Counseling Psychology (PsyD)
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Counseling Psychology (PsyD) Overview
Applicants who wish to be considered for Fall 2022 entry should have all application materials submitted by December 1, 2021. Applicants will be notified by mid-January regarding selection to participate in full-day program interviews, which will take place in February.
For students entering with a bachelors degree, 103 credits are required to complete the PsyD. For those entering with a masters degree, dependent on which foundational coursework requirements have been met, 85-103 credits are required.
Cost consists of program tuition (cost per credit times number of credits) as well as any applicable University and degree-specific fees.
Chatham University's Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Counseling Psychology program is one of a small number of APA-accredited Counseling Psychology PsyD programs in the nation.
Explore the PsyD in Counseling Psychology Degree:
- A baccalaureate or master's degree from an accredited college or university
- Master's degree in counseling, psychology, or related field (36 credit hours minimum); with a 3.2 minimum graduate GPA
- Or an undergraduate degree with a minimum of 15 undergraduate psychology credit hours; with a 3.5 minimum undergraduate GPA (with B's or above in psychology coursework)
Applicants to the PsyD program must submit the following information to the Office of Admissions for review:
- Completed online application
- Official Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
- Curriculum vitae or resume
- Admissions Essay
- Three (3) academic or professional letters of recommendation (must be sent by the recommender) in the form of a Word or PDF document.
- No GRE test scores required
All admissions documents should be submitted by email or mailed to:
Office of Graduate Admission - Berry Hall
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
Application documents should be sent to the Admissions Office only.
After verifying that the minimum academic requirements are met, the program utilizes a holistic approach in reviewing the candidate's entire application. This process is intended to seek talented and qualified individuals of all backgrounds. Taking multiple factors into consideration during our admissions process positively achieves the educational benefits of a student body that is both diverse and academically excellent. This approach includes an evaluation of each candidate’s academic achievement as well as their personal characteristics, attributes and experiences. As part of the holistic review, Chatham reserves the right to request a background check prior to offer of admission.
Applicants will be informed by the Office of Admissions whether they have been accepted into the PsyD program.
International applicants to the Doctor of Psychology program must submit additional documentation to the Office of Admissions.A list of these documents can be found on the International Admission web pages.
PSY711: Multicultural and Diversity Issues in Counseling Psychology
The course provides an in-depth exploration of cultural differences as they impact the counseling relationship. Identity development theory will be examined, as will multicultural research methods and findings. Finally, the significance of both between-group and within-group differences will be explored for their relative influence on the process of therapeutic change.
PSY816: Health Psychology Practice
The course focuses on the interface between psychology and medicine, preparing students to use psychology interventions in the treatment and management of illness and to understand the role of the psychologist in the interdisciplinary healthcare team. Theory, research, and practice of health psychology will be presented.
PSY810: Advanced Data Analysis
This course introduces advanced concepts in data analysis, with an emphasis on ensuring that students are capable of designing research studies and selecting and implementing appropriate methods of data analysis. Students will work on their dissertation proposals in this course.
PSY730: Psychology of Emerging Adulthood
This course explores developmental theory pertaining to the timespan between adolescence and adulthood. Identity exploration in the areas of education, work, interpersonal relationships, and culture will be examined through current and seminal research. Developmental considerations for working with this population will be highlighted.
Social justice and multicultural competence are key values of counseling psychology. This year our country witnessed several prominent incidents reminding us of the work that remains to be done to create a society in which all humans are equally prized.
In May, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man was choked to death while in police custody following his arrest on suspicion of forgery.
Simultaneously, the COVID19 pandemic has raged unchecked through the country, with people of color and disadvantaged socioeconomic status being overly represented in infections and deaths.
As a faculty and staff, we are diverse along many dimensions, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, privilege, gender, sexual orientation, political perspectives, and age. We are, however, united in our condemnation of oppression and our commitment to work toward equity. We acknowledge the pain of individuals and communities who are suffering. We understand the need for ongoing self-reflection so that we can continue to open our hearts and minds to needed change. We recognize this as a necessary step toward helping others create change in their own lives.
