Psychology Doctoral Programs in Rhode Island

If you are looking to take your mental health care career to the next level by considering doctoral programs in psychology in Rhode Island, consider the program described below.

The health services field is the largest industry and employer in the state of Rhode Island, making this a promising place to not only study toward a doctorate degree but also to put that degree to work for you and your career. Psychologists find work in a variety of settings, whether within the state or across the nation, providing services that remain in demand regardless of any fluctuations in the economy.

University of Rhode Island

College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Psychology

The University of Rhode Island is a public research university with campuses in several locations throughout the state. Values include independent thinking and lifelong learning, both of which are emphasized throughout all of the learner-centered programs offered. The College of Arts and Sciences is the largest of the schools within the university, catering to more than 4,400 students across the numerous undergraduate and graduate degree programs housed here, including the psychology doctoral program described below. The psychology department is in turn one of the largest departments within the College of Arts and Sciences, with more than 900 students involved in its undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in School Psychology

This doctoral degree in psychology emphasizes serving the psychological needs of children and adolescents within the contexts of school, family, and community. The program follows a scientist-practitioner model, combining research and theory with practical experience in the belief that the research and scholarly role of the school psychologist is irreversibly connected with the clinical and applied role, rather than two separate job functions. A variety of orientations are taught, modeled and practiced within this program, also providing an appreciation for indirect approaches over direct. While the University of Rhode Island also offers a Masters degree in this field that has a similar focus on a balance of academic and practical, the Masters degree is designed for students seeking entry-level positions as school psychologists, while the PhD in school psychology provides more in-depth research preparation and experience to prepare students for more leadership roles in broader contexts involving problem-solving for children and adolescents.


  • American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation (CoA)
  • National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) approved

Contact Information
University of Rhode Island
Department of Psychology
Chafee Hall
142 Flagg Road
Kingston, RI 02881
Program Website

School psychologists often play a vital role in the overall health and well-being of school-age children and adolescents. Considering doctoral programs in psychology in Rhode Island can get you become further involved both in your own career as a psychologist and in the rewarding field of enriching the lives of our future generations.

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