Stephen Wester

Associate Professor and Training Director
Counseling Psychology

Office: Enderis 753
Common Questions

Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program

PhD/APA Accredited* Specialization in Counseling Psychology

The program has three major goals:

  • To train psychologists who specialize as counseling psychologists.
  • To train counseling psychologists who are multiculturally-competent and are prepared to work as psychologists in an urban context.
  • To train psychological scientists who will contribute to and/or apply their scientific knowledge bases using qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies.

Program Data Tables

Program Completion Time



Program Costs



Stipends for teaching or research assistantships at or above 33% time include tuition remission. Stipend salaries vary according to type of assistantship (e.g. teaching, research) and type of student (doctoral, dissertator). For an academic year (9 month) appointment for 2012-13, stipends are $13,453 for 50% time assistantships and $8,879 for 33% time assistantships. The following table indicates the type of support given to each cohort of students for the 2012-13 academic year. Students are eligible for assistantships funded by the School of Education for three years; thus, after the 3rd year in the program, students are strongly encouraged to seek assistantships through faculty grants or off-campus sources.

Cohort Year
# Fellowship
# Assistantship
# Unfunded
1 0 5 1 0
2 1 3 0 0
3 1 5 0 1
4 1 2 1 0

Counseling Psychology Student Association (CPSA)

The Counseling Psychology Student Association was formed in 2005 for all doctoral students in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. Program. CPSA exists to fulfill three basic functions for its members: 1) student advocacy 2) professional development 3) socialization/peer-to-peer mentorship. Members are very active, both in the program and at the national level (e.g., ACA, APA, APAGS). All students are encouraged to become members. Click here for more information

* Committee on Accreditation
c/o Office of Program and Accreditation
Education Directorate
American Psychological Association
750 First Street NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242
Phone: 202-226-5979