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This American Psychological Association-accredited PhD program in counseling psychology adheres closely to the scientist-practitioner training model in preparing graduates for employment in academic and service delivery settings. Although faculty interests are diverse, there is a common emphasis on empirical data as the basis for culturally responsive professional practice. The faculty have endorsed the following from the APA: Ethical Principles of Psychologists and Code of Conduct; Guidelines on Multicultural Education, Training, Research, Practice and Organizational Change for Psychologists; and Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Clients.
One manifestation of the program's commitment to the scientist-practitioner model is the three complementary functions of the program's state-of-the-art counselor training center: service delivery, clinical training and research.
Faculty research foci include couple and family relationships, intersections of ethnic and gender identities, counseling process and outcome, mental health disparities, socioeconomic status and financial stress, career development, retention in education, children and adolescents, and play therapy.