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Counseling Faculty

Ph.D. Program - Counseling Psychology

The Counseling Psychology program at The University of Tennessee has been accredited by the American Psychological Association* (APA) since 1980. Of more than 70 APA-accredited Counseling Psychology programs actively admitting new students, the University of Tennessee program is the 20th oldest, and the third oldest in the Southeastern U.S. It is also one of only fourteen programs currently housed in a Department of Psychology. Please follow this link for other program data to help in making comparisons about acceptance rates, time to graduation, availability of assistantships, program costs, and the success of our students in applying for internships.

With 5 students admitted annually, approximately 25-30 students are enrolled at any time. We are very proud of our diverse student body. Of the 20 students we have admitted in the past four years, 30% were U.S. ethnic minority students. Our student body is also diverse with respect to age and many other demographic variables. We admit some students each year who have already earned a Masters degree, some who come directly from an undergraduate program, and others who have been working in the field for some time. In selecting students for admission, we emphasize a diversity of life experience because we place a high value on what each student can teach others as they progress through the program. If you are interested in applying to our program, follow this link for prospective students.

The program faculty consists of seven full-time core members, and one other contributing faculty member with primary interests in counseling psychology. Our faculty members are a dynamic mix of Assistant Professors pursuing ambitious, relatively new programs of research, together with seasoned Associate and Full Professors with many years of research and teaching experience. In addition to research and teaching, faculty members are actively engaged in a wide range of professional activities, including independent practice and consultation.

A relatively unique feature of our program is the scientist-practitioner-advocate model of training, which we have strongly endorsed. Students are immersed in a sequence of coursework and field learning experiences designed to develop a broad base of psychological knowledge, and a high level of skills in both research and practice. This training enables graduates of our program to become behavioral scientists, skilled in the application of psychological research, and effective at providing services for a wide variety of clients in a broad range of settings. The advocacy component of training emphasizes social justice, multiculturalism, and the tools to work for social change. As students integrate all three of these training components they learn to attend to the social and cultural context that influences an individual client's presenting problem; and they develop skills for intervening not just at the individual or group level, but also at the level of social systems and organizations. Students acquire skills for consultation and advocacy, and the ability to conduct social action research that can become a basis for influencing public policy. In 2012 our program received the prestigious Innovation in Graduate Education Award from the American Psychological Association for our Scientist-Practitioner-Advocate training model. CLICK HERE to find out more about our training model.

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