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Counseling Psychology (PhD)

The PhD in Counseling Psychology program is designed to train the next generation of mental health professionals

Program Overview

The Ph.D. Program in Counseling Psychology offers doctoral education and training in psychology and prepares students for entry-level practice in counseling psychology. Doctoral level counseling psychologists conduct research, teach at the university level, supervise students and professionals, consult with community agencies, and provide clinical services to people across the developmental lifespan. Counseling psychologists also enhance the science of health promotion and health psychology and emphasize community-based interventions.


It is the mission of the Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology program to train multiculturally competent counseling psychologists who are: (1) clinically adept in multiple settings with a variety of psychological and health-related issues; (2) able to conceptualize, conduct, and evaluate research across biological, cultural, and relational systems in numerous social contexts, such as families, schools, neighborhoods, and communities.


Goal #1

To prepare graduates for the role of professional psychologists, to include advanced skill development in behavioral observations, interviewing, psychological assessment, counseling and treatment planning and practice, consultation, effective use of supervision and an understanding of and commitment to the profession’s ethical codes.

Goal #2

To foster understanding and application of the scientific basis of clinical practice in psychotherapy and clinical assessment.

Goal #3

To produce graduates who possess advanced and applied research skills within an ecological perspective.

Goal #4

To produce graduates who are committed to and demonstrate ethical practice as counseling psychologists.

Goal #5

To produce graduates who are multiculturally competent across sources of difference, including race, ethnicity, gender, class, religion/spirituality, disability, and sexual orientation, in both clinical and research settings.

Goal #6

To advance the field of counseling psychology using program strengths: (a) an interdisciplinary and interprofessional approach to clinical services provision and enhancement of the science of health promotion and health psychology; (b) stress on urban, community-based interventions using an ecological approach.

Accreditation Info

Northeastern’s Counseling Psychology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association (APA). The next APA accreditation site visit will be held in 2021. Questions related to the program’s accredited status should be directed to the Commission on Accreditation: Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation American Psychological Association 750 First Street, NE Washington, DC 20002 Phone: (202) 336-5979/E-mail: Web: This program meets the “Guidelines for Defining ‘Doctoral Degree in Psychology’” as implemented by the ASPPB/National Register Designation Project. Therefore, a graduate of this designated program who decides to apply for licensure as a psychologist typically will meet the jurisdictional educational requirements for licensing. However, individual circumstances vary, and, there are additional requirements that must be satisfied prior to being licensed as a psychologist. Students should contact the state / provincial / territorial licensing board in the jurisdiction in which they plan to apply for exact information. Additional information including links to jurisdictions is available on the ASPPB’s web site:

Program Data
Application Due Date

January 5

Contact Information

Dr. Jessica Edwards George Program Director

Dr. Debra Franko Associate Director

Program Faculty


Unique Program Features

  • Translational research related to health promotion of individuals, groups, families, and communities
  • Empirically-based practice in urban community centers, agencies, schools, and hospitals
  • Merging of science and practice within multicultural and urban contexts
  • Development of consultation and leadership skills in researchers and practitioners

Program Emphasis

  • Culturally and ethnically diverse faculty
  • Ecological model
  • Developmental emphasis throughout the lifespan
  • Research teams where students gain valuable experience evaluating and conducting research
  • Student-centered faculty
  • Strong and supportive student cohort groups


Our clinical training prepares counseling psychologists to work in various settings with individuals presenting with a variety of psychological and health-related issues. We emphasize an ecological model which encourages the conceptualization of relationships and research across multiple systems: biological, cultural, and relational. These relationships occur in various social contexts, including families, schools, neighborhoods and communities. At least two years of intensive clinical training is required. This preparation includes advanced fieldwork at various mental health settings in the Boston area. Students are expected to be at their site for 20 hours each week. Approximately half of their time is direct service delivery. Training goals include advanced skill development in behavioral observations, interviewing, psychological assessment, counseling and treatment planning and practice, consultation, effective use of supervision, and an understanding of and commitment to the profession’s ethical codes. Students must complete a one year, full-time pre-doctoral internship that has been approved by the program.

Sample Schedule

Students will enter the program with a masters degree. It is anticipated that time to completion is a minimum of four years.

