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Counseling Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Southam-Gerow, Dr. Michael
Director, Graduate Programs in Psychology
(804) 827-0585

Worthington, Everett
Director, Counseling Psychology Training Program
(804) 828-1150

Please direct all questions to the program assistant:


Admission requirements summary

Counseling Psychology, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

of entry:

Fall only

Dec 1

Special requirements:
Please submit a curriculum vitae or resume.

Applicants should apply to the Ph.D. program only, but will earn a master’s degree during their course of study. Applicants who are interested in only the terminal master’s degree are not admitted.

The finalists for admission will be interviewed on site (or by phone) by counseling faculty.

The Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology offered at Virginia Commonwealth University is accredited by the American Psychological Association. The program emphasizes the scientist-practitioner-leader model and prepares students for research and service in professional psychology, including positions in university academic and medical school departments, counseling centers, mental health agencies and hospitals, physical health facilities, and other organizational settings.

The counseling psychology program emphasizes the enhancement of life skills and personal competence. Typical subspecializations include disease prevention and health promotion, career and life planning, work with medical populations, college students, community outreach, interpersonal processes, group counseling, marriage and family counseling, multiculturalism and sport psychology.

The Center for Psychological Services and Development, a campus-based community service agency operated by the department, provides training opportunities for graduate students in all departmental programs, including practicum and research training for graduate students in the counseling psychology program. A wide variety of other on- and off-campus practicum placements also are available.

The department maintains laboratory facilities for research in the areas of behavioral assessment, behavioral medicine, developmental, learning, behavioral pharmacology, psychophysiology, psychotherapy process, social perception, social influence and group dynamics. Opportunities for field research also are available in a variety of settings. A collection of current journals and books in psychology is housed in the James Branch Cabell Library on the Monroe Park Campus and in the Tompkins-McCaw Library on the MCV Campus.

Teaching assistantships, research assistantships and paid practicum placements are available.

Student learning outcomes



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