognitive Science program uses a diverse range of tools to study brain and behavior, including multiple eye-tracking and EEG systems. There is also access to a state-of-the-art fMRI facility, the SCAN (Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience) Center. Students in the program can specialize in Cognitive Neuroscience. For more information, see:

The Program in Integrative Neuroscience (formerly Biopsychology) at Stony Brook

The department's comprehensive neuroscience program for Ph.D. degree students provides research training in behavioral, cognitive and affective neuroscience. State-of-the-art facilities for human functional brain imaging are available at Stony Brook's SCAN (Social Cognitive Affective Neuroscience) Center. The installation of an animal MRI facility is in process. Coursework and research in this program covers cell and systems neuroscience. Research opportunities span gene-environment interactions, psychopharmacology, anatomical plasticity, rodent models of developmental disorders and psychopathology, and cognitive and behavioral control. Strong interdisciplinary research collaborations exist with other areas in psychology, neurobiology, the medical school and Brookhaven National Labs. The curriculum supports the development of broad content knowledge, while research training provides development of skill expertise. Students in the program can specialize in Cognitive Neuroscience or Affective Neuroscience. For more information, see:

The Program in Social and Health Psychology at Stony Brook

The Doctoral Program in Social and Health Psychology trains students who are interested in a research career in social psychology, health psychology, or the application of social psychological theory to health problems. Areas of particular strength include close relationships, prejudice and stereotyping, motivation and self-regulation, stress, coping, and health, loss of a spouse, breast cancer, and reproductive health. A variety of courses are offered so that students can fulfill requirements by selecting the courses that best fit their interests and needs. In addition, students may elect to complete a Quantitative Certificate and/or a Graduate Certificate in Women's Studies. For more information, see:

One Year Master's Program Provides Exceptional Learning Experience

Stony Brook University offers a 1-year program to earn a Master of Arts in Psychology. Among the program's distinguishing features are professional development workshops that address a wide range of graduate student and career issues, research and professional internship opportunities, and "Brown Bag" seminars -- weekly informal meetings where students and faculty present current research in social/health, cognitive/experimental, and biological psychology. For more information, see:

A Wide Range of Top Notch Clinics and Laboratories at Stony Brook

SBU's Krasner Psychological Center (KPC) provides counseling services to the campus and the outside community. The psychology department also houses the Anxiety Disorders Clinic, an NIMH Center of Excellence in exposure-based interventions for anxiety disorders and the Marital Therapy Clinic, which provide venues for both treatment and research. Our SCAN center houses state-of-the-art facilities (3 T MRI and TMS) for human brain imaging; it supports campus-wide research projects related to its core mission of Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience and it is available for teaching and training purposes. SBU also maintains an ongoing affiliation with Brookhaven National Laboratories.

Diversity in the Psychology Department at SBU

The graduate program at the Psychology Department of Stony Brook University has a recognized history of cultural and ethnic diversity; every effort is made to recruit students from underrepresented groups. The program integrates cultural and ethnic concerns into all aspects of graduate training. In addition, the university supports "Affirm" a network of psychologists who openly support their lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender family members.

Faculty Members

Faculty members in Stony Brook University's highly regarded Department of Psychology are recognized nationally for their contributions to research and to training in clinical, cognitive, and behavioral assessment and treatment. Their research programs are well funded by federal agencies and other grant-awarding organizations.

Research areas of core faculty members include depression, anxiety, gene-environment interactions, language, decision-making, relationships, prejudice, stress, attention.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition and fees at Stony Brook, set by the State University of New York, are considerably below those of comparable programs on Long Island and the greater New York metropolitan area. "Fiske College Guide" has named the school a "best buy." Students should contact the Graduate School at Stony Brook University for current tuition and fee schedules.

Admission to the PhD program comes with funding for tuition and a stipend. To apply for need-based aid including student loans, students should complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

SBU Campus and Surroundings

Stony Brook University is located on the north shore of Long Island in Suffolk County, minutes from the Long Island Sound. It is surrounded by beautiful beaches, marinas, hiking areas, and charming towns and villages. New York City, sixty miles west, is an easy day trip by car or train. To the east of Stony Brook are the Hamptons, Montauk, the Long Island Wine Country, and lovely rural countryside.

Location & Contact

Program in Clinical Psychology

College of Arts and Sciences
Stony Brook University, State University of New York

Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
United States

Dr. Arthur Samuel


Phone: 631-632-7792
Fax: 631-632-7876

Marilynn Wollmuth


Phone: 631-632-7855
Fax: 631-632-7876

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Clinical Psychology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees 6
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? Not reported
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


2% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 282
    • Accepted 16
    • Acceptance Rate 2
    • Enrolled 8
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $100
    • Application Fee - International $100
    • Electronic applications accepted? Not Reported
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 15th Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, GRE Subject Test
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & Fees$4,685
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students31
    • Female Percentage84%
    • Male Percentage16%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students31
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino12%
    • Black / African American4%
    • White / Caucasian69%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian8%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown7%