PhD in Counseling Psychology

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Attend Our Information Session: October 3, 2023

Join us for an Information Session for our Counseling Psychology Program. You will have an opportunity to meet with the Director of the Program and the Graduate Admissions Recruiter as we discuss program highlights, curriculum and the application process. There will be plenty of time for Q & A, so have your questions ready.

The Information Session will be held on Tuesday October 3rd, at 7:00pm CST. Please RSVP at the link below.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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A scientist-practitioner model program, accredited by the American Psychological Association

Our doctoral program in counseling psychology is based on a scientist-practitioner model for training professional psychologists and is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Students acquire a solid foundation of knowledge in the biological, cognitive, affective, individual and social bases of human behavior.


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Program Highlights

  • APA accredited since 2002
  • Accomplished research faculty: Our faculty is involved in providing community engaged research and service with a strong commitment to multicultural and diversity research. Two of our faculty are fellows of APA divisions.
  • Highly diverse practicum training experiences in premier hospitals and with veterans affairs care providers
  • Student success: A large majority of students are receiving their top-ranked internship, and students are also receiving highly competitive post-doctoral placements. Students receive strong research training, including the opportunity to work with nationally and internationally known qualitative researchers. Many of our alumni continue to be highly accomplished leaders in their respective areas of specialty.

Learning Outcomes

In this PhD programs, we prepare students to:

  • Attain a breadth of knowledge in psychology and integrate the knowledge in student's work as health service psychologists. Students become knowledgeable in the history of science and psychology, plus gain and integrate knowledge of affective aspects of behavior in clinical practice including biological, developmental, social, and cognitive.
  • Produce quality research to improve the lives of others. Students acquire knowledge of research methodology and techniques of data analysis and conduct empirical studies on topics important to clinical and professional practice or concerns. Students are also prepared to disseminate these findings in community and professional settings.
  • Engage in a range of professional activities important to health service psychology, such as behavioral and psychological assessment, clinical interventions, supervision, consultation, and research. Students gain experience and achieve competence in multiple roles important to health service psychology as part of their research and clinical training. As such, students have opportunities to learn how to provide clinical services, supervise, and provide consultation services.
  • Integrate science and clinical practice and use this integration to inform their activities as health service psychologists. Students are trained in and knowledgeable of theories and methods of diagnosis, assessment and psychological measurement, effective and evidence.

Career Opportunities

Graduates are prepared to practice as psychologists, professors, consultants, administrators and researchers.

About 75% of our student are practicing psychologists, many who go on to take leadership positions in their settings which include:

  • Training Directors
  • Lead Psychologists
  • Clinical Supervisors
  • Clinic Directors or Presidents of Private Practices
  • Dean of Diversity

Another 25% of students go on to attain faculty positions, teaching and researching.

Faculty Accomplishments

Dr. Alan Burkard has a 2 million dollar SAMHSA grant focused on providing providing evidence-based interventions to children under the age of six. 

Drs. Sarah Knox and Lynne Knobloch-Fedders are both fellows of the APA.

Dr. Lisa Edwards is known nationally for her work with positive psychology and Latinx research.

Dr. Sarah Knox is nationally and internationally known for her work as a qualitative researcher.

State Licensure

Programs: PhD in Counseling Psychology

Satisfies Educational Requirements: WI

Does Not Satisfy Educational Requirements: None

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Application Deadline

December 1st for the following fall term.

Application Requirements

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  • For international applicants only: a TOEFL score or other acceptable proof of English proficiency.
  • After all applications are reviewed, the highest ranking applicants will be contacted for an interview with the faculty. This is required for admission. International applicants residing in foreign countries and applicants with extenuating circumstances may conduct their interviews over the phone. These interviews are normally held on the last Friday in January. 

1Upon admission, final official transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities, with certified English translations if original language is not English, must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

2Upon admission, an official course-by-course transcript/academic record evaluation must be submitted to the Graduate School within the first five weeks of the term of admission or a hold preventing registration for future terms will be placed on the student’s record. 

In recent years, new full-time doctoral students have been supported by part-time research assistantships through the department. Scholarships have helped some additional students, and a variety of fellowships and other options are available.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents may be eligible to apply for need-based federal aid (loans) to help fund their educational expenses as well.