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PhD in Counseling Psychology

Student Experience

Student Socialization Opportunities

On top of the major components of the CNPS Doctoral Program (coursework, clinical training, and research training), another key feature of the program is providing students with the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in networking, service, teaching, and mentoring through the following opportunities. 

Applied Psychology Departmental Colloquium 

The AP Department Colloquium, which meets monthly is required for all first-year students in the CNPS program and strongly encourage for more advanced students. This colloquium series is designed to introduce students to the Department and to the faculty across programs, to foster a sense of community among students, and to contribute to the scholarly and intellectual life of the Department.  As a core component of the training program, this 1-year monthly series exposes students to critical work in the areas of theory, practice, research, and consultation. Through presentations by nationally recognized experts, faculty, and students, the colloquium will explore substantive, methodological, and professional issues in psychology. 

CNPS Brown Bag Monthly Series

The Counseling Brown Bag series is a monthly forum for students and faculty to come together to learn about a variety of topics salient to the discipline, development, and profession of counseling and clinical psychology. These monthly forums are intended to bring together the counseling community and help develop collective knowledge on topics such as students' and faculties' ongoing clinical work, insights from clinicians from various healthcare settings, and exposure to a variety of therapeutic modalities and interventions. 

Diversity Dialogues

Beginning Fall 2020, The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of NYU's Doctoral Program in Counseling Psychology will be hosting monthly "Diversity Dialogues: to facilitate discourse on various diversity-related topics and issues relevant to researchers and practitioners in the field of psychology. Topics include: 

  • Understanding Intersectional Identities in Clinical Practice

The Graduate School Diversity Initiative

The Graduate School Diversity Initiative (GSDI) was conceived and developed by Tania Chowdhury and, with the help of Taymy Caso and Michelle Vardanian, was rolled out in Spring 2018. The objective of this initiative is to provide low-income students from underrepresented populations, which includes racial/ethnic minorities, gender/sexual minorities, students with disabilities, and first-generation college students, with tools and resources to prepare them for graduate school. This initiative intends to help undergraduates, post-baccalaureate students, and graduate students in the NYU community in their pursuit of a graduate degree in Psychology by offering guidance and mentorship. Workshops and events will be held to assist interested individuals during multiple steps of this endeavor, including helping identify academic interests and goals, navigating the graduate school admissions process, assisting in completing applications, putting together resumes/CVs, providing test preparation, conducting mock interviews, providing opportunities to network with faculty members and students, and providing additional resources, within our capability, to help navigate the various barriers that would otherwise deter them from applying to graduate school, i.e. providing financial assistance to be used towards application fees. The broader goal of this initiative is to increase and retain students from diverse backgrounds in higher education. 

Student Action Group

The Student Action Group (SAG) is a student-founded and student-run organization. The goal of SAG is to work towards the continued growth and development of the Counseling Psychology Program. The organization seeks to develop and maintain an ongoing working relationship with the faculty in an effort to strengthen our identity as a doctoral program and as counseling psychologists. SAG members are doctoral students from the Counseling Psychology program. Members attend SAG meetings, plan and attend social events, and help bring about changes in the Counseling Psychology doctoral program by working collaboratively with the faculty and administration. 

Teaching Experiences & Mentorship

The ability to teach is an important aspect of the program goal to produce scientist-practitioners who are capable of serving as professionals in academic institutions. Besides teaching the Individual Counseling Practice courses for the MA programs, students will have the opportunity for mentorship by teaching other courses at NYU. All students who teach courses at NYU are either paid hourly as TA's or per course as adjunct instructors. The department also offers students the opportunity to teach as Adjunct Faculty. 

Before Counseling Psychology

Current students experiences before entering the Counseling Psychology program.

Undergraduate Degrees in:

  • Art History
  • Economics 
  • Korean Language and Literature 
  • Psychology 

Completed Master's Degrees:

Completed a master’s degree before enrolling in Counseling Psychology. 

  • 73% Yes
  • 27% No

Master’s Degrees in:

  • Clinical/Counseling Psychology
  • Human Development Studies
  • International Education Policy
  • Neuroscience and Education
  • Prevention Science
  • Public Policy

Full-time Job:

100% of all students had a full-time job before enrolling in Counseling Psychology. 

Employment Areas:

Counseling Psychology Students who worked full-time held jobs in the following areas:

  • Project Assistant/Manager
  • Research Assistant 
  • Research Coordinator 

Average Age:

  • 25 years old when applying

Meet Our Current Students

McKenzie Berezin

Principal Advisor(s): Dr. Shabnam Javdani

Tania Chowdhury

Principal Advisor(s): Dr. Sumie Okazaki

Amrita Mitchell-Krishnan

Principal Advisor(s): Dr. Anil Chacko

Christina Seowoo Lee

Principal Advisor(s): Dr. Sumie Okazaki

Brittany Matthews

Principal Advisor(s): Dr. Anil Chacko

Victoria Monte

Principal Advisor(s): Dr. William Tsai

Aakriti Prasai

Principal Advisor(s): Dr. Sumie Okazaki

Michelle Vardanian

Principal Advisor(s): Dr. Anil Chacko

Christina Wusinich

Principal Advisor(s): Dr. Alisha Ali and Dr. Lisa Suzuki

Yikai Xu

Principal Advisor(s): Dr. William Tsai

Jen Ying Zhen Ang

Principal Advisor(s): Dr. William Tsai