Counseling Psychology Program Overview

The Division of Counseling Psychology currently offers two graduate programs: an APA accredited Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling.

A fundamental mission of both programs is to promote and value diversity and social justice and our commitment to excellence. Our graduate students work in agencies and schools throughout the local communities, as well as in our Psychological Services Center, contributing valuable new ideas and assistance to students, clients, and organizations.

The Doctoral Program

In 2005, the Journal of Counseling Psychology ranked the University at Albany Counseling Psychology program fourth best in the nation for faculty publication productivity in counseling psychology for the decade ending in 2002. The Counseling Psychology PhD program has been continuously APA accredited since 1980.

The doctoral program has sustained a ranking among the top five counseling psychology programs in terms of faculty productivity and scholarly contributions to the literature for over 25 years.

The program accepts 5-7 new doctoral students each year (typically split between the bachelor's and master's levels).  The Division is strongly committed to multicultural diversity and to recruiting students of Color, with students of Color making up roughly 25% of the total enrollment.

Program funding is excellent--the majority of our students receive tuition waivers and fellowships or assistantships for four or more years.

The Master's Program

The Mental Health Counseling Master of Science program is a practitioner training program with an emphasis on identifying, preventing, and ameliorating client problems across the life span and across the varied domains of human experience (family life, education, interpersonal relationships, work and leisure).


The Division currently has six full-time, and a number of part-time faculty. Faculty are actively involved in research activities and in national and local psychological organizations and many are also engaged in clinical work as consultants and in independent practice.

National recognition of the contributions of individual faculty has also been outstanding:

- The University at Albany School of Education’s faculty are the fifth most prolific authors in the premier journal in counseling psychology--the Journal of Counseling Psychology

- Drs. Friedlander, Haase, and Phillips, some of our faculty members were ranked in the top 8% of scholarly productivity among the Society of Counseling Psychology--The Counseling Psychologist

- Dr. Friedlander, a member of our faculty was honored among the 50 most frequently cited authors in all of counseling psychology and one of the top three researchers in all of psychotherapy process-outcome research--Journal of Counseling Psychology and The Counseling Psychologist.