Counseling Psychology, Ph.D.

Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology

About the Degree

The Counseling Psychology Program (CPP) is committed to a multicultural perspective (broadly defined) and follows the scientist-practitioner model to prepare successful Health Service Psychologists. The CP program educates culturally competent, ethically reflective scientist-practitioners who are well-prepared generalists able to conduct research, provide clinical, and preventative interventions as health service psychologists.

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 CPP students learn to become therapists, supervisors, researchers, advocates, 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 2016 through 2026, job growth for Psychologists is expected to be 14% faster than the job growth rate for all occupations which is 7%.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook the median salary for Psychologists in 2017 was $77,030. The mean salary for Clinical, Counseling, and School Psychologists in 2017 was $81,330 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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 and its commitment to diversity and social justice.

The CPP 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 CPP 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 2016, the CPP matched 90% of its applicants as compared to the 84% national matching average for all counseling psychology Ph.D. programs.  Of those students who matched, 98% of the CPP applicants matched to APA accredited internships compared to 91% of counseling psychology PH.D. studenst nationwide.

Graduates of the CPP program are prepared for positions in academia as professors or for positions in direct clinical service within college or university counseling centers, VA hospitals, or community mental health agencies.

  • Virginia Commonwealth University Counseling Center
  • Cleveland State University, Assistant Professor
  • Akron General Medical Center
  • University at Buffalo Counseling Services 
  • University of North Carolina Counseling Center
  • Yale University School of Medicine Post-doctoral Fellowship
  • Durham VA Post-doctoral Fellowship in Geropsychology
  • University of Iowa Counseling Center
  • Lehigh University Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology
  • Cleveland VA, Post-doctoral Fellowship in Trauma Psychology
  • Salem, Virginia VA Post-doctoral fellowship in Neuropsychology
  • Columbus Women’s Wellness, LLC, private practice

Contact Information

Contact Information:

Dr. Ingrid Weigold

Chair, Counseling Graduate Admissions

330 972-8156