Couple and Family Therapy (Ph.D.)

Department of Couple & Family Therapy

The PhD curriculum in Couple and Family Therapy is based on the Doctoral Curriculum set forth by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). Students are trained from a couple and family systems perspective using both cultural diversity, social justice theory and evidenced informed practices as programmatic anchors.

A major goal of the program is to graduate scholars with a knowledge base to effectively serve underserved and marginalized individuals, couples and families and communities through education, research and clinical services. The education and training experience has the following components: Theory, Research, Policy, Teaching, Clinical and Supervisory Skills, Self of the Therapist, Cultural Diversity and Social Justice.

Clinical training with a diverse client population affords students the opportunity to deal with a full range of individual, couple and family problems that impact underserved populations. Our PhD program is structured around a research mentorship approach. Each year a limited number of faculty members accept doctoral students. All accepted students are assigned a faculty mentor prior to beginning the program. With the occasional unforeseen circumstance, your research interest should be somewhat aligned with the faculty mentor.

Degree Level
Program Delivery
Area(s) of Study
Therapy/Counseling (individual, couples, marriage, or family)
Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE), Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
Department Chair
Director of Graduate Studies