The Department values and actively recruits students with diverse backgrounds. Our student body is diverse with regard to gender, sexual orientation, age, ethnicity, life experience, and military background. Some students begin graduate study at USU immediately after finishing a bachelor's degree, others come to USU after completing a master's degree, and other students have worked for years before entering the program. Among the military students, some come directly from service academies, some have served as officers for years, some come from enlisted ranks, and some are civilians who join the military when they begin the program.
Diversity of Students
Diversity of Faculty
Faculty members have a variety of educational, research and clinical training backgrounds. Core faculty with clinical training have a range of theoretical orientations (e.g., cognitive, behavioral, psychodynamic) and all core faculty are committed to training students in a scientist-practitioner model with particular attention to biopsychosocial factors contributing to health (i.e., behavioral and physical health). The core faculty includes three full professors, two board-certified Clinical Health Psychologists and three Fellows of the American Psychological Association. Faculty are also Fellows of the Society for Behavioral Medicine, the Academy for Eating Disorders and the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. All core faculty have published peer-reviewed articles, three have published books, most serve on editorial boards of scholarly journals and serve as ad hoc reviewers for journals. Faculty actively pursue grant funding; for example, in the past 5 years faculty have been awarded over $11M from a variety of funding sources including the National Institutes of Health, the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program, and the United States Army Medical Research and Materiel Command. Given the mission of the University and the Program, core faculty also contribute to military and National-relevant programs. For example, faculty members have provided consultation to the Department of Defense Health Affairs, United Kingdom National Health Services, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the American Psychiatric Association DSM-5 Planning Committee, and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. In addition to the core and secondary faculty, there are over 50 diverse civilian and uniformed adjunct faculty. Uniformed adjunct faculty are drawn from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Public Health Service.