In our profession’s clinical work, we will be called to provide treatment to people from all backgrounds and with widely divergent presenting concerns. Providing competent, ethical, and effective assessment and treatment will require that we check our own assumptions and unconscious biases, to listen intentionally, and to understand perspectives that may or may not differ from our own. We will encounter victims as well as perpetrators of violence. We will be called to help first responders and police officers, and family members of those who may have been mistreated by members of the same.
These incidents are tragic and disheartening, and yet they also serve to remind us of the importance of our work as mental health professionals in a position to enact positive change at the individual, community, and societal levels. Our program’s faculty and students co-created the Antiracism Collective (ARC), the purpose of which is to envision and take action steps to engage in antiracism work at a personal level. Students have created an allyship group dedicated to exploring and dismantling White privilege. We have created space for BIPOC and non-Black POC to share their experiences as students in a predominantly White institution (PWI). Our shared aims are to walk this journey with company.
Finally, we encourage self-care so that we can provide comfort and guidance to those entrusted with our care.
Our PsyD program is focused on training students for careers in psychology practice that are firmly grounded in scientific knowledge, ethical principles, and multicultural awareness. Our faculty work to provide mentorship to guide students’ development as both practitioners and scholars.
— Mary Jo Loughran, Ph.D., Program Director, Counseling Psychology
Faculty members are accomplished teachers, scholars, practitioners, and active leaders in the field.
Graduate Psychology Assistantships
Our competitive Graduate Psychology Assistantships are available to full-time graduate students in the Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MSCP), the Master of Arts in Psychology (MAP), and Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (PsyD/EPsyD) programs.View Funding Opportunities : Checkerboard 1 - Graduate Psychology Assistantships
Graduate Counseling Psychology Research
Students have opportunities to engage in a broad array of faculty-led research, from investigating counseling modalities to exploring issues related to diversity and identity.Explore Graduate Research : Checkerboard 2 - Graduate Counseling Psychology Research
Chatham University’s Counseling Psychology graduate programs received an HRSA-funded Behavioral Workforce Education and Training grant in the Fall of 2017 for the Supporting Wellness: Expanding Psychology Training in Integrated Care Project, or the WELL Project.WELL Project : Checkerboard 3 - WELL Project
Students work virtually with standardized patients to practice and receive feedback on competencies for interacting with patients facing a combination of medical and behavioral health challenges, assessing the key training themes, and developing the skills to complete these interactions not only competently but well over virtual platforms.
Alumni Career Opportunities
Program graduates are working at West Virginia University, Christopher Newport University, the U.S. Navy, Renfrew Center, Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Washington, DC VA Medical Center, Dickinson University, and hospitals, universities, and private practices throughout the country.
Chatham University's PsyD program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).
Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data
This PDF details the student admissions, outcomes, and other data for Chatham University's Doctorate in Counseling Psychology.Download the PDF : Checkerboard 7 - Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data
Professional Licensure Disclosure
Chatham University's PsyD program is designed to meet the educational requirements for licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and for students to take the EPPP after graduation.Professional Licensure Disclosure : Checkerboard 8 - Professional Licensure Disclosure
Read Our Newsletter
Learn about student and faculty accomplishments, alumni achievements, and various activities that occurred over the last academic year—in Pittsburgh, and all over the country.Read the Newsletters : Checkerboard 9 - Read Our Newsletter
Alumni Profile: Stephanie Harrison, PsyD '18
Chatham's Master of Science of Counseling Psychology (MSCP) and Doctorate of Counseling Psychology (PsyD) programs empower students to pursue their interests to guide their studies and research as well as make a positive impact in the communities in which they are involved. This way, students can create lives of purpose in the areas in which they will work after they graduate.
Alumni Profile: Nicholas Uram, PsyD ’16, MAP ’10
Coming of age in the early 2000’s, as war raged in Afghanistan and Iraq, Nicholas Uram, PsyD ’16, MAP ‘10 thought he might follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and enlist in the military. But after his friends began returning home from combat with mental health issues, Uram’s sense of duty led him on a different mission.
Chatham Counseling Psychology: Research Focus
Chatham’s Counseling Psychology program received a behavioral workforce education and training grant that funds a variety of student training opportunities, including stipends for practicum sites, conferences, on-site trainings, and more. Dr. Jen Morse, associate professor of counseling psychology, and Ehren Emter, PsyD '18 discuss the impact of the grant on the student experience.