Applied Psychology


Since 1989, the Department of Applied Psychology has been home to some of the best minds and boldest thinking in the fields of psychology and counseling. With a focus both on theory and practical application, students and faculty strive to employ the intricacies of psychology in all frontiers of the real world – not only in labs and psychiatric institutions, but in the workforce, home, classroom, and community. Located in the heart of New York City’s Greenwich Village, the Department offers students the chance to experience psychology amidst a richly cultured and diverse community and alongside one of the most renowned faculties in the nation.


The Department’s unique undergraduate program in Applied Psychology is designed to foster students’ knowledge of psychological theory, research, and practice through a wide variety of coursework and fieldwork. Students may also choose to participate in the Honors Program, conduct an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty member, or volunteer as research assistants on faculty research teams.

Our master’s programs offer students the opportunity to pursue professional preparation and study foundational to further graduate work in the fields of School Counseling, Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness, and Human Development and Social Intervention.

At the doctoral level, students study to become scientific practitioners, researchers, and scholars in the fields of Counseling Psychology, Developmental Psychology, and Psychology and Social Intervention.

Program Degree Description 
Applied Psychology BS The Bachelor of Science Program in Applied Psychology is an interdisciplinary program designed to teach students to bridge psychological theory, research, and practice in a multicultural world.  The program provides students with hands-on learning experiences that help them understand the range of work environments within the human services professions and the many ways that psychology and counseling are applied in both research and real-world settings—invaluable knowledge that helps our students make informed career decisions.
Global Public Health/Applied Psychology BS The Global Public Health/Applied Psychology major provides interdisciplinary training that bridges psychological theory, research, and practice with public health principles with the goal of improving health outcomes among diverse populations. The major links to the mission of the Department of Applied Psychology -- to prepare students both to understand and to intervene in human development across contexts and cultures.
School and Bilingual School Counseling MA 
Counseling and Guidance in Schools (CNGU-MA) P-12 program prepare graduates for careers as school counselors. Graduates are also eligible for New York State certification as a guidance counselor (P-12).

Counseling and Guidance in Bilingual School Counselor (CGB-MA) P-12 program prepares graduates for careers as school counselors and offers New York State certification as a guidance counselor (P-12) Bilingual school counselor; P-12 applicants must be proficient in the second language before applying.
Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness MA  Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness (CMHWA-MA) graduate education, and clinical training prepares graduates for careers as professional clinical counselors in a broad spectrum of settings, including community agencies,  mental health centers, hospitals, integrated behavioral health centers, and substance abuse treatment centers.
Human Development and Social Intervention MA  Human Development and Social Intervention program offers a distinct curriculum that explicitly emphasizes the practical skills of research design and methods, grant writing and grant management, and program development and evaluation from a community psychology perspective.
LGBT Health, Education, and Social Services Advanced Cert. The LGBT Health, Education, and Social Services advanced certificate program is for individuals who want to work with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals and/or to work on LGBT issues in educational, health, research, counseling, and community-based settings.  Through required and elective coursework you will gain greater knowledge about this specific population and develop skills to provide more effective services to LGBT people and organizations serving this population.
Counseling Psychology PhD Counseling Psychology Doctoral program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. This program prepares counseling psychologists for positions in colleges, community agencies, clinics, and hospitals. Students who complete the program are eligible to sit for the New York State Examination for Professional Practice in Psychology. 
Developmental Psychology PhD Developmental Psychology is a doctoral program in applied studies in perceptual, cognitive, and affective development. Emphasis is on the development of methodological sophistication and familiarity and competence in the research process. Specialization areas include neuropsychology, general developmental psychology, perception, and cognition.
Psychology and Social Intervention PhD Psychology and Social Intervention doctoral program prepares action scientists for diverse roles in academia and social research who can understand, transform, and improve the contexts and systems in which humans develop across the life span. Has a strong emphasis on analysis and prevention of psychological, social, educational, and health problems, as well as on the promotion of well-being in these domains from a systems perspective, including organizational, community, and policy levels. 

The Counseling Psychology Ph.D. degree is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association.

The MA Counseling Programs are accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of January 2015 through January 2025.


In each program, students have the opportunity to spearhead their own research projects and contribute to the work of our award-winning research faculty through laboratory- and field-based studies.

Among ongoing faculty projects are studies on the following subjects:

  • Cognition
  • Spirituality
  • Language
  • Working People's Lives
  • Applied Measurement and Research Methods
  • Health and Human Development
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Multicultural Assessment
  • Group and Organizational Dynamics
  • Psychopathology and Personality
  • Sexual and Gender Identities
  • Trauma and Resilience
  • Self-regulation and Academic Achievement
  • Intervention and Social Change
  • Schools and Communities
  • Cultural Contexts and Immigration


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