Couple and Family Therapy (Ph.D.)

Department of Human Development and Family Science

We help students in their development as scholars of couple and family therapy and human development and family science. The program is guided by the scientist-practitioner model and considers relationships from a contextual, ecological/social determinants of health perspective.

Student Opportunities

  • Build clinical skills in family therapy practice
  • Gain research skills that focus on individuals, couples and families
  • Develop quality teaching and clinical supervision skills
  • Publish quantitative and qualitative research
  • Work at the UGA ASPIRE Clinic, a unique, state-of-the-art interdisciplinary clinic serving the local community

Program Strengths

  • Faculty members have diverse clinical and research interests and are recognized at the national and international levels for their scholarly work
  • Financial support is provided through graduate assistantships and travel to state, national and international conferences
  • Faculty and students are engaged with international projects and collaborations
  • Opportunity to work with leading HDFS scholars on nationally-funded research grants
  • Exposure to multiple methodologies to approach social science research
  • Certificates in quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Emphasis on translational science and ecologically relevant implementation research with under-represented populations
Degree Level
Program Delivery
Area(s) of Study
Therapy/Counseling (individual, couples, marriage, or family)
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education
Department Chair