The Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at The University of Memphis is a full-time program
designed to train psychologists who promote human development in the areas of mental
health, emotional and social learning, career development, and decision-making in
a rapidly changing environment. Students entering with a master's degree typically
complete three years of coursework and a fourth year of predoctoral internship. The
majority of the students complete their dissertations prior to or during the internship
and graduate at the end of their fourth year. The program is administered through
the Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research, College of Education,
Health and Human Sciences. The program was accredited by the American Psychological
Association effective October, 1989*.
Training is organized around the scientist-practitioner model of critical thinking
and program faculty strive for an equivalent emphasis on developing both clinical
understanding and skills and facility with research. The program emphasizes responsibility
and commitment to human welfare. Didactic and experiential activities and coursework
are designed to anchor students firmly within the discipline of psychology. The program
emphasizes research, development, prevention, and remediation as vehicles for helping
individuals, families, and groups achieve competence and a sense of well-being. The
department has a strong commitment to training professionals to work with diverse
populations in urban settings.
Program Goals and Objectives
In accordance with the missions of the University, College, and Department, the Counseling
Psychology program prepares professional psychologists who, upon graduation, are expected
to become licensed and assume leadership roles in their communities. Students are
expected to acquire: (1) a knowledge and skills base in psychology, research, counseling,
psychological evaluation, and ethical, legal, and professional standards; (2) an identity
as a counseling psychologist; and (3) the cultural competence needed for working in
a diverse environment. The program is individualized to meet the students' goals.
Graduates are prepared for positions in various settings including university counseling
centers, community mental health centers, medical centers, independent practice, academia,
and business. More detailed information on program goals, objectives, and competencies
can be found here.
Faculty Research Teams
As with all doctoral programs, the Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology places a strong
value on engaging in the research process. Faculty supervise research teams that provide
students with opportunities to gain experience with the research process, present
at conferences, and publish. Current teams are studying college student alcohol use,
GLBT issues, international issues, multicultural and early family career issues, wellness,
domestic violence, and masculinity. For examples of collaborative research, see the
Program Highlights and Research Team links in the right sidebar.
The program admits between 7 and 9 students each year. Applicants are admitted once
each year and are expected to begin coursework in the Fall semester; applicants for
Spring admission are not considered. Students entering with a master's degree are
expected to spend a minimum of three years in residence in Memphis and then complete
a predoctoral internship in their fourth year. Students complete 78 hours of coursework
in the substantive areas of psychology and counseling psychology, 12 hours of dissertation
credit, and 9 hours of internship credit.
The Department has classrooms, group rooms, offices, video equipment, and personal
computers available to students. The Memphis urban area provides a wide variety of
field training sites including mental health centers, hospitals, college counseling
centers, criminal justice agencies, rehabilitation agencies, and private practice.
Student Financial Aid
Support is available through Graduate Assistantships in research, teaching, or administrative
work. The Department Chair, Dr. Doug Strohmer, makes assistantship assignments. Selected
community training sites appropriate for professional counseling psychologists offer
paid external placements that provide experience, training, and monetary stipends
through University-funded grants for some students. Regent Graduate Minority Fellowships
are available. Details are available in the Graduate Catalog. Eligible students may
also apply for available grants and loans.
Admission Requirements and Application Procedures
Applicants to the doctoral program in Counseling Psychology typically hold a Master's
degree (or equivalent) in counseling, psychology, or a related mental health field
and often have had substantial supervised counseling work experience. The following
master's level courses (or their equivalents) are typically completed as part of master's
level training in counseling or psychology programs. However, if these were not completed
in masters' programs, they are prerequisite to full admission in the doctoral program:
- Group Processes
- Theories of Counseling
- Career Counseling
- Assessment Techniques
Individuals without master's degrees are considered for admission only if they have
substantial post-bachelors academic, clinical, or research experience.
Applications for both the Graduate School and Department program must be completed.
Please refer to the Graduate School for the Graduate School admissions information or contact:
Office of Admissions
The University of Memphis
Administration, Suite 215
Memphis TN 38152
Applications are only available online:
Counseling Psychology Program
Dept. of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Research
The University of Memphis
100 Ball Hall
Memphis TN 38152
You may also download the above .pdf file for the application (you must have Adobe
reader to access this file) and complete and return the application in the mail to
the Departmental address above.
All applications must be received no later than January 15 to be considered for the
fall admission date. For more information regarding the Counseling Psychology program,
please contact Dr. Suzanne Lease.
*For information on accreditation, please visit the APA website at: http://www.apa.org/ed/accreditation/
Or contact them at:
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202 336-5979
Fax: 202 336-5978 email the Office at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Memphis, with a population of approximately one million, is one of the South's largest
and most attractive cities, offering an array of affordable housing, cultural attractions,
and a variety of opportunities for training and professional development. More detailed
information about the city's cultural and recreational opportunities is contained
in the current Graduate Catalog and at Portal Memphis.