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Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology

Established in 1978, The Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology (VCPCP) combines the resources of Norfolk State University (NSU), Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS), & Old Dominion University (ODU). 

VCPCP accepts applications for the next academic cohort every December 1st of the current year.  The Virginia Consortium Program is a Ph.D program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) with its mission to graduate clinical psychologists who are prepared to pursue research and clinical careers. 

The Virginia Consortium Program follows a scientist-practitioner model of training.  VCPCP faculty believe that extensive exposure to theory, research, and practice is essential in training clinical psychologists.  Research training is an important part of our program.  Selected students are paired with mentors and expected to be actively involved in research upon starting the program.  Students often present their work at national conferences and are encouraged to participate in  publication authorship, all under the supervision of their research mentors.  Our faculty research interests are diverse, with recent projects including: primary care psychology, gender and race, multicultural psychology, personality assessment, health-risk behaviors, real-time assessment and intervention methods, family and child development, substance use, sexual minority stress and coping, cardiovascular behavioral medicine, chronic pain, sleep disorders, parenting, child development, and gender and relationships.

Typically only six students are accepted each into the program, which is an anticipated five-year course of study. Students take four years of graduate courses within this program on the campuses of all three schools from faculty within each institution. There are multiple mandatory practicum requirements. Degree requirements also include a second year research project (or completing a thesis while earning the M.S. in Psychology from ODU), and an empirically-based dissertation. A one-year clinical psychology internship in an off-site setting completes the degree requirements. Students compete nationally for placements. Applications typically outnumber available positions by 25:1. Minority student representation averages about 20%. All students have been partially financially supported by the program to date; however, future support cannot be guaranteed. 

Additional information regarding the Virginia Consortium Program and application forms can be found at http://sci.odu.edu/vcpcp/.  Please direct program specific questions to vaconsortium@odu.edu or (757) 451-7733.  

Please view the VCPCP flyer here.

The Virginia Consortium Program Administrative Office is at Norfolk State University, 700 Park Avenue/MCAR-410, Norfolk, VA, 23504.

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