The Department of Clinical Psychology is the only one of its kind in Bangladesh offering postgraduate studies and training in clinical psychology at international standards and producing professional Clinical Psychologists for the country. This post graduate professional training program was initiated as a new stream at the Department of Psychology in 1996 (session 1993-94) under a link project between the University of London and the University of Dhaka. The Department of Clinical Psychology was established later as a new discipline under the Faculty of Biological sciences in 1997. Professor Anisur Rahman was the founder chairman of the Department.With the overarching objective to contribute to the psychological health of the nation, the department aims to achieve the followings: To produce qualified Clinical Psychologists,To contribute to the enhancement of efficiency in psychiatric, psychological, rehabilitative, and other allied health services, To broaden perspectives in the prevention of disease and promotion of wellbeing,To produce high quality research targeted to contribute in the enhancement of knowledge and practice related to health and mental health and to contribute in drafting and updating of policies relevant to health and mental health in Bangladesh.

The Department offers a three and a half years integrated course (though two degrees - M.S. and M. Phil) as the qualifying degree in Clinical Psychology. Based on the scientist practitioner model, the courses incorporate a blend of intensive academic, clinical and research activities. Throughout the years the students engaged themselves in rigorous clinical work and receive in depth clinical supervision on their work with patients. The students gradually assume greater clinical responsibilities with increasing experience, knowledge and skills over the years as they pass through MS to MPhil course. The department is also offering PhD in Clinical Psychology as a post-qualification research degree, with a strong commitment to the training of clinical scientists as its foundation, the Clinical Psychology area places significant emphasis on the development of research skills and interests through the student’s enrollment in the department. Through a combination of coursework, hospital as well as community based practices, it provides students with a strong background in clinical research literature, variety of methodological and clinical skills, and those are used to address clinically relevant research questions. In addition to required empirical pre-dissertation and dissertation projects, students are expected to be actively involved in and committed to research activity throughout the course of their graduate careers. Examples of these activities include ongoing participation in a faculty-directed research team, attendance at departmental seminars and meetings, attendance at research-oriented professional conferences, etc. Clinical Practicum Clinical training at the department emphasizes an evidence-based approach to clinical service delivery. At different placements (for instance- Psychiatry department of BSMMU, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Student Counseling and Guidance Center of TSC, DU, Dhaka Community Hospital etc.) the trainee clinical psychologists provide assessment and psychotherapy services to a diverse client population with a wide range of problems and needs. For example- anxiety disorders, depression, somatoform disorders, mood disorders, suicide, sleep disorders, sexual disorders, personality disorders, adjustment disorders, schizophrenia, paranoid disorders, dementia, essential hypertension, asthma, recurrent headaches, disorders of eating and weight, cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, chronic pain, drug and alcohol problems, disorders of childhood and adolescents, intellectual disabilities, problems of old age, marital conflicts etc. Along with the courses on the disorders, there are courses on psychological assessments (e.g., questionnaires, and psychometric tests) and intervention models using a range of psychological approaches (e.g., behavioural, cognitive, humanistic, systemic/family, personal construct, eclectic etc.)