Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology Area of Study in Chicago

Area of Study Description

The Chicago School's Health Psychology Area of Study within the Clinical Psychology doctoral program prepares graduates to work in a broad range of settings, including primary care clinics, hospitals, colleges and universities, government agencies, corporations, specialized health care centers, and rehabilitation facilities. 

Students develop essential diagnostic, therapeutic, and consultative skills through rigorous coursework, challenging practicum and internship experiences, and an applicable dissertation.

Admission into the Chicago Campus’ Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program.

GRE Requirements

Sample Courses

Biopsychosocial Aspects of Medical Disorders

Using a biopsychosocial paradigm, this course provides a general introduction to the epidemiology, etiology, assessment, and treatment of medical disorders seen by clinical health psychologists. Physical systems covered include cardiovascular, endocrine, gastroenterological, gynecologic, immune, nervous, pulmonary, and urologic. Specific medical disorders including AIPY, arthritis, asthma, cancer, chronic pain, headache, heart disease, hypertension, multiple sclerosis, Raynaud's disease, stroke, and temporomandibular disorders are also examined.


Considers the models of hypnosis and their clinical application. Students participate in demonstrations and have an opportunity to practice methods of hypnotic induction and deepening.

Pediatric Health Psychology
Introduces students to the complex issues involved when children and adolescents present with physical and/or medical health concerns and problems. The course explores the challenges, adjustments, and losses faced by youth and their families when young people become medically ill. It investigates ways in which psychologists can interface with both parents and professionals to facilitate communication with healthcare providers, parent integration in the physical, and psychological care of youth.

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