Total 62 Credits

I. Professional Core (total 6 credit hours)
  • CAEP 7701 Doctoral Seminar in Counseling Psychology
  • CAEP 7732 Legal & Ethical Issues in Community & Educational Settings
II. Basic Core (total 15 credit hours)
  • CAEP 6390 History & Systems of Psychology
  • CAEP 6394 Advanced Multicultural Psychology
  • CAEP 7750 Biological Bases of Behavior
  • CAEP 7755 Cognitive & Affective Bases of Behavior
  • CAEP 7756 Social Psychology in an Organizational & Ecological Context
III. Clinical Core (total 29 credit hours)
  • CAEP 6235 Vocational, Educational & Career Development
  • CAEP 6350 Cognitive Assessment
  • CAEP 6352 Personality Assessment
  • CAEP 7723 Rorschach
  • CAEP 7720 Advanced Clinical Interventions
  • CAEP 7741 Advanced Fieldwork I
  • CAEP 7742 Advanced Fieldwork II
  • CAEP 7743 Advanced Fieldwork III
  • CAEP 7744 Advanced Fieldwork IV
  • CAEP 7753 Doctoral Seminar in Leadership, Consultation & Supervision
  • CAEP 7758 Doctoral Seminar in Contemporary Theories of Psychotherapy
  • CAEP 7798 Doctoral Internship I
  • CAEP 7799 Doctoral Internship II
IV. Research Core (total 9 credit hours)
  • CAEP 7711 Advanced Psychometric Principles
  • CAEP 7712 Intermediate Statistical & Data Analysis Techniques
  • CAEP 7716 Advanced Research & Data Analysis
  • CAEP 9996 Dissertation Continuation
  • CAEP 9990 Dissertation
V. Electives
  • CAEP 7751 Clinical Neuropsychology (3) or another doctoral-level course approved by the adviser
  • Directed Study (1)
  • CAEP 7771/7773/7775 Research Team (fall)
  • CAEP 7772/7774/7776 Research Team (spring)
  • CAEP 8553 Advanced Counseling practicum
  • CAEP 5200 Motivational Interviewing

Admission Requirements

Candidates for admission are expected to meet the following requirements:

  • Master’s degree in counseling psychology or related field (3.5 grade point average preferred)
  • GRE and TOEFL or IELTS
  • One year of clinical experience
  • Personal statement of goals and expectations
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal interview with faculty
  • Meeting with current students

The program faculty reviews your credentials to assess the likelihood of your successful completion of the program and your potential for contribution to the field of college student development and the community at large. Admission is based on the evaluation of demonstrated academic performance, quality of recommendations, previous relevant experience, and your fit within our program.

Important Information

Prospective Student information
Required Credit Hours

MA 62 semester hours

Admission Requirements
  • Strong academic record
  • Demonstrated interest in and commitment to counseling psychology
  • GRE General required (scores must be official)
  • Three letters of reference
  • Completed application
  • Masters degree in psychology or related field
  • Applications are due January 5 and admission interviews are typically conducted in late February or early March
Graduation Requirements
  • Successful completion of all required courses
  • GPA 3.0 or better
  • Passing grades on all comprehensive examinations
  • Successfully completed fieldwork and internship
  • Completed dissertation
  • Successful completion of all required courses
  • GPA 3.0 or better
  • Passing grades on all comprehensive examinations
  • Successfully completed fieldwork and internship
  • Completed dissertation
Program Length

