Chatham University

Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (PsyD)

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. The hallmarks of our program include:

  • Science-informed practice
  • Emphasis on promoting sustainable health and well-being
  • Focus on clients' assets and strengths
  • Strong commitment to diversity, inclusion and social justice
  • Access to a broad range of training opportunities

The PsyD is a full-time program, admitting students each fall. The program includes three years of coursework and practicum experiences, followed by a one-year internship.

Chatham University's Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (PsyD) is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

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+Sample of Research Terms and Groups

Students have opportunities to engage in a broad array of faculty-led research

Psychology of Gender
Co-directed by Drs. Britney Brinkman and Anthony Isacco, this 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.

Long Purple Line
Investigates perceptions of diversity, inclusion, exclusion, as well as experiences of discrimination among students at a university at the outset of its transition from single-sex to coeducation. Led by Drs. Jen Morse, Mary Jo Loughran, and Wonjin Sim.

Women's Career Development
Focuses on leadership experiences and confidence in negotiation. Led by Dr. Gina Zanardelli.

Environmental Psychology
Focuses on the connections between the natural environment and human health and well-being, including implications of these connections for work as counsellors and psychologists. Led by Dr. Mary Beth Mannarino.

Psychological Well-Being
Focuses on collaborative projects that explore aspects of health and well-being across a variety of populations, including mental health professionals and counselors in training, college students, and individuals who have struggled with mental health issues. Led by Dr. Deanna Hamilton.

Mood Disorders
This research team focuses on analyses of treatment trials for unipolar depression and anxious depression, many of which include novel variants of Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), an empirically-supported treatment for mood disorders. Led by Drs. Jill Cyranowski and Holly Swartz (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center).

Cognition and Mood
Focuses on the relationship of cognitive processes and evoked emotional states on decision making, as well as the dissemination and exploration of novel, empirically-supported treatments for attention deficit disorder. Led by Dr. Seth Harty.

Dream Research
Conducts research on using dreams in therapy, including use with international student populations and Asian populations. Led by Dr. Wonjin Sim.

Girls' Studies and Youth Activism
This group examines the lives of children and young adults from an intersectionality perspective, explores youth experiences of and resistance to oppression, girls' and young adults' engagement in social justice advocacy and activism, and collaborates with community based programs designed to empower girls of color. Led by Dr. Britney Brinkman.

International Communities
Examines the health disparities of international populations (e.g. immigrants, refugees, international students) as well as the cross-cultural perspectives of diversity and multiculturalism among communities from different countries. Led by Dr. Arlette Ngoubene-Atioky.

Intersectional Identities
Explores the intersectionality of cultural identities (e.g. race, ethnicity, gender identification, affectional orientation, SES, immigration status, and age) and its relation to social power, privilege, oppression, and wellbeing. Led by Dr. Arlette Ngoubene-Atioky.

Adherence Research
Evaluates the quality of Problem Solving Therapy (PST) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) in intervention and prevention sessions. The current project will evaluate PST for family caregivers of veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury. Led by Dr. Jennifer Morse in collaboration with Dr. Linda Garand (Duquesne University).

Group Therapy
Focuses on extending our understanding of group dynamics and mechanisms of change in effective group therapy, with a particular focus on group intervention with traditionally underserved and culturally diverse populations. Led by Dr. Jill Paquin.

Women in Male-Dominated Careers
Focuses on examining facilitative factors and barriers to advancement and career success for women working in STEM and other traditionally male-dominated fields. Led by Dr. Jill Paquin.

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

Eating & Weight Psychosocial Research
Explores psychosocial factors that determine eating behaviors. Led by Drs. Anthony Goreczny and Joseph Wister.

+Sample Classes

PSY711       Multicultural & Diversity Issues in Counseling Psych
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.

PSY718       Psychology and Sustainability
The course presents the interface between environment and sustainability issues and the discipline of counseling psychology. Students review psychological literature about the relationship between environmental problems/solutions and human health and well-being, as well as implications of this for psychologists' work with individuals, families, and communities.

PSY814       Psychopathology, Resilience, and Evidence-Based Practice
The course addresses theories and research related to psychopathology, as well as the strength-based perspective in counseling psychology. Major approaches to understanding adaptive and maladaptive behavior of individuals, such as psychoanalytic, humanistic, social constructivist, systemic, and social learning, will be discussed.

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Pittsburgh

The Huffington Post has praised Pittsburgh as "a modern mecca of culture and education, [and] a hidden gem." Pittsburgh offers an unparalleled range of internship opportunities for healthcare professionals, unemployment rates significantly lower than the national average, and a low cost of living, especially in light of its size and amenities. According to national polls conducted by such organizations as Forbes and U.S. News and World Report, it is the safest mid-sized city and the most livable city in the country.

And not only that: in the Pittsburgh region within the next ten years, more than 290,000 Baby Boomers now in the workforce will be eligible to retire, and more than 50,000 new jobs are expected to be created here. **

* http://www.aboutpgh.com/
** Inflection Point: Supply, Demand and the Future of Work in the Pittsburgh Region from the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, May 2016.

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY

The Counseling Psychology program at Chatham is a community of diverse learners. We strive to create an atmosphere of safety, support, and respect by:

  • Welcoming community members from the full spectrum of human experience, including age, class, ethnicity, gender identity, physical abilities, political beliefs, race, religion, sexual orientation, spirituality, and size
  • Acknowledging the role power and privilege play in our multiple, intersecting identities and working toward a climate of egalitarianism, justice, and affirmation of all persons
  • Infusing consideration of multicultural issues into every aspect of graduate training, including classroom instruction, practicum and internship experience, and dissertation research