Overview of the Doctoral Program

GraduationThe Counseling Psychology Doctoral program is a 5-6 year, full-time APA-accredited doctoral training program. Training is based on the scientist-practitioner training model, with opportunities for research involvement especially in applied, empirically-supported interventions. Strong and involved research mentoring prepares graduates with academic interests by involving students in the publication process and providing opportunities for professional presentation experience. Research, teaching, and clinical assistantships are routinely available which include a monthly stipend, health insurance and tuition waiver.

Please review the Student Admissions Outcomes and Other Data for program admission and graduation rates and other important program outcome statistics.

Students obtain close supervision by program faculty members in assessment and evidence-based intervention approaches as well as specialized training in anger management, motivational interviewing, and parent skills training through our in-house training clinic, the Community Counseling and Assessment Clinic. Clinical experiences in a variety of settings (e.g., Student Counseling Services, Gulf Coast VA Medical Center, Pine Belt Mental Healthcare Resources, etc.) are also available to advanced graduate students. Over the past 9 years, our internship match rate has been approximately 90%, with virtually 100% of matched applicants being matched with their top two preferred internship sites. Additionally, coursework and practica in clinical supervision is integrated into the training opportunities available.

Prospective students, please see this welcome letter from Dr. Nicholson, Training Director of the Counseling Psychology Graduate programs.