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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 2019.

Chatham University's Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program provides the foundational knowledge of the science of psychology and builds students' research skills for advancement in the field. The program aims to prepare students to become competent providers of counseling psychology services in the context of a diverse community and the ever-evolving healthcare environment.

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.

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 / Chatham University

Counseling Psychology Chatter

  • "Our students learn and are committed to seeing the people they work with as unique, "whole" individuals, with rich histories, hopes, dreams, and courage. Students and faculty feel honored to be part of their clients' life journeys toward health and happiness."

    – Mary Beth Mannarino, PhD
    Associate Professor

  • "I'm very proud of our students and the training we provide. I'm consistently told by internship supervisors that our students are well-trained, responsible, and eager learners."

    – Anthony Isacco, PhD
    Assistant Professor

  • "Our master's programs strive to embody the core value of promoting, valuing, and supporting diversity in all of its forms. Importantly, this includes welcoming students from diverse backgrounds and life circumstances, and actively supporting them as they embark on a variety of exciting and challenging career paths."

    – Jill Cyranowski, PhD
    Associate Professor

  • "The MAP and MSCP programs aim at offering a diversity of clinical training experiences to students. Our programs prepare students for psychology work in multiple professional settings."

    – Arlette Ngoubene-Atioky PhD
    Assistant Professor

  • "Small classes give me an opportunity to provide individualized feedback and to do more hands-on activities rather than relying on didactic lectures."

    – Jennifer Morse, PhD
    Assistant Professor

  • "We prepare empathic, compassionate, informed, and scientifically savvy counselors to help those who need us in real world situations."

    – Robert Gallan, PhD
    Director of Infant Mental Health Programs

  • "Our students are trained to be complete counselors who are competent in multicultural issues and are globally conscious."

    – Wonjin Sim, PhD
    Assistant Professor


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MSCP Core Values and Identity Statement

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.

We celebrate our history and proudly educate students from these core values.

While both Counseling Psychology and Counselor Education programs lead to licensure in Pennsylvania (LPC), we believe that the standards of training and core values of counseling psychology reflect the mission statement of our program and the training students receive. Further, we believe that a foundation in counseling psychology better equips students for the challenges and rewards of professional counseling.

Commitment to Diversity

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 Groups

Psychology of Gender Research Team

Co-directed by Dr. Britney Brinkman and Dr. Anthony Isacco, the research team includes a dynamic network of researchers, practitioners, and students and is the home base for a wide variety of research projects. Learn more »

Women's Career Development

Focuses on leadership experiences and confidence in negotiation. Led by Dr. Gina Zanardelli with Dr. Arlette Ngoubene-Atioky.

Dream Research Group

Conducts research on using dreams in therapy and how to conduct dream sessions. Led by Dr. Wonjin Sim.

International Communities Research Team

Examines the mental health concerns and social disparities of international populations (e.g. immigrants, refugees, international students). Led by Dr. Arlette Ngoubene-Atioky.

Adherence Research Team

Evaluates the quality of Problem Solving Therapy (PST) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) in intervention and prevention sessions. Led by Dr. Jennifer Morse.

Transgender Research Team

Coding for PhotoVoice project qualitative data. Led by Dr. Jennifer Morse in collaboration with Dr. Michael Marshall (University of Pittsburgh).

Intellectual Disability Quality of Life Team

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

Eating & Weight Psychosocial Research Group

Explores psychosocial factors that determine eating behaviors. Led by Dr. Anthony Goreczny & Dr. Joseph Wister.

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