PhD in Mental Health Counseling

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Program Overview

Pace University’s Department of Psychology (Pleasantville) is pleased to announce an important addition to its graduate programs, beginning fall 2013 – a PhD in Mental Health Counseling. Graduates of the program emerge as highly-skilled professionals in therapeutic practice and research, well-positioned to be leaders in the field. The program is located on the Pleasantville campus in Westchester, NY.

The PhD in Mental Health Counseling will provide master-level students with advanced professional training, opportunities for intensive research and opportunities to significantly advance the field of mental health.  Graduates leave the program equipped with a solid foundation in counseling built upon a combination of coursework, fieldwork, seminars and guided research.

The program trains counselors to be competitive in a multitude of growing careers including:

  • Clinical supervision
  • Grief counseling
  • Counselor education
  • Positive psychology
  • Multi-cultural psychology
  • Research and program evaluation
  • Academic teaching
  • Private practice
Professional Faculty

The program is small and selective, accepting between 10-20 students per academic year.  Small class settings enable meaningful interaction with faculty and between fellow students.

Areas of Faculty expertise include:

  • Addiction
  • Bereavement
  • Self-perception theory
  • Resilience
  • Subjective well-being
  • Group dynamics

The Department of Psychology’s strong community of faculty, professionals and alumni in the field of mental health equip doctoral students with an established network of support to draw upon. Both faculty and alumni hold key leadership positions in the New York Mental Counseling Association (NYMCA). Each semester the department offers a speaker series inviting leading researchers and professionals to talk about current and pertinent issues in the field.


Student Eligibility
Additional Information

The PhD program is open to applicants with master degrees in Mental Health Counseling or a closely-related field. Bachelor degree holders may apply to the department’s 60-credit Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling program.


Read more about the M.S. in Counseling program (36 credits) and the M.S. in Mental Health Counseling program (60 credits).

Contact Graduate Admissions at or (914) 422-4283

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