Counseling Psychology (PhD)

The PhD in Counseling Psychology program is designed to train the next generation of mental health professionals

Program Overview

The Ph.D. Program in Counseling Psychology offers doctoral education and training in psychology and prepares students for entry-level practice in counseling psychology. Doctoral level counseling psychologists conduct research, teach at the university level, supervise students and professionals, consult with community agencies, and provide clinical services to people across the developmental lifespan. Counseling psychologists also enhance the science of health promotion and health psychology and emphasize community-based interventions.


It is the mission of the Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology program to train multiculturally competent counseling psychologists who are: (1) clinically adept in multiple settings with a variety of psychological and health-related issues; (2) able to conceptualize, conduct, and evaluate research across biological, cultural, and relational systems in numerous social contexts, such as families, schools, neighborhoods, and communities.


Goal #1

To prepare graduates for the role of professional psychologists, to include advanced skill development in behavioral observations, interviewing, psychological assessment, counseling and treatment planning and practice, consultation, effective use of supervision and an understanding of and commitment to the profession’s ethical codes.

Goal #2

To foster understanding and application of the scientific basis of clinical practice in psychotherapy and clinical assessment.

Goal #3

To produce graduates who possess advanced and applied research skills within an ecological perspective.

Goal #4

To produce graduates who are committed to and demonstrate ethical practice as counseling psychologists.

Goal #5

To produce graduates who are multiculturally competent across sources of difference, including race, ethnicity, gender, class, religion/spirituality, disability, and sexual orientation, in both clinical and research settings.

Goal #6

To advance the field of counseling psychology using program strengths: (a) an interdisciplinary and interprofessional approach to clinical services provision and enhancement of the science of health promotion and health psychology; (b) stress on urban, community-based interventions using an ecological approach.

Accreditation Info

Northeastern’s Counseling Psychology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA). The next APA accreditation site visit will be held in 2021. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association 750 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 Phone: (202) 336-5979/E-mail: Web: This program meets the “Guidelines for Defining ‘Doctoral Degree in Psychology’” as implemented by the ASPPB/National Register Designation Project. Therefore, a graduate of this designated program who decides to apply for licensure as a psychologist typically will meet the jurisdictional educational requirements for licensing. However, individual circumstances vary, and, there are additional requirements that must be satisfied prior to being licensed as a psychologist. Students should contact the state / provincial / territorial licensing board in the jurisdiction in which they plan to apply for exact information. Additional information including links to jurisdictions is available on the ASPPB’s web site:

Program Data
Application Due Date

January 5

Contact Information
Jessica Edwards George

Dr. Jessica Edwards George Program Director

Debra Franko

Dr. Debra Franko Associate Director

Program Faculty


Unique Program Features

  • Translational research related to health promotion of individuals, groups, families, and communities
  • Empirically-based practice in urban community centers, agencies, schools, and hospitals
  • Merging of science and practice within multicultural and urban contexts
  • Development of consultation and leadership skills in researchers and practitioners

Program Emphasis

  • Culturally and ethnically diverse faculty
  • Ecological model
  • Developmental emphasis throughout the lifespan
  • Research teams where students gain valuable experience evaluating and conducting research
  • Student-centered faculty
  • Strong and supportive student cohort groups

CPPHD StudentCurriculum

Our clinical training prepares counseling psychologists to work in various settings with individuals presenting with a variety of psychological and health-related issues. We emphasize an ecological model which encourages the conceptualization of relationships and research across multiple systems: biological, cultural, and relational. These relationships occur in various social contexts, including families, schools, neighborhoods and communities. At least two years of intensive clinical training is required. This preparation includes advanced fieldwork at various mental health settings in the Boston area. Students are expected to be at their site for 20 hours each week. Approximately half of their time is direct service delivery. Training goals include advanced skill development in behavioral observations, interviewing, psychological assessment, counseling and treatment planning and practice, consultation, effective use of supervision, and an understanding of and commitment to the profession’s ethical codes. Students must complete a one year, full-time pre-doctoral internship that has been approved by the program.

Sample Schedule

Students will enter the program with a masters degree. It is anticipated that time to completion is a minimum of four years.

Total 62 Credits

I. Professional Core (total 6 credit hours)

  • CAEP 7701 Doctoral Seminar in Counseling Psychology
  • CAEP 7732 Legal & Ethical Issues in Community & Educational Settings

II. Basic Core (total 15 credit hours)

  • CAEP 6390 History & Systems of Psychology
  • CAEP 6394 Advanced Multicultural Psychology
  • CAEP 7750 Biological Bases of Behavior
  • CAEP 7755 Cognitive & Affective Bases of Behavior
  • CAEP 7756 Social Psychology in an Organizational & Ecological Context