MA 4 years

Current Student Information
Research Teams
Research Topics    Faculty Leader(s)    Contact Information/Meeting Times   
APPEAR Applied Psychology Program for Eating and Appearance Research    Rodgers, Franko & Edwards George    Wednesdays, 12:00 PM, 120 BK Thursdays, 3-4 pm, 120 BK meeting room   
Dating Violence and Relationship Risk Prevention Team    Rizzo    Tuesdays, 12-1 pm, 408 INV   
Feminist Therapy and Theory; Feminist Ecological Model    Sanchez & Ballou    Depending on project and writing demands   
Microaggressions, Racial Socialization Messages in Interracial Families    Robinson-Wood    1st and 3rd Tuesdays,6.40 – 8.15pm, 327 BK   
Motivational Interviewing, Health Disparities, use of technology    Lee    Thursdays 9:30-11:00 am, 408 INV   
Mindfulness for Health Behavior Change    Shiyko    Thursdays, 2 – 3 pm, 416 INV   
Neurophysiology, Neuromodulation and Neuroimaging in Neuropsychiatry Disorders    Goncalves    Contact   
Personality, Emotion Regulation and Health    Mohiyeddini    Mondays, 2-3 pm, 413 INV   
Use of Technology & Games for Health Behavior Change    Shiyko    Tuesdays, 11 – 12 pm Meserve, 1st floor conference room   
Our Students
Janelle Alabiso received her MA in counseling psychology from Boston College in 2012 and her BA in psychology from Boston University in 2008. She has co-authored several scientific posters and articles and has contributed to research projects on hoarding and OCD at Boston University; Tourette Syndrome, OCD and ADHD at Mass General Hospital; and substance abuse in a VA primary care setting at the Bedford VAMC. Additionally, she served as the project coordinator for the Safing Center, a clinic at the Bedford VAMC that focuses on intimate partner violence. Her current research and clinical interests include integrated behavioral healthcare and effective interventions and treatment for substance abuse. She is presently a graduate research assistant in Dr. Christina Lee’s Motivational Interviewing and Health Disparities Research Lab.   
Oyenike Balogun received an M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Springfield College in 2005 and an M.Ed. from Northeastern University in 2012. Her primary research interests include intersections of race, gender and culture and subsequent implications for psychopathology, counseling, and practice. Her previous work has examined conceptions of mental illness in African student populations. Oyenike has held clinical fieldwork placements at Bridgewater State University Counseling Center and Lemuel Shattuck Hospital. Currently, she is active on several research teams exploring a wide range of topics: racial microaggressions among women of color; eating and appearance research; women’s experiences with interpersonal violence; gluten-free diet adherence among youth with celiac disease; and analysis of an integrative intervention for women with chronic pain. Oyenike is currently working on her dissertation exploring body Image and objectified body consciousness among African women.   
Shelly-Ann Collins came to the United States as an international student from Jamaica and has earned both her MS and BA at Florida International University in Miami, Florida in Mental Health Counseling and Psychology respectively. She also received an Associate’s of Arts in psychology from Middlesex County College, NJ. Before moving to Boston, and enrolling in the doctoral program at Northeastern University, she worked as a Children’s Mental Health Counselor for the Department of Children & Families and as a secondary education School Counselor for both private and public schools in Florida. Her interests include social justice, racial, gender and sexual minorities, advocacy, cultural competence and supporting student success in academics.   
Russell DuBois received an M.S. from Palo Alto University and a B.A. from University of California, San Diego. His primary interests are in the area of eating and appearance research and health psychology. His previous work has examined health and gender disparities and barriers to treatment in the VA healthcare system. He has held clinical positions working with adolescents and adults with a range of psychological and behavioral disabilities.   
Jonathan Entis received his MA in Cognitive Neuroscience from Boston College and BA in the History of Art from the University of Michigan. He has co-authored a number of papers on schizophrenia and other psychopathology using neuroimaging techniques. He is currently a 4th year doctoral student at Northeastern University in the Counseling Psychology PhD program. His most recent interests include psychodynamic therapy and ethics. Presently, he is researching the behavior and attitudes of psychologists towards the ethics of making referrals.   
Caroline Aileen Fernandes received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth in 2010. Her interests include: understanding the implications of race, ethnicity, class, and gender on mental health, Latino mental health, microaggressions and their impact on people of color both in and outside of the psychotherapeutic relationship, ethnic/racial and gender identity development, and social justice. Her previous work has examined ethnic identity and its impact on the development of interethnic relationships, depressive symptoms among Black women, and body dissatisfaction among Latina women as a result of social media exposure. Currently, she is interested in studying whiteness and skin color privilege among Latinos as well as the potential physiological and biological markers of microaggressions.   
Sean Hallinan received his BA in Psychology from Northeastern University and his MS in Mental Health Counseling from Suffolk. He has worked in a variety of treatment settings including group homes, homeless shelters, community treatment centers, psychiatric hospitals and emergency rooms. His clinical interests include homelessness, military personnel and veterans. His research interests focus on technology and mental health – how mobile technology can be leveraged as a research and treatment tool.   
