Counseling Psychology

Professor Chris McCarthy and a graduate student observe a counseling session.

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Program Director
Aaron Rochlen

The Counseling Psychology doctoral program is one of the longest continuously APA accredited Counseling Psychology programs in the country. Our scientist-practitioner based program prepares Ph.D. psychologists to work with both specific and general problems of human behavior in the context of a range of social processes and systems.

We strive to prepare students for innovative professional and intellectual careers within the fields of social science, human service, or social and community endeavors. This program emphasizes the importance of developing the skills necessary to effectively work with individuals inclusive of all demographics, beliefs, attitudes, and values. 

The Department of Educational Psychology also offers a Master's degree in Counselor Education

Counseling Psychology & Counselor Education Faculty

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Ricardo Ainslie


M. K. Hage Centennial Professorship in Education

Explores the intersection of psychology and culture through such topics as the psychological experience of immigration, ethnic conflicts and the impact of violence within communities, and the relationship between individual and collective identity.

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Germine Awad

Associate Professor, HDCLS Program Director

Studies the effects that acculturation and identity have on discrimination, specifically in populations of Arab/Middle Eastern and African American women.

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Chris Brownson

Clinical Associate Professor

Research interests include college student suicide prevention, collaborative care models of behavioral health in primary care, and the intersection of mental health and academic success.

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Kevin Cokley


Researches themes related to understanding the psychological and environmental factors that impact African American student achievement, and the impact of the impostor phenomenon in academic and mental health outcomes.

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Christopher McCarthy

Professor, Graduate Advisor

Studies stress and coping as it relates to professionals in educational settings, health and wellness, and the identification of psychological resources that can help prevent stress.

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Leslie Moore

Senior Lecturer, Counselor Education Program Director

Interested in human development and the role that therapy plays in enhancing development with a focus on the study of comparative approaches to counseling interventions.

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Michael Parent

Assistant Professor

Focuses on the intersections of gender, sexuality, and behavioral health in topics of men’s health, gender roles, and muscularity; conducts outreach with gender and sexual minority communities.

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Aaron Rochlen

Professor, Counseling Psychology Program Director

Research focuses on men and traditional masculinity, with a particular emphasis on men's mental health, depression, help-seeking patterns, and their underutilization of counseling services.

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Delida Sanchez

Assistant Professor

Interested in teaching and research in the area of multicultural counseling, exploring ethnic and racial identity development, and mental health outcomes among Black and Latino adolescents.

Affiliated Center

Psychological and Educational Assessment Center

PEAC is a training center for the graduate programs in Counseling Psychology and School Psychology, and a resource for people who are seeking assessment for possible learning difficulties or conditions that may affect learning.