Counseling Psychology, Ph.D.

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

About the Degree

The University of Akron offers a Collaborative Program in Counseling Psychology, a joint effort between the Department of Psychology and the School of Counseling. Established in 1983, the program is accredited by the American Psychological Association. It is distinctive in that it uses an apprenticeship model to provide solid generalist training in Counseling Psychology to students of diverse backgrounds.

Due to its collaborative nature, the broad and deep resources of two host departments provide students with opportunities to develop various specialty interests. Students have a choice of entry points based on their undergraduate or master’s degrees. The Department of Psychology offers a 5-year M.A./Ph.D. program in Counseling Psychology program which is geared toward students who hold a B.A. in psychology. Students who already hold a master’s degree in counseling, guidance and counseling, psychology, school psychology, or a related field may choose to enter through the School of Counseling in the College of Health Professions.

Students study core courses in general psychology (Biopsychology, Cognitive Psychology, Individual Differences, Social Cognitive Psychology), and core courses in counseling psychology (Vocational, Individual Development, Psychopathology, Objective Personality Assessment, Statistics, Advanced Statistics, Issues in Diversity, Intelligence testing, Ethics, Supervision Issues).

Salary and Career Outlook

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the need for psychologists is expected to grow by 12% through 2018. There will be an increased demand for psychologists in hospitals, schools, social service, mental health clinics, substance abuse programs, and private companies.

According the American Psychological Association, the average salary for a Counseling Psychologist is $46,586. The averages by setting are:

  • Assistant Professors- 44,614.00;
  • College counseling center -$35,415.00;
  • Veterans Hospital- $53,019;
  • Community mental health- $44,073.00

Why Akron?

  • Our program is ranked 2nd in the nation on the Evaluation of Professional Practice in Psychology (EPPP) which a test taken at the state level in order to become a psychologist
  • Our program is one of only two programs in the country that is collaborative across two different colleges
  • Our program emphasizes diversity and social justice, offering three courses in these areas whereas the mean average across programs is one course.
  • Our program boasts a 100% placement rate with our students obtaining positions after graduation in university counseling centers, community mental health, Veterans Hospitals and faculty positions at universities and colleges.
  • Our program is a relatively large faculty, because it is a collaboratively program across two different colleges and two different departments.
  • Our students publish, present, and are members in professional organizations like the American Psychological Association and the Association of Black Psychologists.

Contact Information

Graduate Coordinator:

Dr. John Queener, School of Counseling

Chima Family Building, Room 102

(330) 972-6149

Dr. Ingrid Weigold, School of Counseling

Chima Family Building, Room 112

(330) 972-8516

Graduate School:

Heather Blake

Polsky Building, Room 467

(330) 972-7664