Counseling Psychology (PhD)
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 has been continuously accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1972 and is currently accredited through 2030. 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
Graduates of our American Psychological Association-accredited doctoral program in counseling psychology meet the licensure requirements of most states. Because requirements vary by state, we recommend that students consult the licensing requirements for the state in which they intend to reside. Contact information for licensing boards by state is available at the Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards and ASU’s Professional Licensure website.
Applications for fall 2021 admission are now closed.
Please note, the GRE is now optional for the Counseling Psychology (PhD) program admission. We are working to reflect this change in the current admission application and other programmatic documentation. In the meantime, please email firstname.lastname@example.org if there are any questions.
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.
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.
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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: