Counseling Psychology Prospective Students
Welcome Prospective Student;
We are delighted that you are interested in learning more about the APA-accredited doctoral program in Counseling Psychology (CPSY) at The University of Memphis (U of M).
Memphis is a robust urban city in western Tennessee. It is the second largest city in the state with a population close to one million people. Memphis has an international airport, numerous museums (e.g., the National Civil Rights Museum, Stax Museum, the Pink Palace Museum, the Brooks Museum), and social attractions (e.g., Graceland, the Memphis Zoo, Beale St., the Pyramid, the Greater Memphis Greenline, Shelby Farms Park). Memphis is famous for its BBQ and music. Memphis is also home to Fed-Ex and the world-renowned St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
The CPSY program has seven core faculty members: Sara Bridges, Sue Lease, Richard Lightsey, Laura Marks, Elin Ovrebo, Rosie Phillips Bingham, and Douglas Strohmer. We pride ourselves on our faculty's involvement in our students' success. We also value and embrace our faculty's diverse research interests, including assessment, sexuality, international issues, race/ethnicity, microaggressions, resilience, disability, and incarcerated populations.
There are several unique features of our program. First, rather than admitting students specifically to work with individual faculty the CPSY program uses a cohort model, which means that we admit a class of students who roughly follow the same curriculum. Students are assigned an adviser when they are accepted, but are given the option to change advisers as they progress through the program. Cohorts establish close relationships which can provide support throughout graduate school. Second, there are many opportunities to collaborate, and students are encouraged to participate in multiple research teams, providing exposure to different research topics and mentoring opportunities. Third, we offer a unique dissertation format option, where students develop a manuscript-length dissertation that will be submitted for journal consideration after the student's defense. Fourth, most all of our students enter with a masters degree, which allows them the possibility of completing all coursework in three years. Lastly, our students complete practica in a very wide variety of placements including counseling centers, neurological assessment centers, veteran's affairs sites, community agencies, inpatient and intensive outpatient eating disorder clinics and hospitals.
We are extremely proud of our focus on multicultural and social justice. We strive
to weave these principles in to all training experiences in our program (i.e., coursework,
practica, and research). We offer several elective courses that highlight our focus
on diversity (e.g., Counseling with Transgender Individuals, Counseling Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual
Individuals, Gender Issues in Counseling, Social Justice in Counseling and Counseling
Psychology-I, Social Justice in Counseling and Counseling Psychology-II, Health Psychology
with Diverse Populations). Further, many of our students are heavily involved in the
Diversity Committee. In addition, our faculty hold multiculturalism and diversity
as a core value in their research and service activities.
Please feel free to further peruse our website. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me and/or reach out to any of our faculty members.
Sara K. Bridges, Ph.D.
Co-Training Director, The University of Memphis