Master of Science in Counseling Psychology | Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA

Chatham University

The M.S. in Counseling Psychology is accredited by the Masters in Psychology and Counseling Accreditation Council (MPCAC) for the period of April 2017–April 2027.


Our Mission is to train students from diverse backgrounds to be competent and ethical counselors who integrate a science-informed perspective with a strength-based approach to practice, to develop counselors who embrace the multicultural and social justice counseling competencies with diverse populations across a wide variety of settings, and to use psychological science as the foundation for training competent counseling practitioners who are eligible for state licensure.

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Our Approach

This graduate counseling psychology program focuses on the professional, intellectual, and personal growth of students, emphasizing human-centered values as well as evidence-informed treatment approaches. The psychology-based curriculum integrates theoretical foundations, experiential perspectives, and research methodologies with practice. In addition, students learn to assess persons in their familial and social contexts, design strategies for change, and evaluate the effectiveness of those interventions. Students are further encouraged to be mindful of the socio-cultural diversity of individuals, families, and groups. Successful completion of the counseling psychology courses prepares students for master's-level positions in professions promoting the optimal development of individuals, families, groups, and organizations. Graduates of the program will be ready for employment in agencies providing mental and physical health services, social services and other educational, professional, and business organizations.

Faculty & Students

Research & Practice

What you can expect

The Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program's approach is successful not only because of its framework, but also its execution. Through an importance on research, theory, and practice in academics and a culture that values diversity among students and faculty alike, our program creates an informed, engaged community. This results in our graduates completing their master of counseling psychology degree with a heightened understanding of the world and the human condition that makes them more prepared to contribute to the health and well-being of people.

M.S. in Counseling Psychology program's approach to create compassionate psychology practitioners / Chatham University


Where You Can Go

Family Links
Grane Hospice
Hope Grows
Cleveland Clinic
University of Pittsburgh
Slippery Rock University
Homewood Children's Village
University of Georgia
Wesley Spectrum
Gateway Rehab
Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR)


The profession of Counseling Psychology has a rich and meaningful history of being the meeting point between Counseling and Psychology – two distinct, yet overlapping disciplines. Chatham University's Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology is steeped in this history and the core values of Counseling Psychology, which include »»»»


  • strength-based approaches
  • social justice and advocacy
  • science-informed practice
  • multicultural competence
  • vocational psychology/career development
  • normative human development
  • prevention and outreach in the community


The Counseling Psychology masters program at Chatham University attracts a community of diverse learners. We believe that learning is optimized in an atmosphere of safety, support, and respect. We strive to create this atmosphere by welcoming community members from the full spectrum of human experience, including diversity in age, class, ethnicity, gender identity, physical abilities, political beliefs, race, religion, sexual orientation, spirituality, and size. We strive to acknowledge the role power and privilege play in our multiple, intersecting identities and to work towards creating a climate of egalitarianism, justice, and affirmation of all persons. We encourage students to challenge themselves to think beyond their current understanding of the world. As part of our program's commitment to diversity, we endeavor to infuse consideration of multicultural issues into every aspect of our students' graduate training, including classroom instruction, practicum and internship experience, and dissertation research.

Research Teams

Students have opportunities to engage in a broad array of faculty-led research. Learn about the work being done by our psychology research teams:

▶ Long Purple Line

Investigates perceptions of diversity, inclusion, exclusion, as well as experiences of discrimination among students at a university at the outset of its transition from single-sex to coeducation. Led by Drs. Jen MorseMary Jo Loughran, and Wonjin Sim.

▶ Women's Career Development

Focuses on leadership experiences and confidence in negotiation. Led by Dr. Gina Zanardelli.

▶ Psychological Well-Being

Focuses on collaborative projects that explore aspects of health and well-being across a variety of populations, including mental health professionals and counselors in training, college students, and individuals who have struggled with mental health issues. Led by Dr. Deanna Hamilton.

▶ Mood Disorders

This research team focuses on analyses of treatment trials for unipolar depression and anxious depression, many of which include novel variants of Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), an empirically-supported treatment for mood disorders. Led by Drs. Jill Cyranowski and Holly Swartz (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center).

▶ Dream Research 

Conducts research on using dreams in therapy, including use with international student populations and Asian populations. Led by Dr. Wonjin Sim.

▶ Girls' Studies and Youth Activism

This group examines the lives of children and young adults from an intersectionality perspective, explores youth experiences of and resistance to oppression, girls' and young adults' engagement in social justice advocacy and activism, and collaborates with community based programs designed to empower girls of color.

▶ International Communities

Examines the health disparities of international populations (e.g. immigrants, refugees, international students) as well as the cross-cultural perspectives of diversity and multiculturalism among communities from different countries. Led by Dr. Arlette Ngoubene-Atioky.

▶ Intersectional Identities

Explores the intersectionality of cultural identities (e.g. race, ethnicity, gender identification, affectional orientation, SES, immigration status, and age) and its relation to social power, privilege, oppression, and wellbeing. Led by Dr. Arlette Ngoubene-Atioky.

▶ Adherence Research

Evaluates the quality of Problem Solving Therapy (PST) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) in intervention and prevention sessions. The current project will evaluate PST for family caregivers of veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury. Led by Dr. Jennifer Morse in collaboration with Dr. Linda Garand (Duquesne University).

▶ Group Therapy

Focuses on extending our understanding of group dynamics and mechanisms of change in effective group therapy, with a particular focus on group intervention with traditionally underserved and culturally diverse populations. Led by Dr. Jill Paquin.

▶ Women in Male-Dominated Careers 

Focuses on examining facilitative factors and barriers to advancement and career success for women working in STEM and other traditionally male-dominated fields. Led by Dr. Jill Paquin.

▶ Intellectual Disability Quality of Life

Focuses on quality of life factors among individuals with intellectual disabilities and ways to improve them. Led by Dr. Anthony Goreczny.

▶ Eating & Weight Psychosocial Research

▶ Explores psychosocial factors that determine eating behaviors. Led by Drs. Anthony Goreczny and Joseph Wister.

Recent Grants

Jennifer Morse, PhD

Dr. Jennifer Morse received a $1.8 million grant for a program designed to raise the number of psychologists trained to meet the behavioral health needs of vulnerable and medically underserved populations and provide quality care in an interdisciplinary setting from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). This includes clients whose care is complex because of psychosocial pressures, required medical care, or both, such as LGBT youth, medically challenged youth, pediatric transplant patients, cancer patients, GI disease patients, and medically complex older adults. Learn more.

Dr. Wonjin Sim

Dr. Wonjin Sim has been awarded a grant to investigate the process and outcome of Vocational Growth Psychotherapy Sessions (VGPS) in India, Korea, Philippines, Myanmar, Vietnam, Malta, Czech Republic, Italy, Bosnia, Belorussia, Uganda, Kenya, Mexico, and Colombia using a mixed method practice-based evidence research. VGPS is a form of spiritually integrated psychotherapy and her research team is especially interested in studying spiritually integrated therapy as a way to improve the cultural sensitivity and effectiveness of psychotherapy for clients outside of North America.

Upcoming Events

Graduate Psychology - Virtual Information Session

Monday, November 11, 2019
12:00 PM - 01:00 PM

Interested in the field of Psychology? Please join us at our Graduate Psychology virtual information session hosted by a Chatham faculty member.

Our programs include the MA in Psychology, MS in Counseling Psychology and Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology.

This session includes a brief presentation and overview of the program followed by an open forum for questions and answers.

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