Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D.) in Counseling Psychology

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The Department of Educational Psychology offers this degree program.

Program Overview

The Counseling Psychology Program has been nationally accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1987 and offers a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Counseling Psychology. The Program is one of several graduate programs in the College of Education's Department of Educational Psychology. The Program's relationships with various institutions within the internationally renowned Texas Medical Center and with numerous counseling and mental health agencies, schools, and hospitals throughout the Houston area provide a rich variety of clinical and research training experiences and employment opportunities for our students.

For more information about APA program accreditation, contact:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association
750 First Street
NE Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: (202) 336-5500

Consistent with the College's and Department's commitment to the principle of collaboration for learning and leading, the Counseling Psychology Program seeks to train its students to be competent collaborators in their own and in others' learning, to adopt a self-reflective and self-critical attitude toward their own inquiry and practice, to adhere to high standards of ethical and professional conduct, and to incorporate and consolidate these achievements within their evolving identities as counseling psychologists.


  • To train highly skilled counseling psychologists capable of affecting change in larger, diverse contexts and systems.
  • To train scientist-practitioners to be attuned to the reflexive nature of science and practice and capable of generating new knowledge within diverse professional settings.
  • To promote students' socialization, self-development, and professional identity as counseling psychologists.

Training Model

The UH Counseling Psychology Program is guided by values and principles that have characterized and distinguished the speciality of counseling psychology since its inception over a half-century ago. These include a thorough grounding in the intellectual foundations and research traditions of academic psychology, an adherence to the scientist-practitioner model of training, an abiding appreciation of individual differences, cultural diversity, person-environment interactions, and preferences for theoretical perspectives and interventions that promote the educational, vocational, relationship, and emotional health and adaptation of persons across the lifespan. Our program is further guided by the view that psychological health, growth, and development, as well as psychological impairment and adaptation failures, are phenomena that involve complex transactions between persons and the social and organizational environments in which they are embedded. Accordingly, we believe that the education and training of doctoral-level counseling psychologists requires a curriculum that advances the knowledge bases, skills, and dispositions needed to address these complexities and to promote positive change.