III. Clinical Core (total 29 credit hours)

  • CAEP 6235 Vocational, Educational & Career Development
  • CAEP 6350 Cognitive Assessment
  • CAEP 6352 Personality Assessment
  • CAEP 7723 Rorschach
  • CAEP 7720 Advanced Clinical Interventions
  • CAEP 7741 Advanced Fieldwork I
  • CAEP 7742 Advanced Fieldwork II
  • CAEP 7743 Advanced Fieldwork III
  • CAEP 7744 Advanced Fieldwork IV
  • CAEP 7753 Doctoral Seminar in Leadership, Consultation & Supervision
  • CAEP 7758 Doctoral Seminar in Contemporary Theories of Psychotherapy
  • CAEP 7798 Doctoral Internship I
  • CAEP 7799 Doctoral Internship II

IV. Research Core (total 9 credit hours)

  • CAEP 7711 Advanced Psychometric Principles
  • CAEP 7712 Intermediate Statistical & Data Analysis Techniques
  • CAEP 7716 Advanced Research & Data Analysis
  • CAEP 9996 Dissertation Continuation
  • CAEP 9990 Dissertation

V. Electives

  • CAEP 7751 Clinical Neuropsychology (3) or another doctoral-level course approved by the adviser
  • Directed Study (1)
  • CAEP 7771/7773/7775 Research Team (fall)
  • CAEP 7772/7774/7776 Research Team (spring)
  • CAEP 8553 Advanced Counseling practicum
  • CAEP 5200 Motivational Interviewing

Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission are expected to meet the following requirements:

  • Master’s degree in counseling psychology or related field (3.5 grade point average preferred)
  • GRE and TOEFL or IELTS
  • One year of clinical experience
  • Personal statement of goals and expectations
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal interview with faculty
  • Meeting with current students

The program faculty reviews your credentials to assess the likelihood of your successful completion of the program and your potential for contribution to the field of college student development and the community at large. Admission is based on the evaluation of demonstrated academic performance, quality of recommendations, previous relevant experience, and your fit within our program.

Important Information

Prospective Student information
Required Credit Hours

MA 62 semester hours

Admission Requirements

  • Strong academic record
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to counseling psychology
  • GRE General required (scores must be official)
  • Three letters of reference
  • Completed application
  • Masters degree in psychology or related field
  • Applications are due January 5 and admission interviews are typically conducted in late February or early March

Graduation Requirements
  • Successful completion of all required courses
  • GPA 3.0 or better
  • Passing grades on all comprehensive examinations
  • Successfully completed fieldwork and internship
  • Completed dissertation

  • Successful completion of all required courses
  • GPA 3.0 or better
  • Passing grades on all comprehensive examinations
  • Successfully completed fieldwork and internship
  • Completed dissertation

Program Length

MA 4 years

Current Student Information
Research Teams

Goncalves Neurophysiology, Neuromodulation and Neuroimaging in Neuropsychiatry Disorders Wednesdays, 2.00- 4.00, 404 INV Lee Motivational interviewing, health disparities, use of technology Fridays, 9:30-10:30 am Robinson-Wood Microaggressions, racial socialization messages in interracial families 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 6.40- 8.10pm, 408 INV Rodgers/Franko Body image, eating and weight concerns Thursdays, 3-4pm, 120 BK meeting room Sanchez/Ballou Feminist Therapy and Theory; Feminist Ecological Model Depending on project and writing demands Shiyko Use of Technology & Games for Health Behavior Change Mindfulness for Health Behavior Change Fridays, 2:30 – 3:30, Meserve, 1st floor conference room Thursdays, 12 – 1 pm, 416 INV

