Chatham University

Chatham's Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program focuses on the professional, intellectual, and personal growth of students, emphasizing human-centered values as well as evidence-informed treatment approaches. The program aims to prepare students to become competent providers of counseling psychology services in the context of a diverse community and the ever-changing healthcare environment.

The psychology-based curriculum integrates theoretical foundations, experiential perspectives, and research methodologies with practice. In addition, students learn to assess persons in their familial and social contexts, design strategies for change, and evaluate the effectiveness of those interventions. Students are further encouraged to be mindful of the socio-cultural diversity of individuals, families, and groups. Successful completion of the counseling psychology courses prepares students for master's-level positions in professions promoting the optimal development of individuals, families, groups, and organizations. Graduates of the program will be ready for employment in agencies providing mental and physical health services, social services and other educational, professional, and business organizations.

What you can expect

The Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program's approach is successful not only because of its framework, but also its execution. Through an importance on research, theory, and practice in academics and a culture that values diversity among students and faculty alike, our program creates an informed, engaged community. This results in our graduates completing the program with a heightened understanding of the world and the human condition that makes them more prepared to contribute to the health and well-being of people.

M.S. in Counseling Psychology / Chatham University

Counseling Psychology Chatter

  • "Our students learn and are committed to seeing the people they work with as unique, "whole" individuals, with rich histories, hopes, dreams, and courage. Students and faculty feel honored to be part of their clients' life journeys toward health and happiness."

    – Mary Beth Mannarino, PhD
    Associate Professor

  • "I'm very proud of our students and the training we provide. I'm consistently told by internship supervisors that our students are well-trained, responsible, and eager learners."

    – Anthony Isacco, PhD
    Assistant Professor

  • "Our master's programs strive to embody the core value of promoting, valuing, and supporting diversity in all of its forms. Importantly, this includes welcoming students from diverse backgrounds and life circumstances, and actively supporting them as they embark on a variety of exciting and challenging career paths."

    – Jill Cyranowski, PhD
    Associate Professor

  • "The MAP and MSCP programs aim at offering a diversity of clinical training experiences to students. Our programs prepare students for psychology work in multiple professional settings."

    – Arlette Ngoubene-Atioky PhD
    Assistant Professor

  • "Small classes give me an opportunity to provide individualized feedback and to do more hands-on activities rather than relying on didactic lectures."

    – Jennifer Morse, PhD
    Assistant Professor

  • "We prepare empathic, compassionate, informed, and scientifically savvy counselors to help those who need us in real world situations."

    – Robert Gallan, PhD
    Director of Infant Mental Health Programs

  • "Our students are trained to be complete counselors who are competent in multicultural issues and are globally conscious."

    – Wonjin Sim, PhD
    Assistant Professor


Family Links
Grane Hospice
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Cleveland Clinic
University of Pittsburgh
Slippery Rock University
Homewood Children's Village
University of Georgia
Wesley Spectrum
Gateway Rehab
Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR)

Commitment to Diversity

The Counseling Psychology program at Chatham University is a community of diverse learners. We believe that learning is optimized in an atmosphere of safety, support, and respect. We strive to create this atmosphere by welcoming community members from the full spectrum of human experience, including diversity in age, class, ethnicity, gender identity, physical abilities, political beliefs, race, religion, sexual orientation, spirituality, and size. We strive to acknowledge the role power and privilege play in our multiple, intersecting identities and to work towards creating a climate of egalitarianism, justice, and affirmation of all persons. We encourage students to challenge themselves to think beyond their current understanding of the world. As part of our program's commitment to diversity, we endeavor to infuse consideration of multicultural issues into every aspect of our students' graduate training, including classroom instruction, practicum and internship experience, and dissertation research.

Research Groups

Psychology of Gender Research Team

Co-directed by Dr. Britney Brinkman and Dr. Anthony Isacco, the research team includes a dynamic network of researchers, practitioners, and students and is the home base for a wide variety of research projects. Learn more »

The HAPPI Project

The HAPPI (Healthy Attachment through Parenting Practices for Infants) is led by Dr. Robert Gallen.

Women's Career Development

Focuses on leadership experiences and confidence in negotiation. Led by Dr. Gina Zanardelli with Dr. Arlette Ngoubene-Atioky.

Dream Research Group

Conducts research on using dreams in therapy and how to conduct dream sessions. Led by Dr. Wonjin Sim.

International Communities Research Team

Examines the mental health concerns and social disparities of international populations (e.g. immigrants, refugees, international students). Led by Dr. Arlette Ngoubene-Atioky.

Adherence Research Team

Evaluates the quality of Problem Solving Therapy (PST) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) in intervention and prevention sessions. Led by Dr. Jennifer Morse.

Transgender Research Team

Coding for PhotoVoice project qualitative data. Led by Dr. Jennifer Morse in collaboration with Dr. Michael Marshall (U-Pitt).

Intellectual Disability Quality of Life Team

Focuses on quality of life factors among individuals with intellectual disabilities and ways to improve. Led by Dr. Anthony Goreczny.

Eating & Weight Psychosocial Research Group

Explores psychosocial factors that determine eating behaviors. Led by Dr. Anthony Goreczny & Dr. Joseph Wister.

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Chatham First Year Undergraduate Students: Sign up to Receive a Mentor through Chatham's World Readiness and Professionalism (W.R.A.P.) Program

Thursday, June 11, 2015
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Chatham University is dedicated to preparing students to be World Ready Professionals. With our academic offerings providing a strong foundation, you have access to hundreds of student employment opportunities where you can begin to develop you work ethic and workplace habits that will help you succeed in the future.

The W.R.A.P. Mentorship Program helps to prepare our first year undergraduate students for the professional world.

W.R.A.P. offers students–like you!–the chance to be matched with a professional mentor who will be a guide as you take the next step in developing your career path, whether you’re looking to explore your interests, gain experience, or commit to and pursue professional goals.

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Making the Most of a Mentoring Relationship

Monday, August 31, 2015
05:00 PM - 06:00 PM
Dilworth Hall

Learn how to develop a professional mentoring relationship. Open to all students. Students participating in the W.R.A.P. mentorship program must attend one of these workshops.

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Making the Most of a Mentoring Relationship

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
05:15 PM - 06:15 PM
Dilworth Hall

Learn how to develop a professional mentoring relationship. Open to all students. Students participating in the W.R.A.P. mentorship program must attend one of these workshops.

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