Ph.D. in COunseling Psychology

Our Ph.D. program is intended for those preparing to become counseling psychologists. Through coursework and hands-on experience, you will learn to evaluate theories and research critically, while gaining a deeper understanding of the communities and individuals you will serve.

The program offers areas of focus, where you can further your skills and become better equipped to provide solutions for the societal and interpersonal challenges facing clients. Students will be able to integrate research to practice and engage in practice that is informed by research. Some faculty research areas include:

  • Multicultural counseling
  • HIV counseling
  • Psychotherapy research
  • Romantic relationships
  • Health psychology and health disparities
  • Group dynamics
  • Supervision and training
  • Vocational psychology and career development
  • Cancer survivorship

Upon completion of our Ph.D. program, and with the additional post-doctoral required hours, you’ll be able to apply for licensure as a psychologist in Colorado. The University of Denver has not yet determined whether the program meets licensure requirements in a state other than Colorado or in any U.S. protectorates. For students seeking licensure in a state other than Colorado, students should contact the state’s Board of Education to determine whether the program meets licensure requirements.


The program learning outcomes for the Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology are as follows:

  • Students develop a knowledge base in the broad and general areas of psychology, including biological, cognitive, affective, and social aspects of behavior, history and systems, psychological measurement, individual differences, human development, and ethics.
  • Students demonstrate knowledge of basic and advanced methodological and research skills.
  • Students attain competence in the core areas of counseling psychology: To develop a knowledge base in the models, theories, and empirical support in substantive areas important to the research and practice of counseling psychology and to demonstrate competence in the clinical practice of counseling psychology
  • Students will attain competencies in the broad and general areas of psychology, also known as Discipline Specific Knowledge, (History and Systems of Psychology, Affective Aspects, Biological Aspects, Cognitive Aspects, and Development Aspect, as well as an Integration of some of these aspects, Research Methods, and Quantitative Methods, and Psychometric Theory) that serve as a foundation for further training in counseling psychology and the practice of health service psychology.
  • Students will attain competencies in the profession-wide areas including: ethical and legal standards; individual and cultural diversity; professional values, attitudes, and behaviors; communication and interpersonal skills; assessment; supervision; and consultation and interprofessional/interdisciplinary skills.
  • Students will attain competencies in the ability to conduct research and to provide interventions in the areas of health service psychology, and more importantly to be able to competently integrate research/science and practice.
Program Requirements

You will need to complete a minimum of 90-quarter credit hours. Other requirements include:

  • Two supervised practica
  • A supervised, 12-month, full-time predoctoral psychology internship
  • Comprehensive exams
  • A predissertation research project
  • A dissertation

The Counseling Psychology (CP) PhD program at the University of Denver has been accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA) since 1986 when we received full accreditation. Our program has been continuously accredited since that time. Our last APA site visit occurred in 2018 when we received re-accreditation for 10 years until 2028. For more information, you may contact the American Psychological Association at:

Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation

American Psychological Association

750 1st Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002

Phone: (202) 336-5979 / E-mail:



Our selection process is competitive and based on broad criteria that include:

  • Research and clinical experience
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to diversity issues
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Academic achievement and GRE scores
  • Letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement
  • Similarity of interest with core faculty and the Aims and Competencies of the program

Approximate Completion Time

Four to seven years


Department Chair
Dr. Patton Garriott
303-871-6758, KRH 253

Academic Services Associate
Michelle Donovan

Admissions Contact
Noah Schlueter
303-871-2503, KRH 113

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