Doctoral Studies

Specializations - Counseling Psychology

Julia C. Phillips

Program Overview

Thank you for your interest in our APA-accredited Counseling Psychology training program in the College of Education and Human Services at Cleveland State University. We have designed this Website to help you gain an accurate and comprehensive view of our program. Our central mission is to educate counseling psychologists who are competent to work effectively with diverse urban populations – competent in assessment, intervention, research, and supervision tasks. Our program is designed to immerse students in the issues facing urban populations as well as to help students develop the competencies they need to function as professional psychologists. Counseling psychology became a designated specialization in the Urban Education Ph.D. program in 2006 and earned its APA accreditation in 2010. Its graduates have been eligible for psychology licensing in Ohio since 1992.

Counseling Psychology at CSU follows the scientist-practitioner model of training and it has these major goals:

  1. Training counseling psychologists who have the requisite knowledge base and therapeutic skills for entry into the practice of professional psychology.
  2. Training counseling psychologists who have the necessary knowledge and skills for competent practice and research within a multicultural diverse urban society.
  3. Training counseling psychologists who will contribute to and/or apply the scientific knowledge base of psychology using skills in qualitative and quantitative research methods.

August, 2019 - The program will be accepting applications exclusively through PSYCAS, the centralized application service for graduate psychology. Applicants may apply for Fall 2021 admission beginning 9/15/20.

August, 2020 - The program is delighted to announce the arrival of Dr. Tawanda GreerMedley as core counseling psychology faculty. Her research interests include social determinants of health and health inequities for African Americans. She brings practice experience in the VA system, hospitals, forensics, college counseling, and community mental health. We are also excited about our cohort beginning in Fall, 2020 which is comprised of five students who present with graduate degrees and impressive clinical, research, and academic training!

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Admission Requirements

Fall Application Deadline: January 15th

Prerequisites: Masters degree in counseling, counseling psychology, clinical psychology or closely related field. Research experience and experience in an applied setting is preferred. Good communication skills.

Minimum G.P.A: Minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.85 and 3.5 graduate GPA.

GRE RequirementCompetitive GRE scores (see mean scores below). Note: for Fall 2021, GRE scores are optional. Please discuss your quantitative and statistical knowledge and skills if you are not submitting GRE scores.

Letters of Recommendation: Strong three letters of recommendation (including at least one from a graduate faculty member).


Personal Statement: Not exceeding three pages which should include the factors that attracted you to counseling psychology and to Cleveland State’s program, a description of your research experience, a description of your goals for doctoral study and for your career, and a description of your interests in research and practice.

App Data​​​​​


For 2017-2018 there are four core counseling psychology faculty members along with numerous other faculty who teach research, general psychology courses, Urban Education and Urban Studies courses, and counselor education faculty. All faculty are available to assist students with their development as competent professionals. Faculty profiles are available at

Graham Stead, Ph.D. Professor

Julia C. Phillips, Ph.D. Associate Professor and Director of Training

Yu-Hsin "Kelly" Liao, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

Ingrid Hogge, Ph.D. Assistant Professor

Degree Completion Requirements

  • Year 1:Full time course enrollment for each semester and 6 credits in summer session
  • Year 2:Full time course enrollment for each semester, practicum, and at least one summer session course
  • Year 3:Practicum, full-time courses, and comprehensive examinations
  • Year 4:Dissertation research and optional 3rd year of practicum
  • Year 5: Predoctoral internship*
*Students who elect to do a two-year half time internship will complete the program in at least six years
Students begin a four-semester sequence of enrollment in practicum at the beginning of their second year of enrollment in the program. The first practicum focuses on psychotherapy, the second on assessment and intervention. All practicum placements are community based. All practica must be supervised by licensed psychologists. The following represent the community sites in Northeast Ohio in which counseling psychology students have been placed in the last three years
Oberlin College Counseling Center
Cleveland State University Counseling Center
Guidestone, Cleveland Ohio
University of Akron Counseling Center
Baldwin Wallace College, Health and Counseling Services
Cleveland Clinic, Chronic Pain Rehabilitation Program
Portage Path Behavioral Health, Akron
Connections, Beachwood
Bellefaire JCB, Shaker Heights
John Carroll University Counseling Center


The Urban Education, Counseling Psychology doctoral program at Cleveland State University prepares students to sit for the EPPP for licensure.  We have reviewed the licensing requirements for all U.S. jurisdictions to determine eligibility (see below) to sit for the EPPP.

U.S. Boards of Psychology in which graduates would be eligible to sit for the EPPP upon completion of the doctoral program: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia (DC), Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

U.S. Boards of Psychology in which graduates would not be eligible to sit for the EPPP without additional coursework: California, Maine​​​​​​​

U.S. Boards of Psychology in which we have not determined if graduates would be eligible: Puerto Rico


The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and by the American Psychological Association. Contact information for the The Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association is as follows:
American Psychological Association
Office of Program Accreditation and Consultation
750 First Street NEv
Washington, D.C. 20002-4242v
Phone: (202) 336-5979 Fax: (202) 336-5978