Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology | Chatham University, Pittsburgh, PA

Chatham University

Chatham University's Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) in Counseling Psychology program is one of a small number of APA-accredited Counseling Psychology PsyD programs in the nation. Our program is distinguished by:

The practice of counseling grounded in the science of psychology

The practice of counseling grounded in the science of psychology

Emphasis on promoting sustainable health and well-being

Emphasis on promoting sustainable health and well-being

Focus on clients' assets and strengths

Focus on clients' assets and strengths

Strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice

Strong commitment to diversity, inclusion and social justice

Access to a broad range of training opportunities

Access to a broad range of training opportunities on- and off-campus

The Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology program invites applications from students holding a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in psychology, counseling, or a related field. The PsyD is a full-time program, admitting students each fall.

  • Students entering with a Bachelors will earn both a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology (MSCP) and their PsyD through a streamlined program of 106 credits, including coursework, practicum training, dissertation, and internship. After 48 credits, the Master of Science in Counseling Psychology degree will be bestowed. This approach allows students to save 27 credits (approximately $27,000) when compared with completing the MSCP and PsyD programs sequentially. Learn more.

  • Students entering with a Master's degree will work with their advisor to complete an individualized plan of study, taking into account graduate-level coursework already completed. Learn more.

Chatham University's Doctor of Psychology in Counseling Psychology (PsyD) is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA).

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Individuals coming in with a Masters degree may complete the PsyD degree in as few as four years (three years on campus plus one year of internship), while those coming in with a Bachelors degree may finish in as few as five years (four years on campus and one year of internship). Students have the flexibility to take more time to finish their degree, if it fits with their personal circumstances.

  • Students entering with a Masters degree will work with their advisor to complete an individualized plan of study, taking into account graduate-level coursework already completed. They may petition to have up to 36 credits waived toward completion of their PsyD degree.

  • Please note that all students must complete at least 79 credits at Chatham.

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PSY711: Multicultural & Diversity Issues in Counseling Psych

The course provides an in-depth exploration of cultural differences as they impact the counseling relationship. Identity development theory is examined, as is multicultural research methods and findings. Finally, the significance of both between-group and within-group differences is explored for their relative influence on the process of therapeutic change.

PSY715: Ethical Issues in Counseling Psychology

This course focuses on providing students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to perform ethical practice with clients across the full dimension of human experience, using the APA Ethics Guidelines as a foundation.

PSY814: Psychopathology, Resilience, and Evidence-Based Practice

The course addresses theories and research related to psychopathology, as well as the strength-based perspective in counseling psychology. Major approaches to understanding adaptive and maladaptive behavior of individuals, such as psychoanalytic, humanistic, social constructivist, systemic, and social learning, is discussed.

Faculty & Students

Research & Practice

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.

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