Counseling Psychology

The Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology was registered with the New York State Department of Education for the professional preparation of psychologists in 1971. Since then, graduates of the program have been considered fully qualified psychologists with specialized training in counseling and eligible for licensure by the state.

The Counseling Psychology program has been fully accredited since 1981 by the American Psychological Association, Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation, 750 First Street, NE, Washington DC 20002-4242 (202-336-5979). Questions related to the program's accreditation status may be directed to this office.

In 1989, the Department of Counselor Education and the Department of Educational Psychology were merged into the current Department of Applied Psychology.

The major philosophical principles underlying the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology at NYU Steinhardt are:

1) a focus on a developmental understanding of clients;
2) a commitment to a health and wellness model of intervention and research;
3) an appreciation of the gendered, cultural, class, and institutional context of people's lives as these affect both clients and counselors.

We consider these principles to be central to our definition of Counseling Psychology.

The goals of our program are to:

  • produce graduates who are knowledgeable regarding current clinical theory
  • produce graduates who understand adaptive and maladaptive human functioning across the lifespan
  • produce graduates who are prepared to function as multi-faceted and multi-skilled professionals in a wide range of roles as counseling psychologists
  • produce graduates whose professional identity is that of a counseling psychologist and who are able acquire additional knowledge appropriate to this specialty
  • produce graduates who have attained awareness, knowledge, skills, and attitudes to work effectively with, and conduct research, about the lives of individuals from diverse backgrounds, particularly in urban settings
  • produce graduates who have developed a high level of ethical sensitivity and behavior in their professional roles as researchers and practitioners
  • produce graduates who are knowledgeable about the research process and the creation of new knowledge

Read more about student admissions, outcomes, and other data.

Read the Counseling Psychology Student Handbook for more information about the program.