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Counseling Psychology


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Counseling Psychology
5251 University of Oregon

Historic Knight gift will expand graduate opportunities

A recently announced gift of $500M from Phil and Penny Knight will help fund an additional 250 PhD students as part of the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact. Read more in Around the O.

Welcome to the Counseling Psychology doctoral program home page. We hope you find this web site helpful understanding our program. You will find information about our philosophy, admissions, training, faculty, and students. We think you will find that our program is unique, offering training in both adult and child/family interventions, research with an emphasis on prevention, multicultural issues and equity, and a broad commitment to social justice.  We offer a specialization in Spanish language service provision. If you have further questions after reading this web site, please contact our Academic Coordinator at

Accredited by the APA since 1955, the Counseling Psychology Program at the University of Oregon aims to train students in a generalist, scientist-practitioner model, which emphasizes education and training in theory, science, assessment, and practice to produce graduates who are skilled scientist-practitioners trained in research and evidence-based practices, with the goal of improving health outcomes in children, adults, and families. Our training model is designed to prepare graduates in health service psychology who integrate science and practice and deliver evidence-based prevention and intervention services with ethical and multicultural competence.

The program’s aims are consistent with the health service provider specialty in professional psychology, specifically counseling psychology, with its focus on training in the “biological, psychological, social, and cultural aspects of health and behavior regardless of whether one proceeds to practice with traditional mental health populations or in other areas of health” (American Psychologist, 2013, p. 12), preparing graduates to embrace social justice, multiculturalism, and human strengths via prevention of mental health problems and promotion of health behaviors in their work with diverse members of society in a variety of settings. As a Ph.D. degree program espousing the scientist-practitioner training model, we are dedicated to training students in the integration of science and practice through coursework, clinical practica, research experiences, and other learning activities. This training commitment to science, practice, and science-practice integration is clearly evident through our advising/mentorship model and our highly research-productive and grant-active faculty, most of whom are also licensed psychologists and engaged in practice-relevant programs of research. The program curriculum is grounded in the current evidence base, and students are trained to conceptualize science and practice as complementary and interdependent, to both create and disseminate scholarly research and use research to engage in evidence-informed practice. The program’s curriculum is developmentally sequenced and requires the completion of 165 total trimester course credits and is designed to prepare students for future organized training and lifelong learning. As seen in Appendix 1 (Profession-Wide Competencies) and Appendix 2 (Discipline Specific Knowledge), the curriculum consists of required courses, learning activities, and portfolio components that students must complete in order to meet minimum levels of competency and knowledge. Our curriculum map—available in Appendix 3 (Program Curriculum Map)—displays the developmental progression and timing for coursework, learning activities, portfolio components, and electives, and when these are typically completed. These requirements are detailed in the Program Handbook. Appendix 19 (UO Doctoral Program Rankings) highlights the national recognition achieved by the Counseling  Psychology (CPSY) PhD program.

The UO Counseling Psychology (CPSY) PhD program in the College of Education has been accredited since 1955 by the American Psychological Association  (APA) (Commission on Accreditation, 750 1st St. NE, Washington DC 20002-4242, 202-336-5979), making it the 8th oldest continuously accredited Counseling Psychology program in the country. The Counseling Psychology Program philosophy of education and training is informed by 4 elements that reflect our values in the preparation of health service professional psychologists with discipline specific knowledge: (1) the themes of the counseling psychology discipline (Gelso & Fretz, 2002), (2) the scientist-practitioner model for training in psychology (Murdock, Alcorn, Heesacker, & Stoltenberg, 1998), (3) the ecological model of human development (Bronfenbrenner, 1979), and (4) and the emancipatory communitarian approach to psychology practice (Prilleltensky, 1997). CPSY students become scientists and practitioners with particular focus on prevention and treatment relevant to work with children, adolescents, families, and adults within diverse ecologies and environments.

Doctoral graduates of the UO Counseling Psychology program work as licensed psychologists in university academic departments, research institutes and centers, community colleges, university counseling centers, mental health agencies, hospitals, the federal prison system, and private practice throughout the US. Across these contexts, our graduates engage in provision of culturally competent clinical prevention and intervention services, research and scholarship focused on developing and applying best practices in prevention and intervention, grant writing, teaching, supervision, and service to their diverse academic, research, and local communities and to the profession.  

Wanting to take a course in counseling psychology, but you're not in the program? See courses offered in the Counseling Psychology and Human Services department. You can access a recorded College of Education Research Opportunities Presentation here.