Counseling Psychology (PsyD)

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Counseling Psychology (PsyD) Overview

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. Our program is distinguished by the practice of counseling grounded in the science of psychology; a focus on clients' assets and strengths; a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice; and access to a broad range of training opportunities on- and off-campus. The PsyD is a full-time program, admitting students each fall.
Degrees Offered
  • Doctorate
Program School

Application Deadline

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.

Credits Required

103

This number includes 85 post-master's-degree credits

Cost Per Credit

$1,049

Cost consists of program tuition (cost per credit times number of credits) as well as any applicable University and degree-specific fees.

Program Excellence

Accreditation

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 Psychology (PsyD) Degree:

Students entering with a Bachelors will earn both a Master of Arts in Psychology (MAP) and their PsyD through a streamlined program of 103 credits, including coursework, practicum training, dissertation, and internship. After 36 credits, the Master of Psychology degree will be bestowed. This approach allows students to save 27 credits (approximately $27,000) when compared with completing the MAP and PsyD programs sequentially.

Students entering with a master's degree will work with their advisor to complete an individualized plan of study, taking into account graduate-level coursework already completed. 

When requesting information or applying to the PsyD program, please note:

  • PsyD is the choice as a master-level perspective PsyD student.
  • EPsyD is the choice as a bachelor-level perspective PsyD student.

Please note: The GRE test is not required for the fall 2022 application (12/1/21 deadline); as well, at this time, the GRE test is not being required for all future PsyD/EPsyD start dates.  

Pre-requisites

  • 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)

Application Requirements 

Our application cycle for fall 2022 will open as we near the start of fall 2021 (August) courses.

If you have not already, please request info from Admissions to get updated communications from the graduate admissions department on availability of the new application cycle.

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:
Chatham University

Office of Graduate Admission - Berry Hall
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

Application documents should be sent to the Admissions Office only.

Admission Process

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

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.

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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

Our Faculty

Faculty members are accomplished teachers, scholars, practitioners, and active leaders in the field.

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WELL Project

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
Photo of a patient holding a tablet with a video call open, speaking to a medical professional.

Telehealth Training

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 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.