Daniella Halperin received her MA in general psychology from Boston University in 2008.  As a doctoral student, she has taught a number of undergraduate courses in mental health and counseling, abnormal psychology, health psychology, and motivational interviewing.  Daniella received an Outstanding Graduate Student Award for her teaching, and served as founding President of the Northeastern Counseling Psychology Graduate Organization (NCP-GO).  Daniella is drawn towards research in the broad areas of prevention, intervention, and empirically supported treatments of psychopathology.  She has co-authored several scientific articles, conference presentations, and a book chapter on therapeutic alliance and common factors in treatment.  Her dissertation research investigates non-suicidal self-injury (NSSI) across multiple domains: anxiety sensitivity and distress tolerance as potential vulnerability factors for NSSI, lived experiences of students who self-injure, and prevalence and correlates of diagnosable NSSI disorder within a treatment-seeking university population.  Daniella has acquired clinical training in a variety of settings in the Boston area, including methadone maintenance clinics, the Veteran’s Administration, the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD) at Boston University, the Massachusetts Mental Health Center (MMHC) partial hospital program, and the UMass Lowell Counseling Center.   
Meghan E. Lovering earned her BA in psychology from Stonehill College in 2008 and MA in Counseling Psychology from Boston College in 2010. Her primary research and clinical interests are in the area of anxiety and eating disorder prevention.   
Pamela Naab received her MA in Mental Health Counseling (2012) from Boston College and her MA in Social & Cultural Psychology (2007) from Boston College. She completed her undergraduate studies at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (2005). Her previous research has been published in the journal Emotion and examined cross-cultural interpretations of spontaneous facial expressions and children’s emerging understandings of facial expressions. Broadly, her research and clinical interests are in the areas of diversity, mental health, and children & families. She is currently working on her dissertation, exploring the longitudinal factors related to obesity, from adolescence to adulthood. Pam has had clinical fieldwork placements at Franciscan Children’s Hospital, Rhode Island Hospital, and Northborough Family and Youth Services, and has also worked at Metrowest Neuropsychology.   
Ami Popat-Jain received her Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Boston College in 2012. Her primary research interests are multicultural issues specifically related to immigrants in the United States, as well as stigma related to mental illness.  In regards to clinical practice, she is committed to working with the underserved population. Popat-Jain values multicultural competency and social justice in her research and clinical work.   
Lisa Rines-Toth received her Master of Arts and Master of Education degrees in Psychological Counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University.  She also holds a BA in English Literature from Columbia University.  Prior to beginning her doctoral studies at Northeastern, Lisa worked at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital in New York City as a clinician in the psychiatric emergency department.  Lisa’s primary research and clinical interests are in the general areas of integrated behavioral care, crisis intervention, addiction and mindfulness & yoga.  Lisa currently works as a counselor in the Department of Psychiatry at Boston Medical Center.   
Daniel Stone received a BA in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Boston (2010), and an MA in Counseling from the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis (2012). He recently completed a post-master’s fellowship at the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy, where he worked with children, families and school staff in the Boston Public School system. As a fellow, Daniel practiced individual and group counseling with children and adolescents, and co-created and implemented a collaborative student support system. His current research and clinical interests include integrated behavioral care and student support for high risk children and adolescents, and social emotional curriculum for school-aged children.   
Brian Siembor received his M.A. in Counseling from the University of New Hampshire in 2011. His primary research and clinical interests are in the areas of health psychology and behavioral medicine, including the use of integrated psycho-therapeutic approaches (mindfulness, CBT, motivational interviewing, clinical hypnosis, biofeedback) for a variety of medical and behavioral health conditions.   
Kathy P. Wu received her master’s degree in applied psychology with a concentration in school counseling from New York University in 2010. Her clinical specialization is in child and adolescent psychotherapy. She has received extensive clinical training in schools, an outpatient community health center, and inpatient psychiatric hospitals in NYC, Boston, and Philadelphia. Her research interests are in exploring the psychosocial effects of prolonged exposure to systemic challenges and economic hardships amongst urban minorities.   
Elda Zeko-Underwood received her M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from Assumption College. Currently she is vice-president of Northeastern Counseling Psychology Graduate Organization (NCP-GO). Her previous professional experience include service provision in disability rights and research of factors that impact access to higher education for minority groups. As part of two faculty led research teams, her current interest lay in understanding the impact of microaggressions on intersections of gender, race and sexual orientation. She is also exploring patterns of adolescent dating violence. In addition she has taught and continues to teach several undergraduate courses such as Introduction to Psychology as well as Human Relationships and Family.   
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