Whether you're an undergraduate exploring options in psychological science or a graduate student specializing in your field, we understand the importance of gaining hands-on experience in both research and clinical settings. Our undergraduates can participate in a variety of faculty labs and our in-depth field experience sequence course. Graduate students have access to our two in-house clinics, as well as state-of-the-art labs and classrooms.
Undergraduate Experiential Learning
Looking for hands-on experience? In psychology, there are two main types of real-world opportunities: exposure to research, where researchers conduct studies to try to examine how people work, and exposure to clinical settings, where therapists and counselors work. Psychology at DU offers in-depth experiences in research and clinical environments to help you prepare for your career.
Our field experiences sequence (PSYC 3759, 3760, 3761 and 3762) offers nine months of in-depth exposure to clinical settings. Beginning in the fall, you'll spend class time gaining an understanding of clinical work, as well as 12–16 hours per week in an off-campus placement. Please contact Jill Holm-Denoma with questions. For more information, please go to our Portfolio site.
- Be at least 21 years old by Nov. 1 of the fall quarter.
- Have completed any two of the following five courses: Child Development (PSYC 2050), Child and Lifespan Development (PSYC 2070), Child Psychopathology (PSYC 2530), Adult Psychopathology (PSYC 2500) or Introduction to Clinical Psychology (PSYC 2520)
- Complete an application and screening interview.
- Obtain the instructor's permission.
Our faculty labs give you the resources you need to conduct real-world research while developing lab skills. You can earn up to 10 credit hours of PSYC 2112 (Research Apprenticeship) through a lab internship, volunteer in a lab, find in-lab work-study opportunities or apply for the departmental distinction program, which includes advanced research methods. To find a lab, check out research assistant postings in Frontier and Nagel halls, check DU's student employment site, or check out faculty research interests and contact a professor.
Undergraduate Honors, Scholarships and Awards
Excel in psychology through the distinction program, department awards, honors society and psychology club.Learn More
Find support for your work through two departmental scholarships, as well as awards and financial aid through CAHSS and the University.Learn More
Graduate Experiential Learning
Our department emphasizes collegiality and collaboration in a cross-program, interdisciplinary environment. Students across our three doctoral programs are viewed as junior colleagues who are actively researching, publishing, traveling and presenting, teaching and working in our two in-house training clinics. Our state-of-the-art research labs, innovative clinics and faculty mentors are here to support your work.
Developmental Neuropsychology Lab and Clinic
The clinic provides learning disability and neuropsychological evaluations for children, teens and young adults. We focus on atypical development to provide integrated scientific explanations with profound consequences for both basic developmental science and clinical practice.Learn More
Center for Child and Family Psychology
The center provides psychological testing, diagnostic assessment and evidence-based therapy for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. We also provide assessments of emotional and behavioral disorders. We're committed to delivering high-quality, research-based mental health services to the communities we serve.Learn More
Graduate Honors, Scholarships and Awards
Graduate students can join Psi Chi, the national honors society in psychology, and their recently published research can be eligible for the Harry Gollob Award.Learn More