Counseling Psychology

Mission Statement

Counseling psychology is a specialty within healthcare psychology (see the Society of Counseling Psychology, Division 17 of the American Psychological Association, for a formal definition of counseling psychology). Our training model is a scientist-practitioner model, leading to a Ph.D. degree in psychology; we do not offer a terminal master’s degree. The program seeks to advance the field of counseling psychology through innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to science and service provision, while preserving the field’s core traditions. We offer generalist training and exposure to multiple theoretical models; however we also have a distinctive slant toward counseling health psychology. Specifically, students will be well-prepared to engage in:

  1. Applied research
  2. Evidence-based clinical practice
  3. The integration of research and practice

In addition, students will be well-prepared to emphasize diversity in all areas of their professional lives. Students are trained for a variety of career paths, including working as faculty in academia or medical schools, and implementing and evaluating interventions in hospital, community, university or other clinical settings. Upon graduation, students are both competent scientists, and ready for licensure as doctoral-level psychologists with the knowledge and skills needed to engage in evidence-based practice consistent with the highest ethical and professional standards.

APA Accreditation

Our program has been accredited by the American Psychological Association since 1984. Our last APA site visit was in the fall of 2011. Our next APA site visit is scheduled for 2018. 

Our program upholds the Counseling Psychology Model Training Values Statement Addressing Diversity put forth by the Council of Counseling Psychology Programs. For detailed program statistics, please visit our section on Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data.

Commission on Accreditation
750 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: (202) 336-5979

Contact Information

Director of Clinical Training
Suzanne Mazzeo, Ph.D.

Program Assistant
Rachel Boutté
Email: counspsyc@vcu.edu (email is the preferred method of contact)

Virginia Commonwealth University
Department of Psychology
Counseling Psychology Program
806 West Franklin Street
Box 842018
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2018