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Counseling Psychology (PhD)

Mission Statement

The counseling psychology program at Arizona State University (ASU) is a doctoral program in health service psychology that prepares students to become scientist-practitioners of counseling psychology. Graduates are license eligible as psychologists in Arizona and other states with comparable licensure requirements. With its central focus on multicultural competence and social justice, students learn to conduct empirical research and develop clinical skills to promote the health of individuals, families, groups, and organizations in a diverse society.

About the Program

The doctoral program (PhD) in counseling psychology received initial accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA) in 1972, and is currently accredited through 2020. If you wish to become better educated about APA’s standards for accreditation, we strongly encourage you to visit APA’s Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation. The doctoral program in counseling psychology closely adheres to the scientist-practitioner training model in preparing graduates for employment in academic and/or service-delivery settings. Although faculty interests are diverse, there is a common emphasis on empirical data as the basis for professional practice. The program faculty has endorsed the APA’s Guidelines on Multicultural Education, Training, Research, Practice, and Organizational Change for Psychologists, Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Girls and Women, Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming People, and the Guidelines for Psychological Practice with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients.

Lisa Spanierman, Faculty Head

Frank Dillon, Training Director

Applications for fall 2020 admission are now closed.

New students begin the program in fall semesters only.

All application materials must be submitted by December 1 in order to ensure consideration for admission the following fall semester.

The program is providing preference to applicants with a master’s degree in psychology, counseling, or a closely related field for the Counseling Psychology PhD admission. Please consider applying to the Master of Counseling program if you do not have a graduate degree.

Apply to the Counseling Psychology PhD Program

Applicants please note, ONE (1) official transcript is required as part of the application process for both your undergraduate degree and graduate degree. The official transcripts are to be sent directly to the ASU Graduate Admission. A separate transcript is not needed for the program.


Visit Graduate Admission for contact and address information.


For information on the Counseling Psychology program, please review the:

Program Handbook

Please email us for questions not addressed in the handbook, or contact individual faculty members. Due to the large number of applicants, please be patient with faculty inquiries. Faculty members do welcome your questions and will respond as time permits.

Additional recourses available here:

Counseling Psychology (PhD) Degree


The doctoral program in counseling psychology at Arizona State University is accredited by the American Psychological Association. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the APA Commission on Accreditation:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-336-5979 / Email APA

Student Admission, Outcomes, and Other Data  

Contact Us

Lisa Spanierman, PhD
Professor and Faculty Head
Counseling and Counseling Psychology
Mail Code 0811
Payne Hall (EDB) 446
Tempe campus

Mailing address:
Counseling and Counseling Psychology
Arizona State University
PO Box 870811
Tempe, AZ 85287-0811