Our Students

Oyenike Balogun Oyenike Balogun received an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Springfield College in 2005 and an M.Ed. from Northeastern University in 2012. Her primary research interests are in the area of urban education and cross-cultural implications of mental health interventions. Her previous work has examined conceptions of mental illness in African student populations. Currently, Oyenike is assisting several professors on research projects that include: Microaggressions among women of color; lived experiences of women with histories of interpersonal violence; and gluten-free diet adherence in youth with celiac disease. Courtney H. Carter Courtney H. Carter earned an M.A. from Montclair State University in General Psychology (2008) and a B.A. from Boston College in English (2006). Prior to starting her doctoral studies, she worked as a research coordinator at Massachusetts General Hospital in the Pediatric Psychopharmacology and Research Unit, where she worked on studies examining adolescents at risk for depression and anxiety. Courtney has worked as a graduate research fellow at the Institute of Urban Health Research, has co-authored several scientific articles, and has held clinical placements at the CASTLE (Clean and Sober Teens Living Empowered – High Point Treatment Center) and Massachusetts Mental Health Center (MMHC). Her research and clinical interests continue to be focused on prevention and intervention for high risk children and adolescents, particularly in the areas of depression, anxiety, and substance abuse. Jonathan Entis Jonathan Entis received his MA in Cognitive Neuroscience from Boston College. He has co-authored a number of papers on schizophrenia and other psychopathology using neuroimaging techniques. He is currently a 2nd year doctoral student at Northeastern University in the Counseling Psychology PhD program. His most recent interests include short-term dynamic therapy and ethics. Presently, he is researching the behavior and attitudes of psychologists towards the ethics of making referrals. Caroline Aileen Fernandes Caroline Aileen Fernandes, a second year student in the Counseling Psychology Program at Northeastern University, received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth in 2010. Her interests include: understanding the implications of race, ethnicity, class, and gender on mental health, Latino mental health, microaggressions and their impact on people of color both in and outside of the psychotherapeutic relationship, ethnic/racial and gender identity development, and social justice. Her previous work has examined ethnic identity and its impact on the development of interethnic relationships, depressive symptoms among Black women, body dissatisfaction among Latina women as a result of social media exposure. Currently, she is interested in understanding the impact of microaggressions against professional women as well as exploring physiological and potential biological markers of microaggressions. Daniella Halperin Daniella Halperin received her MA in general psychology from Boston University in 2008. She is currently a 4th year doctoral student in the counseling program at Northeastern University, where she serves as President of the Northeastern Counseling Psychology Graduate Organization (NCP-GO). Daniella has co-authored several scientific articles as well as a book chapter on therapeutic alliance and common factors in treatment. She has also taught a number of undergraduate courses in counseling and psychology. Daniella is drawn towards research in the broad areas of prevention, intervention, and empirically supported treatments of psychopathology. Her recent research interests include exploring the development, maintenance, and correlates of non-suicidal self-injury within a university population. Daniella has acquired clinical training in a variety of settings in the Boston area, including methadone maintenance clinics, the Veteran’s Administration in Jamaica Plain, the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD) at Boston University, and the Massachusetts Mental Health Center (MMHC). She presently works with students in the Counseling Center at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. Meghan E. Lovering Meghan E. Lovering is currently a second year doctoral student in the Department of Counseling and Applied Psychology at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. She earned her BA in psychology from Stonehill College in 2008 and MA in Counseling Psychology from Boston College in 2010. Her primary research and clinical interests are in the area of anxiety and eating disorder prevention in college aged women. She currently works for the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine as a research associate. In addition, she works for the Department of Counseling and Applied Psychology as a graduate assistant. Pamela Naab Pamela Naab received her MA in Mental Health Counseling (2012) from Boston College and her MA in Social & Cultural Psychology (2007) from Boston College. She completed her undergraduate studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (2005). Her previous research has been published in the journal Emotion and examined cross cultural interpretations of spontaneous facial expressions and children’s emerging understandings of facial expressions. Current projects include investigating the role of affect on smoking cessation and applying new methodologies in the evaluation of Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) data to aid in clinical interventions. She is also interested in issues of diversity and multiculturalism and is currently examining counseling sessions with immigrants and exploring differences between motivational interviewing that uses culturally sensitive techniques compared to standardized treatment. Ami Popat-Jain Ami Popat-Jain is a first year doctoral student in Counseling Psychology. She received her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Boston College in 2012. Her primary research interests are multicultural issues specifically related to immigrants in the United States. Currently she is interested in culturally adaptive treatment, and microaggresions. Popat-Jain values multicultural competency and social justice in her research and clinical work. James Roehrig James Roehrig received his MA in general psychology from Wesleyan University and his BA in media studies from Emerson College. Before beginning his doctoral work, James worked as a research project coordinator for the Eating and Weight Disorders Program at the University of Chicago Hospital. James is currently a 4th year doctoral candidate at Northeastern University with both research and clinical interests in disordered eating and body image. His fieldwork placements include the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Boston University, the Emerson College Counseling Center, and McLean Hospital. He has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in psychology and has worked as a clinical interviewer for the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Clinically, James is interested in working with young adults and continuing to develop expertise in third-wave cognitive behavioral treatments. Brian Siembor Brian Siembor received his M.A. in Counseling Psychology from the University of New Hampshire in 2011. His primary research and clinical interests are in the areas of mind-body medicine, with a focus on stress reduction and stress management. His previous work has focused on areas of health psychology, including the development of a Self-Care Workbook for Healthcare Professionals. Currently, he is interested in the integration of mind-body approaches in the treatment of patients whose medical conditions are caused by, or exacerbated by stress, with the goal of improving patient outcomes and enhancing overall well-being. Kathy P. Wu Kathy P. Wu received her master’s degree in applied psychology with a concentration in school counseling from the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development in 2010. Her primary research and clinical interests are in the area of supporting the psychosocial adjustment of multicultural immigrant youth and other historically under-represented populations, using integrated approaches found in multicultural, constructivist, and positive psychology. She is currently the primary investigator of a research project funded by the Policy Research Inc.’s Disability Determination Process (DDP) Small Grant Program for Graduate Research entitled, “The Lived Experiences of a Chronically Homeless, Urban Population: Systemic Challenges to Achieving their Vocational And Rehabilitation Dreams.” She also teaches the “Mental Health and Counseling” undergraduate course at Northeastern University.

Apply to the Counseling Psychology Doctoral Program.