The Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UT), was the first doctoral program accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) under a scientist-practitioner-advocate training model1. We believe rigorous science and competent practice are central to the roles of counseling psychologists and our training emphasizes developing students as competent and ethical researchers and clinicians. We also believe counseling psychologists need the skills to intervene (and empower their research participants and clients to intervene) directly to address social problems and inequities at organizational, systems, and policy levels (Mallinckrodt, Miles, & Levy, 2014). In 2012, the UT Counseling Psychology Program received the Innovation in Graduate Education Award from APA for our scientist-practitioner-advocate training model.
Our students are immersed in coursework and practicum experiences designed to develop a broad base of knowledge, skills, and awareness to prepare them to be culturally competent and ethical researchers, clinicians, and social justice advocates. Students also learn that these roles are not mutually exclusive, but that our research can be used for and informed by our advocacy and clinical practice and vice versa.
We typically admit 5 students per year (based on our ability to fully fund our admitted students), therefore 25-30 students are usually enrolled at any time. We strive to admit a diverse student body. Some admitted students have an undergraduate degree and some have a master’s degree. Some have also been out of school and working prior to being admitted. If you are interested in applying to our program, please review the links to the right to learn more about our program, our faculty, our students, and the application process. Additional program data can be found here.
1The UT Counseling Psychology Program was first accredited under the scientist-practitioner-advocate training model in 2009, but it has been continuously accredited by the APA since 1980, previously under a scientist-practitioner training model.
Joseph R. Miles, Ph.D.
Program Administrative Assistant
The Counseling Psychology program has been accredited by APA since 1980. Our next accreditation site visit is scheduled for 2025.
For more information about accreditation, please contact:
APA Commission on Accreditation
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Please contact Ms. Connie Ogle at firstname.lastname@example.org for graduate programs application information.