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Counseling Psychology (PhD)

About the Program

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 Multicultural Counseling Competencies of the American Counseling Association and the Guidelines on Multicultural Education, Training, Research, Practice, and Organizational Change for Psychologists and Guidelines for Psychotherapy with Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Clients of the American Psychological Association.

The counseling psychology program is a recipient of the 2006 Suinn Minority Achievement Award from the American Psychological Association for its commitment to ethnic minority issues in psychology.

Lisa Spanierman, Faculty Head

Ashley Randall, Training Director

Applications for fall 2019 admission are now open.

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