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. Continuously accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1990, The Collaborative Program in Counseling Psychology (CPCP) uses an apprenticeship model to provide solid generalist training in Counseling Psychology to students of diverse backgrounds.

Uniquely, prospective 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 or a closely related field enter through the School of Counseling in the College of Health Professions.

The CPCP educates culturally competent, ethically reflective scientist-practitioners who are well-prepared generalists able to conduct research, provide clinical and preventative interventions. Thus, students study core areas in psychology such as, cognition, human development, neurobiology, and statistics along with specialty courses in counseling psychology such as multicultural issues, ethics, theories, assessment, vocational psychology and supervision. Through broad and general training CPCP students learn to become therapists, supervisors, researchers, and teachers who practice the specialty of counseling psychology within a scientist-practitioner model attending to issues of diversity and social justice.

Salary and Career Outlook

According to the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2012 through 2022, job growth for Counseling Psychologists is expected to be 11%.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics the average salary for a Counseling Psychologist in 2013 was $72. 710.

Why Akron?

As one of two APA accredited Counseling Psychology programs in the State of Ohio, the University of Akron program is distinctive due to its long reputation of high quality preparation in both research and practice.

The CPCP program boasts an impressive passing rate of 97% (from 2007 - 2012) on the Examination for the Professional Practice of Psychology (EPPP) which ranks it as second among the approximately 65 APA accredited Counseling Psychology programs in the nation.

The CPCP program also has an excellent rate of matching advanced students to APA accredited pre-doctoral internships. According to The Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Centers (APPIC) from the years 2011 through 2014, the CPCP program matched 86% of its applicants as compared to the 80% national matching average for all counseling psychology Ph.D. programs.

Contact Information

            Graduate Coordinators:         Dr. Paul Levy, Department of Psychology

                                                          College of Arts and Sciences, Room 315


                                                          (330) 972-8369

            Graduate School:                   Heather Blake

                                                          Polsky Building, Room 467


                                                          (330) 972-7664