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School of Counseling and Counseling Psychology

Counseling Psychology, PhD


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 (PDF)


ASU programs that may lead to professional licensure or certification are intended to prepare students for potential licensure or certification in Arizona. Completion of an ASU program may not meet educational requirements for licensure or certification in another state. For more information, students should visit the ASU professional licensure webpage.

Mission statement

ASU's counseling psychology doctoral program provides curriculum in health service psychology which 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.

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.

For information on the Counseling Psychology program, please review the program handbook (PDF).

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.


Applications for fall 2024 are now closed.

All required application materials must be submitted by November 15 to be considered for admission for the following fall semester.

The counseling psychology PhD program offers preference to applicants with a master’s degree in psychology, counseling or a closely related field. Please consider applying to the Master of Counseling (MC) program if you do not have a graduate degree.

New students begin the program in the fall semesters only.

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Cheryl Warner, PhD
Clinical Associate Professor
Director, Counseling Psychology PhD Training
Counseling and Counseling Psychology 

Payne Hall (EDB) 401
Tempe campus
Mail Code 0811

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

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School of Counseling and Counseling Psychology

Cheryl Warner

Cheryl Warner
Training Director